UCLA (and USC) have announced their intent to leave the Pac 12 to join the Big Ten for the 2024-2025 season. Although certain sports will not join the Big Ten, gymnastics will shift to the newly expanded Big Ten. Sports media experts say the move is spurred by the attraction of a share of a larger TV contract, driven by football Over the last several years, the SEC and Big Ten have driven to separate themselves from the rest of the conference through expansion and their successful TV networks. This shift is not over, with football (and to a lesser extent, basketball) and media markets/fan base driving the way, and we may see further realignment as schools act to preserve their interests. The latest updated reports indicate that the Pac 12 10 is exploring expansion options, and that the Big 10 has told possible inquiries from Pac 12 members that it is holding off, for now, even as they actively pursue Notre Dame.
Link: UCLA Release
Link: CBS Sports Update
UCLA has hired Janelle McDonald as their new Head Coach. She has been an assistant at Cal for the last four seasons. Prior to that she coached athletes through all levels up to elite during stints at WOGA, Legacy Elite and Desert Lights.
Oklahoma won the 2022 NCAA Team title, fending off Florida in the final round, after a superb comeback from a shaky first round in the finale. Here's a few impressions from the season.
In a webcast today, the NCAA announced the team seeds and placements for the 2022 Women's Gymnastics Regional Competitions for both teams and individuals. Teams are listed after the link, in seed order. The last two teams are in the "play-in" round. All Regionals will be on ESPN+.
Illinois blasted to the second highest score in the NCAA this year to win the meet hosted by Air Force. The Illini were led by wins from Ian Skirkey on PH and Hamish Carter in the AA (82.9). For Air Force, Oliver Zavel won FX with a strong 14.6. Navy's Isaiah Drake won the VT and HB to lead his squad. Teammate Josh Williams won R while teammate Dhiren Lutchman took the PB.
Link: Air Force Release
Washington's Skylar Killough Wilhelm won BB and the AA (39.425). On FX, Husky Amara Cunningham tied with Stanford's Kyla Bryant and USU's Brie Cark. Cunningham and Bryant also tied for 1st on VT with USU's Rebecca Wells. Stanford's Grace Waguespack won the UB. Stanford's final score was impacted by a 0.1 neutral deductions.
For Ithaca, Dallas Rachal won VT and Marlena Bailey won UB won the FX. For Springfield, MacKenzie MacLeod won the BB and FX.
The Terps were led by Audrey Barber, who won the AA (39.45) and the VT. Teammate Aleka Tsiknias won the UB while Terp Reese Mcclure won the BB. NC St's Emily Shepard won the FX.