Beavers Add International Elite Australian for 2010

April 20, 2009


For the second year in a row Oregon State head gymnastics coach Tanya Chaplin has gone to the Australian National Team to recruit a talented gymnast during the spring signing period, Chaplin announced Monday.

Melanie Jones (Melbourne, Australia) will join the Beavers in time for the 2009-2010 season.

“I am thrilled that Melanie chose to join the Oregon State gymnastics program,” Chaplin said. “Melanie is an excellent student, and a tremendous athlete. She is very dynamic and powerful and will have an immediate impact on our lineups.”

Jones, a member of the Australian National Team, was the team’s alternate for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Currently, Jones is training for the 2009 World Championships which are set to take place in London, England in October. At the 2008 Australian National Championships, Jones earned top 10 finishes on all four events, finishing second on the vault, ninth on bars, beam and in the all-around and 10th on the floor. She also earned a third-place finish in the vault and a 10th-place finish on the bars at the 2007 national championships.

Due to the timing of the World Championships, Jones will likely join the Oregon State gymnastics program during the winter term, just prior to the start of the 2010 season.

Jones, who has already been certified as an academic qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center, brings the Beavers’ 2009-10 recruiting class to four. Leilani Alferos (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif), Kelsi Blalock (Puyallup, Wash.) and Makayla Stambaugh (Antelope, Calif.) signed during the early signing period in November.

The Beavers conclude the 2009 season next week at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, April 16-18, hosted by the University of Nebraska.

2009-10 Oregon State Gymnastics NLI Signees
* Leilani Alferos – (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. / Trabuco Hills HS / Olympic Gymnastics Academy)
* Kelsi Blalock – (Puyallup, Wash. / Rogers HS / Gymnastics East)
* Melanie Jones – (Melbourne, Australia / Gymnastics Australia)
* Makayla Stambaugh – (Antelope, Calif. / Horizon Charter School / Byers Gymnastics Center)

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