Sept. 30, 2008
Providence, RI - Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne recently announced the addition of seven newcomers to the 2009 edition of the Brown gymnastics team. Katie Goddard (Kings Park, NY), Melanie Plante (Attleboro, MA), Amy Tran (San Diego, CA), Lauren Tucker (Farmington Hills, MI), Carli Wiesenfeld (Atlanta, GA), Lilly Siems (Baltimore, MD) and junior Helen Segal (Los Altos, CA) will look to contribute immediately and help Bruno improve from last season.
Siems, a graduate of Roland Park Country School, is a two-year Level 10 gymnast and competed for Docksiders Gymnastics. She was a 2008 Level 10 Regional Bar Champion, and was also a 2008 JO National Qualifier. Siems earned Docksiders "hardest worker" award three times, and was named Docksider's Most Improved Gymnast in 2008. Siems received the Head's Commendation Award and was on the Honor Roll.
Wiesenfeld, a four-year varsity letter winner from North Springs High School in Atlanta, GA, is a four-year Level 10 gymnast and a four-time regional qualifier. Wiesenfeld was the 2008 Level 10 State vault, beam, and all-around champion (2nd on bars, 4th on floor). She was a 2008 North Metro Gymnast of the Year. In 2007, Wiesenfeld was the Level 10 State All-Around Champion and earned the 2007 Leadership Award (North Metro). She was also a three-time Georgia All-State team member. She was a member of the National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honors Society).
A graduate of North Farmington High School and a member of the Sports Club of West Bloomfield, Tucker competed Level 10 for four years and placed fifth on vault in the State Championships in 2008. A four-time USAG Region V Level 10 Regional Qualifier, Tucker placed second in the all-around at USAIGC Nationals in 2005, and then fourth in the all-around in 2006. Tucker was an AP Scholar, a Senior Scholar, and won the superintendent's Award of Excellence her senior year.
A graduate of Attleboro High School, Plante competed Level 10 for the last three years, and was a member of O'Leary's Gymnastics Center. Plante was a five-time qualifier to the USAG Regional Championship. In 2007, she was the alternate to Level 10 JO Nationals after placing 6th on bars and 7th on beam at Regionals. Plante competed on the 2008 High School National Team and received the 2008 Boston Globe All-Scholastic award.
Goddard, a Level 9 Gymnast for five years hailing from Kings Park High School, was a four-time Regional Qualifier and a two-time Eastern National Championships qualifier. In 2008, Goddard was the Manhattan Classic's floor champion and earned second place in the all around. She led her squad to a NY State Championship, placing second on the floor and bars, and third in the all around. At Regionals, she earned third place on the floor, fourth on vault and seventh in the all-around. Goddard was also the Vice President of the National Honors Society, Italian Student of the Year, and earned the Susan Bradley Memorial Award.
Tran joins Brown from Torrey Pines High School and was a member of the SCEGA San Diego All-Stars club gymnastics team. A Level 10 gymnast for the past four years, Tran was a 2005 Level 10 Regional Qualifier. In 2004, she was a Level 9 Regional Vault and All-Around Champion and a National Bar Champion. She was a Level 9 State Bar Champion in 2003, and was also a Level 9 National Qualifier. Tran was a member of the National Honors Society and was also a member of the California Scholarship Federation.
Segal, of Los Altos, CA, was the 2005 alternate for the Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals, after placing eighth in the all-around and third on beam in the Region I Championships. The 2005 NorCal State Floor Champion, Segal also placed sixth in the all-around and fourth on the vault. As a Level 9 competitor Segal, was the NorCal State Champion on the beam, floor, and all-around and took second place on floor in the Region I Championships. At the Level 9 Nationals, Segal finished fifth in the all-around and on beam.