USA Gymnastics announces 2020 First- and Second-Team All-Americans, Coaches of the Year for USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate Nationals
posted on 03/30/2020

INDIANAPOLIS, March 30, 2020 – Following an abbreviated 2020 women’s collegiate gymnastics season, which was cut short due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, USA Gymnastics today announced First- and Second-Team All-American selections.

These individuals represent the 12 DI, DII and DIII colleges and universities whose women’s gymnastics programs operate with fewer than seven-and-a-half full scholarships. These include Brown University, Centenary College, Cornell University, Lindenwood University, Seattle Pacific University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Texas Woman’s University, the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Bridgeport, West Chester University and Yale University.

While All-American selections are typically based on results from the USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships, given the truncated conclusion to the 2020 season, this year’s honorees were determined based on cumulative performance results through week ten of the regular season. The top-ten finishers in each event and the top-eight all-around gymnasts were named First-Team All-Americans. The next finisher(s) in each event and next two all-around athletes were selected to the Second Team.

2020 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate Nationals All-Americans

First-Team All-American

    All-around
    Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific University
    Ryan Henry, Lindenwood University
    Anna Kaziska, Southeast Missouri State University
    Jessica Meakim, West Chester University
    Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s University
    Julianna Roland, University of Bridgeport
    Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso, Southeast Missouri State University
    Hannah Stahlbrodt, Southern Connecticut State University

    Vault
    Cami Bea Austin, Centenary College
    Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific University
    Alyssa Firth, Yale University
    Gayla Griswold, Lindenwood University
    Kiah Johnson, West Chester University
    Aleah Leman, Lindenwood University
    Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s University
    Julianna Roland, University of Bridgeport
    Anna Salamone, United States Air Force Academy
    Daisy Woodring, Texas Woman’s University

    Uneven bars
    Katie Bailey, Lindenwood University
    Jacey Baldovino, Yale University
    Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific University
    Mei Li Costa, Brown University
    Regan Dillon, University of Bridgeport
    Kathryn Doran, University of Bridgeport
    Courtney Mitchell, Lindenwood University
    Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s University
    Anna Salamone, United States Air Force Academy
    Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso, Southeast Missouri State University
    Melanie Wojewoda, West Chester University

    Balance beam
    Katie Bailey, Lindenwood University
    Jacey Baldovino, Yale University
    Sarah Boyd, West Chester University
    Briona Carswell, United States Air Force Academy
    Lindsay Chia, Yale University
    Emma Firmstone, Yale University
    Ryan Henry, Lindenwood University
    Anna Kaziska, Southeast Missouri State University
    Courtney Mitchell, Lindenwood University
    Maya Reimers, University of Bridgeport
    Julianna Roland, University of Bridgeport

    Floor exercise
    Cami Bea Austin, Centenary College
    Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific University
    Alyssa Firth, Yale University
    Isabel Goyco, Texas Woman’s University
    Gayla Griswold, Lindenwood University
    Anna Kaziska, Southeast Missouri State University
    Jessica Meakim, West Chester University
    Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s University
    Maya Reimers, University of Bridgeport
    Julianna Roland, University of Bridgeport

Second-Team All-American

    All-around
    Jade Buford, Yale University
    Kendall Sanders, Centenary College

    Vault
    Gabrielle Kistner, University of Bridgeport
    Heidi Sand, United States Air Force Academy
    Aimee Titche, Yale University

    Uneven bars
    Hayley Bangart, University of Bridgeport

    Balance beam
    Miyuki Matsune, Seattle Pacific University

    Floor exercise
    Natalie Meyer, United States Air Force Academy

Coaches of the year were also announced. These honors are voted on by the head coaches of the participating college and university programs. Ashley Lawson, Southeast Missouri State University, was named the Ken Anderson Coach of the Year while Becky Ferraro, University of Bridgeport, was selected as Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Mari-Rae Soper Award was presented to the Southern Connecticut State University team to recognize their tremendous and inspiring perseverance. Following the passing of teammate Melanie Coleman, who suffered a fatal fall during practice, and a mid-season coaching change, SCSU gymnasts demonstrated unrivaled passion, dedication and devotion to the sport in the face of tragedy and heartbreak.

In appreciation of this year’s senior athletes who saw their final season cut short, USA Gymnastics named the inaugural USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate Nationals Senior All-Star Team comprised of the top-ten seniors on each event. A list of all competing senior athletes – those who have exhausted their eligibility or will be graduating – is available here.

USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Senior All-Star Team
Cami Bea Austin, Centenary College
Katie Bailey, Lindenwood University
Sarah Boyd, West Chester University
Sienna Brane, Seattle Pacific University
Jade Buford, Yale University
Darian Burns, Seattle Pacific University
Rebecca Chong, Yale University
Emma Firmstone, Yale University
Ryan Henry, Lindenwood University
Samantha Henry, Cornell University
Erin Howell, Brown University
Jacqueline Kutcher, Southern Connecticut State University
Miyuki Matsune, Seattle Pacific University
Dorothy Mims, Centenary College
Bria Northrop, Texas Woman’s University
Evelyn Patient, Cornell University
Maci Prescott, Cornell University
Maya Reimers, University of Bridgeport
Anna Salamone, United States Air Force Academy
Mackenzie Slee, Southeast Missouri State University
Hunter Vincent, Texas Woman’s University
Lena Wirth, Seattle Pacific University

USA Gymnastics also announced this year’s Scholar Athletes. These are gymnasts in their second, third or fourth years of eligibility who possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 in the previous two semesters or three quarters on a 4.0 scale.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, encompassing seven disciplines: women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, gymnastics for all (a.k.a. group gymnastics) and, most recently, parkour. USA Gymnastics sets the rules and policies that govern the sport of gymnastics, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for the Olympics and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on the grassroots and national levels, as well as a safe, empowered and positive training environment; and serving as a resource and educational center for the more than 200,000 members, clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States. The organization is deeply committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority: the safety and well-being of athletes and our community.