Providence, RI- Head gymnastics coach Sara Carver-Milne announced that seniors Katie Goddard (Kings Park, NY) and Lilly Siems (Baltimore, MD) will serve as team captains for the 2012 season. Both received ECAC All-Academic honors and were also named NACGC/W Academic All-Americans.
"Katie and Lilly have shown tremendous leadership over the past three years," said Carver-Milne. "Not only have they been key performers for the Bears, but also great examples in balancing gymnastics, academics, community service and other opportunities outside the gym. As captains, they will help guide the team in every one of these aspects. I have great confidence in their ability to help the team stay focused and succeed, building on our 2011 record-breaking season."
Goddard, a 2009-10 recipient of Brown University's Bessie H. Rudd award, has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her collegiate career. This past summer, Goddard worked for an organization called Breakthrough Collaborative in Providence, a group that has seen that many public school students struggle the most in middle school and tries to account for that be offering a summer program of enrichment. The program also focuses on community building and problem solving. Goddard spent the summer teaching English to seventh grade students, a leadership class and helping out with the athletics program.
Last season, Goddard competed on the vault and floor exercise for the Bears, earning a season high of a 9.625 on the vault and a 9.750 on the floor.
Siems was awarded her team's Unsung Hero Award at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Siems suffered an injury and did not start competing until February. After she exhibitioned in just two meets on the bars, Siems posted a career-high 9.825 en route to Brown's new school record on that event and season-high score of 193.675.
This past summer, Siems spent 10 weeks in Mutare, Zimbabwe through the Royce Sport and Society Fellowship. There, she worked with an organization called Sport 4 Socialisation (S4S), which uses adapted sport to promote health and social inclusion of children living with mental and physical disabilities. The S4S program works with children ages 1-25 years with carrying types of disabilities including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, club foot and more. The program emphasizes social inclusion through physical activity, having children living with disability and able-bodies children play together, to promote acceptance and awareness of disability rights.