It's time for the fourth edition of the Recruiting Roundup. We take a look at all of December's verbal commitments from our featured teams, including stats on their careers so far as well as videos.
The first meet of the season is three days away! So to tide you over until it’s time to sit on the couch and watch NCAA gymnastics on your small tablet or even smaller phone screens, prepare yourself for all that’s to come with an in-depth look at every team in the preseason top 25. From what the teams are losing and gaining to routines you don’t want to miss, we’ve got you covered with all the information you want and need to know.
No. 1 Oklahoma
Losses: Erica Brewer, Rebecca Clark, Haley Sorenson, Brenna Dowell (deferring to train for the Olympics)
Gains: Nicole Lehrmann, Megan Thompson, Alex Marks, Nicole Turner (transferred from Oregon State)
Realistic Expectations: The Sooners can win in 2016 and spoil Florida’s four-peat hopes. They have solid 9.9+ potential from multiple routines on every event and very deep lineups with backups that can fill in and make it look like there wasn’t even a switch.
Things to Worry about: Oklahoma has peaked too early in past years, so working to ensure that doesn’t happen this year will be important. Replacing Brewers beam and floor, Sorenson’s beam and Dowell’s everything will make a difference as well.
Routines You Don’t Want to Miss: Keeley Kmieciak on bars and beam, Haley Scaman on vault, bars and floor, Chayse Capps on beam and floor, Lovan on floor, McKenzie Wofford on bars, Natalie Brown on beam and Ali Jackson on vault and floor (make that every Sooner on floor)
The NCAA gymnastics season is ALMOST HERE! And with technology allowing fans to be more connected than ever before, we decided to help out those of you still a bit behind on the times. If you call yourself a gym fan, you’ll want to follow these social media accounts in 2016.
In case you were living in a hole during the fall and missed all the great things happening on social media, we’ve got you covered with our inaugural social media awards! You can’t go into the 2016 season without first seeing these posts.
Instagram Caption of the Year
Writing Instagram captions has become an art. Yes, we know you are excited for the season that starts in a carefully calculated number of days and you just can't wait to put on that [insert team name] leotard again. But there's more creativity out there than that. Here are a couple of our favorites.
At first glimpse Talia Chiarelli's classic Instagram post after team picture day appears to be like the thousands of others from college gymnasts nationwide. But then there's the caption. Not one component takes it to the next level, but the sum of the parts — from the first words to the final hashtag — are sure to spark at least a smile. Like Chiarelli, Brittany Rogers frequently sets herself apart in the world of Instagram captions. Not only did she post a nice standing Arabian accompanied by some interesting dance moves, but she also tied it all nicely to the news of Morgan Reynolds' recovery from an illness making it both timely and heartfelt.
Besides being about family, food and fun, Christmas is a time for giving. So we decided to bring you the 25 days of things we want to see from the 2016 NCAA gymnastics season! We’ll be posting one per day starting Dec. 1 until the 25th, and you don’t want to miss a single one. So without further ado, we give you the things we want to see out of the upcoming season.
Days until the 2017 National Championships