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Spartan Gymnastics Welcomes Five Freshmen for 2020 Season

Posted: 10:10 AM, Sep 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 11:45:47-04
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State women's gymnastics head coach Mike Rowe [msuspartans.com] welcomes the addition of five freshmen to the 2020 roster.

Chloe Bellmore [msuspartans.com] • DeWitt, Mich. • DeWitt High School • Twistars Gymnastics Club

Rowe on Bellmore: "Besides having the experience and consistency contributing to her being an all-around competitor, Chloe's technique, dynamics and competitiveness on vault, floor and beam will definitely give the Spartans stronger line-ups with greater depth."

Prior to MSU: Trained under Brett Wargo and Kathryn Geddert at Twistars … Six year Level 10 competitor … 3-time J.O. National qualifier (2014, 2016 and 2017) … Placed fourth on floor at the 2019 Region 5 Level 10 regional Championships and was fourth all-around at the 2019 Michigan State Championships, placing fourth on bars and floor and fifth on vault and beam … Placed eighth all-around at the 2017 J.O. National Championships, also placing eighth on vault … Placed second all-around at the 2017 Michigan State Championships placing second on floor, third on bars and fifth on vault … 2016 Michigan State All-Around Champion finishing second on bars and beam and fourth on vault and floor.

Personal: Daughter of David and Courtney Bellmore … Has an older sister, Korine, and a younger sister, Madelyn … Has a dog named Lily.

Ryanna Head [msuspartans.com] • Hernando Beach, Fla. • Weeki Wachee High School • La Fleurs Gymnastics

Rowe on Head: "Along with her incredible artistry and consistent success as a four-time J.O. National Qualifier, Ryanna brings a positive and fun work ethic that is already contagious. Spartan fans will appreciate her confidence and clean lines, making her more competitive for an all-around spot this season."

Prior to MSU: Trained under Alicia Pollina, Jeff La Fleur and Billy West at LaFleur's in Tampa, Fla. … Five-year Level 10 competitor … Four-time J.O. National Qualifier (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) … Placed third all-around at the 2019 Region 8 Level 10 Regionals ... Finished fifth all-around at the 2019 Florida Level 10 State meet, also finishing first on vault, fifth on bars and seventh on beam … Placed second in the all-around, finishing third on bars and floor, fourth on vault and fifth on beam at the 2018 Region 8 Level 10 Regionals … Placed second in the all-around and on vault at the 2018 Florida Level 10 State meet.

Personal: Daughter of Michael and Donna Head … Has two dogs, Daisey and Wiggles.

Jori Jackard [msuspartans.com] • Haslett, Mich. • Haslett High School • Twistars Gymnastics Club

Rowe on Jackard: "Jori has a beautiful line and grace to her gymnastics that is seemingly effortless, a great attribute in collegiate gymnastics. While bars, beam and floor are her strengths, Jori is geared up for an immediate impact in our line-ups, making her a major contributor for us this upcoming season."

Prior to MSU: Trained under Brett Wargo and Kathryn Geddert at Twistars … Six-year Level 10 competitor … Three-time J.O. National Qualifier (2014, 2016 & 2019) … Placed ninth all-around at the 2019 Region 5 Regionals, finishing fourth on bars … Placed fifth on bars at the 2016 J.O. National Championships … Finished fifth all-around at the 2016 Region 5 Regionals, finishing fourth on vault and floor … Placed fifth all-around at the 2016 Michigan State meet, also finishing fifth on floor and sixth on vault, bars and beam.

Personal: Daughter of Jake and Lee Anne Jackard … Has two older sisters, Jayla and Jacey, and a younger brother, Jacob … Has two horses and four dogs.

Nyah Smith [msuspartans.com] • West Bloomfield, Mich. • North Farmington High School • Oakland Gymnastics

Rowe on Smith: "Nyah's gymnastics exhibits power and elegance. She is strong on all four events and demonstrated her best performance yet at this year's Junior Olympic National Championships. Spartan fans will love watching her potential develop towards contributing as an all-arounder."

Prior to MSU: Trained under Ruth and Chris Miller, Mel Foster and Renee Henry at Oakland Gymnastics … Four year Level 10 competitor … Two-time J.O. National Qualifier (2017 & 2019) … Placed sixth all-around at the 2019 Michigan State Championships … Also placed ninth all-around at the 2019 J.O. National Championships, finishing ninth on beam and 12th on vault.

Personal: Daughter of Antoinette Paige-Smith (Toni) and Jason Smith … Has a younger sister, Nikki.

Linda Zivat [msuspartans.com] • Manhattan, Ill. • Lincoln-Way West High School • Phenom Gymnastics Club

Rowe on Zivat: "Linda comes to our Spartan Gymnastics family as the reigning 2019 Junior Olympic National Vault Champion. Linda brings power and difficulty to both vault and floor, while increasing her difficulty this summer; she will contribute to enhancing our beam and bars depth as well. I would be surprised if Linda didn't contribute as an all-arounder this season."

Prior to MSU: Trained under Marco Bravo and Jessica Hults at Phenom Gymnastics … Three-year Level 10 competitor … Two-time J.O. National Qualifier (2018 & 2019) … Crowned the 2019 National Vault Champion at the 2019 J.O. National Championships, also placing sixth all-around and fifth place on floor … Placed fourth all-around at the 2019 Region 5 Level 10 Regionals, finishing second on vault and floor and sixth on bars … Earned third place all-around at the 2019 Illinois Level 10 State meet, also finishing first on vault and floor and third on bars.

Personal: Daughter of Paul and Kelly Zivat … Has an older brother, Tommy, and two dogs, Mya and Talon.

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