1. After hiring Jordyn Wieber as head coach earlier this month, Arkansas announced this week the hiring of Chris Bogantes and Chris Brooks as assistant coaches. Prior to Arkansas, Bogantes was an assistant coach at Illinois (most recently), Utah State, SEMO, Texas Woman’s, Ball State and LSU. Brooks was a gymnast at Oklahoma in 2005-9 and later an elite athlete and a two-time Olympian (2012 and 2016). He served as assistant coach at Nebraska for one year, before spending the last season at Oklahoma with the men’s team.
2. Central Michigan announced the promotion of assistant coach Christine MacDonald to head coach. MacDonald recently completed her twenty-fifth season at CMU. She was a gymnast there in 1988-91 and a student coach in 1992.
3. Seattle Pacific also announced the promotion of assistant coach Sarah Marshall to head coach. Marshall competed as a gymnast for SPU as Sarah Sullivan in 2004-7 and has served as a Falcon assistant coach since 2010.
4. Denver announced that assistant coach Jay Hogue decided to retire after four season with the Pioneers. Hogue coached at the club level for over twenty years, before moving to Denver for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. He was then an assistant coach at Georgia in 2013-17, before returning to Denver.
5. Last Monday Florida sophomore Alyssa Baumann, alongside UCLA alumnae Tasha and Jordan Schwikert, testified before the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs in favour of new language for HB 3809. The bill extends the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, giving more time to take legal action against organizations that failed to protect children.
6. Minnesota’s Lexy Ramler is training an insane combination on bars: a Maloney to Comaneci. Wow!
7. LSU commit Olivia Dunne played around with turns in the gym: some went really well and others… you will see!
8. A young girl had a video posted of herself reproducing (with her Dad’s help) Aly Raisman’s 2012 floor choreography. Former Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson liked the video and wrote: ‘This is priceless….if I was still recruiting I would want a commit from this little CHAMPION!’ This is all so cute!
9. U.S. Olympic alternate Ashton Locklear announced her retirement from gymnastics. It was not completely unexpected news, considering all the major surgeries she had recently underwent, but it still hurt. I am particularly disappointed that Ashton decided to turn pro in 2017 and we never got the chance to see her compete at Florida.
10. A collegiate-gymnastics star from the 1970s, Carol Johnston, who competed for Cal-State Fullerton, sadly passed away. Johnston competed with only one arm but this did not prevent her from achieving AIAW All-America honours on both beam and floor in 1978. In her three seasons with the Titans, Cal State Fullerton was one of the most dominant collegiate teams, which compiled a record of 45-0 victories and won the 1979 AIAW National Championship. Johnston entered the Titans’ Hall of Fame in 2013.
- A new interview with Florida commit and U.S. junior national team member Olivia Greaves on The Code of Points.
- A new interview with UCLA senior Katelyn Ohashi on how she became a star in a sport she almost despised on The Daily Bruin.
- A new article on Auburn senior Sam Cerio on how injury does not define her on Montgomery Adviser.
- A new article about how UC Davis’ sophomore Alyssa Ito overcame adversity on The Aggie.
Routine of the week
Carol Johnston on the balance beam at the 1978 AIAW Championships.