Nov. 15, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford gymnastics head coach Thom Glielmi announced five athletes have signed national letters of intent to compete for the Cardinal beginning in the fall of 2012. Jonathan Deaton, Dennis Zaremski, Brandon Beckhardt, David Frankl and Kevin Baker will join Stanford next season.
"We are extremely excited about this group of signees," said Glielmi.
Deaton arrives from Longmeadow, Mass. where he competes for Tim Daggett Gold Medal Gymnastics.
"Jon really doesn't have a weak event, but he definitely excels on floor," said Glielmi. "What I can tell you - he is a tenacious competitor and as a four-time USA National Team Member he will make an immediate impression on the competition floor. I am really interested to see the impact he has on our day-to-day training. He strikes me as an athlete that will raise the expectation level of practices."
Zaremski hails from New York, N.Y. and competes for World Cup Gymnastics.
"Dennis is turning into one of the best ringmen in the country," Glielmi said, "but he will also help us on parallel bars and potentially floor and horizontal bar."
Beckhardt, of Hotshots Gymnastics, comes to The Farm from Melville, N.Y.
"Brandon brings solid rings and great tumbling," said Glielmi. "I do not think he has a weak event. I think he is going to surprise a lot of people in the next year."
Frankl, from Franklin Park, N.J., trains at the U.S. Gymnastics Development Center II.
"David swings solid on pommel horse and has great lines on parallel bars," said Glielmi. "These are the two events we were going after him for and based on the improvements I've seen, I think he will challenge our pommel horse line-up."
Baker, of Queen City Gymnastics, hails from Union, Ky.
"Kevin has been a gymnast to watch for some time," said Glielmi. "His skill level on five events is quite impressive and I anticipate that next fall he'll be challenging for the top spot on floor and vault."
"Zaremski, Beckhardt, Baker and Frankl have all been on the cusp of making the USA National team," Glielmi said. "It wouldn't surprise if we have five USA National Team Members coming on to campus next fall."
The Cardinal begin defense of its 2011 NCAA Championship on January 13, when it faces California in a dual meet.