Iowa State hit 22 for 24 routines to post a big opening meet win. ISU's Michelle Browning posted a 38.8 to take the AA title. She also won the FX, while three teammates each won an event. Jody McKellar won VT, Ceilia Maccani won UB and Ashley Kent won BB.
Link: Iowa State Release
Michigan State posted a big win in its opener, edging higher ranked and 2009 Nationals qualifier Penn State. MSU posted a 193.925 to edge Penn State at 193.9. WVU posted a 191.225 while Western Michigan marked a 189.525. Penn State's Brandi Personnett dominated, winning the VT, BB and FX en route to a 39.225 AA victory. WVU's Naja Johnson won UB.
Link: Michigan State Release
Led by Mary Burke's first AA win (39.2), Mizzou posted an impressive first meet total. Burke also posted wins on UB and FX. Teammate Sarah Shire captured both the VT and BB, but a fall on her Gienger following a wayward giant full kept her off the AA pace. Ohio State competed just six athletes, as Beth Ann Ballard went down with a reported ACL injury in warmups. In three events, just five athletes competed.
Link: Missouri Release
Bama hit five BB routines in a row to close out the meet and pull out the cross-state win. Bama's Geralan Stack Eaton won the AA with a 39.225 while teammates Morgan Dennis and frosh Ashley Sledge won VT and UB, respectively.
Bama Release: Link
Betsy Zander, L10 from Docksiders Gymnastics in Maryland, has committed to compete for George Washington University next season. She placed 3rd AA, 3rd UB, 4th BB at her 2009 Regional meet. She recently finished 3rd at the COTC (2nd UB, 3rd BB) and 6th at the World Class Invite (2nd UB, 3rd FX).
Kaitlyn Cooper, L10 from IGI in Illinois, has verbally committed to Illinois for the 2011-2012 season. She is a three time JO National qualifier and finished 14th in AA, 6th on Vault and 5th on Floor during 2009 competition. She was also named to the 2009 Region 5 All-Star Team.
Fox, L10 at Midwest Twisters in Wisconsin, as reportedly committed to LSU for the 2010-2011 season. She finished 11th AA, 6th V, 6th UB, 12th BB, 10th FX at her 2009 Regional meet.
Read more about her on her club's Bio Page
Illinois signees Sarah Fielder, Elizabeth McNabb and Amber See grabbed some early season attention. Fielder won the Make A Wish meet, McNabb placed 2nd in her session of the Region 5 Cup, and See placed 1st on bb (the only event she competed) at the Peppermint Twist meet.
Some college recruits are out of the gates early with impressive finishes at a handful of November and December L10 meets. Who is grabbing the attention so far?
Krystal Welsh (PSU commit) kicked off the season with a couple of wins. She won her session of the COTC (4th v, 2nd ub, 2nd bb, and 1st fx of 21 competitors in the session) and followed up with a win at the World Class Invite (2nd v, 1st ub, 2nd bb, 1st fx of 11 competitors).
Brianna Guy (Auburn commit) is also off to a great start. She won v, ub, and bb at the COTC meet, but a mishap on fx knocked her into 2nd place (of 21 competitors) overall. She won her session at the World Class Invite (1st on v, 1st ub, 2nd bb, 1st fx of 11 competitors).
Brittany Harris (Oregon St) won the ConocoPhillips meet (1st v, 3rd ub, 1st bb, 1st fx of 6 competitors). She placed 2nd AA at the William Center meet (2nd v, 1st ub, 3rd bb, and 2nd fx of 5 competitors).
Arkansas’ Bailee Zumwalde won her Peppermint Twist meet (2nd v, 5th ub, 2nd, bb, 1st fx of 12 competitors)
Marie Case (Kent State) made a statement with a huge early season AA score of 38.125 and a sweep of her session of the COTC meet.
For the past several seasons, we have made an assessment of each incoming recruiting class and have provided a ranking. This year, the task proved to be especially tough. Today, there is much greater access to information on the athletes, their skill level, level of polish, and of course, their accomplishments, so we cannot rank an athlete merely on her resume alone. The athletes’ college choices also reflect increased parity, making the job of ranking the Top 10 Recruiting Classes quite difficult.
Jordan Naleway, L10 from Aerial Gymnastics in Illinois, has verbally committed to Illinois for the 2011-2012 season. Naleway finished 18th AA, 8th UB at the 2009 JO meet, Jr. D group.