Monday, June 1, 2009

Totally Commited #1

A Look at NCAA recruits. This Week...


ARKANSAS




Arkansas, the surprise Super Six finalists and definite winner of the Most Improved Category of last year's season, is welcoming three new recruits for the 2010 season.
(Alyssa Strodel, their fourth, graduated high school a semester early and joined Arkansas in the Winter Semester)

(Kelci Lewis performing with her high school band)

Oklahoma gymnast Kelci Lewis who, according to coach Mark Cook, has been coming to Arkansas gymnastics camps since they began, is bringing her three years of level Ten experience to the rapidly improving Arkansas team. She is a terrific vaulter, with a career-best of 9.95 on vault. She won her high school freshman state titles in both freshman and sophomore years. She skipped her junior year and is now completing her senior year, so Arkansas probably doesn't have to worry to much about her keeping up her grades! The Level 9 state champion and recipient of a Shannon Miller award made a conscious decision to not pursue an elite career, preferring instead to aim for a Division 1 college scholarship. Looks like she made the right choice.

(Recruit Amy Borsellino and freshman Jamie Pisani)

Amy Borsellino is from New Jersey and competes for North Stars Gymnastics, where on of her team mates was current Arkansas freshman Jamie Pisani. Amy apparently led the team to setting a state team record and had an individual AA score of 38.05. Amy was also an international elite and won the AA at the Parkette Invitational. She recently qualified to the JO National Team. Before dropping back to level ten, Amy also competed at the US Classic in 2007 and at Nationals, just missed out on a spot on the National Team.

(Amanda Siebert)

Amanda Siebert is an Arkansas local, something her new coaches are pleased to have on the team. The five-time Arkansas state champion will be contributing on vault and floor for the university team. Her career best on vault is 9.775. She is a letter-winner in track too and plans to major in kinesiology. Apparently, the very same day Amanda Siebert signed her letter-of-intent, Arkansas was heading into the Super Six championships. While handing out pieces of the cake bought by her gymnastics club, at the Williams Center for dance and gymnastics, where she also coaches, to celebrate her letter, she was just as excited about heading home to watch her future team compete on television!

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