GYMN-L Digest - 11 Dec 1995 to 12 Dec 1995

There are 6 messages totalling 286 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. UK article
  2. GYMN-L Collegiate Update V. 1, no. 2
  3. Amanda Borden
  4. collegiate update.
  5. Elite Canada '95 - Results on WWW Pages
  6. Dominique Moceanu


Date:    Mon, 11 Dec 1995 13:27:08 GMT
From:    ***&M4-ARTS.BHAM.AC.UK
Subject: UK article

For anyone who's interested, there is a TINY picture of Nadia in a
montage which went with an article in The Observer yesterday (10
Dec).  The article itself was about the new Sports Academy they're
planning to set up over here - as I understand it, they want to model
it on the Aussie equivalent.  Whether it'll help our gymnastics is
anyone's guess, but it was mentioned only in passing in the article,
which concentrated on "big" sports like swimming.

Did anyone catch that programme on ITV on Thursday night about Milo?
I couldn't watch but (hopefully) my mum taped it for me - I won't get
to see it for another week or so, though.  Is there anyone out there
who can give me a quick resume?

Finally, re: the Yurchenko debate - what is a "timer" vault?



Date:    Mon, 11 Dec 1995 16:20:07 -0800
Subject: GYMN-L Collegiate Update V. 1, no. 2

                      GYMN-L's Collegiate Update
                           Volume 1, no. 2
                             Dec. 11, 1995


1. Indiana University of Pennsylvania preview (W)
2. 1995 NCAA's (W)
3. Auburn Gymnastics (W)
4. University of Michigan Intrasquad (W)


    *****Item number 1.2.1*****

(***Editor's note--Sorry, this one was meant for last week, but I didn't get
it in time. Probably my slow mail system.)

From: "***
Subject: Indiana Univerisity of Pennsylvania

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania begins its first season of full
commitment to women's gymnastics since the program was dropped three years ago.

This weekend, 12/9, IUP will travel to Brockport, NY to compete against
SUNY-Brockport, a Division III school.  Though this year's IUP squad lacks the
difficulty and depth to compete well against Division I schools, they should be
very competitive at the Division II and III level and are looking forward to
rapid progress.  This year's team is training hard and features Georgiana
Cunkelman, former JO national qualifier, while a strong recruiting effort
should bring in an equally skilled freshman class next year.  This weekend's
meet at Brockport will start at 2:00 p.m.
should bring in a equally skilled freshman class for next year.


    *****Item number 1.2.2*****

Subject:      1995 NCAA's

Well, this IS old news, but I finally begged the 1995 NCAA tape out of
our women's gymnastics coach, and boy...AM I IMPRESSED! There are som,e
absolutely fabulous routines.

Just two things to point out. I've raved about Aimee Trepanier many a time
because of her personality. Well, I thinik someonme has arrived to take
her place. Julie Ballard of Georgia just sparkles there, not to mention I
love her choice of music (Duke, Duke, used by Kristie Yamaguchi last year).
It is my honest belief, if she hit that routine in prelims like she did in
finals ( I don't know, didn't see prelims) that with a lineup change she
would made floor event finals. That routine certainly deserved to be there.

Second, Nicole Garrett of Arizona pitched a Hindorff on bars, I think.
The form was lousy, so it was kind hard to tell, but the effort was

Anyhow, I loved this tape. Sooooooo much more to see than CBS's coverage.
And, in all due deference to Utah, I think Alabama got ripped on some
scores and quite possibly could have won even with Merritt Booth's floor
fall. *shrug* Then again, who knows? This year outta be fun...:)


    *****Item number 1.2.3*****

Subject:      Auburn Gymnastics

For those interested, Auburn gymnast Barbie Andrzejewski was forced
to retire because of injuries.  Becky Erwin is at 100% after her
season ending injury last year and powerhouse Stacey Newman is at
98%, according to the coach.  Auburn lost their top 3 gymnasts last
year in the first 3 meets.  Good luck to them.



    *****Item number 1.2.4*****

From: ***
Subject: University of Michigan (W) Intrasquad

Tonight I went to the University of Michigan Women's Gymnastics
intrasquad meet;  Highlights from 12/7/95.

I am sitting one row away from Beth Wymer, Kelly Carfora, and Debbie
Berman, now graduate students at UM , watching the team prepare for the
meet.  It seems unusual to see them on the other side of the mat, so to
speak.  Beth is now the Graduate Assistant Coach, so she is still a part
of the team.  Kelly and Debbie are now observers and fans.  You could
tell it was an uncomfortable feeling.  This was also true with the team.
Many came by to say hi and that it seemed different to see them in the
The weather is horrible here.  Turnout improved as the meet progressed.
It has been snowing heavily since 6pm, it is now 2am.  Bad accidents
contributed to the medium sized crowd.

Regarding the gymnasts:
The fab freshmen
Beth Amelkovich - didn't compete tonight.  She is ill, reason unknown.  I
heard the assistant coach talking about how they can't wait till she can
Kathy Burke - I think she was nervous because she fell on both bars and
beam.  You can see her talent, she just needs experience.
Kristin Duff - Bars is going to be her event.  She had a beautiful set, 9.8.
Lisa Simes - You can see maturity and experience in how she carries
herself and in her gymnastics.  Her experience on the Canadian national
team certainly will help her and the other freshmen.  Great difficulty in
her routines. Only problem was a fall off of a reverse hecht on bars.
Great beam set - a roundoff double back dismount (9.65), and I believe a
yurchenko 1/2 twist on vault (9.7) (most of the team are competing double
Nikki Peters - This one suprised me.  I knew little about her before this
meet, but her performances made me sit up and watch her.  Seeing her, I
am thinking she is going to have as big of an impact on the team as
Heather Kabnick did last year, if not more.  Her difficulty was there,
her polish and maturity definately showed in her dance and composure.
Despite falling on her bars dismount, all I can say about her vault, a
double front, was WOW.  Unbelievable height and distance
(she almost ran into the wall, she got such a push off the horse),
and a controlled landing despite this.  This vault received the highest
score of the meet at a 9.925.
Floor, wonderful presentation, her passes:  double layout, double back,
and front tumbling (9.6), and a strong beam routine (9.725).

With the loss of 5 seniors, Lauren Labranche (sophomore) found a chance
to squeeze into the lineup, and received a 9.525 on beam and a 9.6 on
floor, despite not competing last year.  She was injured last season.
She really looks like she is in incredible shape.

Heather, Wendy, and Andrea all looked excellent and in great shape.
Heather, last years Big Ten Freshman of the Year, scored a 9.825 on
vault, a 9.775 on fx, and a 9.75 on beam.  Wendy:  9.85 vault, 9.75 on
bars, 9.8 on fx.  andrea: 9.7 bars, 9.6 vault.

Overall, there were mistakes made, but it is the beginning of the season,
routines are still being improved, and we are in the midst of finals here
at UM.
The season looks very promising.  For those who thought that Univ. of Mi.
would be in a rebuilding year, no, we are stronger that ever.  Our next
meet is on Jan 13 vs Pittsburgh and West Virginia.


  The "GYMN-L Collegiate Update" is a twice-weekly collection of news on the
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Date:    Mon, 11 Dec 1995 18:38:53 -0800
From:    ***@IX.NETCOM.COM
Subject: Amanda Borden


We just thought that we would inform everybody that Amanda Borden
sprained her ankle last week in practice. We are not sure of any
details but a friend of ours that works in her gym told us. She saw
Amanda Saturday and she worked lightly on beam and floor and used an
exercise bike most of the time. Bye for now!!!

Your fellow GYMNers,

M & M :)


Date:    Mon, 11 Dec 1995 23:06:12 -0500
From:    ***@UMICH.EDU
Subject: collegiate update.

Warning for all of you reading my section of the update.  I am still
trying to figure out dismounts and vaults, so there may be a few mistakes
in my descriptions.  bear with me....


Date:    Mon, 11 Dec 1995 23:21:01 -0400
Subject: Elite Canada '95 - Results on WWW Pages


I've finally unpacked all my junk from the weekend and have web-paged the
full and final results of Elite Canada.  Last week, I had heard that Day 1
for Senior High Performance was going to be compulsories.  Wrong-o.  They
competed Competition II both nights, while the Juniors competed Ib on Day 1
and II on Day 2.

You may find them from
or elitecan.html.

Pictures are going up soon too!




Date:    Tue, 12 Dec 1995 00:12:22 -0500
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Dominique Moceanu

>       I think she made it because there are judges who prefer physical FX
>over more ballet style FX.  I think this is very good.  There is room for
>both styles in gymnastics.

I don't know if that is exactly true.  At our Regional Congress (Region II)
we had Brevet Judge Judy Dobranski do a clinic on that sort of stuff and the
question came up about that rebound on Moceanu's floor routine.  I was in the
minority thinking that there should be some sort of deduction.  We talked
about it a bit and came to the conclusion that the only deduction that truely
may apply is 0.05 for an unsure landing.


End of GYMN-L Digest - 11 Dec 1995 to 12 Dec 1995