LOGAN, Utah -
Fresh off consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regional Championships, Utah State’s gymnastics program has signed four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, it was announced Friday by head coach Nadalie Walsh.
Brittany Jeppesen, Jessi Rondeau, Elle Golison and Jazmyn Estrella will all enroll at Utah State and join the gymnastics team in 2016-17.
“As a staff we are very pleased with our incoming 2016-2017 class,” third-year head coach Nadalie Walsh said. “Each of the athletes that have committed to us, both scholarship and walk-ons, are going to bring a higher level of excellence to our program. Each signee has a valuable strength that I am really looking forward to furthering and developing in each of them for themselves and the program.”
Jeppesen is from Bountiful, Utah, and competes at Olympus School of Gymnastics in Sandy, Utah. During the 2014 season, Jeppesen competed at the Level 10 Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament (NIT), where she placed third in the all-around in the Junior D division with a score of 37.425. She was also tabbed the Most Improved Gymnast at Olympus.
“Brittney is intrinsically motivated, hard working and a leader,” Walsh said. “Her gymnastics is beautiful and she has room for further skill development. I’m excited to see her leadership skills benefit her future teammates.”
Rondeau is from Eden Prairie, Minn., and competes at Legacy Gymnastics. She qualified for the 2015 Junior Olympic NIT, tying for first on beam, and took second on floor and fourth in the all-around at the Minnesota Level 10 State Championships. She was also the City of Lights All-Around champion in 2015 and a member of the Minnesota super team. During the 2014 season, Rondeau placed second on beam and sixth in the all-around at the Junior Olympic NIT.
“Jessi is a breath of fresh air,” Walsh said. “She is going to be like a spark plug for the program and I see her motivating her teammates to rise up and be even better.”
Golison is from Long Beach, Calif., and competes at Wildfire Gymnastics. During the 2015 season, she was a Level 10 Junior Olympic NIT qualifier, placing second on vault and third on floor. Golison was also a SoCal State Championships qualifier and Region 1 qualifier in 2015. She garnered Most Improved Gymnast honors following the 2015 campaign at Wildfire.
“Elle is a powerful and fearless athlete,” Walsh said. “I look forward to her being here to press Utah State further forward through any future adversity.”
Estrella, who is a five-time Junior Olympic national qualifier, is from Allentown, Pa., and competes at Parkettes Gymnastics. She competed at the 2015 Junior Olympic National Championships and finished with an all-around score of 37.050 while competing in the Senior B division. At the Region 7 Level 10 Championships, Estrella, who was a Region 7 all-star team member, placed second in the all-round with a score of 37.175.
“Jazmyn is a diligent, stoic and poised gymnast,” Walsh said. “Her experience and skill level on all four events is exceptional and I see her being instrumental in holding her team accountable to stay on course for the team vision and goals.”
Utah State will host its Blue and White intrasquad meet on Friday, Dec. 11, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The meet, which will feature celebrity judges, is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Aggies officially open the 2016 campaign on Friday, Jan. 8, by hosting Centenary at 7 p.m. In fact, three of Utah State’s first four meets will be at home as the Aggies also welcome Kent State (Jan. 15) and Southern Utah (Jan. 29) to Logan.
“I am eager to see next year’s class build upon the success the team will have this season so we can all continue to promote Utah State gymnastics to new heights,” Walsh said.
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