The NCAA Weekly|5 August

1. Miss Val’s book has been announced and you can (i.e. should) preorder it. It’s called Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance, and provides insights and inspiration on how to achieve success by being themselves.

2. Michigan State University’s junior Shannon St. Jean is training a new loooooong beam series: back handspring + layout step-out + split jump + back tuck + leap jump. It still looks a bit tentative, but what an effort!

3. Baby Florida won the U.S. Classic, with SIX future Gators competing there. In the senior ranks, Riley McCusker (2019), Morgan Hurd (2019) and Shilese Jones (2020) took second, third and fourth in the all around respectively, and Sloane Blakely (2021) was fourth on beam. In the junior ranks, Sophia Butler (2021) tied for third on floor, and Gabbie Gallentine (2021) finished tenth on bars.

4. Future Cal Golden Bear Amelie Morgan (2022) and future Oregon State Beaver Phoebe Jakubczyk (2022) helped the junior British team win bronze at the Glasgow European championships. Amelie also won a historic silver medal in the all around, as well as silver on beam and bronze on vault and floor. I was there and her lines and poise are gorgeous – she will have a great college career!

5. Former Washington head coach Joanne Bowers is the new head coach of San Jose State. Bowers was head coach at Washington for ten years, and previous to that she was assistant coach at Michigan and Kent State, and head coach at Illinois State. Her son Ross is starting his NCAA career as football quarterback at Cal this year.

6. Stanford junior Kayla Cole has announced that she is back training elite in order to represent Bolivia internationally. Cole already represented Bolivia in 2015 at the Pan American Games.

7. LSU has published its 2019 roster and there is a couple of exciting news. McKenna Kelley features as a junior, which most likely means that she decided to red-shirt last season. This is somewhat surprising, because last year she often implied in interviews that her body was unlikely to be able to handle two more seasons. LSU must be glad that she has changed her mind! The other news is that Rebecca D’Antonio is a last-minute commit to LSU and is currently the only freshman on the team. She is a solid gymnast, especially on bars. The other expected freshman, Bailey Ferrer, is expected to join the Tigers in January.

8. Baby Sooner Jordan Bowers has a new YouTube channel, where she keeps vlogs about her competitions. You can currently watch her and her teammates’ experience at the Pan American Games and at the U.S. Classic. It is a nice overview of what goes on behind the scenes of big gymnastics meets.

9. Georgia head coach Courtney Kupets-Carter is pregnant with her third child! I remember that when she got birth to her second son, she said she was happy that it was a boy, because she already had a whole team of girls. Let’s see what she thinks this time.

10. Here are the gymnasts who committed to college this week: Christie Tini to Central Michigan (2020), Emma Wiley to William & Mary (2020), Nora Houseman to George Washington (2020), Anaya Smith to Arizona State (2021), Adalayna Hufendiek to Missouri (2020), Aubri Schwartze to Southern Utah (2021) and Raisa Boris to Eastern Michigan (2021).

Routine of the Week

Future Cal gymnast Amelie Morgan’s silver medal performance on beam at the Glasgow European Championships.


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