Nov. 12, 2015
From left: Maggie O'Hara, Lexi Funk, Maddy Osman, Polina Shchennikova
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's gymnastics head coach Bev Plocki announced on Thursday (Nov. 11) that four student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend U-M.
The Class of 2020 includes Lexi Funk (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.), Maggie O'Hara (Lexington, S.C./River Bluff H.S.), Maddy Osman (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) and Polina Shchennikova (Evergreen, Colo./Colorado Connections Academy).
"We are super excited about this year's class," said Plocki. "They have had significant time to bond, and their chemistry coming in is fantastic. The four are all amazing in their own right, but they all complement each other very well. We proudly announced that these four ladies will be coming to Michigan next year."
Plans to enroll in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Competes for the Illinois Gymnastics Institute
Five-time national qualifier, placing ninth in the all-around in 2015
2015 state champion in bars, beam, floor and all-around
Region 5 All-Star in 2014
National champion on the bars in 2014
Won the state and regional championship on the beam in 2013 and 2014
Plocki on Funk
"Lexi is going to be a little dynamo. Here strengths are beam and bars. She is very solid on the other two events as well, but that is where her strengths lie."
Recorded a 4.6 GPA in high school and was a junior marshal for top 20 in the class
Will graduate high school in three years
Competed for Southeastern Gymnastics from 2012-15
Second place on bars and seventh in the all-around at the 2015 Junior Olympic Nationals
Placed sixth in the all-around at the 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup
Fifth-place finish on beam and 15th in the all-around at the 2014 Junior Olympic Nationals
Three top-10 finishes at the 2013 Junior Olympic Nationals
2015 Region 8 all-around champion
North Carolina all-around champion in 2014 and 2015
Won the South Carolina all-around title in 2010 and 2012 while with Columbia Gymnastics Academy
Plocki on O'Hara
"All four in this class can do the all-around, but Maggie is probably the most balanced. She went to the Nastia meet last year and did very well there."
Competed with Orlando Metro Gymnastics from 2012-15
2015 Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier
Three years on the Region 8 Junior Olympics national team
Four titles at the 2015 Florid State Championships
Won the 2015 regional championship on bars, floor and the all-around
Swept the 2014 Florida State Championships with five titles
Won on vault, bars, floor and the all-around at the 2013 State Championships
2013 regional champion in the all-around
Plocki on Osman
"Maddy's best events are opposite of Lexi in that she is very good on vault and floor. She is very powerful, quick twitch and has a super-high energy. I think she is going to be very fun to watch and a fantastic collegiate athlete."
Competed with TIGAR Gymnastics from 2011-15
Two-time national team member
Second place at the 2012 Nastia Liukin Cup in the all-around
Competed at national competitions since 2010
Parents, Alex and Katia Shchennikova, were gymnasts on the Soviet National Team
Plocki on Shchennikova
"Polina is absolutely a world-class athlete on uneven bars. She has been in the elite program most of her career. She is artistically beautiful and graceful as an athlete.