Gymnast Jacey Draper Transfers To Oregon State From Utah

Aug. 31, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former international elite gymnast Jacey Draper will transfer to Oregon State from Utah, OSU coach Tanya Chaplin announced Tuesday. 'We're excited to have an athlete of Jacey's caliber join our program,' Chaplin said. 'She's a really hard worker and a great student, and we're thrilled to have her here.' Draper did not compete as a true freshman at Utah last year, so she'll have four years of eligibility remaining at OSU. The 5-4 all-arounder spent her only season at Utah recovering from an injury that required surgery to insert a rod into her leg. She's now back training on bars, beam and floor. Draper competed at the international elite level from 1999-2001 and had success in three Junior Olympic National Championships as a level 10 as well. She was crowned the national champion on floor at the 1997 J.O national meet and was fourth in the all-around and ninth on bars at the 1998 competition. In 2002, she placed second on vault and ninth in the all-around. 'I'd met Tanya and Michael (Chaplin) before, and I know a few girls on the team. It seems like a great team,' Draper said. 'I feel very motivated here, and I'm excited to get back to doing things. I hope I can contribute to the team.' A graduate of Lake Oswego High School, Draper trained at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland. She earned NACGC/W Scholastic All-American honors at Utah, where she was majoring in pre-physical therapy. She plans to continue with that major at OSU.

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