After competing one season at Oklahoma, Brenna Dowell has returned to elite and was named to the training squad for the 2015 World Championships. Dowell deferred one year of college to vie for an opportunity to represent the U.S. at worlds.
Dowell competed at the 2015 P&G Championships and placed seventh on floor and ninth on bars. In the all around, she finished first day in seventh, but dropped to 11th after the final day of competition.
Dowell’s 6.7 difficulty score on bars was the highest of all the competitors, but a fall on the second day hurt the combined total on which individual event titles are based. Her routine, which included a Tweedle to Ejova, was much more difficult than the one she competed four months ago in the collegiate season. She also upgraded her vault to a double twisting Yurchenko.
In 2013, Dowell qualified to worlds, but did not compete and in 2014, she was the non-traveling alternate. This year’s World Selection Camp will take place Oct. 6-9 in Huntsville, Texas.
In her return to elite, Dowell is competing for GAGE, the club where she trained prior to attending college. She will return to Oklahoma as a sophomore for the 2017 season.
Senior Gym Dog Brittany Rogers, who is deferring a semester to train for 2015 Worlds, has been training new skills left and right this summer. Most recently, the Canadian is seen performing (as well as making and freaking out about) a piked Ricna (also known as a Downie) on bars.
And in case you missed her other elite upgrades, we've got you covered.
Starting with the 2016 season, the almost compulsory Yurchenko full vault has been devalued to a 9.95 start value from a 10.0. Because of this, many gymnasts have begun training upgrades or different variations of the vault, including Razorback vault specialist Leah MacMoyle. The question when the season comes around will be whether teams risk execution for difficulty.
Gym Dog senior, Brittany Rogers, a 2012 Olympian for Canada, has decided to defer a semester and return to Georgia in December. She still has the desire to compete internationally for her country, and with the world championships coming up in October, Rogers will turn her focus fully toward elite and remain home in British Columbia to train in the hopes of making the Canadian team. She will then return to finish out her career at Georgia for the 2016 NCAA season.
Rogers entered college as a freshman in December of 2012, so she is familiar with having to jump right into the collegiate season after arriving at school. However, it is possible she will come back even more prepared than she was as a freshman. After the Olympics in 2012, Rogers enjoyed the fall by taking a break from gymnastics, training less intensely to prepare for college. This fall, she will be training even more so than she would have if she remained in Athens, which should prepare her for her senior season.
The 2015 world championships run from Oct. 23-Nov. 1 in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games will be held in Aug. 5-21, 2016.
Incoming Tiger freshman and 2012 Olympic alternate Sarah Finnegan posted a video of her training a double layout off the single rail into the pit. It's been a while since she's competed. How do you think she'll do in college?
Days until the 2017 National Championships