ATHENS — Three members of the Georgia gymnastics team who were dismissed by previous coach Danna Durante were reinstated by the new coach, though one since has left the program on her own.
Natalie Vaculik, Caroline Bradford and Jasmine Arnold were dismissed by Durante for reasons unrelated to discipline in April. Durante was fired a few days later.
When Courtney Kupets Carter, one of the best gymnasts in NCAA and UGA history, was named coach in May, athletics director Greg McGarity said she could reinstate Vaculik, Bradford and Arnold if she chose to.
That was what happened, athletic department spokesman Claude Felton said Wednesday. He said Bradford has elected not to return to the Gym Dogs.
“Last week, Caroline voluntarily made the decision to retire and solely focus on academics,” Felton said.
Bradford and Arnold were both walk-ons who had not competed for UGA.
Vaculik, a rising senior, had successful freshman and sophomore years for the Gym Dogs. She missed much of her junior season because of illness, according to the Red and Black.