College Gymnastics Recruiting Age Getting Younger

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By Elizabeth Grimsley

Four years ago, Elizabeth Pfeiler was just finishing her freshman year of high school. She had retired from gymnastics a couple of months before and was “getting experience points in life” such as performing in school plays and going to prom.

It’s four years later and Pfeiler has not only come out of retirement but has reached the highest Junior Olympic level and is working toward earning a spot on a collegiate gymnastics team. She wasn’t even thinking about what classes she might want to take before, and she surely wasn’t thinking about what college she wanted to attend.

“I didn’t know anything freshman year [of high school],” Pfeiler said. “That’s the transitioning point, and you don’t need to worry about that. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. It definitely would have been really bad to commit anywhere that young.”

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