UCLA Gymnastics Signs Conway, Tedmon

Nov. 9, 2000

The defending NCAA champion UCLA gymnastics team has signed to national letters of intent 2000 Canadian Olympian Michelle Conway (Scarborourgh, Ontario, Canada/Northview HS) and Level 10 standout Christie Tedmon (Carmichael, CA/Victory Christian HS). Both will begin competition in the 2002 season.

In Coway, UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field adds another 2000 Olympian to a squad that already boasts four Olympians amongst its current freshman class. Conway, who trains at Sport Seneca under coach Carol Orchard, had a 13th-place finish on the floor exercise at the Olympic Games. At the 2000 Canadian Championships, she placed third in the all-around, vault and beam, second on floor and fourth on bars. In 1999, she led her team to a gold medal at the Pan American Games and became the first Canadian woman to win a Pan Am Games individual medal in the all-around when she captured the silver. Conway also competed at the 1999 World Championships.

Tedmon, a 4.0 student, is a former international elite gymnast from Pozsar's Gymnastics. In 2000, she won a silver medal on floor at the Level 10 National Championships and also took third in the all-around and vault and second on beam at the Region 1 Championships. In 1998, competing as an international elite, she qualified for the American Classic and placed first in the all-around, vault, beam and floor at the Region 1 Zone Championships. Tedmon competed at three Level 10 National Championships and won two regional vault titles in 1996 and 1997, as well as a regional floor title in 1997.

'I'm excited to be continuing the standard we've set in recruiting with these two athletes who are as academically motivated as they are athletically motivated,' said Kondos Field. 'Both Michelle and Christie have a lot to offer our already powerful team. Michelle comes to us with a lot of international competitive experience, having just returned from the Olympic Games, and Christie's experience in competing both Level 10 and Elite has enabled her to enjoy a wide variety of competition. Both of them have extremely dynamic personalities and are both mature yet very outgoing and unafraid to assert themselves to achieve their goals. They will fit in great with this program.'

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