USU Gymnastics Adds Two for 2015 Season
Nov. 20, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Two gymnasts have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Utah State gymnastics team, announced by head coach Nadalie Walsh after last week's National Signing Day.
Briel Muhlestein (Bree-ell Mew-el-steen) and Melanie Oster (Aw-stir) will both enroll at Utah State in the fall of 2014 and compete for the Aggies in the 2014-15 season.
"I am really pleased to be bringing Briel and Melanie on board here at Utah State in 2014. Both of these young ladies are extremely talented and will be able to make immediate contributions to the program," Walsh said. "They are both excellent students and are solid on all the events with tremendous difficulty on bars. "
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Muhlestein comes to Utah State from USA Gymnastics World. She is currently a senior at Alta High School. At the 2012 Utah State Championships, she finished first on floor while placing second in the all-around. This season, Muhlestein won bars and placed second in the all-around at the 2013 Lady Luck Invitational. She finished second on vault and fourth all-around at the City of Lights Invite.
"Having Briel as part of the program will be great for Utah State. Her being from Utah is something that is going to continue to help grow our publicity and strengthen our local fan base," Walsh said. Briel was committed under the prior coaches and when I went to watch her train this summer after taking the position here, it was quickly apparent that she is very hard working, dedicated, talented and very serious about wanting to take USU gymnastics to the next level. I believe she will be a great addition to the team."
Oster hails from Kenosha, Wisc., where she is a senior at Tremper High School. She had a solid 2013 competition season training at M&M Gymnastics under Jeanelle Memmel, Andy Memmel and Brian Lesniewski. Oster had several first-place finishes on each individual event as well as in her all-around competition throughout the 2013 season. She ended the year at the Wisconsin State Championships, where she placed first on bars and second in the all-around. Oster was a Junior Olympics national qualifier in 2011.
"I see Melanie as a great addition to the program because she is such a clean and powerful gymnast. I spent a lot of time recruiting her during her junior year so when she decided she wanted to attend Utah State, I was very excited to add her to the program," Walsh said. She has a great personality that is contagious and I see her as being a strong leader for the Aggies in the future."
The Aggies will open the 2014 campaign in the annual Blue and White intrasquad meet on Wednesday, Dec. 4 before beginning official competition in a road meet at Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 11.
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