ISABEL M. ALBA

Class of 2026
USAG Level 8: Premier Gymnastics Academy West
Elburn, Illinois

MEET ISA

Name:

Isabel M. Alba

Birthday:

December 28, 2007

Home Town:

Elburn, Illinois

Hobbies

horseback riding, writing, drawing, journaling, traveling, dancing, baking

Kaneland Krier (KHS):

Profiles Editor

Member of USA Gymnastics (USAG) - Gymnast

USAG Judge:

Xcel Bronze - DP level 5

Member of National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ)

High School:

Kaneland High School (KHS)

Graduation:

Class of 2026

Grade Point Average (GPA):

3.905

Honors:

2022, 2023, & 2024 A-Student Honor Roll & Dean’s List, National Honor Society (NHS) Member

Fluent in Spanish and English
Dual Nationality: American (US) and Spanish (Spain)

Email:

Instagram:

@Isa.alba_gymnast.life

Name:

Isabel M. Alba

Birthday:

December 28, 2007

Home Town:

Elburn, Illinois

Hobbies

horseback riding, writing, drawing, journaling, traveling, dancing, baking

Kaneland Krier (KHS):

Profiles Editor

Member of USA Gymnastics (USAG) - Gymnast

USAG Judge:

Xcel Bronze - DP level 5

Member of National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ)

High School:

Kaneland High School (KHS)

Graduation:

Class of 2026

Grade Point Average (GPA):

3.905

Honors:

2022 & 2023 A-Student Honor Roll & Dean’s List, National Honor Society (NHS) Member

Fluent in Spanish and English
Dual Nationality: American (US) and Spanish (Spain)

Email:

Instagram:

@Isa.alba_gymnast.life

CLUB INFO

Current Gym:

Premier Gymnastics Academy West, June 2023

Location:

Oswego, Illinois

Head Coach:

Diane, OBrien

Email: jusbusy2@gmail.com

Former Gym:

Excel Gymnastics Academy, 2016 - May 2023

Location:

Geneva, Illinois

Head Coach:

Dayna Schmuggerow

Email: egacoachdayna@gmail.com

USAG Level:

8

Events:

All Around

Training:

20 - 22 hours per week

USAG Level:

8, 7, Xcel Diamond, Xcel Platinum, Xcel Gold, Xcel Silver, Pre-Team

Events:

All Around

Training:

12 - 16 hours per week

Current Gymnastics Club:

Current Gym:

Premier Gymnastics Academy West, June 2023

Location:

Oswego, Illinois

Head Coach:

Diane, OBrien

Email: jusbusy2@gmail.com

Former Gym:

Excel Gymnastics Academy, 2016 - May 2023

Location:

Geneva, Illinois

Head Coach:

Dayna Schmuggerow

Email: egacoachdayna@gmail.com

USAG Level:

8

Events:

All Around

Training:

20 - 22 hours per week

USAG Level:

8, 7, Xcel Diamond, Xcel Platinum, Xcel Gold, Xcel Silver, Pre-Team

Events:

All Around

Training:

12 - 16 hours per week

BARS

ISA- BARS WINDY CITY COMPETITION VIDEO 2023

COMPETITIVE 2023 BARS ROUTINE:

  • half pirouette
  • clear hip handstand
  • 1.5 turn
  • front handspring + front layout + front tuck
  • two giants
  • layout dismount

Working on 2024:

  • Bail
  • Free hip hand
  • Double tuck dismount
  • Blind change

FLOOR

ISA - FLOOR WINDY CITY COMPETITION VIDEO 2023

COMPETITIVE 2023 FLOOR ROUTINE:

  • roundoff back tuck
  • front handspring + front pike
  • switch leap + straddle jump

Working on 2024:

  • Front lay lay
  • Back one and a half

VAULT

Isa UGA Feb 2024 Vault

COMPETITIVE 2023 VAULT:

  • Tsuk tuck

Working on 2024:

  • Tsuk pike/layout

BEAM

Isa UGA FEb 2024 Beam

COMPETITIVE 2023 ROUTINE:

  • full turn
  • split + split, flight cartwheel + roundoff
  • standing roundoff
  • swing front layout dismount

Working on 2024:

  • Back walk over (BWO) + back handspring (BHS)
  • Switch leap
  • Back tuck
  • Aerial

Level 8

Meet InfoVUBBBFXAA
2024-02-23
2024 Great Western Invitational
8.6509.0509.0009.00035.700
2024-02-16
BIG Classic 2024
9.2259.0758.5008.72535.525
2024-02-01
Buckeye Classic
8.8509.2007.9009.15035.100
2024-01-26
UGA Invitational
9.3008.7009.2259.25036.475
2024-01-12
Windy City Invitational-Women
8.9009.0009.1009.12536.125
2023-12-01
Flipstar's Home for the Holidays
8.7509.0508.2258.92534.950
4-21-2023
Region 5 Level 6-8
Regional Championships
9.2258.9508.7509.05035.975
03-24-20239.2009.4009.1259.27537.00
Illinois State Championships Level 6-7-89.2508.6008.1509.22535.225
2023 Great Western Invitational - Women9.0007.2508.2508.32532.825

Transitioned to USAG Level 8 mid-season from USAG Level 7 as guided by Excel Gymnastics Academy’s team coaches.

Level 7

Meet InfoVUBBBFXAA
12-02-2022
Flipstar Home for
the Holidays
8.7759.1509.0509.42536.400
03-24-2023
Aspire Classic
8.6759.0009.0509.35036.075
02-24-2023
MWT Safari Meet - WI Dells 2023
9.3509.1758.8258.52535.875
01-13-2023
St. Jude Benefit Meet
8.9508.3509.2009.15035.650
01-27-2023
King Arthur Invitational
9.2759.0258.7259.65036.675

ABOUT ISA

GOAL-FOCUSED, DEDICATED, NEURODIVERSE ATHLETE

My goal is to compete in collegiate gymnastics at an all-around level. This wonderfully dynamic sport has been a part of my life since I could walk. I began to formally compete in 2018. First, through USAG’s Xcel levels followed by the developmental program (DP) levels. I currently compete USAG level 8. Every day is an opportunity for me to learn, grow, and improve athletically. Gymnastics is a complex, highly competitive, challenging sport, not only physically, but mentally as well. Strength, consistency, power, and grace are as essential as knowing how to center yourself, reset, and calm your mind. Practicing mindfulness through meditation is critically important to how I approach my daily practices as well as competitions. Gymnastics is as much a team sport as it is an individual one. My coaches and my teammates make all the difference—they build me up, teach me, support me, and challenge me to do and be more every day. As a neurodivergent gymnast (ADHD), gymnastics is and has been a way of surmounting not only physical challenges, but neurological hurdles too. This incredible sport is basically a metaphor for how I approach academia as a neurodiverse person. My focus, strength, clarity of thought, and concise articulation of words are constantly challenged by the way my brain processes, retains, reacts to, and executes on information. Gymnastics tests my physical and mental fortitude, clarity of thought, and presence of mind. Gymnast is a title I wear with pride because, I believe, I earn it daily.

GOAL-FOCUSED, DEDICATED, NEURODIVERSE ATHLETE

My goal is to compete in collegiate gymnastics at an all-around level. This wonderfully dynamic sport has been a part of my life since I could walk. I began to formally compete in 2018. First, through USAG’s Xcel levels followed by the developmental program (DP) levels. I currently compete USAG level 8. Every day is an opportunity for me to learn, grow, and improve athletically. Gymnastics is a complex, highly competitive, challenging sport, not only physically, but mentally as well. Strength, consistency, power, and grace are as essential as knowing how to center yourself, reset, and calm your mind. Practicing mindfulness through meditation is critically important to how I approach my daily practices as well as competitions. Gymnastics is as much a team sport as it is an individual one. My coaches and my teammates make all the difference—they build me up, teach me, support me, and challenge me to do and be more every day. As a neurodivergent gymnast (ADHD), gymnastics is and has been a way of surmounting not only physical challenges, but neurological hurdles too. This incredible sport is basically a metaphor for how I approach academia as a neurodiverse person. My focus, strength, clarity of thought, and concise articulation of words are constantly challenged by the way my brain processes, retains, reacts to, and executes on information. Gymnastics tests my physical and mental fortitude, clarity of thought, and presence of mind. Gymnast is a title I wear with pride because, I believe, I earn it daily.

HOBBIES - RIDING ENGLISH

Extras From Isa's Corner

Empowered Minds performance coaching was designed using results-driven, evidence-based routines proven to increase focus, confidence, and resilience to maximize potential and achieve peak performance. Our techniques help gymnasts, as well as other athletes, forge the elite mindset that develops champions.

A Word From Isa’s Mindset Instructor

“Isa has the heart of a champion. She recognizes her mindset and mental preparation are equally as important as her physical preparation in the gym. She has made her mindset practices (and mental fortitude preparation) an important part of her daily routine to keep herself “tip top” both mentally and physically. Isa proactively recognizes academic as well as athletic growth opportunities, and instead of shying away from (or delaying) them, she digs in, does the foundational work, and levels up. Isa is an inspiration. I am honored to be a part of Team Isa!”

– Stephanie Cantu, Co-Founder, Empowered Minds

Isa’s Coaches’ Commentary

“Isa is a fun-loving gymnast who is determined to make her goals a reality. She works hard to push through any obstacles that may stand in her way.”

– Dayna Schmuggerow, Head Coach, Xcel and DP girls’ teams, Excel Gymnastics Academy

“Isa is a very hard worker. She is determined to achieve whatever skill she may be working on. Isa is kind, supportive, and positive with her team mates; she is always smiling. She was a joy to coach and I am proud of the gymnast she has become.”

Coach Lorena Gutierrez, Coach, DP girls’ team, Excel Gymnastics Academy

“Isa is a joy to work with—always smiling. She has an upbeat attitude and works diligently toward her goal: collegiate gymnastics. I’ve seen Isa work through fear of a new, challenging skill, and I’ve seen her dedication to consistency. Quick with decisions and intuitive about her skillset, Isa is a gymnast in touch with her body and mind. When she is prepared—”in the zone”—she is an unstoppable force. At only 16, Isa also dedicated to the study of gymnastics, as demonstrated by her pursuit and attainment of a USAG judging certification. I am altogether honored to mentor and support Isa.”

EM, USAG Judge and Coach

Isa's Photo Gallery

ISABEL M. ALBA

CLASS OF 2026
USAG LEVEL 8
PREMIER GYMNASTICS ACADEMY WEST