LSU has signed Annie Beard, Lilly Lippeatt and Bryce Wilson for 2022-2023. Beard is a former junior international elite and L10 from Texas Dreams. Lippeat is an international elite from Cincinnati Gymnastics. Wilson is a L10 from Pearland Elite.
Check out our list of 2022 commits right here: LINK
Parker Thackston has committed to Ohio State for 2022-2023, according to his club, Gymland/Arena (NJ). At the 2021 Developmental Nationals, he placed 1st on PH, 4th on HB and 6th AA in the Level 10, 17+ division..
Russia's Angelina Melnikova placed 1st in the preliminaries at the 2021 World Gymnastics Championships in Japan. Florida's Leann Wong and Florida commit Kayla DiCello qualified for the AA final and two events each. Wong was 2nd and DiCello 3rd in the AA, and both advanced to the finals on BB and FX. Nebraska commit Csenge Bacskay of Hungary qualified to the VT final in 5th place. She also just missed the AA final and is the first reserve.
Cal commit EmJae Franzier missed the FX final due to the 2 per country rule, while LSU commit Konnor McClain also just missed the BB final after finishing 8th.
Link: USA Gymnastics
Simpson College has hired Emily Barrett-Payne as their new women's head coach and Colin Payne as their men's head coach. A former DU athlete, she's been coaching at Thrive Gymnastics while he has been an assistant at Army. The pair are married.
On September 11th, 2001, Mari-Rae Sopper was on her way to California, ready to start her job as Head Coach of the women's team at UC Santa Barbara. Sopper, a former standout at Iowa State, was known as "ISUFan" on the fromer College Gymnastics Board. She had given up her job as a Navy JAG Corp lawyer to pursue her dream, and to help save the program at UCSB. She lost her life during the events of that fateful day as the plane she was on was deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. We pause to remember her spirit and dedication to the sport, and her inspiring effort to pursue her dreams, as well as the others who lost their lives that fateful day.
Simpson College has announced the addition of both Men's and Women's Gymnastics for 2022-2023. They will be competing in Division III.
PSU has hired former Washington assistant and interim Head Coach Ralph Rosso as an assistant.
Joy in the host country and the young Japanese Daiki Hashimoto won the Gold in the AA. He turns 20 in just a few weeks. China's Xiao Ruteng won the silver with Nikita Nagornyy won the bronze. Stanford's Brody Malone of the US placed 10th, with former Michigan star Sam MIkulak in 12th.
With the terrific news of the new program at Clemson, the ACC will begin sponsoring a women's gymnastics conference championship beginning with the 2023-2024 year.