Gymnastics Inks Three During Early Signing Period
Nov. 17, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky gymnastics team has added three players to its 2012 freshmen class, singing Kenzie Hedges (Rowlett, Texas), Alexis Gross (Pasadena, Md.) and Jessica Staples (Crystal Lake, Ill.) to National Letters of Intent, assistant coaches Chuck Dickerson and Heather Hite announced Wednesday.
Hedges comes to Kentucky by way of Rowlett, Texas, where she competed for United Elite Gymnastics under coaches Igor Carvalno and Denise Hedges. Hedges has had a successful club career at the national level, as a National Elite qualifier at the National Team Training Center and finishing strong at several quality events. At the senior elite level, Hedges was the vault champion at the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas, Texas, while also claiming titles in vault, floor, beam and all-around at the Buckeye Classic in Ohio. Hedges finished in the top five in beam, vault, floor and all-around at the ASU Elite Qualifier and was impressive at the Wild Rose International Invitational in Edmonton, Canada, in 2009, placing second on vault and third on floor.
"Kenzie Hedges is an amazing athlete with crazy power," Dickerson said. "Her skill level is off the charts. She has been competing on the Elite level for quite a few years now and will immediately step in and help this program to the next level. Her vault and floor are at the highest level and her beam is great as well. She has competed at many big-time meets and this will help her in college. She has great character and loyalty and is a perfect piece to our future success."
Gross will make her way to the Bluegrass State from Pasadena, Md., after competing for Bob Ouellette at Docksiders Gymnastics. Gross, who is attending high school at Archbishop Spalding, has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier in 2007, 2008 and 2010, along with placing sixth on the uneven bars in the Junior Olympic Nationals. Gross will bring a variety of talents to the team in 2012, especially at floor exercise where she has been named a state champion.