Simone Biles qualified to four event finals and placed 1st AA to lead the US to the top spot in qualifying. AU commit Sunisa Lee is 2nd, and qualified on to AA, UB and FX finals. Oregon State commit Jade Carey edged Biles for the top qualifying spot on VT. Bama star Shallon Olsen also qualified to the VT finals for Canada. UCLA commit Brooklyn Moors of Canada is the first reserve on FX, after an inquiry took down her score by 0.1. Utah commit Kara Eaker is the first reserve on BB, after an inquiry took down her start value by 0.4 points, and dropped her out of qualifying.
Boise State has hired Ivan Alexov as an assistant. He's spent five years as a member of the US National Team staff and is co-owner of Omega Gymnastics in Oregon. He was a three time Bulgarian National Champion.
Kendall LaPlante, a L10 from the Tampa Bay Turners has committed to Iowa for 2021-2022. At the 2019 Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals, she tied for 3rd AA and 9th on VT and placed 5th on BB and 10th on FX. She also qualified to JO Nationals in 2017.
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.
Former NCAA champ and Michigan star Sam Mikulak took a big lead on Day 1 of the US Championships. He's chasing after his sixth title. He posted the day's top scores on FX, PB and HB, plus 2nd on PH.
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Incoming Wisconsin-Lacrosse frosh Maddie Grobmeier has passed away, according to a Facebook post from the team. She suffered complications from a severe asthma attack. Our condolences to her family, friends, coaches and teammates.
SPU has hired former Oregon State star Kaytianna McMillan as an assistant coach.
Arkansas has announced the hiring of Chris Bogantes and Chris Brooks as assistants. Bogantes has been an assistant at Illinois and Utah State, in addition to stints with SEMO, Ball State, TWU, and LSU. Brooks has been an assistant with the OU Men and the Nebraska Women's squads.
Link: Arkansas Release
Former CSUF Hall of Famer and AIAW All-American (BB, FX) Carol "Lefty Johnson" passed away Saturday, according to a tweet by Cal-State Fullerton. Johnston's pioneering achievements are especially notable as she lacked a complete right arm but that challenge did not prevent her from becoming a top AAer. She had been battling early onset Altzheimer's.