May 5, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Ming Ya Zhou, one of the top Level 10 gymnasts in the country, becomes the newest member of the Stanford women's gymnastics class of 2013.
Ming is a senior at Framingham (Mass.) High School who trains at Brestyan's Gymnastics under Mihai and Sylvia Brestyan. She is a three-time Junior Olympic national qualifier and a two-time JO national champion.
"She is a dynamic gymnast and competitive on all four events," Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. "Floor is her specialty - and an event where I believe she could challenge for top honors at the collegiate level. I think Ming will surprise people."
Ming was born in China and trained at the Chinese National Training Center from ages 6-8, until moving to the United States.
"Ming's story is one of resiliency, determination and hard work," Smyth said. "I am so excited she chose Stanford University. She is going to be a tremendous asset to our program."
She will join Ashley Morgan and Nicole Dayton in the program's freshman class.
Some of Ming's accomplishments:
2008: Regionals 2nd AA, 1st Vault, 3rd Beam, 1st Floor
2008: States 1st AA, 1st Vault, 2nd Bars, 1st Floor
2006: JO National Champion-1st vault, 2nd floor, 4th beam
2005: JO Nationals- 1st VT, 3rd floor
2004: Level 10 Regional Champion
2003: Level 9 State Champion