Sooner sophomore Natalie Brown, known for her beautiful artistry on beam and floor, is training a front handspring to front one and a half, also known as a Rudi, to a back layout stepout. She saw competition a couple times toward the end of the season, including an appearance on floor during the national championships.
Fan favorite freshman from last season, Cal's Toni-Ann Williams, is training a double front on floor. She also has one as a beam dismount, but we have yet to see it in collegiate competition. Now a sophomore, Williams is not only training for the upcoming NCAA season but the elite one as well as she hopes to represent Jamaica at the world championships in Glasgow. Williams scored a perfect 10 on vault last season for the Golden Bears, came close to the feat on floor and represented her school at nationals in April.
While coaches can't require much training during the summer, many teams choose to have a conditioning test once the gymnasts get back to school in the fall to ensure they kept up their endurance and strength while they were gone. From running to rope climbs, peak physical condition is needed to ensure preparedness for full routines in just a few months.
A handful of teams have posted glimpses into their preseason workouts. Do you think you could keep up?
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Junior Leah Lomonte posted a video of her training a stalder full on the low bar earlier this week. Lomonte is a bars and beam specialist for the Pioneers and has a career highs of 9.8 and 9.95 on the events, respectively.
Wolverine senior Briley Casanova gave her fans a sneak peek at her new floor routine for 2016. The Texas-native shows off her sassy side with the bold music. Casanova hasn't competed floor since her freshman year but looks to be fighting for a spot in the lineup for her last year.
Days until the 2017 National Championships