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Stellar Seniors - Samantha Peszek, UCLA

Our stellar senior this week is former Olympian and UCLA Bruin, Samantha Peszek. Sam is a Redshirt Senior this year, on account of her tearing her Achilles tendon in 2013 and being forced to sit out the season. Despite the injury, she has been a huge asset for UCLA over the years. Currently standing at second place in the national all-around rankings, Sam’s senior year seems to be her best yet. Sam grew up in Indiana and trained first at DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics with Peter Zhao, and then trained at Sharp’s Gymnastics Aca...

Top Ten Artistic Floor Routines of 2014

I honestly believe that the best floor routines are those that not only have high-flying tumbling passes, but connect with their audiences on an emotional level through expressive choreography and a well selected piece of music. I'm not ashamed to admit that there were international routines last year that even made me shed a tear due to their outstanding performance quality. Hence I have compiled a list (you can also check out my list from 2013) of my top ten floor routines of 2014. 10: Larisa Iordache - Romania - 2014 World Championships - Al...

Stellar Seniors - Erica Brewer, Oklahoma

This week, our stellar senior is Oklahoma Sooner, Erica Brewer. Erica is one of Oklahoma’s top all around gymnasts who has achieved huge scores for the team since her freshman season. Erica is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and trained at Champion Gymnastics under Tiffani Orem. She rose to prominence in Kentucky gymnastics, being an eight-time state champion and being named the 2009 Kentucky Gymnast of the Year. Erica also made a splash on the national stage, qualifying to the J.O. National Team and winning the beam championship on...

Stellar Seniors - Lloimincia Hall, LSU

This week’s Stellar Senior is Lloimincia Hall. Ever heard of her? Even people who don’t follow NCAA gymnastics know her name after her floor routine went viral last year. Not only does Lloimincia perform some seriously impressive dance moves, but her tumbling is powerful and her execution is flawless – literally, she holds the LSU record for the most career perfect 10.0s on floor with five in total. Lloimincia is a dynamic gymnast who competes all-around for LSU, and she excels on all 4 events. Born and raised in Texas, Lloim...

Four Key Tips For Freshmen To Get Ahead In The Recruiting Process

Are you a freshman and not sure of where to get started in the recruiting process. The best two words I can suggest to you is....plan ahead! There are many things you can be doing even though you may not be ready to make personal contact with colleges just yet. Do your research: There are over 80 colleges that support college gymnastics. Your freshman year is a great time to start thinking about which schools might be a good fit for you. Size of campus, strength of gymnastics and of course academics majors that interest you must be researched....

Stellar Seniors - Georgia Dabritz, Utah

This week, our Stellar Senior is Utah Ute Georgia Dabritz. Georgia competes all around for Utah and is currently ranked #1 in the all around standings for NCAA with a 39.600. Georgia is from Newburyport, Massachusetts and she previously trained at Ace Gymnastics under Laura Tebo. Before her collegiate days, Georgia was one of the most successful gymnasts in Massachusetts, earning her spot as the state all around, vault and beam champion in 2009, and again in 2011 (she also managed to gain the floor championship that year). She competed on the ...

Stellar Seniors - Kytra Hunter, Florida

To kick off our Stellar Seniors series, we’re taking a look at Florida gator Kytra Hunter. Kytra competes all-around for Florida and is arguably one of the most successful NCAA gymnasts in recent years. Before her collegiate days, Kytra was an elite gymnast who trained at Hill’s Gymnastics in Maryland under coach Kelli Hill, the same woman who coached Dominique Dawes. Her dominance on floor and vault started early - in 2008, she was the 2008 Junior Olympic Level 10 Senior Vault & Floor Exercise Champion (in addition to being All-Ar...

Elite Vaulting - the D-Score Explained

In our final installment on understanding the D-score in elite gymnastics, we are taking a look at the vault. The vault is unique in that the gymnast performs one move which accounts for the entire D-score. That being said, there are several different types of vaults that elite gymnasts can perform, in addition to a few rules that must be adhered to for vault finals on the international stage. First, it’s important to understand the five major vault groups, as defined by the Code of Points (CoP). Gymnasts competing in the vault finals at...

Crafting a Bars Routine: An Analysis of the D-Score

In the third part of our series on D-score analysis, we’re taking a look at uneven bars, historically one of the tougher events for American gymnasts to compete on the world stage. While floor exercise and balance beam had similar requirements in the makeup of the D-score, uneven bars is a whole different story. Indeed, routines on uneven bars happen so quickly that it can be tough as a spectator to catch each individual move. Below you’ll find a guide to calculating the D-score on uneven bars, including an illustration using Kyla ...

Why Some Choose Division III Gymnastics Teams

I was talking with one of my clients about her decision to comitt to a Division III gymnastics team and this is what made her decision easy. 1.  She wanted to be wanted: After all the years of doing the sport of gymnastics she wanted to be on a team where the coaches showed her that they really wanted her on their team. 2.  She wanted to compete: She could have walked on to a Division I school, but the odds of competing on more then one event were slim. She did not want to be an observer but a participator on a team. 3.  She wan...

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Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 2 - 2010

As part of my five-part series on reflecting on past National Championships, here is part two on 2010! In 2010, the reigning champion, Bridget Sloan, had recently suffered a pectoral injury, preventing her from competing on all events except beam at Nationals. This left the stage wide open for Rebecca Bross, who had had a very successful year already, winning All-Around at the American Cup, as well as every other event with the exception of vault. She also won the senior All-Around competition at the Pacific Rim Championships in Australia. Bro...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 1 - 2009

The US Senior Nationals is one of the most important competitions of the year for elite gymnasts. By this time, elites have perfected their routines enough to be at the start of their peak for the season. The goal: To impress Martha Karolyi sufficiently enough to be invited to subsequent National Team camps at the Texas ranch as a first step to making the World Championship team. In Olympic years, it is most exciting, as it’s the final competition before Olympic Trials, where only a select number of gymnasts qualify and are invited to co...

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Jessica Macay

July 9, 2014, 7:22pm

The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) seems to be the unsung hero of college gymnastics.   According to the mission statement on naigc.net, the purpose of the program is to build a community that encompasses “sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and fun.”  NAIGC is the ideal way to continue gymnastics without the collegiate level obligation. Pictured: 2013 Rutgers club gymnasts Photo by: Caity Britcher The club team at Rutgers University shares the values of NAIGC in their mission statem...

The Quit Factor

The Quit Factor

Jessica Macay

July 5, 2014, 7:49pm

Gymnastics is one of the toughest sports in the world.   Countless hours in the gym, sacrificing a social life, pushing your body to exhaustion, and for what?  To learn that sometimes even if you try your best, it still may not be good enough?  Gymnasts are taught to push themselves almost to their breaking point in order to attain the unattainable: perfection.  But what happens when a gymnast actually reaches his or her breaking point?  How do you know if it’s really time to throw in the towel? Every gymnas...

Collegiate Gymnastics Magnifies the Role of Teamwork

It is every young gymnasts dream to compete at the Olympic games.  Unluckily, the committee is only able to select six gymnasts to represent the United States.  The rest of the talented gymnasts will pursue a new goal.  Aspiring them to look into collegiate gymnastics.   USA Gymnastics is a program based on individual feats.  Gymnasts work their way up, level by level with a desire to win.  Constantly competing against their teammates in hopes of qualifying to a larger competition.  Your teammates are there f...

Liz McNabb's Elite Career and Friendship with Samantha Peszek

Whether fans realize it or not, there is a plethora of collegiate gymnasts who once competed as elites. Sure, gymnastics fanatics recognize gymnasts like Bridget Sloan from elite days due to the Olympics, but there are others who had a shorter and lesser known elite career. One of those gymnasts is Illinois senior Liz McNabb. McNabb was introduced to the sport through her brother who was taking classes to increase his upper body strength. After taking a few classes, she continued to ask her mom if she could go back again and again. Her first c...

Illinois's Erin Buchanan Reflects on Pink Meets and Winning State

Illini gymnasts Erin Buchanan & Heather Foley This Friday, the #17 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini look to face the Iowa Hawkeyes at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. for their annual Pink Meet to raise breast cancer awareness. Because this is a Pink Meet, it hits home for Illinois freshman Erin Buchanan. Buchanan's mother is a breast cancer survivor. Her mother is her best friend and the person whom she is most proud of.  "My mom is my hero. These meets mean a lot to me. It's for a great cause and awesome that we are able to do it and support...

The Stars of Salcianu

The Stars of Salcianu

Lauren Stevens

November 23, 2013, 10:10pm

Salcianu Gymnastics and Dance may not have a handful of girls competing on the elite stage right now, but watch out because Salcianu has three up and coming elite gymnasts. One of their gymnasts: 11 year old Maile O’Keefe competed at the 2013 Secret Classic, she did not qualify to the P&G Championships, however nothing is stopping her from trying to qualify in this upcoming 2014 season. Training alongside Maile are gymnasts Lia Whitman and Sienna Robinson. These three girls are throwing huge, amazing skills for their age, and they manage ...

Sage Thompson: "Beaming" Into the Spotlight

If you follow gymnastics on the Gymternet, then perhaps you know about Sage. Sage is a level 10 gymnast from All American Gymnastics in Utah, she started at the age of six, and already, only four years later at the age of ten she is a level 10 gymnast. Sage is in the hopes of qualifying Hopes Pre-Elite, or even Junior Elite this upcoming 2014 season. Sage skipped levels 4 and 6, and at her first level 7 meet, she took 3rd place all around. 8 year old Sage at a Level 7 Competition If you have seen Sage’s videos you have probably noticed t...

Legends Born in All-Around Final

The Women's All Around Final at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium are just toinight and worldwide fans are counting down the hours until the start of the meet. The Americans dominated in the qualifications with Ross and Biles going 1-2. Simone Biles made every single event final and is the  first American to do so since Shannon Miller in 1993. If either girl wins, she will join the ranks of Chellsie Memmel, Shannon Miller and Bridget Sloan, three American women to win the all-around title in an Individual World Championship...

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