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2022 WCGA Preseason Coaches Poll

By WCGA 12/17/2021, 12:00pm EST

The University of Michigan is the top women’s gymnastics team heading into the 2022 season, as voted on by the members of the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association. Bev Plocki is the head coach for the Wolverines, and she is assisted by Scott Sherman, Maile’ana Kanewa-Hermelyn, and Lexi Funk. Michigan will open the 2022 season at home versus Georgia on January 6.

1. Michigan (2405 points) (37 first place votes)

2. Florida (2319 points) (16 first place votes)

3. Oklahoma (2317 points) (6 first place votes)

4. Utah (2306 points) (8 first place votes)

5. LSU (2179 points) (1 first place votes)

6. Alabama (2027 points)

7. California (2020 points) (1 first place votes)

8. UCLA (1887 points)

9. Minnesota (1803 points)

10. Denver (1763 points)

11. Arkansas (1700 points)

12. Arizona State (1666 points)

13. Kentucky (1571 points)

14. Auburn (1460 points)

15. Georgia (1384 points)

16. Missouri (1334 points)

17. Oregon State (1316 points)

18. Iowa (1308 points)

19. BYU (1208 points)

20. Iowa State (1005 points)

21. North Carolina State (981 points)

22. Ohio State (957 points)

23. Illinois (919 points)

24. Boise State (908 points)

25. Southern Utah (864 points)

26. Utah State (607 points)

27. Arizona (593 points)

28. Central Michigan (517 points)

29. Penn State (432 points)

30. West Virginia (428 points)

31. Maryland (425 points)

32. Nebraska (383 points)

33. Stanford (381 points)

34. Washington (367 points)

35. North Carolina (336 points)

36. Michigan State (305 points)

Also receiving votes: Kent State (243), Temple (210), Eastern Michigan (205), Towson (202), George Washington (123), Western Michigan (100), New Hampshire (86), Rutgers (81), Northern Illinois (68), Pittsburgh (63), Ball State (60), Lindenwood (35), Illinois State (26), San Jose State (24), Bowling Green (23), Texas Women’s (8), Southeast Missouri (4), UPenn (3), UC Davis (3), LIU (3), Sacramento State (2), Air Force (1)

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Record Number of Scholastic All-America Award Winners

By Staff Reports 08/11/2021, 10:00am EDT

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO (August 11, 2021) – Northern Illinois, Boise State and Springfield posted the top three team grade-point averages (GPAs) for the 2020-21 academic year based on data submitted to the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA).

Overall, there were 58 teams with a team GPA of 3.5 or more on a 4.0 scale, up from 53 teams last year. There were 223 (15.41%) student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA, and a record number – 1,059 (73.19%) – of gymnasts with a 3.5 or better GPA. Last year there were 889 (65.56%) Scholastic All-America team members. This is the first time we have had more than 1,000 honorees.

“Congratulations to the student-athletes, coaches, and support staff on a record-breaking year of academic success,” Kerrie Turner, WCGA president and head coach at Bowling Green, said. “The balance needed to be a successful student and athlete takes considerable planning and intentional effort, which was certainly heightened during pandemic conditions. I am thrilled to see women’s gymnastics achieving incredibly high standards in the classroom during this challenging time.”

Northern Illinois posted the top team GPA with a 3.874 and had 20 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or more. The Huskies have been in the top five for the last three years and finished third in team GPA last year. Every team member had a 3.5 or better, and Head Coach Sam Morreale’s team had eight team members with a 4.0 GPA.

Boise State has been in the top five for team GPA for the last seven years, posting a 3.8565 GPA for the No. 2 ranking in 2021. Seventeen members of Head Coach Tina Bird’s team had a 3.50 or better, including three with a 4.0.

Head coach Jennifer Najuch’s Springfield squad moved up from No. 7 in 2020 to No. 3 this year with a team GPA of 3.8542. This includes 24 student-athletes with a 3.5 or above, including five with a 4.0

A complete list of team GPAs as submitted and documented by the institutions are attached. Here is the list of WCGA Scholastic All-America Award Winners, who are all student-athletes with 3.5 overall grade point average or a 3.5 grade point average for 2020-21.

The WCGA is the advocate for women’s collegiate gymnastics.

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Regional Administrators of the Year Announced

By Staff Reports 04/07/2021, 11:15am EDT

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO (April 7, 2021) – Regional Administrator of the Year winners were announced today by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association. The honorees were selected by a vote of the coaches in each region.

Thank you to GK Elite Sportswear for your continued sponsorship and support of the 2021 WCGA Regional awards. 

Region 1: Richard Dempsey, LSU

Region 2: Liz Darger, BYU and Stuart Halsall, Denver

Region 3: Michelle Bronner, New Hampshire and Darryl Conway, Michigan

Region 4: Chris Pohl, Arkansas

Region 5: Colin Braley, West Virginia 

Region 6: Josh Hummel, California

Division II: Sandee Mott, Texas Woman’s

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Regional Athletes of the Year Announced

By Staff Reports 04/06/2021, 11:15am EDT

DII Regular Season All America Awards Announced

By Staff Reports 03/25/2021, 10:00am EDT

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