Alabama Head Coach Dana Duckworth has elected to step down following her eight season. In a release, she said: "This decision was not an easy one as I am forever grateful to our student-athletes, their families, my staff and fellow coaches. The University of Alabama is a special place and I care deeply about the gymnastics program, but after 27 years of involvement, I have decided to step down and focus on my family for now."
Gina Quinlan will serve as the interim head coach until a replacement is named.
Claire Geiger, L9 at Perfection Gymnastics, to Springfield.
Wynter Poolaw, Bart Conner Gymnastics, to Simpson College.
Zyia Coleman, Gymnastix Training Center, to Fisk
Aliyah Reed-Hammo, M&M Gymnastics, to Fisk
Amaya McConkay changes her commitment from Simpson College to UW-Oshkosh
LSU's Aleah Finnegan won the silver on BB, as she finished the SEA Games with a total of four medals: a gold on VT and in the team, silver on both BB and the AA. Rachel Yeoh Li Wen of Malaysia won the Gold on BB.
Iowa GymAct won the title at the Men's USAG GymACT Championships, led by senior Evan Davis win the AA. They snapped Arizona's (formerly ASU) streak of 14 straight titles. Iowa's program was cut from full NCAA status following the 2020-2021 season. They tallied 319.95 to defeat Arizona at 315.6 and the University of Washington at 302.35. Iowa's Carter Tope finished 2nd AA, just 0.1 behind Davis. Arizona's Jordan Williams was 3rd, just 0.15 off of the Davis.
Davis had the top score on FX while Tope was first on PH and PB. Yaroslav Owens-Pochinka of the University of Minnesota (another team that was cut last season) had the top mark on Rings. Amari Sewell of Iowa was 1st on VT while teammate Zac Tiderman had the top mark on HB.
Link: USAG Release and Results
The USA Gymnastics Development Program Level 10 Nationals are this weekend (along with the Men's DP Nationals) in Mesa, Arizona. Most of the future stars of the NCAA will be in action this weekend (Nearly all of the gymnasts on NCAA rosters reach Level 10 or higher; only the elites are not represented here, although newly qualified elites may still compete). We'll be reporting on the top 10 AAers plus event winners and their future schools. The main action takes places Saturday and Sunday. You can follow the action at myusagym.com and FlipNow.usagym.org (subscription required).
LSU's Aleah Finnegan placed 2nd AA at the Southeast Asia Games. Competing for the Philippines, the country of her mother's birth, she held lead the team to their first team Gold in 30 years. Despite suffering a fall on FX, she finished just behind AA winner Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Malaysia. Her sets included two NCAA 10.0 SV vaults (Yurchenko 1 1/2, Pike Omelianchik)
Clemson has named former USU Associate Head Coach Erik Lewis as their new Associate Head Coach. He worked in the same capacity with the new Clemson Head Coach, Amy Smith.