PITTSBURGH- University of Pittsburgh gymnastics head coach Debbie Yohman has announced the signing of two National Letters of Intent. Joining the Panthers in the fall of 2016 will be Lucy Jones from East Lansing, Mich. and Megan Tripp of Plano, Texas.
“The striking thing about this class is their academics and their uneven bar work,” said Yohman. “Both athletes are honor students and have very high academic goals. They are both top notch bar workers with big skills, nice lines and beyond the ordinary combinations. We feel that both will bring big contributions to the bar lineup, especially since that event is heavy with seniors. They also come from two of the top age group programs in the country. We know they have good basics, are used to intense training and know how to win.”
Lucy Jones | East Lansing, Mich.
Lucy Jones comes to Pitt from East Lansing, Mich. The incoming freshman attended Haslett High School and trains at Gedderts’ Twistars USA, where she is coached by John and Kathryn Geddert and Brett Wargo.
“Lucy knew right away where she wanted to look to go to school so she searched out the academic opportunities,” said Yohman. “She is little, has great lines, pretty skills and trains hard. She is a great competitor.”
A three-time Eastern National qualifier, Jones was tabbed the 2013 level nine bars champion and placed third in the all-around. This was following a successful showing at regionals where she picked up first place finishes on bars, beam and in the all-around. This past year, Jones placed second on bars at States, fourth in the all-around at Regionals and 10th on bars at Nationals.
“I am excited to join the Pitt gymnastics team because the girls and coaches are nice, hardworking and supportive, which creates a great training environment that I can see myself in,” said Jones. “The athletic community offered support and seemed like a second family that I was excited to become a part of.”
Megan Tripp | Plano, Texas
Megan Tripp will also be joining the Panthers in the fall of 2016.Tripp currently attends Plano West Senior High School and trains under Laurent Landi and Cecile Canqueteau-Landi at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy.
“Megan is our first from the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and she is spreading information about Pitt in the Dallas area,” said Yohman. “We hope that she will compete in the all-around because her vault is continuing to develop and she is very competitive on the other three. She is strong, with long legs, great skills and has a great training background. She and Lucy are very similar athletes, physically, and both will bring finesse to the lineup.”
This past year, Tripp placed sixth on the beam at Junior Olympic Nationals, while also placing third in the all-around at both the state and regional competitions. This marks the second time Tripp qualified for Nationals, as she went in 2013 as well.
“Competing as a team is something that I’m most excited for,” said Tripp. “I know the team is very close. I can’t wait to contribute in every way possible and enjoy the rest of my gymnastics career with them.”
Apart from gymnastics, Megan is a member of the National Honors Society.
The Pitt gymnastics team kicks off their season on Friday, Dec. 11 when it travels to Kent State for its annual Blue-Gold meet which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Competition season will officially begin on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 when the Panthers welcome Maryland, Eastern Michigan and Towson for their first home meet of the year which is set to begin at 2 p.m.
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