Current NCAA Gymnastics Siblings

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Firstly, I apologize if I have missed out on anyone from this list, if you have any amendments please feel free to post a comment and I will add them to the post! In the wake of the article on the Petzold sisters, Brittany and Kirsten who both compete for the NCAA team Central Michigan University (see http://chimgym.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/petzold-siblings-featured-in-article.html), I thought that it would be interesting to see which CURRENT NCAA Gymnasts have siblings also competing this year and those who are CURRENTLY competing and have siblings who also competed at the collegiate level. 

THOSE COMPETING FOR THE SAME TEAM:
 
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY:

Christian and Jean Nathan Monteclaro (Seniors - Twins): Image from the 2011 Philippine National Games, source Journeying James (the twins in white). Both compete internationally for the Philippines, and competed at the 2011 World Championships. Jean Nathan also competed at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships where he finished 14th All Around, scoring 80.950. Christian was a regular on Still Rings and Vault in 2011 finishing second on the Vault with a score of 16.250 at the NCAA Individual Championships. They both train Floor, Rings and Vault for the Golden Bears. Jean Nathan was also a regular on Still Rings and Vault in 2011. 
 
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY:

 Brittany (image from macsports.com and Kirsten Petzold (Junior and Freshman respectively): Brittany goes into the 2013 season as the defending MAC All Around Champion - see her floor routine from last year here courtesy of Gymnastike. Kirsten or Kiki comes into the team as the 2012 J.O. NIT Vault champion. 
 
CORNELL UNIVERSITY:

Alexis and Sara Schupp (Junior and Freshman respectively): Video of Sara training on Vault on the 20th November courtesy of cornellathletics Youtube channel. Alexis or Lexi tied for 11th placing on the Uneven Bars at the 2012 ECAC Championships.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA:

Mackenzie and Bridgette Caquatto (Junior and Freshman respectively): Image courtesy of USA Gymnastics. Arguably the more well known of the siblings in this section, check out a fabulous feature courtesy of Gymnastike here on the sister's feelings about competing for the same team again.

 

 
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK:

 

 
Karen and Kathy Tang (Junior and Freshman respectively): Karen earned All-EAGL first team honors on the Uneven Bars last year and is set to be an important contributor to the Maryland team once again. Kathy is also set to be a fantastic asset to the team and at the recent Red versus Black Intrasquad on the 7th of December she notably scored a perfect 10 on Vault. Video of Karen's floor from the Intrasquad, courtesy of Youtube user DMannProductions. Also check out Kathy's routine on Floor Exercise here.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN:


Amanda and Jennifer Lauer (Twins - Sophomores): Can you spot the twins? (Image from Nebraska University athletics website). Amanda contributed on all four events at the Intrasquad competition early in December. And according to the information from her profile on the roster and is likely to break into the Beam lineup but also could contribute on Vault and Floor, whilst Jennifer will aim to be a three event contributor - Vault, Beam and Floor. At the recent Intrasquad she put in a solid showing on the Uneven Bars.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY:

Women's Team member Sidney Sanabria-Robles (Junior) and her brother Ismael Sanabria who competes on the Men's team (Sophomore): Video from the GoPSUTV Channel of an update on the Women's Pre-Season featuring Sidney and Madison Merriam. Both Sidney and Ismael competed internationally as members of the Puerto Rican National Team. This is Sidney's first year competing for Penn State after receiving a medical hardship for a knee injury which occured before fall practice in her Freshman year at Louisiana State University. At the recent Blue and White Intrasquad, Sidney shared the titles on Balance Beam and Uneven Bars. Ismael was redshirted last year but hopes to contribute to the team this year.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY:

Allison and Amy Bellingham (Twins - Freshman): Image from SJSU Athletics of the 2013 Freshman. Image used as part of the December 3rd Gym Talk feature which was written by the girls. Read it here. The piece features a great insight into what it feels like to compete in the first exhibition as Freshmen.
 
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY:

Stephanie Verry (Sophomore) sister to Zachary Aguiar (Temple Men's team - Senior): Video uploaded to Youtube by user KCanning16 of Stephanie's 9.775 scoring Floor routine from the USAG National Championships. Zachary is an All Around competitor for the Owls and should be looking to be a valued contributor to the team in his Senior year.

 
Margaret and Mary Kate Walch (Senior and Freshman respectively): Image from 2011 of Mary Kate - image and relevant article can be seen here. Margaret scored a career high of 9.775 on the Floor Exercise at the 2012 USAG Championships. Also trains on Vault and Balance Beam. Mary Kate is an exciting addition to the team, and is a three time JOGA State All Around Champion (2010-2012).
 
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY:

Brittany and Michelle Adams (Senior and Sophomore): Image of Brittany courtesy of WMU Gymnastics Photo Galleries. Brittany served as one of three Team Captains last season and trains Vault, Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise. Received a career high on the Vault (9.725) at the 2012 MAC Championships. Michelle trains on all four events, last year making appearances on the Vault, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise.


Brynn and Lindsey Wienckowski (Twins - Senior): Image from WMU Photo Gallery. Lindsey competed all thirteen meets in 2012 on the Uneven Bars and finished tied for 13th on the event at the 2012 MAC Championships. Brynn also tied for 13th on the Uneven Bars at the 2012 MAC Championships scoring 9.725 and finished 41st on the Floor Exercise scoring 9.125.

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY:
Brandy and Brittany Stover (Sophomore and Freshman respectively): Watch the Student Athlete Features with Brandy and Brittany courtesy of William and Mary by clicking on the links. Brittany comes to the team after being named the SIGS Gymnast of the Year three times (2007, 2011, 2012). Brandy was the co-winner of the ECAC Beam title in 2012 scoring 9.775.

YALE UNIVERSITY:

Nicole and Tabitha Tay (Twins - Juniors): Image courtesy of Yale Bulldogs news site, from 2010. During last season, Tabitha regularly competed on the Vault, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, scoring personal bests on the Vault and Floor Exercise. Whilst Nicole, competed on the Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, scoring career bests on the Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise.
 
TEXAS WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY (DIVISION II):
Courtney and Victoria Cochefski (Twins - Juniors): Valued contributors to the Pioneers, especially on Uneven Bars. Check out Courtney's Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise from the Holiday Spectacular exhibition which was held on the 2nd December. And Victoria's (Tori's)  Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise from the same exhibition.

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY:
Nick and Zach Owen (Junior and Freshman respectively): Nick is returning to the United States Air Force Academy line up after a one year medical stopout whilst recovering from shoulder surgery. In his Sophomore year in 2011, Nick regularly competed on the Pommel Horse, but also trains Floor, Still Rings and Vault. Zach tied for first place in the All Around at the 2012 Houston National Invitational, scoring 84.300 and garnering the second highest score on Vault and tying for the highest mark on the Horizontal Bar.

THOSE COMPETING FOR DIFFERENT TEAMS: 



  • Angela Durkac (Ball State University - Freshman) and sister Elizabeth Durkac (University of North Carolina - Senior)
  • Jessie DeZiel (University of Nebraska - Sophomore) and sister Brittany DeZiel (University of Wisconsin - Stout - Junior)
  • Erika Aufiero (Oregon State University - Freshman) and sister Breyanna Aufiero (Utah State University - Sophomore) 
  • Maddie Montoya (California State University - Sacramento - Junior) and sister Amelia Montoya (Utah State University - Senior)
  • Alex Archer (Stanford University - Sophomore) and sister McKenna Archer (Cornell University) 
  • Taylor James (College at William and Mary - Freshman) and brother Dylan James (University of Michigan - Junior)
And of course we cannot forget those gymnasts currently competing whose siblings are former NCAA Gymnasts:
  • Hunter Dennis (Sophomore - Alabama) - Sister is former Bama gymnast Morgan Dennis
  • Ashley Priess (RS Senior - Alabama) - Sister is former Bama gymnast Courtney Priess
  • Jessie Sisler (Freshman - Arizona) - Sister former Cal State gymnast Bailey Sisler
  • Natelle Gentile (Sophomore - Arizona State) - Sister Skye competed for ASU from 2007-10
  • Mary Beth Box (Freshman - Georgia) - Her sister is former Gym Dog and current team manager Mariel Box
  • Shayla Worley (Senior - Georgia) - Sister of former Eastern Michigan gymnast Jolene Worley
  • Sammie Pearsall (Freshman - Iowa State) - Sister, Maddie competed for Cornell University from 2007 - 2011
  • Dusti Russell (Junior - Minnesota) - Sister Rehana competed for Minnesota from 2005-2007 and Randi Jo competed at the University of Arizona
  • Erin Machado (Junior - New Hampshire) - Sister Kara competed for Rhode Island from 2004-2008
  • Michelle Ikoma (RS Junior - North Carolina) - Sister Danielle competed for Stanford University.
  • Emma Hoffman (Sophomore - Rutgers) - Sister Kayla competed for Alabama, graduating in 2011.
  • Stephanie Repp (Texas Women's University - Sophomore) - Brother DJ competed for Minnesota.
  • Georgia Dabritz (Sophomore - Utah) - Brother Russell competed for Minnesota. 
  • Matthew De Junco (Junior - UC Berkeley) - His brother Michael also competed for UC Berkeley
  • Masayoshi Mori (Senior - UC Berkeley) - His sister Ayumi competed for Cal State Fullerton
  • Nick Sacramento (Sophomore - Illinois) - Brother Anthony also competed for Illinois
  • Javier Balboa (Senior - Iowa) - His sister Ana competed for Minnesota.
  • Nathan Fortunato (Junior - Minnesota) - Brother Aaron competed for Minnesota
  • Mike Tserkovnyuk (Sophomore - U.S. Military Academy) -  His twin brother Dmitri was on the roster for Temple University from 2010-2012.
  • Ben Zaiser (Junior - Air Force) - His sister Bekah competed for the University of Florida and brother Aaron competed for Air Force

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