Head Coach: Kristen Smyth (10th year)
Assistants: Chris Swircek (Assoc. Head
Coach), Tabitha Yim
Lost: Carly Janiga, Blair Ryland, Tenaya West,
Got: Lauren Caldemeyer (DeVeau’s), Lucy
Meyer (Twin City Twisters), Shona Morgan
(Waverley Advanced, Australia), Amanda
Spinner (Bay Aerials), Kristina Vaculik (Gemini,
Leaders: Shelley Alexander, Allyse Ishino
Desired qualities in a recruit: I look for kids
who are committed to working hard together to
achieve their collective goals, and are passionate about their sport and love what they do. I
look for student-athletes that strive for excellence and are excited about taking advantage of
all of the wonderful opportunities that exist at
Stanford. I also l look for leaders who are confident in who they are and in their ability to
lead. Finally, I look for student-athletes that
want to be a part of the SWG family; specifically, I look for enthusiastic, selfless team players.
What builds or harms team chemistry? A
close-knit, unified team that cares about each
other is what makes the entire pursuit worthwhile. From day one we promote a true feeling
of family, with a foundation built on trust,
respect and unconditional love.
Head Coach: Bev Plocki (22nd year)
Assistants: Scott Sherman, Shannon Welker
Lost: Kelsey Knutson, Jaclyn Kramer, Maureen
Got: Joanna Sampson (Ricochet), Stephanie
Colbert (Phenom), Shelby Gies (Will Moor),
Reema Zakharia (Universal), Teresa Arthur
(Krafft), Tori Kane (Will-Moor), Kristin Nagle
Leaders: Sarah Curtis, Jordan Sexton, Trish
Wilson, Kylee Botterman
Desired qualities in a recruit: Passion for the
sport, team spirit, good relationships with
coaches and teammates.
What builds or harms team chemistry?
Common goal to win and teamwork can build.
Individual mentality and poor communication
with team and coaches [can harm].
Head Coach: Rhonda Faehn (9th year)
Assistants: Adrian Burde, Robert Ladanyi
Lost: Rebekah Zaiser, Courtney Gladys,
Amanda Castillo, Ashley Kerr
Got: Kytra Hunter (Hill’s), Alaina Johnson
(Texas East), Mackenzie Caquatto (Legacy
Elite), Brittney Noble (Orlando Metro), Maranda
Smith (sixth year)
Leaders: Maranda Smith, Alicia Goodwin
Desired qualities in a recruit: Someone who is
always reaching for the next level of excellence.
True passion for gymnastics and being a team
player. Someone that will help keep the great
team chemistry that we already have.
What builds or harms team chemistry? Build:
open communication with coaches and teammates; positive team leadership; team building
outside of gym. Harm: negativity; complaining;
focused on individual instead of team.
Florida sophomore Marissa King
Head Coaches: Mark & René Cook (10th year)
Assistant: Don Houlton
Lost: Casey Jo Magee, Sarah Nagashima, Amy
Got: Katherine Grable (Oshkosh), Shelby
Salmon (Sharp’s), Bailee Zumwalde (Twin City
Twisters), Scarlett Williams (Elite), Jordan
Leaders: Michelle Stout (5th-year athlete
recovered from Achilles’ tendon tear), Jaime
Desired qualities in a recruit: Character—one
who strives to be the best at everything they
do. Coachability, hard-working, team player!
What builds or harms team chemistry? Build:
caring about others, positive, competitive attitude. Harm: negative, complacent, apathetic.
“The quality of leadership
within the team is the single
most important intangible
when it comes to success.”
Head Coaches: Greg Marsden (36th year),
Megan Marsden (25th year)
Assistant: Tom Farden
Lost: Daria Bijak, Jamie Deetscreek, Annie
DiLuzio, Megan Whitney
Got: Nansy Damianova (Gymnix, Canada), Lia
Del Priore (Parkettes), Alyssa Gale (Monarchs),
Hailee Hansen (USA Gym World), Mary Beth
Lofgren (Olympus), Corrie Lothrop (Hill’s),
Victoria Shanley (Colorado Aerials)
Leaders: Our leadership council consists of
Jacquelyn Johnson, Corrie Lothrop, Stephanie
McAllister and Kyndal Robarts.
Desired qualities in a recruit: A passion for
life and any challenge they take on, determination and the will to succeed, intelligence and
What builds or harms team chemistry? The
quality of leadership within the team is the single most important intangible when it comes to
success. It’s important the leadership comes
not from the coaches but from individual athletes who help set a higher standard than the
team would have otherwise set for itself. It is
the ability to make those around you better. The
willingness to put aside your own needs for the
needs of the team.
Head Coach: Rob Drass (12th year)
Assistants: John Figueroa, Amy Smith
Lost: Brooke Boehmer, Danielle Guider, Becky
Scholle, Sarah Shire
Got: Cathryn Aliceaacosta (Cypress), Mackenzie
McGill (Conoco Phillips), Taylor Medrea
(MEGA), Brittani Price (United), Alex Skinner
(Kurt Thomas), Katelyn Trevino (Trevino’s)
Leaders: We will rely on our upper class to
lead by example. We have a great core group
returning that should be able to help our newcomers feel comfortable right away.
Desired qualities in a recruit: Other than
physical talent, we look for athletes that have
great character values, as well as a strong academic commitment. We look to match their
family values with the values of our team.
What builds or harms team chemistry? We
believe that the best part of college gymnastics
centers around the concept of team. We make
all our decisions based on what is best for the
team. So consistency in treating team members
plays a crucial role as well as open, honest
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