Stanford Gymnastics Announces Recruiting Class

Nov. 11, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Two gymnasts have signed letters of intent to compete for the Stanford women's gymnastics team in 2011, Stanford coach Kristen Smyth announced today. The signing class boosts the fortunes of an already strong program that has seven NCAA top 10 finishes since 2001.

The newest members of the Cardinal family are Lauren Caldemeyer, from Indianapolis, and Amanda Spinner, from nearby Danville, Calif.

They will compete for a program that has produced 38 first-team All-America honors and 56 national All-Academic selections since Smyth took over as coach in 2002. The Cardinal has competed in the NCAA Super Six finals four times in the past eight years, with a pair of top-three finishes.

Lauren Caldemeyer is a three-time Junior Olympics national qualifier who excels at three events - vault, balance beam and floor exercise. A Level 10 gymnast, Caldemeyer recently placed fifth in the all-around, second on vault and seventh on floor at the Junior Olympics national championships. An aggressive and confident competitor, Caldemeyer brings strong leadership ability and a vibrant personality.

Caldemeyer attends Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and trains at DeVeau's School of Gymnastics in Fishers, Ind., where she's coached by Tom Strange.

Amanda Spinner is an eight-time California state Level 10 champion and has won a Junior Olympics national title on the beam. Spinner is an excellent athlete with a strong work ethic. A three-time all-around state champion, Spinner is especially gifted on the beam, a traditional strength of the Stanford program. Smyth is excited about Spinner's potential and her possibilities in a college setting.

Spinner attends Monte Vista High School in Danville and trains at Bay Aerials Gymnastics in Fremont, the same club that produced current Stanford freshman Ashley Morgan. Spinner's coaches at Bay Aerials are Lisa Aguirre and Neal Gallant.

 

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