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Wednesday, 31 August 2022 20:56

NCAA (W) Code Changes for 2023 Finalized

The NCAA has released the NCAA Code Modifications for 2022-2024.  These Code Modifications build upon the USA Gymnastics Women's Development Program (WDP) Code of Points.  The WDP Code was also just revised, in a major updated timed for 2022-2026.  Many will be disappointed that the NCAA did not strengthen the code and eliminate common loopholes, and help address the record-breaking scores we have been experiencing.  However, there are a number of changes, many of which do have the potential to increase variety.  Let's break them down.  *Editor's Note* This article has been updated a second time with the final set of Modifications.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 22:27

SJSU Hires M. Ross as an Assistant

San Jose State has hired Morgan Ross as an assistant coach.  She had been serving as an Assistant at Yale.  The former UAA Seawolve was also a graduate assistant at Maryland for three years.

Link:  SJSU Release

Sunday, 03 July 2022 11:58

Temple Hires Steele and Hyderally

Temple has hired Hilary (Mauro) Steele and Sophia Hyderally as assistant coaches.  Steele had been serving as a volunteer assistant at Maryland.  She's a former elite National Team member and UGA All-American.  She was also the head coach at the club Kokokahi in Hawaii and was a high level cross-fit competitor.  Hyderally has spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Nebraska.  She was a standout at Alaska-Anchorage. 

Link:  Release

Thursday, 30 June 2022 20:46

UCLA (and USC) to Leave Pac 12 for Big 10

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

Monday, 09 May 2022 17:55

UCLA Hires McDonald as New Head Coach

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.

Link:  Release

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.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 10:51

Women's Regional Selections Announced

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.

Link: Stanford Release and Results

Sunday, 06 March 2022 15:07

Springfield 184.175 at Ithaca 187.0

For Ithaca, Dallas Rachal won VT and Marlena Bailey won UB won the FX.  For Springfield, MacKenzie MacLeod won the BB and FX.   

Link:  Release

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