‘Retirement is like a funeral; I’m getting lots of flowers and people are saying nice things about me… but I didn’t have to die.’ (Megan Marsden)
1. New Hampshire head coach Gail Goodspeed has announced her retirement after forty years with the Wildcats. Ms Goodspeed led her team to seven league championships (four ECAC, three EAGL) and to 36 Regional Championships appearances in the last 38 seasons. In 2019 she led UNH to their third EAGL Championships victory and was named EAGL Co-Coach of the Year.
2. The NCAA posted another video on Twitter in which gymnasts at the NCAA Championships described the societal expectations surrounding gymnastics, and how the sport itself allows them to overcome them and accept themselves as they are. Probably the best NCAA videos of the week.
3. The NCAA posted two more videos about senior gymnasts at Nationals. Kentucky’s Alex Hyland read out her letter to gymnastics, while Oregon State’s McKenna Singley explained what it meant to end her career at the NCAA Championships.
4. Another senior, UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi was all over the news once again this week. She was interviewed by Outside the Lines, where she powerfully spoke up once again about the culture of body shaming in elite gymnastics. Katelyn also taught a little fan how to perform her viral routine, it was adorable!
5. Speaking of gymnasts leaving the NCAA, we have Utah’s MyKayla Skinner‘s first training video (bars and vault) since announcing her return to elite. The power on that Amanar is insane! She may be a better gymnast than she was in 2016 but will it be enough to make the Olympic team?
6. Speaking of Utah, Red Rock commit Grace McCallum showed off her super difficult bars combination. She is getting more polished and increasingly consistent!
7. There are two interviews with Minnesota sophomores that you should check out. One interview is with Ona Loper, where she gives a detailed account of her experience as a student-athlete at Minnesota. The other interview is with Lexy Ramler at Nationals, where she discusses gymnastics, muscles and more.
8. It is graduation time! The most moving moment was to see Auburn’s Sam Cerio walking across the stage only a month after her injury. Among other gymnasts who graduated, congratulations to Sam’s teammates Taylor Kripner and Abby Milliet, Florida’s Amanda Cheney, California’s Chelsea Shu, Michigan State’s Drew Hendershot, Michigan’s Emma McLean and Olivia Karas, Alabama’s Shea Mahoney (she’ll be back for her senior year), Abby Armbrecht and Angelina Giancroce, Utah State’s Madi Ward-Sessions and Emily Briones and Utah’s Kari Lee and Shannon McNatt.
9. France’s Juliette Bossu has been teasing fans about continuing her career at UCLA. Wouldn’t it be amazing?!!
10. We had loads of verbal commitments this week: Cassidy O’Neill to Air Force (2020-21), Megan Ray to UC Davis (2021-22), Sydney Barros to UCLA (2023-24), Maddie Snook to Oklahoma (2021-22), Ellie Weaver to Oregon State (2022-23), Riley Milbrandt to Georgia (2021-22), Skylar Draser to Florida (2023-24), Kaitlyn Ewald to Illinois (2020-21), Kiley Rorich to Denver (2022-23), Elizabeth Ganter to Georgia (2023-34) and Madison Kipp to Illinois State (2020-21).
Routine of the week
To Sam Cerio, a true inspiration.