NAIGC Concludes Record Setting 2019 National Championships
posted on 04/18/2019

The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) concluded their 31st annual National Championships in Daytona Beach, FL on April 13th, 2019. This was the largest national event to date with nearly 1,500 men’s and women’s gymnastics competitors, representing 107 collegiate and adult clubs from across the country, and even abroad.

In the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Collegiate Modified NCAA competition, the University of Oklahoma three-peated, winning the team award with a big 236.9. Jared Miscism of Texas A&M University took the All-Around title with a 77.65 with Tyson Grover of Utah State University following in second with a 76.85. University of Oklahoma also had big showings from Josh Corona with a 1st place 13.8 on floor and 2nd place on vault, as well as Cesar Gracia who placed 2nd on pommel horse, 1st on still rings with a 13.9, and 2nd on the horizontal bar.

In the MAG Community NCAA competition, The Ohio State University narrowly won the team competition with a 217.65 over the NAIGC Alumni Team. The All-Around champion was William White from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a 72.35 and also placed 2nd on both the still rings and 3rd on vault. Other notable top honors were Juan Palma Alva of the NAIGC Alumni Team who placed 1st on vault and also whose 1st place floor score of 14.3 was the highest score of the entire competition. For the MAG Level 9 competition, Purdue won the Collegiate competition with a 197.25 and the University of Wisconsin - Madison won the Community competition with a 215.0. The Collegiate All-Around champion was Jake Goss of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the Community All-Around champion was NAIGC Alumni’s Carlos Morales. For the MAG Developmental level, the University of California - Berkeley won the Community Team Award with a 185.25 and the Collegiate winner was Utah State University with a 171.05. For the Developmental All-Around, the Community champion was Sydney Callahan of the NAIGC Alumni with a 66.0 and the Collegiate champion was Ari Schermer of the University of Colorado - Boulder with a 66.45.

For the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) competition, the Level 9 Team champions were Texas A&M University for Collegiate with a 111.975 and the NAIGC Alumni team for Community with a 107.175. Renee Woodruff of Texas A&M won 1st place for the Collegiate All-Around title with a 37.75 and the Balance Beam with a 9.7. Emory Gawlik of the University of Florida and Emma Delia of the University of Connecticut followed in 2nd and 3rd in the All-Around respectively. Delia also placed 1st on Uneven Bars and 2nd on Balance Beam.

For WAG Level 8, the Community Team champions from Cambridge Community Gymnastics had the exact same score of 109.25 as the Collegiate champions from the University of Michigan. For the Collegiate athletes, 1st place All-Around, 1st Place Balance Beam went to Elise Haukenes from the University of Southern California. Another dominant athlete was Abbie Moore from Texas Christian University who won 2nd place All-Around, 1st place Vault, 4th place Uneven Bars and 3rd Place Floor.

The WAG Level 7 Community Team champion was the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the Collegiate champion was Utah State University, lead by the All-Around winner Kaysha Coleman who scored a 37.325. The community All-Around was swept by the NAIGC Alumni team whose athletes Carrie Niolet, Rose Hadsell and Kelsey Senawi won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. In the WAG Developmental Collegiate Level, Brandeis University won the team award with a 111.3 and Emily Hou won the All-Around. In the WAG Developmental Community Level, the NAIGC Alumni won the team with a 110.7 and Justin Michaels won the All-Around.

In its third year, the Decathlon Competition had more competitions than ever before with 49 athletes competing on all 10 MAG and WAG events. In the upper Decathlon Level where athletes competed MAG Modified NCAA and WAG Level 9, Julia Sharpe of Massachusetts Institute of Technology defended her 1st place title, Mason Marek of the NAIGC Alumni took 2nd and Ryan Burgess of the University of California - San Diego took 3rd. In the lower Decathlon Level, where athletes compete MAG Developmental and WAG Level 8, 1st place went to Sydney Callahan of the NAIGC Alumni, 2nd place to Kate Foster of the University of North Carolina and 3rd place to Meghan McClure of the University of Vermont.

This was the first year that Power Tumbling was offered at NAIGC Nationals where there was a very successful turnout. There were two levels of competition for both men and women: New Flyers and High Flyers. For the New Flyers Level, the men’s champion was Greg Nash of the NAIGC Alumni team and the women’s champion was Melissa Dabback from Philly InMovement. Julia Sharpe of Massachusetts Institute of Technology took 1st place in the women’s High Flyers level, and Keith Eldridge from the Ohio State University took 1st in the men’s High Flyers.

About the NAIGC:
The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) is dedicated to the promotion and support of collegiate and adult club gymnastics, “For the Love of the Sport.” The NAIGC hosted its first annual national championships in 1989. In 2006, the NAIGC elected its first Board of Directors and incorporated as a non-profit. The NAIGC was recognized as a tax-exempt public charity in 2008.

Today, an elected Board of Directors, alongside its Advisors, run the NAIGC. Most of these dedicated volunteers are current and former college club gymnasts. The NAIGC hosts this annual National Championship meet, as well as other gymnastics events throughout the year, and supports its member clubs with variety of technological and administrative services.

Club Membership in the NAIGC is open to any collegiate and/or adult community gymnastics club in the United States. Individual Membership is open to any interested person over the age of 18, or any 17 year-old who is enrolled in a college or university. For more information, visit www.naigc.org.