MSU Women's Gymnastics Signs Two
Nov. 20, 2001
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages announced the signing of Sarah Alexander (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth HS) and Jaime Miles (Sterling Heights, Mich./Sterling Heights HS) to National Letters of Intent for the 2002-03 school year.
Alexander placed first in the all-around at the U.S. Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs nationals in 2001, while finishing third in 2000 and fourth in 1998. She was the national champion in the floor at both the 1998 and 2000 USAIGC nationals. She has also competed in the Junior Olympic National Championships, placing 15th in the all-around in 2000 and 29th in 2001.
Alexander has also had great success at the state and regional level. In 2000, she placed fourth in the all-around at the Level 10 Region 8 championships and second at the North Carolina state meet, where she won the beam championship. She also won the Level 10 North Carolina state meet all-around title in 1998.
Alexander, who has competed for Salem Gymnastics under the direction of Kenny and Beth Morphis, owns a 3.89 GPA and has been a member of the East Forsyth Honor Roll since 1999. She was a Junior Deans Member in 2000 and was named to the "Who's Who Among American High School Students" list the same year. She is also a flute player in the East Forsyth concert band, participates in dance classes, and contributes in the handbell choir and in the nursery at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church.
"Sarah is a superb athlete and will bring a wealth of national experience to the MSU squad," said Klages. "Her level of difficulty in vault and floor will be a major contribution to our squad, and she is a strong all-arounder as well. She is an outstanding athlete and student and we welcome her to the MSU family."
Miles, a National Honor Society member, has been a seven-year competitor at Level 10 while competing for the Oakland Gymnastics club team for coaches Mel Forster and Sandy Evanoff. She has been a USA Gymnastics Region 5 qualifier each season, and was a USAG national qualifier in 1997, 2000 and 2001. In 2000 at the USGA nationals, she placed third on the floor.
"Jaime is a strong beam and floor exercise worker," commented Klages. "She is a powerful athlete that brings years of high level experience with her to MSU. She is a great student and will be a fabulous addition to the MSU women's gymnastics team."
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