Three Freshmen Join Stanford Squad

Oct. 16, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Freshmen Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando have joined the Stanford women's gymnastics squad for the upcoming 2004 season.

'This freshman class is so excited to be here,' head coach Kristen Smyth said. 'These three student-athletes are so positive and upbeat that the excitement they bring to the program is simply contagious.'

Sprando, who signed a national letter of intent to attend Stanford on Dec. 3, 2002, hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals.

'Stacy came in this year very strong and in great shape,' Smyth said. 'She adds a unique style and skill selection to the squad. Her attitude and work ethic will be great assets to the team.'

Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. A graduate of Woodinville High, Billmaier was named the 2003 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

'Brittany has already made an immediate impact on the team and really brings the squad up a level,' Smyth said. 'She is one of those athletes that you just can't help but stop and watch. We have already seen glimpses of greatness in her.'

Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.

'Erin worked hard over the summer to be in good shape and it shows because she is absolutely beautiful to watch,' Smyth said. 'She has a great attitude and always has a smile on her face. She will definitely be a fan favorite.'

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