Nov. 11, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Two gymnasts have signed letters of intent to compete for the Stanford women’s gymnastics team in 2011, Stanford coach Kristen Smyth announced today. The signing class boosts the fortunes of an already strong program that has seven NCAA top 10 finishes since 2001.
The newest members of the Cardinal family are Lauren Caldemeyer, from Indianapolis, and Amanda Spinner, from nearby Danville, Calif.
They will compete for a program that has produced 38 first-team All-America honors and 56 national All-Academic selections since Smyth took over as coach in 2002. The Cardinal has competed in the NCAA Super Six finals four times in the past eight years, with a pair of top-three finishes.
“I am proud to announce that Lauren and Amanda will join our program in the Fall of 2010,” Smyth said. “They are the complete Stanford package – character kids, stellar students, tough competitors, team players and charismatic performers. They will be great additions to our program and they are going to make strong contributions to the Stanford community. It has been a real privilege building relationships with Lauren, Amanda and their families and I am excited for them to join the Stanford family."
Lauren Caldemeyer is a three-time Junior Olympics national qualifier who excels at three events – vault, balance beam and floor exercise. A Level 10 gymnast, Caldemeyer recently placed fifth in the all-around, second on vault and seventh on floor at the Junior Olympics national championships. An aggressive and confident competitor, Caldemeyer brings strong leadership ability and a vibrant personality.
“Lauren is an aggressive and confident competitor,” Smyth said. “She will be a solid contributor on all four events but is exceptionally strong on beam and floor…the two events that allow her vibrant personality to shine through. I know Lauren is going to be a strong leader in our program.”
Caldemeyer attends Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and trains at DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics in Fishers, Ind., where she’s coached by Tom Strange.
Amanda Spinner is an eight-time California state Level 10 champion and has won a Junior Olympics national title on the beam. Spinner is an excellent athlete with a strong work ethic. A three-time all-around state champion, Spinner is especially gifted on the balance beam, a traditional strength in the Stanford program. Smyth is excited about Spinner’s potential and her possibilities in a college setting.
“Amanda is a wonderful student-athlete, with an unwavering work ethic and untapped potential,” Smyth said. “She has the perfect combination of athleticism and artistry and will be a force on all four events. Amanda is especially gifted on balance beam---her routine is packed with difficulty and enhanced by her unique style.
“I have really enjoyed getting to know Amanda throughout the recruiting process. She is a quiet leader, who leads by example – she is thoughtful, hard working and sincere. Amanda has wanted to join the SWG program for many years and it is an absolute pleasure to finally, officially welcome her to SWG. We really value Amanda as a person and what she brings to our program.”
Spinner attends Monte Vista High School in Danville and trains at Bay Aerials Gymnastics in Fremont, the same club that produced current Stanford freshman Ashley Morgan. Spinner’s coaches at Bay Aerials are Lisa Aguirre and Neal Gallant.