Steinbrenner Gymnasts Commit to D1 College Teams


Future D1 Gymnasts of the class of 2023 display their colleges after signing day. Of these four, three are Steinbrenner students who have spent endless house and hard work to achieve this goal. Photo Courtesy of Ava Combs.

Currently, many Steinbrenner seniors are receiving college decisions, and are anticipating more rolling in. This time can be seen as extremely stressful, as many are unaware of where they will end up in the future. Although, this is not the case for many athletes in the class of 2023. While others are now receiving results, these stars have been working towards a single goal for years.  By high achievements in both athleticism and academics, twelve Warriors officially signed to their colleges on November 17.  

However, three Steinbrenner seniors did not participate in the ceremony, due to their sport lacking a school team. These individuals can be recognized as Lily Kurrack, Audrey West, and Kaylee Bluffstone. All three of these athletes participate in gymnastics at their club, LaFleur’s Tampa, and are on the highest-ranking team.  

“[Committing] was a very stressful process. I emailed over 30 schools for two years before our recruiting season. I tore my left Achilles before Sophomore year, putting me at a disadvantage because I couldn’t compete before recruiting time,” said Clemson commit Lily Kurrack.  

Kurrack, who originally committed to Utah State before switching to Clemson, has been competing since she was little. She spoke about how she grew up wanting to pursue gymnastics at a higher level. She and her teammates have now officially achieved their dreams, with their private signing day occurring on November 9th at their club- the place where they have grown over the years. 

“Without my family’s sacrifices and the encouragement my teammates have given me, I wouldn’t be where I am today… [gymnastics] is such a big part of who I am today,” said Alabama commit Audrey West. 

All three gymnasts have the opportunity to compete at highly competitive colleges including the University of Florida, the University of Alabama, and Clemson University as a result of their extremely hard work, effort, and dedication. Along with all other of Steinbrenner’s future college athletes, these gymnasts have a bright future ahead of them in the NCAA and beyond.