UW Gymnastics Adds Two More

June 25, 2009

SEATTLE - Two gymnasts have signed National Letters of Intent and will be joining the Washington gymnastics team for the 2009-10 season. Paige Bixler of Rowlett, Texas and Phoebe Tham of North Vancouver, B.C. are the newest Huskies to enter the gym.

Bixler joins the Huskies from Rowlett, Texas , where she trained at Metroplex Gymnastics under Bryan Streeter. Bixler, a member of the National Honor Society and a Texas Scholar, graduated from Rowlett High School, where she was named the Anatomy and Physiology Student of the Year in 2009. She is a Level 10 Regional Qualifier and was named the Metroplex Most Determined Gymnast two years running.

'Paige is a beautiful dancer and a fierce beam competitor,' said Washington head coach Joanne Bowers. 'She will come in and help us right away on beam and floor. She has a great passion for our sport and will add so much to our team.'

Tham hails from North Vancouver, B.C., where she trained at Surrey Gymnastics Society under David Kenwright and Gabriella Szabo. Tham graduated from Magee Secondary School, where she was a honor roll student and was given the Award for Nomadic Learning. Tham competed with the 2009 National Open Team, taking third place in the team standings and fifth in the all-around. She also earned the Tula Ella Award for most original bars at the national championships.

'Phoebe is very strong on bars and could also help us on every other event,' said Bowers. 'She is such a hard worker and has the discipline we need to be successful.'

Bixler and Tham join Lauren Rogers of Plains, Penn., Kylie Sharp of Herriman, Utah and Kailey Hansen of Ventura, Calif. as the class of 2013, joining the team this fall.

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