Partial Roster 2017-2018

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A running list of rosters. Next year it will contain all 4 years! This is for the Top 20-ish schools and I plan to grow the list with time. Class year determines when the athletes matriculated for their first term as a freshman unless otherwise noted. For example, class of 2016 means the athletes started college in 2016 and first competed January 2017.

Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Kylie Dickson
Lexi Graber
Bailie Key
Alonza Klopfer
Wynter Childers
Madison Desch
Shea Mahoney
Abby Armbrecht
Jenna Bresette
Amanda Huang
Avery Rickett
Caitlin ColeAngelina Giancroce
Ariana Guerra
Notes: Amanda Huang transferred to Ohio State for her sophomore year
Avery Rickett ? medical retirement
Bailie Key changed commitment from Florida to Alabama
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Payton Bellows
Sydney Freidin
Adra Parks
Christina Berg
Courtney Cowles
Heather Swanson
Charlie Dembo
Haylie Hendrickson
Brittany Robertson
Skyler Sheppard
Danielle Spencer
Taylor LawsonShannon Farrell
Isabell Hutchins
Jenny Leung
Maddi Leydin
Lauryn Mattson
Notes: Christina Berg '16 was Auburn
Robertson is no longer at Arizona. Dembo, Hutchins unknown
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Sophia Carter
Kailey Gillings
Sydney Laird
Michaela Burton
Hailey Garner
Sarah Shaffer
Jessica Yamzon
Mackenzie Anderson
Sydney McGlone
Kirby Rathjen
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Sydney Bassett
Allie Riddle
Ashley Smith
Meredith Syliva
Drew Watson
Katie Becker
Gracie Day
Kendal Moss
Samantha Cerio
Emma Engler
Taylor Krippner
Emma Slappey*

Telah Black
A'Miracal Phillips
Notes: Christina Berg '16 switched to Arizona
Slappey is a red shirt freshman
Boise State
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Tatum Bruden
Emily Muhlenhaupt
Rachel Obmann
Tessa Otuafi
Isabelle Amado
Courtney McGregor
McKinley Pavicic
Sarah Means
Shani Remme
McKenna Morrell
Maddison Nilson
Notes: Emily Muhlenhaupt '17 was a Utah commit.
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Kyana George
Alma Kuc
Victoria Salem
Nina Schank
Cassidy Keelen
Rachael Mastrangelo
Emily Howe
Sofie Seilnacht
Sylvie Seilnacht
Chelsea Shu
Maleah Pearson
Mariah Peterson
Lauren Ramirez
Alex Dudschus
Mariah Peterson
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Lynnzee Brown
Emily Glynn
Mia Sundstrom
Maddie Karr
Courtney Loper
Samantha Ogden
Claire Kern
Kaitlyn Schou
Grace Broadhurst
Diana Chesnok
Notes: Mia Sundstrom early?
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Vanasia Bradley
Jazmyn Foberg
Megan Skaggs
Maegan Chant
Rachel Gowey
Amelia Hundley
Alicia Boren
Amanda Cheney
Lacy Dagen
Peyton Ernst
Ashley Hiller
Alyssa BaumannSierra Alexander
Nicole Webb
Notes: Chant graduated in 2015, signed NLI in 2016.
Peyton Ernst was medically released
Baumann was c/o 2016 but is deferring a year for medical reasons.
Foberg was c/o 2018 but graduated early
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Ashley Foss
Emily Schild
Marissa Oakley
Rachel Dickson
Sabrina Vega
Caroline Bradford
Gracie Cherrey
Sydney Snead
Madison McPhersonJordyn Pedersen
Notes: Pedersen deferred to 2016
Alexis Beucler (2016) changed commitment to NC State.
Samantha Durante was c/o 2017***
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Nicole Biondi
Grace Gough
Kylie Noonan
Rae Balthazor
Lindsay Dwyer
Karen Howell
Brittany Jones
Julia Hutcherson
Lizzy LeDuc
Brielle Nguyen
Haylee Roe
Kasey Meeks
Tessa Phillips
Rachael Donovan
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Reagan Campbell
Christina Desiderio
Gracen Standley
Kennedi Edney
Ruby Harrold
Ashlyn Kirby
Julianna Cannamela
Sarah Finnegan
Mckenna Kelley
Lexie Priessman
Kaitlyn Szafranski
Bridget Dean
Notes: Harrold deferred to 2016. Desiderio was c/o 2018, matriculated early
Kaitlyn Szafranski went to ***
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Lauren Farley
Sydney Townsend
Lexi Funk
Maggie O'Hara
Madison Osman
Polina Shchennikova
Olivia Karas
Emma McLean
Carly GordonSam Roy
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Ona Loper
Lexi Montgomery
Lexy Ramler
Casey Betts
Ivy Lu
Kristen Quaglia
Ryan Stach
Rebecca Taylor
Rachel Cutler
Selena Ung
Julia Huebert
Nicole Rogalski
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Anika Dujakovich
Torri Hutchinson
Kynsee Roby
Alexa Clark
Sierra Hassel
Taylor Houchin
Kami Amemiya-Shows*
Sienna Crouse
Catelyn Orel
Megan Schweihofer
Kelsye Kurtiak
Rachel Thompson
Brooke Wrage
Kelli Chung*
Megan Kuo*
Notes: Shows, Chung and Kuo are red shirt freshman
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Abigail Matthews
Evy Schoepfer
Ellie Wylie
Jade Degouveia
Maggie Nichols
Brehanna Showers
Alex Marks
Nicole Lehrmann
Megan Thompson
Oregon State
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Savannah Force
Alexis Gonzalez
Kaitlin Yanish
Isis Lowery
Brianna McCant
Mariana Colussi-Pelaez
McKenna Singley
Sabrina Gill
Halli Briscoe
Kaitlin Campbell
Destinee Davis
Lena Greene
Jaime Law
Maela Lazaro
Alyssa Minyard
Mary Jacobsen
Elizabeth Yu
Notes: Gill deferred to 2016
Brianna McCant passed away summer 2017
Penn State
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Alissa Bonsall
Lauren Bridgens
Kourtney Chinnery
Ava Verdeflor
Tess McCracken
Kristen Politz
Mikayla Waddell
Sabrina Garcia
Mason Hosek
Jessica Jones
Amber Autry
Madi Heckman
Gianna LaGuardia
Peyton Schuller
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Kyla Bryant
Rachael Flam
Taylor Lawson
Lauren Navarro
Catherine Rogers
Kaylee Cole
Aleeza Yu
Taryn Fitzgerald
Hailee Hoffman
Dare Maxwell
Ashley TaiNicole Hoffman
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Nia Dennis
Pauline Tratz
Anna Glenn
Grace Glenn
Felicia Hano
Katelyn Ohashi
Madison Preston
Macy Toronjo*
Madison Kocian
Kyla Ross
Savannah Kooyman
Francesca Lawal
Lilia Waller
Maria Caire
Gracie Kramer
Giulianna Pino
Mercedez Sanchez
Matteah Brow
Stella Savvidou (Jan)
Nicki Shapiro
Notes: Kocian and Ross signed with the class of 2015 but deferring to 2016
Biles '15 is a professional athlete
Nica Hults verbally committed but unfortunately has not matriculated
Toronjo is a red shirt freshman
Shapiro and Brow are not on the 2016-2017 roster
Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015
Alexia Burch
Sydney Soloski
Melissa Reinstadtler
Kim Tessen
Shannon McNatt
MaKenna Merrell
Erika Muhaw
Sabrina Schwab
Mykayla Skinner
Sarah SmithMacey Roberts
Notes: Skinner is deferring to 2016
Hannah Miller '16 was initially verbally committed to Utah but signed NLI for BYU
Roberts is a transfer from Maryland for the 2017 season


Gymnastics Injuries 2017

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I'm back! I don't particularly like this list because I do indeed have a heart. I also like having a reference though for injuries and such. So... here we are! I've included the 2016 list below just so we know who's still out in this new quad.


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
Becky Downie GBRElbow tear (Apr)
Sofia Busato ITAACL tear (Apr)
Georgia-Mae Fenton GBRHamstring injury (Apr)
Ellie Downie GBRAnkle injury (Mar)
Ankle surgery (Aug)
Kelly Simm GBRFoot surgery ()
Gabby Jupp GBRFoot surgery (Mar)
Abi Solari GBRFoot surgery


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
Tyesha Mattis GBR??? (Mar)
Carlotta Ferlito ITA??? (Mar)Jul 2014
Ekaterina Sokova RUS??? (Mar)? retirement
Fan Yilin CHNShoulder pain (Mar)Apr 2016
Pauline Schaefer GERShoulder pain (Mar)Apr 2016
Alyssa Baumann USAElbow surgery (Jun)retirement
Larisa Iordache ROUFinger fracture and surgery (Mar)Jul 2016
Nina Derwael BELHand injury (Mar)Aug 2016
Viktoria Komova RUSBack injury (Mar)
Kim Janas GERACL tear (May '15)
Elbow dislocation (Feb)
Nov 2016
Mary-Anne Monckton AUSACL tear (Mar)
Lisa Top NEDPCL and meniscus tear (May)retirement
Aleeza Yu CANKnee injury (Oct '14)
Ankle injury (Feb)
Feb 2016
Tabea Alt GERKnee injury (Mar)Apr 2016
Jonna Adlerteg SWEMeniscus surgery (Mar)
Maggie Nichols USAMeniscus surgery (Apr)Jun 2016
Roxana Popa ESPMeniscus surgery (Mar)
Nia Dennis USAAchilles surgery (Feb)Jun 2016
Wyomi Masela NEDAchilles surgery (Feb)
Maartje Ruikes NEDAchilles injury (Feb)retirement
Norah Flatley USAAnkle injury (Feb)May 2016 (c)
Ksenia Afanasyeva RUSAnkle injury (Jul)
Maria Kharenkova RUSAnkle injury (Jul)
Laura Jurca ROUAnkle fracture (Mar)Nov 2016


Larisa Iordache Set to Return

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Larisa Iordache is set to make her return to major competition at the Stuttgart World Cup. This will take place in Germany on March 18-19. It's been nearly a year since we last saw Iordache in competition. In that time, Romania failed to qualify a team to the Olympics. Catalina Ponor was chosen as the Romanian delegate since they only had an individual spot. This competition will mean a lot to Iordache and also the Romanian federation. This will be a chance for all to see where she is in her training and give us an idea if Romania is set for better things this quadrennium.

There are new qualification rules to the 2020 Olympics to try and encourage higher level participation at the World Cups. USA did send athletes last year and seems like the trend will continue this year. New senior Jordan Chiles has been selected to compete. She was injured at the 2016 US Championships. She was one of the juniors the boasted incredibly high difficulty, including an Amanar vault. She has the potential to be in the running for the US Worlds team and this will likely be a step towards that selection.

Member of the Dutch Olympic team and all around finalist Eythora Thorsdottir will also be in the competition and looking for a medal. She recently competed at a meet in Iceland where she scored a 56.350. This was one of our first chances to see the new code in action. One of the things to note is that the scores are considerably lower with lower vault D scores, fewer composition requirements, and changes to some dismount rules. So this score would be the equivalent of about a 58. Thorsdottir is here and on a mission.

Canada's Isabela Onyshko is set to compete. She recently missed Elite Canada due to injury so we'll see if she's healed enough for the upcoming meet. Claudia Fragapane of Great Britain will set to compete in her first competition since the Olympics. She was recently on Strictly Come Dancing so there's much excitement to see what may have changed in her form and dance. Two of Germany's Olympians, Tabea Alt and Pauline Schaefer, will be in attendance in front of a home crowd. Rounding out the competition is China's Zhang Jin, who was sent to the 2016 Test Event.

2017 Stuttgart World Cup competitors - Women
Canada: Isabela Onyshko
China: Zhang Jin
Great Britain: Claudia Fragapane
Germany: Tabea Alt
Germany: Pauline Schaefer
Netherlands: Eythora Thorsdottir
Romania: Larisa Iordache
USA: Jordan Chiles

2017 Stuttgart World Cup competitors - Men
Brazil: Francesco Barreto
China: Sun Wei
Great Britain: James Hall
Germany: Lukas Dauser
Germany: Philipp Herder
Japan: Kazuma Kaya
Russia: Nikita Ignatyev
Ukraine: Oleg Vernaiev
USA: Sam Mikulak

The Stuttgart Team Challenge will take place alongside this competition March 17-19.


LSU Dominates at Season Opener

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The NCAA season is officially upon us. #2 LSU beat #9 Georgia in their season opener with a 197.825, the highest score in LSU opening season history.

The LSU Tigers started off warm on vault but then the fire was unleashed when freshman Kennedi Edney stuck her one and a half twisting Yurchenko and scored a 9.950. The rotation continued with Myia Hambrick sticking her Yurchenko full for a 9.925. Ashleigh Gnat was the anchor with a superb double twisting Yurchenko with excellent height and improved form. She had a hop back for a 9.925.

Bars has a new lead off routine in Canadian senior Shae Zamardi. Due to an injury, the decision was made to take out her unique Markhelov release. Because of this and her difficult to stick double arabian, Zamardi was moved to the start of the lineup. The nice thing is that LSU now has a solid easily 9.8+ gymnast leading their lineup with the hope that scores will only build. Zamardi hit her routine for a 9.850. Hambrick had a great routine for a 9.875. Gnat was next in the lineup and got stuck on her full pirouette and lost her form in a few places to score a 9.775. Edney continued to deliver in her college debut with a beautiful Hindorff and a 9.875. Finnegan showed off her beautiful lines throughout her routine for a 9.9. Lexie Priessman has the anchor spot on bars and earned a 9.875.

Erin Macadaeg is back from a foot fracture to lead the Tigers off on beam. Macadaeg was training the all around but had to pull back for the first meet while recovering from her injury. She had an excellent routine without a single wobble for a 9.9. Lauren Li, transfer from Penn State, made her debut as a Tiger with a wonderful beam routine and a 9.850. Ewing, Finnegan, Gnat closed out the lineup with 9.9, 9.95, 9.875, respectively. Finnegan showed her triple wolf turn.

The Tigers then went to floor, the event for which they are well known for difficult tumbling and unique choreography. Sydney Ewing started things off with a 9.85. Senior Zamardi was 2nd up and mounted with a beautiful double arabian but had to take a large step forward. She earned a 9.850. Priessman had the 3rd slot. Unfortunately, she fell on her double pike dismount and scored a 9.200.  Hambrick was up next with a cute but sassy routine. Her opening double layout was a little short but the remainder of her routine was solid for a 9.9. McKenna Kelley had a phenomenal routine with a double layout mount. Her second pass was a very open and high full in. She dismounted with a double pike and scored a 9.925. Gnat closed out the meet with a lovely double arabian at the start of her routine and scored a 9.950.

Notably missing from the floor was Ruby Harrold. An Olympic alternate in 2012 and an Olympian in 2016 for Great Britain, Harrold is best known for her unique releases on uneven bars. She competed at Gymnastics 101 where they mentioned that she had been ill recently and was working to get her strength back. She is a gymnast that has a Yurchenko 1.5, worth a 10 so I imagine they would want her in that lineup as well.

Myia Hambrick won the all around with a 39.575. Close behind was Ashleigh Gnat with a 39.525. Georgia's Sydney Snead finished 3rd with a 39.225.

Georgia had a rough meet finishing with a 193.600, their lowest opening score since 1999. Beam continued to be rough for Georgia having to count four scores ranging from 9.150-9.625. Highlights of the meet were all arounder Sydney Snead who had a hiccup on floor but finished well everywhere else, including Georgia's team high on beam of 9.800. Sabrina Vega made her return to competition for the first time in almost 4 years. She had some wobbles on balance beam to earn a 9.625. Her floor exercise was lovely, mounted with a full in, and earning a 9.775. Morgan Reynolds returned on 3 events (all but beam) after missing the majority of last year's season due to severe infection with E. coli.

Notably missing for Georgia was Natalie Vaculik who would be a helpful score on beam but especially on bars.

The Tigers will compete again next week against #3 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Alabama just suffered a loss against #1 defending National Champions Oklahoma, 196.700-197.750. They will be eager for a win at home.

Photo by Chris Parent