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Nov. 13, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; November 13, 2013 - Lauren Li, Chanen Raygoza, Oni Timothy and Briannah Tsang have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Penn State University and participate in women's gymnastics starting in 2014-15, head coach Jeff Thompson announced today.

"It's so exciting to be adding this level of talent to our program," said Thompson. "All four of these student-athletes are tremendous all-around competitors, as well as exceptional young women, and we are thrilled that they have chosen Penn State."

Li, who trains at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas, is coached by Laurent Landi and Cecile Canqueteau-Landi and was the 2013 USA Gymnastics Level 10 Region 3 all-around and uneven bars champion, as well as a third place finisher on vault. Li went on to compete in the USA Junior Olympic National Championships where she finished eighth on balance beam and 13th in the all-around.

"Lauren is a beautiful gymnast who possesses both grace and power," said Thompson. "She is tremendous on all four events and I know our crowd is going to fall in love with her gymnastics. Her training at WOGA has prepared her to be a great all-arounder at Penn State."

Li is a senior at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas and is the daughter of Forest and Norma Li.

Li's Accomplishments
2011 Regionals (AA - 1st, Beam - 1st, Bars - 2nd)
2011 JO Nationals (Vault - 9th, Floor - 7th)
2012 Regionals (Beam - 1st)
2012 JO Nationals (AA - 17th, Beam - 3rd)
2013 Regionals (AA - 1st, Bars - 1st, Vault - 3rd)
2013 JO Nationals (AA - 13th, Beam - 8th)

Raygoza trains at Wildfire Gymnastics in Tustin, California and is coached by Rick Watson, Tom Wakeling, Rhonda Schwandt-Haffman, Stephanie Calvert and Whitney Watson. In 2011, Raygoza finished third in the all-around at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships. During that meet, she also finished fourth on vault, fifth on the uneven bars and ninth on the floor exercise.

In 2012, she won the Region 1 Championship on both the uneven bars and in the all-around and followed it up with a 12th place finish at the Junior Olympic Nationals. The former Junior Olympic National Team Member did not compete in 2013 due to injury.

"We are very excited that Chanen has chosen to represent Penn State University for the next four years," said Thompson. "She is a very talented gymnast who we know will make her mark in both Big Ten and NCAA Championship competitions."

Raygoza is a senior at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, California and is the daughter of Joe and Sheryl Raygoza.

Raygoza's Accomplishments
2011 Regionals (AA - 2nd, Vault - 1st, Floor - 1st, Bars - 2nd)
2011 JO Nationals (AA - 3rd, Vault - 4th, Bars - 5th, Floor - 9th)
2012 Regionals (AA - 1st, Bars - 1st, Vault - 3rd, Beam - 5th)
2012 JO Nationals (AA - 12th)
2013 Missed Season Due to Injury

Timothy, who trains at Rochester Gymnastics Academy in Rochester, New York, is coached by Youlia Coss and brings an impressive club resume to the University Park campus. In 2011, Oni finished second in the nation on floor exercise and third on balance beam. She has also been the Regional all-around champion each of the past four years.

"Oni is a rare gymnast in the sense that she has a ton of power on vault and floor; but, also has exceptional swing on bars and great style on beam," said Thompson. "Our staff has no doubt that she is going to become one of the most impressive all-around gymnasts that has ever competed for Penn State."

Timothy attends Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester, New York and is the daughter of Lancelot and Jacquelyn Timothy.

Timothy's Accomplishments
2010 Regionals (AA - 1st)
2010 JO Nationals- (AA - 27th)
2011 Regionals (AA - 1st)
2011 JO Nationals (AA - 17th, Floor - 2nd, Beam - 3rd)
2012 Regionals (AA - 1st)
2013 New York State (AA - 1st)
2013 Regionals (AA - 1st)
2013 JO Nationals (AA - 17th)

Tsang trains at Flicka Gymnastics Club in Vancouver, British Columbia and is coached by Dorina Stan and David Kenwright. She was the Canadian National Champion on vault at both the 2011 Canada Winter Games and the 2013 Elite Canada competition.

"Briannah is one of the best all-around gymnasts that we have ever signed," said Thompson. "She has a wealth of international experience, as well. She competed in Canada's Olympic trials, made event finals in several international World Cup meets and, earlier this fall, made the finals on the floor exercise at the Pan American Games. She is tremendous on all four events and we can't wait for her to get here."

Tsang is a senior at Burnaby Central Secondary School in Burnaby, British Columbia and is the daughter of Tom and Veronica Tsang.

Tsang's Accomplishments
2011 Canada Winter Games (AA - 7th, Vault - 1st, Floor - 3rd)
2012 Elite Canada (AA - 13th)
2012 Canadian Championships (Vault - 5th, Floor - 7th)
2013 Elite Canada (Vault - 1st, Floor - 11th)
2013 Challenge Cup - Portugal (Vault - 6th, Floor - 7th)
2013 Sr. Pan Am Games - Puerto Rico (Floor - 8th)




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