Jackie Fain has been named the new Head Coach at Centenary, according to a school release. She had been an assistant at TWU, and has experience as a coach, judge and former UK competitor.
Link: Centenary Release
Allison Bellingham, a L10 from South Coast in Irvine, has committed to San Jose State, according to her recruiting service. She placed 19th AA at the 2011 Region I L10 Regionals, Senior A. She was 10th AA in 2010.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
San Jose State has announced the addition of Liz Major as an assistant. After graduation from San Jose State, she received her masters from DU and coached at Aurora.
Link: SJSU Release
USA Gymnastics announced the men's squads for the World Championships and Pan Am Games. Several past and present NCAAers are on the rosters:
2011 Men's World Championships Team
Jake Dalton, OU
Jonathan Horton, Team Hilton HHonors (former OU)
Steven Legendre, Team Hilton Honors (former OU)
Danell Leyva, Team Hilton HHonors
Alexander Naddour, OU
John Orozco, U.S. Olympic Training Center
Alternate: Chris Brooks, Team Hilton HHonors (former OU))
Head coach: Kevin Mazeika, Houston
2011 Men's Pan American Games Team
Donothan Bailey, California - Berkeley
Glen Ishino, California – Berkeley
C.J. Maestas, University of Illinois
Sho Nakamori, former Stanford
Paul Ruggeri, University of Illinois
Brandon Wynn, Team Hilton HHonors (former Ohio State)
Alternate: Tyler Mizoguchi, University of Illinois
Jordyn Wieber won the AA title at the 2011 VISA (US) Championships, posting a big second day tally of 61.45 to widen the gap over 2nd place McKayla Maroney. Florida commit Alexandra Raisman was third, and current Gator Mackenzie Caquatto was fourth. Wieber won the national titles on UB and FX, while Maroney was the VT champion. Former Brown star Alicia Sacramone won the BB. The Senior Women's National Team was also named:
Rebecca Bross, WOGA
Bridgette Caquatto, Legacy Elite (Florida commit)
Mackenzie Caquatto, Legacy Elite (Florida)
Gabrielle Douglas, Chow's
Shawn Johnson, Chow’s Gymnastics
McKayla Maroney, All-Olympia
Chellsie Memmel, M&M Gymnastics
Alexandra Raisman, Brestyan’s American Gymnastics (Florida commit)
Alicia Sacramone, Brestyan’s American Gymnastics (ex Brown)
Sabrina Vega, Dynamic
Jordyn Wieber, Gedderts’ Twistars USA
Bross (dislocated kneecap) and Memmel (dislocated shoulder) were both injured during the competition.
Katelyn Ohashi of WOGA won the Junior title easily, capturing the UB, BB and FX in the process. She is not age-eligible for the 2012 Olympics, but her total of 120.95 would have placed her 2nd in the Senior competition. Junior runnerup Kyla Ross of Gym Max, who is age eligible for the 2012 Olympics, also outpointed the Senior runnerup. Lexie Priessman of CGA won the VT.
Jordyn Wieber of Geddart's Twistars powered to a first day lead at the VISA (US) Championships. In 2nd was Alexandra Raisman, with Chellsie Memmel in third. UCLA grad Anna Li holds the top spot on UB, while Florida's Mackenzie Caquatto is the top rated NCAA athlete, placing 6th.
Danell Leyva leads the first day of competition in the Senior Men's division at the VISA (US) Championships. Former OU great Jonathan Horton is in 2nd, while another former Sooner, Steve Legendre is 3rd. Current or former OU athletes were in five of the top seven places. Current, former and past NCAA stars dominated the standings, showing the importance of college gymnastics to the National program.
In the Junior Men's Preliminaries, Jonathan Deaton of Daggestt's leads the field. Orlando Metro's Jake Martin was 2nd.
Illinois State announced the addition of three athletes to the 2011-2012 roster: Heather Pena, Megan Yee and Kristen Lieberman. Yee's college decision was covered in a prior news item. Lieberman comes to the Redbirds as a transfer from Boise State. Pena trained at Level 10 at Park Avenue Gymnastics in Florida. At the 2011 Region VIII L10 Regionals, she placed 19th AA.
Link: Illinois State Release
Rutgers announced the hiring of Kera Bolen and Umme Salim-Beasley as assistants. Salim-Beasley was a standout at WVU and has coached at Penn and WVU, in addition to the high school level.
Link: Rutgers Release