April 18, 2006

Five Set to Join Brown's Gymnastic Team In The Fall

April 18, 2006

Providence, RI - Brown University gymnastics coach Sara Carver-Milne has announced the Bear's incoming freshman class, the Brown Class of 2010. The exceptionally strong class of Alicia Sacramone (Brestyan's American Gymnastics), Stephanie Albert (Southern Starz), Alanna Kwoka (San Mateo Gymnastics), Helen Segal (Airborne Gymnastics Training Center) and Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt (Josephson Academy of Gymnastics) will join the Bears next fall.

A member of the U.S. National Team, Sacramone, headlines the freshman class with three impressive years on the national and international stage. In 2005, the Winchester, MA native, became the World Champion on the floor exercise and placed third on vault at the World Championships. The 2005 U.S. National Champion on vault and floor exercise, Sacramone also won those events at the Visa U.S. Championships, the World Cup, the Pan American competition (2004 and 2005) and the USA vs. GBR competition.

Sacramone, the 2005 USA Gymnastics Sportswoman of the Year also had an impressive year in 2004, winning the vault event at the World Cup Finals and Pacific Alliance Championships, and placing second on vault at the World Cup and Visa U.S. Championships. She was also the American Classic Floor Champion.

A four-year Level 10 competitor from Sanibel, FL, Albert has qualified to the USAG Regional Championships seven times. Albert's top finish was at the 2004 Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals where she placed sixth on the floor exercise and 24th in the all-around. That same year, Albert earned the title of Level 10 Region VIII Beam Champion and was the Lucy Stars Classic All-Around Champion. This year, Albert was named Florida West Coast Invitational All-Around Champion, and had a strong overall performance at the Level 10 Region VIII Championships, where she placed tenth in the all-around and seventh on bars. As a Level 9, Albert was a National qualifier.

Kwoka, a four-time qualifier to the Level 10 Regional Championships, is a native of San Mateo, CA. At the 2006 Region I Championships, Kwoka placed third on vault and 12th in the all-around. This year, she also placed second on vault and fifth in the all-around at the NorCal State Championships. In 2005, Kwoka earned fifth place on floor, seventh place on vault and bars and 11th place in the all-around. At the 2005 NorCal State Championships, she finished second on floor, third on vault and third in the all-around. As a Level 9, Kwoka was the Region I Vault Champion.

Segal, of Los Altos, CA, was the 2005 alternate for the Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals, after placing eighth in the all-around and third on beam in the Region I Championships. The 2005 NorCal State Floor Champion, Segal also placed sixth in the all-around and fourth on the vault. As a Level 9 competitor Segal, was the NorCal State Champion on the beam, floor, and all-around and took second place on floor in the Region I Championships. At the Level 9 Nationals, Segal finished fifth in the all-around and on beam.

Kirkham-Lewitt of Venice, CA is also a Level 10 competitor and qualified for the Region I Championships in 2006. In the San Diego Classic this year, Kirkham-Lewitt placed second on beam and floor and placed fifth in the all-around. Kirkham-Lewitt was the Level 9 National Champion on floor and finished tenth in the all-around. At the Level 9 Region I Championships, she placed third in the all-around.