Noah Newfeld Named CGA Rookie Of The Year
BERKELEY - Amidst transitioning to collegiate gymnastics during unprecedented and challenging times, California men's gymnast Noah Newfeld has consistently shined for the Golden Bears during his true freshman campaign, and Newfeld has been recognized for his excellence on the national level.
Newfeld was tabbed the College Gymnastics Association's Rookie of the Year as announced at Thursday's annual awards banquet. Newfeld is the first Bear to win this award in program history.
"To be the CGA Rookie of the Year is a truly impressive accomplishment," head coach JT Okada said. "This means that among all the freshmen and first-year gymnasts, Noah has been the most consistent and impactful for his team. I am proud to be his coach, have him on this team and to know that this is just the beginning for him."
A native of Plano, Texas, Newfeld garnered the annual accolade after being a four-time winner of the CGA Rookie of the Week honor throughout the 2021 campaign.
Competing in the all-around this season, he posted a team-best score of 78.000 at the MPSF Championships on April 3. His best mark of the season is a 13.950 on parallel bars, which he scored against No. 1 Oklahoma on March 20 in the final meet of the regular season. At the MPSF Championships, he notched two personal bests – a 13.450 on rings and a 13.300 on high bar. In addition, he has paced Cal in events 10 times in 2021, including seven times on rings. His impact difference score of 7.69 is second on the team.
The banquet, which was held virtually this year, featured Newfeld receiving his award from Okada in his hotel room as the Bears prepare for the NCAA Championships tomorrow and Saturday at 5 p.m. each day from Maturi Pavilion on the Minnesota campus.