June 8, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics freshman class has been strengthened by the additions of Jenna Frowein and Maggie Teets, coach Kristen Smythannounced Friday.
"We are really excited to welcome Jenna and Maggie to our SWG family," Smyth said. "They are both passionate, committed, team players and will thrive in the SWG environment."
Frowein and Teets join the previous two signees, Melissa Chuang of Cupertino, Calif., and Taylor Rice of Henderson, Nev., to form a four-member class that will join a team coming off a fourth-place national finish.
Frowein, of Honolulu, Hawaii, is a four-time Junior Olympic national qualifier and the 2011 J.O. balance beam champion. The Punahou School graduate won 16 state club titles, including the 2012 all-around championship, and won this year's Region 2 titles on bars and all-around.
Academically, Frowein graduated with a 3.99 GPA and was the overall winner in the Distinguished Young Women of Hawaii Scholarship Program. She also won four Punahou Excellence awards. She trained with the Hawaii Island Twisters under coach Joe Rapp.
"Jenna is a clean gymnast and steady competitor who is motivated to improve in college," Smyth said. "She is a strong floor performer and will also provide crucial depth for us on bars and beam. Her bubbly personality and enthusiasm will make her a great addition to our program."
Teets, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is a former junior elite gymnast and a Junior Olympic national qualifier. Teets won the beam and was second all-around on and on bars and the floor exercise at this year's Colorado state meet. In 2011, she was the state and regional uneven bars champion. She also won titles at the Battle in Seattle and Alamo Classic.
The Pine Creek High graduate is a member of the National Honors Society and earned Principal's Honor Roll recognition all four years. She trained with Colorado Aerials Gymnastics under coaches Kathy Vigil and Jason Baits.
"Maggie is strong on bars and beam and will make an immediate impact on those two events," Smyth said. "On bars, she swings aggressively and on beam she performs with confidence. She's hard-working and I'm certain that she will continue to grow in our program."
Stanford is coming off its sixth NCAA Super Six appearance in 11 years and is one of four programs with at least three top-four finishes since 2008.
Last year, Stanford had a school-record seven All-Americans, five of whom are returning. So is potential Olympian Kristina Vaculik, Canada's reigning national all-around champion.