Chelsea Plourde signs letter of intent with Oregon State

Nov. 13, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Gymnast Chelsea Plourde has signed a national letter of intent to attend Oregon State beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, coach Tanya Chaplin announced Wednesday.

Plourde is a former elite gymnast who placed 15th in the junior division at the 2000 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. She qualified for the national championship competition by placing ninth at the U.S. Classic earlier that year.

'We are very excited to have Chelsea join our team. Chelsea is an excellent student and a talented gymnast who possesses strong leadership qualities,' Chaplin said. 'I see Chelsea making an immediate impact on every event for us.'

The home-schooled Plourde trains with coaches Neil and Patty Jo Resnick at Flips USA in Reno, Nev., the same gym where current Beaver freshman Chrissy Lamun trained.

'I loved the coaches and the way I was received by my future teammates. I also really liked the campus,' said Plourde, who will compete in Level 10 during the upcoming season.

Plourde and Lamun tied for first in the all-around at the 2002 Nevada State Gymnastics Championships, with Plourde claiming the state title for third year in a row.

Plourde placed second at the 2001 California Classic elite competition, with a second-place showing on beam and third-place finishes on vault and bars.

She won the all-around titles at the 2002 Golden State Friendship Challenge and the San Diego Classic. Additionally, Plourde placed second in the all-around at the 2002 Flips USA Invitational, finishing only behind Lamun.

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