DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire gymnastics head coach Gail Goodspeed announced Friday that high school seniors Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas), Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) and Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn.) signed national letters of intent to join the UNH gymnastics program beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.
Aucoin is a level 10 gymnast from Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, Texas, coached by Marnie Futch and Gina Logan. Recent accomplishments include a second place all-around finish at the 2011 Texas State Championship along with first place honors on vault and floor. Aucoin placed first in floor exercise at the prestigious WOGA invitational meet earlier this year and was previously a Region 3 AA champion as a level 9 gymnast in 2008.
"Kelsey has a beautiful style and exceptional execution. Her best events include vault, beam and floor," Goodspeed said. "She is capable of scoring with the best in the country on those three events. Kelsey is a strong competitor and should be a consistent top performer. A classical style and flawless amplitude are her claim to fame, but she has great power and explosiveness as well."
Brodie is a level 10 gymnast from Gymnastics World in Broadview Heights, Ohio, where she is coached by Ron Ganim. She was a state all-around champion in 2010 and placed fourth in the all-around in 2011. Brodie finished eighth in the regional meet and qualified to the NIT championship meet last season.
"Lauren is a solid all-around gymnast with no weak events," Goodspeed said. "She has a high degree of difficulty on each event and should be in contention for an all-around spot. Lauren has a great style and can score well in the collegiate system. She is consistent and strong and will be someone the team can count on."
Solomon is also a level 10 gymnast from Arena Gymnastics in Stamford, Conn., coached by Laurie and Frank DeFrancesco. Solomon is coming off an injury that prevented her from competing the last couple of years, but is primed and ready for her senior year and the 2012 Junior Olympic season.
"Elissa is one of those rare individuals who can do just about any skill on balance beam and make it look easy," Goodspeed said. "She is one of the best in the country on that event and will make an immediate impact on the beam squad. She can also be a very strong addition on the other three events. She is quick, clean and stylish in all the events and that is a combination that leads to high scores. She is coming back from an injury and very motivated to make a difference, and we know she is capable of accomplishing that.
"All three student-athletes have strong academic backgrounds and will quickly become part of a dynamic group of women. They are great additions to the UNH women's gymnastics family."
Fans will get their first opportunity to see the 2011-12 UNH gymnastics team at the annual 'Meet the Team' event at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. For information on UNH gymnastics season tickets, call (603) 862-4000 x5 or visit www.unhwildcats.com.