Canadian World Championship medalist Ana Pandurariu, who was set to start her frosh year at UCLA, has elected to defer until 2021-2022 and focus on her Olympic training.
Canadian Annie Clarmo has committed to compete for UW La Crosse in 2021-2022. She's a Canadian L10 from Revolution Gymnastics. This past spring, she placed 8th AA at the International Gymnix meet.
Sidney Washington, a L10 at Gym America, has committed to Pitt for 2021-2022. In 2019, she placed 5th AA, 7th(t) on BB and 9th(t) on FX at the Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals. This past season, she won the AA titles in her sessions at the Tim Rand Invitational, Tampa Bay Turners Invite, Wolverine Classic and Gymnastics on the Grand.
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 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.
SCSU has hired Byron Knox as their new Head Coach. Know was the Head Coach at Bridgeport for the last 16 seasons, and led the squad to six straight USA Gymnastics National titles. He was a gymnast on SCSU's Men's team, a member of the US National team and coached at SCSU and Yale. Bridgeport faces some uncertainty as the university has been acquired. A number of gymnasts have transferred during the off-season.
The financial aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis have put athletics departments across the country under financial distress. Already, schools have announced cuts to their Gymnastics programs. Men are especially at risk with the loss of critical mass that could lead to the extinction of the sport in the NCAA. Here's the running list, one that we hope remains at five or less:
Arizona has announced the addition of Halli Mayberry and Taylor Raskin to the 2020-2021 roster. The commits of both athletes were covered previously.
UAA has announced a decision to terminate Gymnastics, Men's Hockey and men's and women's skiing after this current season. The decision must be ratified by the Board of Regents in their September meeting. A period of public comment is available, and the team is organizing actions to protest the decision.
Each summer, we run a survey of all the scholarship-granting women's programs, to gauge the number of available scholarships for the next several years at each program. The initial results are posted in the the commits section. Coaches' please check your inbox for a survey or contact the site if you did not receive one.
Dutch National Team member Mara Titarsolej has committed to LIU for 2020-2021. The soon to be (Auguest) 21 year old competed for the Netherlands at the 2016 Europeans and 2015 Worlds but took some time off from the sport during the last quad. She finished 6th AA, 5th on BB and 5th on FX at the 2019 Dutch Championships.