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The Spanish are coming…

April 21, 2008

…to Stanford, that is. announced today that Spain’s Lenika de Simone will be joining the Stanford women’s gymnastics team in 2009.

De Simone is actually a Florida-born Spanish transplant. Her big international year was 2006, when she nabbed a pair of gold medals on the World Cup circuit on balance beam and floor exercise. She’s very much in the thick of things for one of the two Spanish berths to the Olympic Games.

Lenika de Simone, 2006 World Cup Event Finals, Balance Beam:

Simone, like most of the underrated Spanish team, has wonderful form and execution. I was surprised she didn’t have a bigger impact at the 2006 World Championships.

This is a big plus for Stanford, which graduates a (literally) super senior class this year, including Tabitha Yim, Stephanie Gentry and Liz Tricase.

Also coming to Stanford in 2009 are Canada’s Alyssa Brown, WOGA’s Catherine Nguyen and New Jersey’s Nicole Pechanec.

A Canadian, a Czech and an American sign with Stanford

November 29, 2007

Canadian national team member Alyssa Brown, Czech national team member Nicole Pechanec and WOGA standout Catherine Nguyen have all signed letters of intent to compete for Stanford in during the 2008-09 season, Cardinal head coach Kristen Smyth announced last week.

Brown recently told International Gymnast Magazine she’s planning to go for one of the two spots on the Canadian Olympic team. According to Stanford’s press release, Brown has already secured an invitation to the 2008 American Cup.

Alyssa Brown, 2007 Canadian Championships, Uneven Bars:

Pechanec, who trains at the Parkettes in Pennsylvania under Bill and Donna Strauss and mom Yvette, brings a lot of international experience. Representing the Czech Republic, Pechanec won the balance beam title at the 2007 Ostrava World Cup and was a team member at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships.

Nicole Pechanec, 2006 World Championships, Uneven Bars (note the unusual third release move):

Nguyen trains at WOGA under Evgeny Marchenko and Natalya Boyarskaya. Her sister Christine is a sophomore competitor for the University of North Carolina.

Catherine Nguyen’s stylish floor exercise from day one of the 2007 U.S. Championships:

In other NCAA news, the University of Washington, looking to rebuild its once dominant position in the Pac-10, has signed four for 2009. Coach Joanne Bowers, a transplant from the University of Michigan, already has an impressive freshman class this year consisting of Karen Cain, Danielle Henderson, Samantha Walior, Haley Bogart and Kristen Linton.

The Huskies will be adding Lauren Eller, Hatsune “Hats” Akaogi, Amanda Cline and Ruby Engreitz to their lineup in 2009.