On September 11th, 2001, Mari-Rae Sopper was on her way to California, ready to start her job as Head Coach of the women's team at UC Santa Barbara. Sopper, a former standout at Iowa State, was known as "ISUFan" on the College Gymnastics Board. She had given up her job as a Navy JAG Corp lawyer to pursue her dream, and to help save the program at UCSB. She lost her life during the events of that fateful day as the plane she was on was deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. We pause to remember her spirit and dedication to the sport, and her inspiring effort to pursue her dreams, as well as the others who lost their lives that fateful day.
Financial aid is an essential component for many families to consider as they move forward in the college athletics recruiting process. College costs continue to increase, and the family that makes a concerted effort in developing financial aid planning as part of their overall college recruiting plan will have a greater chance of gaining a manageable package.
Your help is desperately needed to help save the UIC Men's and Women's Gymnastics programs. Please email, call, or use social media to contact UIC’s administration to advocate for maintaining the program.
The NCAA Rules Modifications for Women's Gymnastics for 2018-2019 have been released. Fans that were waiting for substantial changes will be disappointed, as this year's code modfications contains the smallest number of changes we've seen in years.
Faith Torrez from Legacy Elite has committed to OU. She placed 1st on vault and floor and 1st AA at her 2018 state meet. She swept the events and AA at regionals. She won bars, beam and AA titles at JOs.
Unfortunately, both Men's and Women's Gymnastics programs at UIC will be cut at the end of this season. Both teams were reportedly informed this morning, and it's now been confirmed. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available, including any efforts to save the programs.
Erika Penamante from Legacy Elite has committed to Iowa. She placed 4th AA at her 2018 state meet. She placed 1st on beam and 1st AA regionals. She picked up a national beam title and placed 7th AA at JOs.
Caroline Herry from Texas Dreams has committed to Arizona. Last season she picked up the state floor title (5th AA). Her 7th place finish at regionals earned her a spot at JOs where she finished 6th AA.
Temple has announced the hiring of Rachel Innis as an assistant coach. The former AU standout has been serving as a volunteer assistant at AU the past two seasons. Prior to that she was a professional dancer at Walt Disney World.
WVU welcomes back former athlete and assistant coach Kaylyn Millick as an assistant for 2018-2019. Also, WVU has hired Carleigh Shaffer as Director of Operations.