Coach Little on Melanie
"Melanie has made tremendous improvements. After having surgery on her toe before last season, we weren't sure she would make it back but hoped she could on at least one event. She returned to compete on two, and this season she has a shot at the all-around. Mel is very strong and competes well. She is certainly one of our top vaulters."
2002 Season: A staple in the vault, beam and floor lineups… Scored a career-high 9.925 on vault twice, once against New Hampshire (1/25/02) and again in UK’s school-record 196.375 performance at Texas Woman’s University (3/15/02)… Finished fourth on the team on vault and floor… Competed on floor for the first time as a GymKat, giving UK solid depth… Scored a career-high 9.850 against Alabama (3/8/02), a 9.825 at TWU and a pair of 9.800s… Also competed in every meet on beam, tallying her three highest scores of the year in the final three meets of the season, including a season-high 9.824 at TWU… Comeback from a foot injury last season earned her the Comeback Award from the coaches.
2001 Season: A consistent vaulter, finished second on team with a 9.757 average... Scored a career-high 9.925 on beam in near upset of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (2/24/01) to tie for first-place honors.
2000 Season: Performed mainly for the GymKats on vault, posting a career high 9.800 two times during the season... Also saw limited action on uneven bars and balance beam, including a clutch 9.775 performance on beam at Michigan (1/28/00).
Pre-College: Graduated from Green Mountain High School... 1999 High School Gymnastics All-Around Champion... Member of the 1998 and 1999 Junior Olympic National Team... 1996 and 1998 USAG Colorado State Vault champion.
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