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NCAA report!

January 17, 2009

Michigan won over Kent State and North Carolina State (194.325-193.525-191.15).

Alabama won handily over Kentucky 195.825-194.075. (Bama’s Ricki Lebegern took the all-around with 39.275. Other notable scores: Crimson Tide freshman Ashley Priess, last week’s SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week, scored a 9.925 on uneven bars. Bama’s Morgan Dennis delivered a 9.9 on vault and Priess, Alabama’s Geralen Stack-Eaton and Kentucky’s Heather Hite tied for the beam title with 9.875.) Only three gymnasts — UW’s Ashley Houghting (floor), Stanford’s Allyse Ishino (bars) and Stanford’s Shelley Alexander (vault) broke 9.9.

Stanford coasted through a quad meet with Washington, Sacramento State and Seattle Pacific University, winning 196.45-194.25-193.55-188.425. No Stanford gymnast competed in the all-around, which was taken by Sacramento State’s Marina Borisova (a very respectable 39.175).

Georgia ruled LSU 196.850-195.950. This was undoubtedly a huge improvement for the Gym Dogs, who opened up their season last week against West Virginia without breaking 196, disappointing outgoing coach Suzanne Yoculan. Georgia’s Courtney Kupets swept the first place finishes (to be fair, underrated LSU senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney tied with Kupets on vault), tallying 39.65 in the all-around. Is she the best NCAA gymnast ever? It gets harder and harder to argue.

Behind Kupets and Clare-Kearney, Susan Jackson (LSU) and Tiffany Tolnay (Georgia) also did extremely well here (Tolnay finsished second in the all-around with a 39.4).

Florida barely held off the surging Auburn team, scoring 49.5 on floor to beat the Tigers 196.5-196.25. The Gators overcame their lowest team beam total since 2006 (48.325, led by Corey Hartung’s 9.75). This makes no. 4 Auburn, who barely lost to in-state rival Alabama last week, like, the most successful 0-2 SEC gymnastics school ever. If they can keep this up, they’ll see action in the Super Six. (Florida senior Hartung won the all-around with a 39.475.)

NCAA report

January 10, 2009

A few highlights:

Surprise, surprise, Georgia held off West Virginia, 195.425-194.075. Courtney Kupets was back to her old tricks, winning the all-around with a 39.45.

Alabama barely held off the surging Auburn Tigers, 195.675-195.650. (Auburn’s A.J. Mills won the all-around.)

Florida defeated Oklahoma 196.500-195.075 (UF’s Melanie Sinclair took the all-around title.)

LSU overcame a couple “slow” rotations to beat Iowa and Southeast Missouri State, 194.175-191.675-191.375. (LSU’s Susan Jackson won the all-around and had a 9.95 on vault.)

Utah barely held off UCLA, 196.175-196.075 after Ute seniors Kristina Baskett and Nina Kim fell on floor exercise. Junior Beth Rizzo also badly sprained an ankle on the event. Rizzo, who put in a solid two years for the Utes as a walk-on (she was denied a scholarship last year so Canadian Gael Mackie could join the team last year) has finally attained a scholarship.

UCLA was carried by its freshman; the Deseret News reports that 16 of its 24 routines were performed by frosh gymnasts, and only two were performed by upperclassmen.

The Bruins have also permanently lost senior Kristina Comforte, who retired after suffering a torn labrum in her shoulder. Also, Utah’s Stephanie Neff, a senior, has given up gymnastics due to back problems.

Utah’s Jamie Deetscreek, in her first meet as an all-arounder, won with a 39.1 to Baskett’s 39.05.

Breaking down gymnastics costs

December 10, 2008

An illuminating little slice of life about struggling to afford gymnastics from NWhiker:

Maybe some day I’ll tally up the actual costs… or maybe not. Because it’s not just the $300+ per month of classes, it’s the booster club dues for meet fees, runs a few thousand a year, the leo and sweats, an other $500, wristbands and dowels and grips and… That’s not counting travel meets.

We decided not to go on the big travel meet of this year. All the other levels got Vegas and Malibu, for AC’s level, I guess something didn’t work out for the Malibu meet, and Vegas? Ummm… No. We’re skipping, and we’ll make a family weekend out of the other travel meet, which is down south of here at one of those cool waterparks. Still, that’ll be almost $1000 when all is said and done.

We also don’t let her run a “tab” at the gym concession. No way, no how. There is nothing even moderately healthy there, and it’s expensive.

We don’t do private lessons! Well, the occasional one or two per year, but not as a weekly thing like some of the girls get. And it does show, unfortunately. I can see how much she improves in the weeks after a private. But I’m paying for private school, folks!

I was there when the mom of one of the really good girls paid her gym bill. It was over $900, because of privates. She used three different credit cards. Sorry, but… ummm… no.

If your child is a potential NCAA-caliber gymnast, the up-front costs could be offset by a college scholarship. As Patti Kupets said in an interview with IG a couple years ago, by the time they were about 15, both Ashley and Courtney Kupets understood that they couldn’t really quit the sport, Patti told the magazine, because the Kupets’s would not be able to pay their college tuition. The equivalent of their daughters’ college savings had been spent on gymnastics.

It will be interesting to see whether gymnastics clubs suffer in the present economic downturn.

Trani interviews Kupets

November 25, 2008

Everyone wants a Courtney Kupets update. Here it is, courtesy of Georgia freshman Amber Trani, who calls Kupets her “big sister” on the team.

How is your Achilles doing?
CK– It’s doing very well. I’m still doing a bit of rehab and am just now progressing onto hard surfaces. But slowly so I don’t go too hard and it swells up.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming season?
CK– I’m very excited for it. There’s still a lot of work to be done. But I’m excited for the new team and to build the new chemistry because until season starts you don’t really know how it’s going to be.

How have practices been going for you as well as the rest of the team?
CK– Practices for me still are either on or off. I guess it’s because of coming back from an injury. I need to be more consistent. Beam has been solid and I’m confident on that. And the team, we’ve started inner-squads. The first ones were pretty much what I expected but now it is picking up and getting to be what we want.

What do you think will be the toughest challenge?
CK– Well already [Courtney] McCool being out has been difficult. But we really need to not get ahead of ourselves. There’s going to be hard times and easy times and fun times. We can’t get over anxious about anything that occurs. That’ll be our toughest challenge.

Other interesting tidbits: Kupets says she couldn’t live without her coffee maker. I’m still amazed that gymnasts drink coffee. On Ellen, Carly Patterson once said she’d been drinking coffee from a pretty young age, and Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson were spotted this summer getting their Starbucks fix. Trani aspires to be a sports reporter. In five years, she hopes to be working for Sports Illustrated or ESPN.

Kupets’s new floor routine (and many others from Georgia) are available on Gymnastike.

NCAA previews on

November 23, 2008

…including Courtney Kupets’ new floor exercise.

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Gymnastike editor Anne Phillips spent some time with the Gym Dogs a few weeks ago and captured a lot of practice and intrasquad footage. Floor routines include a showy new piece from sophomore Cassidy McComb, Grace Taylor’s new number to a spanish guitar and a “Bad to the Bone” Tiffany Tolnay.

NCAA Gymnastics Championships: Game on

April 24, 2008

Ashley PostellOne of the biggest questions about the 2008 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which begins today in Athens, Ga., is whether Ashley Postell will finally get the NCAA all-around crown many think she richly deserves.

Postell has been Utah’s beacon — and one of the big names in collegiate gymnastics — for the past four years. But she’s always been eclipsed (twice by friend and former teammate Courtney Kupets) for the NCAA all-around title.


Pacific Rim redux

April 13, 2008

Al TrautwigThanks NBC, for broadcasting the women’s team competiton (and three half-performances from Paul Hamm.)

Many gymnastics fans don’t agree with everything NBC commentators say, particularly color commentator Al Trautwig, a basketball/hockey expert who often comes off as a buffoon in his attempts to translate the sport for the couch-potato watching public.

But they do slip interesting tidbits into their talk when not reminding viewers that the balance beam is only four inches wide (which, to their credit, I don’t believe they did in this broadcast.)


Georgia and Denver to NCAAs

April 13, 2008

Tiffany TolnayNorthest Regionals: Georgia first with a 197.775 (without Courtney Kupets). Denver second with 195.775. Both teams advance to the NCAA Championships.

Georgia won everything. Tiffany Tolnay won the all-around with a record-high 39.675, and scored the vault title for good measure. Grace Taylor won bars, Katie Heenan won beam and top-ranked floorworker Courtney McCool won floor. Georgia couldn’t ask to be set up any better to win this year’s NCAA title.

Penn State’s Brandi Personett, third in the all-around, will tag along to NCAAs as an individual.


Inside Gymnastics’ Terin Humphrey interview

April 10, 2008

“I had accomplished all my goals [in gymnastics] and there wasn’t anything left.”

Terin HumphreyIn a new interview posted on Inside Gymnastics Magazine’s website, recently retired Alabama senior Terin Humphrey is perfectly candid. Among other things, she discloses that she really wanted to quit after the Athens Olympics, even forgoing her NCAA eligibility.

The first part of the interview is online, a teaser for Inside Gymnastics’ May/June issue.


Terin Humphrey: The moments

March 19, 2008

Terin HumphreyCarly Patterson was the “it” girl, the one with the big chance to become the next Mary Lou Retton.

Courtney McCool was the upstart senior with the impeccable form who some thought could win it all for herself.

Courtney Kupets was an amazing comeback story — the girl who had weathered a potentially career-ending injury and come back better than she’d been before, all in less than a year.

Mohini Bhardwaj had defied all odds and made an Olympic team eight years after she was expected to be at her prime.

Annia Hatch was living the American dream.

And Terin Humphrey was the girl, who despite not being a particular Olympic favorite (some doubted she’d make the team, given that the USA had so much talent to choose from) wound up standing on a podium in Athens all by herself with a silver medal around her neck.