Salt Lake Tribune reporter Jay Drew has posted on his blog:
"SUU, USU, Boise State, Denver and BYU hope to be in the still-forming Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference in 2014-15, with NCAA blessing."
Dynamo Gymnastics in Oklahoma has announced Katrina Coca's commitment to Kentucky. Katrina competed at level 10 last season and finished 1st AA and 1st on vault, bars and floor at her state meet.
Do your part to help save Temple Men's Gymnastics, which is proposed to be cut after this season by their administration. They have less than 2,700 signatures left to their goal of 10,000.
Jordan Gillette, L10 at X-Cel in Pa., has announced her commitment to West Virginia. Jordan is a long time Level 10 with many post season appearances to her credit. Last season she earned a spot at the NIT and finished 10th AA.
Morgan Lane, L10 at Jody's Gymnastics in Indiana, has committed to join the UNC team next year. Jody has been competing at Level 10 since the 2011 season. She qualified to the NIT in 2012 and to JOs in 2013. Last season she placed 3rd AA at her state meet and 5th AA at regionals.
Emily Schild has announced her commitment to Georgia. Emily is a Jr. International Elite from Everest Gymnastics in N.C. She competed L10 last season before moving up to the elite. She competed at the Secret Classic and US Nationals.
Temple has announced its intent to drop Men's Gymnastics as one of seven programs to be eliminated at the end of the year. The loss of yet another Men's program will be felt throughout the NCAA. Temple also is setting the elimination of baseball, men's crew, Men's indoor and outdoor track, Women's crew and softball. The elimination of the two women's sports is somewhat unusual in that many schools use similar high roster count sports to achieve Title IX compliance. The women's gymnastics team was not cut.
In total, 150 athletes (208 roster positions) and 9 full time coaches were impacted by today's announcement. According to Philly.com, the school has said the savings will help improve funding of the other sports, including more scholarships for women's sports (in general). Lack of adequate facilities played a role in the elimination of baseball, softball, track and crew. The school also claims that the training facility for gymnastics is inadequate to hold both the men's and women's team.
Title IX is being cited as the motivation for the change, but reportedly has helped spare the Women's team. Temple claims that with these changes, they will correct a Title IX imbalance. Currently, the school is 51% female but only 42% of the scholarships go to the women's programs.
In 1994, the baseball and gymnastics teams were proposed for elimination but were saved.
We'll keep you updated on the efforts to save the Men's program, and how you can help.
Link: Temple Release
Natalie Vaculik, Canadian International Elite and the younger sister of Stanford's Kristina Vaculik, has committed to Georgia according to a news article. As a senior this year, Natalie is eligible to join the team next fall. However she plans to postpone college for a season or two while she works toward the next Olympic Games.
Natalie finished 2nd AA at the 2013 Canadian Championships. In the event finals, she placed 4th on bars and 8th on beam.
Nebraska's men's program has signed Josh Everitt, Daniel Leal, Alex Magsam and Andrew Zymball.
Everitt trains at Gymnastics World Central in Tuscon. He finished 3rd on Rings at the 2013 JO Nationals.
Leal is originally from Columbia and trains at Indigo in NJ. At the 2013 Regionals, he took first AA, PH, PB and HB.
Magsam competes for North Valley Gymnastics in Arizona. He placed 5th on VT at the 2012 Nationals.
Zymball is an in-state product from Cahoy's Gymnastics. He was 12th AA at the 2013 JO Nationals.
Link: NU Release