1. Russia dominated the very first Junior World Championships in Győr, Hungary. Viktoria Listunova won the all around and the floor final, Vladislava Urazova won bars and Elena Gerasimova won beam. China won silver in the team final behind Russia and the United States won bronze. In terms of future NCAAs, baby Gator Kayla DiCello won the vault title with the best DTY in the competition and was fourth in the all around; baby Bruin Sydney Barros was fifth in the all around and Skye Blakely, who is still uncommitted, was fourth on bars. The Junior World Championships also marked the discovery of rising star Jennifer Gadirova of Great Britain. Her Yurchenko 1.5 is NCAA-ready. Will she receive any offers soon?
2. At the Summer Universiade Japan’s Hitomi Hatakeda won gold in the all around, followed by Russia’s Uliana Perebinosova and Liliia Akhaimova. Springfield senior Sara King competed for Slovenia and finished 33rd in qualifications, while Canada’s Denelle Pedrick, who is entering her senior year at Central Michigan, finished seventh in the all around. Denelle wrote on Instagram: ‘Very happy with my competition today! I placed 7th AA at the World University Games😊 Thank you all once again for the continuous love and support 💜 Special thanks to my parents for everything they do and coming to watch and cheer both yesterday and today!! #fisugames2019#Canada‘.
4. Utah’s former gymnast Mykayla Skinner showed off an Amanar on vault. Is it better than it used to be in 2016? Mmm, fans have their doubts. Mykayla twists really fast straight off the table, but unfortunately this vault still looks a bit under-rotated. Hopefully she won’t risk it at Classics!
5. Denver sophomore Maddie Quarles has announced that she will be transferring to Minnesota. This is good news for her, rumour had it that she was retiring from gymnastics. Maddie did not compete in her freshman season at Denver, hopefully she will get a chance to make the lineup in her new home.
6. After three seasons serving as associate head coach, Lindsey Bruck Ayotte was named head coach at New Hampshire. Ms Bruck Ayotte was a gymnast at Michigan in 2004-08 and a Honda Award finalist in her senior season.
7. Boise State senior Courtney McGregor will represent New Zealand at the World Championships in October, where she will get the chance to qualify to her second Olympic Games. Congratulations!
8. Texas Dreams gymnast and former elite Abi Walker, who was committed to Georgia, announced that she will instead be joining Penn State next year. This is super exciting news for PSU! And elite gymnast Andrea Maldonado, who competes for Puerto Rico, announced that she will be joining Iowa State. International NCAA news are always the best news!
9. Upgrades of the week: LSU commit Aleah Finnegan has the prettiest double double on floor you’ll ever see; Florida sophomore Savannah Schoenherr is training a Maloney on bars; Michigan sophomore Natalie Wojcik is training a Deltchev on bars; and UCLA junior Nia Dennis is training a crazy combination pass on floor!
10. This is old news, but I did not have time to report it, so here it is: senior elite Alyona Shchennikova sadly tore her Achilles a few weeks ago. She underwent surgery and is not beginning a slow process of recovery. I cannot see her making a comeback for the Olympics, but she should be ready to join LSU in the fall of 2020.
Routine of the week
Jennifer Gadirova’s near-perfect Yurchenko 1.5. NCAA coaches, who will bid the highest for this new gem?