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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.)

Something positive about the Parkettes

June 17, 2008

No, seriously.

Former Parkette gymnast Annie Fogarty.From the Philadelphia Inquirer, which dubs the gym that produced Kristen Maloney, Kim Kelly, Geralen Stack-Eaton and others “a gymnastics paradise”:

Formed in the gymnastics dark ages of 1968 with the help of a Philadelphia club, the Parkettes started out in the Strausses’ backyard, then moved to an unheated barn, a church basement, and a room above a concert hall before settling in a state-of-the-art, warehouse-size facility here.

In those 40 years, the program has produced a flock of world-class gymnasts, sending at least one competitor to every Olympics trials since 1976.

And even though the center of the American gymnastics universe has shifted south and west, the Parkettes’ streak will continue this weekend in Philadelphia.

In an era where Bela Karolyi is relegated to crowd-booster and Al Fong has embraced a healthy attitude toward preparing young women to be Olympians, much of the negative press about gymnastics has centered on the relatively sloppy, oft-injured but always super-intense Parkettes.

In some ways it’s too bad. Despite a 2003 CNN documentary that exposed the coaches’ (and, in some cases, parents’) callousness, the gym is still thriving, even if it’s not producing Olympians. Shouldn’t those gymnasts be praised for their accomplishments, instead of it being all about condemning the coaches?

Way to go Geralen!

November 23, 2007

OK, so she flubbed her opening leap series and she went overtime and she only scored a 15.075, but aside from all that, Geralen Stack-Eaton was downright impressive on balance beam at the Glasgow Grand Prix.

Olympic Games? Not a chance. Note that although she had the meet of her life and placed sixth at the 2007 U.S. Championships, the 18-year-olf was passed over in favor of Samantha Peszek when National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi picked the World team training camp.  Probably because it was the meet of her life and she still ended up sixth.

Nevertheless, Geralen’s decent form and execution speaks well for her gym, the Parkettes of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Parkettes are almost as successful as they are constroversial — coach Donna Strauss receives a huge amount of flak for being dictorial and other criticize team members’ poor technique and numerous injuries.

CNN produced a rather unfavorable documentary about the gym in 2003, highlighting the challenges and sacrifices of Nicole Harris, Krista Jasper and Annie Fogarty.

Parkettes CNN Documentary, Part One:

They’ve also produced Olympians Kristen Maloney, Hope Spivey and Kim Kelly, and numerous Trials competitors.

Priess, Stack-Eaton to Alabama

November 20, 2007

Ashley Priess will head to the University of Alabama in 2009.

The University of Alabama seems to have won this year’s recruitment lottery.

In addition to current National team member Geralen Stack-Eaton and Parkettes teammate Julie Cotter, Sarah Patterson and company announced today that Ashley Priess will be a part of the team next fall.

Priess’ sister Courtney competed for Alabama in 2005 and 2006 but is not on the roster this year. Both trained with Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnatti Gymnastics Academy in Ohio.

Alabama must be getting hungry. They walked into the 2006 NCAA Championship pretty much guarenteed second place and blew it. Then in 2007 they lost to Utah again.