Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Gym Dogs focused on execution this week. (They also signed Chelsea Davis and Sarah Persinger.) Overall, the team is rounding into form. Cassidy McComb is in the best shape she has been in since 2008, which is amazing for the team. If McComb can be at her best, she will be a huge asset to the team.
Kat Ding is taking her gainer front flip noticeably higher and avoiding a landing deduction. She looks prepared to compete in the all-around and be the leader the team needs her to be. Gina Nuccio is looking strong, as are Hilary Mauro and Noel Couch.
Christa Tanella still looks sluggish, but she is shown training three events.
Shayla Worley is shown performing a front double full on floor, which is a genius pass for her. Shay's back needs to be taken care of, as does the rest of her body. Doing the bigger tumbling passes will strain her fragile body. A front double full and double pike will be enough difficulty for Shay to score in the 9.900 range with her gorgeous dance and strong presentation.
Kaylan Earls is not shown, which raises some question marks. Is she injured? Noel Couch was even shown in a video focused on execution...
The UCLA Bruins held an intrasquad. Elyse Hopfner Hibbs performed a double layout on floor. Aisha Gerber competed all four events strongly and Allison Taylor performed a double arabian half out bar dismount. It is cute that they still pretend every fall that she will earn a spot in the bar lineup. Monique De La Torre competed a full twisting double layout bar dismount.
The Bruins signed Peng Peng Lee, Cassie Whitcomb and Dana McDonald. Peng Peng hasn't competed in ages, but they really only need her to be solid on beam, where they are losing two stable walk-ons. Peng Peng has the added bonus of being a Canadian formerly coached by one of Val's BFFs (Carol-Angela Orchard.)
The Boomer Sooners posted photos and videos of their latest intrasquad on their blog. KJ Kindler is working her gymnasts' asses off to get them back to the top without Hollie Vise. With or without Hollie, KJ is here to stay in the Super Six.