Gymnastics Inks Three For 2012 Season
Nov. 10, 2010
AUBURN, Ala.-Auburn gymnastics head coach Jeff Graba announced Wednesday the signing of three gymnasts to National Letters of Intent. They will begin competing for the Tigers in 2012.
"This is a tremendously talented class, and we're fortunate that these athletes have chosen Auburn to continue their educations as well as their gymnastics careers," Graba said.
The 2011 signing class features Brianna Guy of Catonsville, Md., Caryn Kadous of San Antonio, Texas and Megan Walker of Brackney, Pa.
"All three of these young women have had very successful club careers and trained at some of the best gyms in the country," Graba added.
Guy, who trains under coach Bob Ouellette at Docksider's in Millersville, Md., is a two-time Junior Olympic National Team member, and finished fourth in the all-around at the 2009 at the Junior Olympic National Championships.
"Breanna is a tremendously powerful athlete who will be a treat for our fans to watch on vault and floor," Graba said. "She will also be able to help the team out as an all-arounder."
In 2008, Guy was the Junior Olympic Level 10 All-Around and Floor Champion, and drew interest from Alabama and Florida before choosing Auburn.
"I am so psyched to be an Auburn gymnast," Guy said. "I don't think there could be a better place for me than Auburn. I chose Auburn because of their academic views. The faculty supports you and the advisers want to do everything they can to help you succeed. That was definitely a big contributor to my decision."
Kadous trains at Aerial Athletics in San Antonio, Texas, under coach Heather Schnelzer. She was the 2010 Junior Olympics National Invitational Tournament All-Around, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Champion.
"Caryn is a great beam and floor worker who will provide much needed depth on the other events as well," Graba said. "She has a good presence and is very fun to watch."
Kadous also won the 2009 Region 3 Floor Championship, and in 2010 finished fourth on the uneven bars and third on floor at the Texas State Championships. She chose Auburn over Iowa and Minnesota.
"I wanted to be a part of the Auburn gymnastics program because I fit in with the team, and I agree with the coaching staff's philosophy," Kadous said. "I am really excited about becoming a part of the Auburn gymnastics team. "
Walker, who chose Auburn over Utah and Michigan, is coached by Daile Van Patten at Southern Tier Gymnastics in Endwell, N.Y. She is a 2010 Junior Olympic National Uneven Bar Silver medalist, and the 2010 Region 6 All-Around, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Champion.
"Megan is a phenomenal bar worker who will help us immediately on that event, but we're also excited about her ability to contribute as an all-arounder," Graba said. In 2009, Walker won the bronze medal on uneven bars at the Junior Olympic National Championships, and in 2008 competed as a Junior International Elite gymnast and qualified for the U.S. Classic.
"I chose Auburn because it is the school that fits who I am and what I want from a school," Walker said. "Both times I visited Auburn, I connected strongly with the team and the coaching staff. They are all dedicated to not only gymnastics, but also academics, which is impressive and hard to find. I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful collegiate team and can't wait to compete as an Auburn Tiger."
Auburn gymnastics kicks off the 2011 season Jan. 7 against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. The Tigers open thier home slate against LSU Jan. 14 at Auburn Arena. Single meet tickets are on sale now starting at $5 for adults and $2 for youth, and season tickets are $30. Family packs which include four season tickets are available for $80.
For more information please call the Auburn Ticket Office at 1-800-AUB-1957 or go online at www.AUBTix.com.
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