May 31, 2006
Stanford, Ca - The number of incoming freshmen to the Stanford women's gymnastics program has now grown to five with the announcement that Stephanie Carter and Tenaya West have committed to the nationally-ranked team and will enroll at Stanford in the Fall of 2006.
Carter hails from Sacramento where she is a strong level 10 gymnast and trains at the Byers Gymnastics Center under Eli and Debbie Rodriguez. Carter was a Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2005 and is a solid all-around competitor.
"I knew that Stanford was the right place for me as soon as I set foot on campus and met all of the girls on the team," said Carter. "Choosing Stanford University has allowed me to achieve one of my dreams. I love everything about it and I don't think that I could ever be any happier."
West is from Davis, California, where she was also an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and trains at the International Gymnastics Centre under Elisabeth Crandall-Bader. West has been a Junior Olympic National qualifier the last four years and is an excellent performer on all four events.
"I was first attracted to Stanford by the combination of high quality academics and athletics," said West. "After meeting the coaches and the girls, I was positive that this was where I wanted to be. I can't wait to start training with the team this fall."
Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth is impressed with the athletic and academic resumes that Carter and West bring to the Stanford women's gymnastics program.
"We are very excited that Stephanie and Tenaya are joining the Stanford Women's Gymnastics program this fall," according to Smyth. "Both are great students and talented athletes. I have enjoyed getting to know these exceptional young women and their families and already feel as if they are a part of our Stanford family. Both Stephanie and Tenaya have great potential and are motivated to continue developing as athletes at the college level. We are fortunate that Stephanie and Tenaya chose Stanford--- they will have an immediate impact on our program."
West and Carter join three outstanding high school seniors, Allyse Ishino (Santa Ana, Ca), Carly Janiga (Paradise Valley, Az) and Blair Ryland (Woodbridge, Va) who signed national letters of intent to attend Stanford in the Fall of 2006.