NCAA home attendance

Season average:

1. Utah 14,858
2. Alabama 12,086
3. Georgia 9,381
4. LSU 9,208
5. Auburn 6,188
6. Florida 5,850
7. UCLA 5,417
8. Oregon State 3,548
9. Michigan 3,032
10. Oklahoma 2,973

The Times

All those Utah fans have more social media to enjoy than any other team.

Greg Marsden:

I don’t know if I found him or he found me, but one of the things I have enjoyed most over the past few years is documenting our team’s journey with Kory Mortensen. He is a savant. His camerawork, editing skills, musicality and creativity come together in a way that uniquely captures the joy and athleticism of these incredible athletes. …

Click PLAY or watch a year end celebration video on YouTube.

Bruin Banter – Danusia Francis

It’s the end of an era, as Samantha Peszek hosts her final episode of #BruinBanter, passing the torch to new host Danusia Francis!

Thanks, Sam, for three great years of the show and five legendary years as a Bruin!

UCLA Gymnastics

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Marsden and Faehn are gone

:-(

Balance Beam Situation sums it up better than anyone else I’ve read:

This is a big deal. Two of the most prominent coaches in NCAA gymnastics (and the #1 and #2 finishers at last weekend’s championship) called it quits this week.

Let’s start with Greg Marsden, because that was the not-so-surprising one. Marsden has been the head coach at Utah for 1150 years, won 10 national championships, singlehandedly invented women’s college gymnastics, and has been the sport’s most vocal and influential advocate for growth and improvement. (One of the silliest things about that “Sarah and Suzanne” doc last year was the implication that Sarah and Suzanne created women’s college gymnastics as a spectator sport. Everyone was like, “Um…Marsden?”) …

Greg Marsden

But as one last tribute to Greg Marsden, the rest of college gymnastics really needs to pull itself together and finally adopt some of the good ideas he has been talking about for the last several centuries and that have never come to anything, like overhauling the postseason format and giving us a four-on-the-floor championship. Regardless of any live TV considerations, having four teams is just a better, more logical, and more fan-friendly format. The Marsden Cup. Get it done. …

Regardless of who takes over or what happens to some of these future commits, Florida still has an incredibly talented and accomplished roster for 2016. They should be able to continue their prosperity under someone else (Bridget Sloan is still Bridget Sloan), but how much of the luster is gone now? Will there be some degree of hitting restart, reputation-wise?

Championships Ended, Then Everything Broke

Rhonda Faehn to USAG

RhondaShe’s moving to Indianapolis.

Rhonda Faehn, who last week led Florida to its third straight NCAA gymnastics national championship, is stepping down after 13 years as the Gators’ coach to become senior vice president of USA Gymnastics.

“It was incredibly hard,” said Faehn, who told the team of her decision on Friday. “I absolutely love Florida and what the University of Florida stands for. At the same time, I really feel there is another plan for me. I’m still going to be doing what I love and hopefully making an impact on the lives of a lot of athletes who will be representing our country.” …

Al.com

Lauren Beers – Vault

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Alabama junior Lauren Beers was named the 2015 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner for the sport of gymnastics at the NCAA Championship Banquet which was held at The Stockyard in Ft. Worth, Texas Wednesday night. It is Beers’ second consecutive Elite 89 Award and the Tide’s sixth in a row. …

Roll Tide

decline of NCCA Gymnastics

@OnoNoKomachi1 posted a graph of the loss of D1 teams since 1982. Green is Division 1 Women’s Gymnastics. Purple is Division 1 Men’s Gymnastics.

She notes that both Men’s and Women’s team numbers were “crashing” until the introduction of Title IX legislation. Title IX did help women’s College sport, including Gymnastics.

Those stats came from an NCAA® document called Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.

Hopefully both MAG and WAG have bottomed out. And we can dream of new teams being added.

Lindenwood, a new in 2012-2013 Division 2 school, was ranked 50th of 82 teams on Road to Nationals. They scored 195.800 this season!

Lindenwood

George Washington University just went from 6 scholarships to 12 scholarships.

There is hope.

Akash Modi – P Bars

Our 2015 NCAA Champion competing Feb 13, 2015.

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Akash was the 2015 NCAA Champion in the all-around.

via @GymWeekly