Gymnastics Signs Four Top All-Arounders

Nov. 13, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four gymnasts who placed among the Top 15 all-arounders in their respective divisions at the 2003 Junior Olympic National Championships have signed letters of intent with Oregon State, head coach Tanya Chaplin announced Thursday.

Courtney Dennison (Tucson, Ariz./Marana HS), Yuki Lamb (Knoxville, Tenn./Karns HS), Claire Pierce (Livermore, Calif./Granada HS) and Jeanine Ruby (San Dimas, Calif./San Dimas HS) all have announced their plans to join the Beavers for the 2004-2005 school year.

'We're really excited about the recruiting class we've signed this fall. It's one of the best we've signed in my tenure at Oregon State,' Chaplin said. 'They are a talented group of young women who will make an immediate impact on the program both on the competition floor and in the classroom. The character, work ethic and love for Oregon State that this class displays will take our program to the next level.'

Courtney Dennison

Dennison, who trains at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics, placed 13th in the all-around and finished eighth on beam at the J.O. national meet. She won the all-around title at the 2003 Arizona state championships and took fourth at the regional championships.

'Courtney is a dynamic and graceful gymnast. I'm confident she'll make a strong impact on our vault and beam lineups immediately,' Chaplin said. 'But what I was impressed most with was her enthusiasm for the sport.'

Yuki Lamb

Lamb tied for seventh in the all-around and was ninth on floor at J.O. nationals in 2003. She was the all-around champion at the Tennessee state championship and the Region 8 championships in 2003, and she took 12th in the all-around at the 2001 J.O. national meet. She trains at Premier Gymnastics.

'Yuki works as hard outside the gym as she does inside. Not only is she a successful gymnast, but she's an outstanding student who is involved in multiple activities. Her leadership skills will be a strong asset to our team,' said Chaplin. 'She's hungry to learn and reach her goals at the collegiate level.'

Claire Pierce

Pierce, who trains at Cal West Gymnastics, tied for first on beam at the 2003 J.O. meet, and she was third on bars and fifth in the all-around. She was ninth in the all-around at J.O. nationals in 2002, and she won the all-around at the 2003 Northern California championships and the Region 1 championships.

'For the last two years, Claire has been one of the top Level 10 gymnasts in the country. We had a great experience working with her at our summer camp, and we knew she'd be a great addition to our program,' said Chaplin. 'Her beautiful lines and steady performances will certainly get the crowd's attention.'

Jeanine Ruby

Ruby was the junior elite national champion in the all-around in 2000. At the 2003 J.O. meet, she placed 11th in the all-around and tied for third on bars, sixth on vault and eighth on beam. She placed second at the Region 1 competition. She trains at Charter Oak Gliders.

'From our first phone call with Jeanine, we knew she'd be a perfect fit at Oregon State. She's an exciting and charismatic competitor,' Chaplin said. 'Her success as a junior elite national champion will help her stand out at OSU.'

OREGON STATE GYMNASTICS LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEESCourtney Dennison (5-0, Tucson, Ariz./Marana HS/Tumbleweeds Gymnastics)Yuki Lamb (5-0, Knoxville, Tenn./Karns HS/Premier Gymnastics)Claire Pierce (5-2, Livermore, Calif./Granada HS/Cal West Gymnastics)Jeanine Ruby (5-0, San Dimas, Calif./Charter Oak Gliders)
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