ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head women's gymnastics coach Bev Plocki announced Thursday (Nov. 18) that three student-athletes -- Becky Bernard (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Monroe Falls HS), Huneth Lor (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley HS) and Tatjana Thuener-Rego (Miami, Fla./American School) -- were inked during the early signing period and will join the Wolverines next fall.
"We are very excited about welcoming these three student-athletes to the program next year," said Plocki. "This class is very balanced and has the ability to improve our team in every event. They are all great individuals with solid character and we are proud that they will be representing Michigan."
Bernard competes with FLYTZ USA in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and won back-to-back level 10 national championships on the uneven bars in 2003 and 2004. She also finished 13th on vault and 10th in the all-around at nationals in 2004, while taking fourth on the balance beam, ninth on floor exercise, 10th on vault and second in the all-around at nationals in 2003.
"Becky is an excellent athlete and a great student," said Plocki. "Her expertise on bars is something we will need next season when we lose national champion Elise Ray. We're confident that Becky can come in and compete at a national level right away, and she has the potential to fill Elise's shoes as she grows as a college gymnast."
Lor is a member of the Aerial Gymnastics in Downers Grove, Ill., where she finished eighth on bars and beam and seventh in the all-around at level 10 nationals in 2004. She won a national championship on beam at nationals in 2003 while finishing seventh on bars, 13th on floor and vault and fifth in the all-around.
"Huneth is a balanced all-around competitor with tremendous potential," noted Plocki. "She will help us across the board next season and has demonstrated that she is capable of tremendous growth."
Thuener-Rego, who competes with Universal Gymnastics in Miami, Fla., won a national championship on floor at level 10 nationals in 2004 while finishing third on bars and beam and second in the all-around. She captured four regional titles as well, garnering top honors on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around, while placing third on vault.
"Tatjana is a very powerful gymnast with a lot of high level difficulty in her routines," said Plocki. "She is a great all-around performer and she is very fun to watch."
Michigan's annual intrasquad meet will take place on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. in Crisler Arena. The team opens the 2005 season with a home meet against Nebraska on Jan. 7, 2005, at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423