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Utah State head gymnastics coach Nadalie Walsh announced the signing of Kiera Miller on Thursday. Miller, who will be a freshman, joins four other incoming signees for the Aggies.
“We’re really pleased to bring Kiera into the program,” said Walsh, who has guided the Aggies to the NCAA Regional Championships in her first three seasons at the helm. “She is a very decorated gymnast and has a lot of high-level experience and has competed at the national level multiple times.”
The native of Oshkosh, Wis., trained at the Oshkosh Gymnastics & Cheer Center under Phyllis and Dale Hardt, and Taylor and Josh Ames. The all-arounder earned the club’s 2016 Hardest Worker and Perseverance awards, and the 2015 Gymnast of the Year accolade.
After suffering a complete Achilles’ tendon rupture at the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2015, Miller was able to rehab and compete at the 2016 Wisconsin State Championships, where she placed second on bars and third on beam.
“She has fully recovered and we’re really excited because she has made a tremendous comeback,” Walsh said.
Miller qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals in both 2014 and 2015, and the National Invitational Tournament in 2013.
Miller placed second on floor at the 2015 Region 4 Championships, to go along with third-place finishes on bars, beam and in the all-around. The previous year, she took second on beam.
At the 2015 Wisconsin State Championships, Miller finished first in the all-around and on floor, and second on both bars and beam. In 2014, she was second in the all-around at state.
Miller placed second in the all-around and vault at state in 2013, and during the 2012 season, she placed first on beam, second on vault and second in the all-around.
The daughter of Jerome and Traci Miller graduated in 2016 at the top of her class as the valedictorian of Oshkosh West High School with highest honors. She was the recipient of the Academic Excellence and Bemis Foundation scholarships.
“She is the poster-child student-athlete, where she’s very smart academically, very dedicated, very sound-minded and very athletic,” Walsh said. “The whole package that she’ll bring to the program with her positive attitude is really going to be the last piece to what we need to move the program forward.”
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