Women's Gymnastics Signs Two Recruits

Nov. 14, 2006

BERKELEY - Stefanie Cheng (San Jose, Calif./Saint Francis High School) and Avery Gee (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos High School) have each signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend the University of California in the fall of 2007, head coach Cari DuBois announced today.

'I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are that both Stefanie and Avery will be joining us next year,' head coach Cari DuBois said. 'We are very fortunate to have been able to get these two teammates from such a prestigious and successful private club program. Stefanie and Avery hail from the same program that current team members, Allison Szutu and Jessica Kelley trained at previous to their collegiate career.

'Stefanie and Avery are the entire package. They are outstanding in the gym, as well as in the classroom. Stefanie is interested in majoring in business and Avery is interested in Engineering. Keep your eye out for these two in the future; they are going to help this team continue to climb in the national rankings.'

Cheng, a member of the Airborne Gymnastics club, finished fourth at the 2005 Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals on the bars and 10th in the all-around competition. The same year, she placed second in the all-around at the west regional. Her club team finished first in the state in 2004 and second a year later, in 2005.

'Stefanie will have an immediate impact on this team,' DuBois said. 'Stefanie's small frame is deceiving, but when she steps out on the floor to compete you are amazed by how powerful and explosive she is. Stefanie will wow the crowd with her dynamic vaulting, tumbling, and world class dismounts off the bars and beam.'

A Western National beam champion in 2006, Gee, finished second on the floor, third on the vault and seventh in the all-around at the same competition. During the 2006 Regional Championships, she won the all-around competition. In addition she won the same event at the 2006 NorCal State championships. During her high school team's season, Gee finished first on the floor at the 2006 CCS Varsity Finals and third in the all-around. She also was first in the all-around, vault, beam and floor at the 2006 SCVAL Varsity Finals, en route to her being named the Los Altos High School Most Valuable Gymnast for 2006.

'Avery is going to make people ask, `Where did she come from, Where has she been', DuBois said. 'Avery has improved tremendously over this past season. She is a competitor, she knows what it takes to win, and her skill level has continued to rise throughout the summer. Avery has so much potential and I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to watch her mature and develop into an even better gymnast. Avery's presentation and confidence on the beam is phenomenal, she's catlike, and when she tumbles and vaults, you have to look up in the rafters to find her.

The Golden Bears are currently prepping for their season which begins on Friday, Jan. 19 at Oregon State, in Corvallis, Ore.

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