University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics co-head coaches Jim and Meg Stephenson have announced that three gymnasts will join the Golden Gopher program for the 2009-2010 season. Jasmine Brown (Murrieta, Calif.), Janell Campbell (Germantown, Wis.), and Shannon Golich (Aurora, Ill.) have signed National Letters of Intent, and will begin their freshman year at Minnesota in the fall of 2009.
"Loving to compete and performing beautiful gymnastics, these three women join the Golden Gophers at an exciting time," explained co-head coach Meg Stephenson. "It is exciting for them as their abilities combine with a team of seasoned, driven, and gifted gymnasts; and it's exciting for us as they bring similar traits to help our team’s continuous rise in the ranks of the NCAA. We are thrilled with this class."
Jasmine Brown is a senior at Murietta Valley High School in Murietta, Calif., and trains at Southern California Elite Gymnastics Academy. She is coached by Meredith Paulicivic, Craig Maurello and Kathy Strate. While Brown’s junior season was cut short due to an injury, she was a Junior Olympic Level 10 National Qualifier as a sophomore in 2007. At the 2007 nationals, the finished sixth on bars. That same season, she had two top-10 finishes at the regional meet, coming in third on bars and second on beam. Brown won three titles at the 2007 California state championship, winning on bars, floor, and the all around. Brown competed at level 9 in the 2006 season, winning four titles at the state meet (vault, bars, floor and all around), before advancing to the regional meet where she took first place on floor and in the all around, in addition to being the runner up on vault and bars. She qualified for the 2006 J.O. Level 9 Championship, where she won titles on bars and in the all around, and came in second on vault, beam, and floor. She was named her gym’s Most Valuable Gymnast in both 2006 and 2007. Brown is planning to major in either sports medicine or architecture at the University of Minnesota. She is the daughter of Reginald and Tamara Brown.
Janell Campbell, a native of Germantown, Wis., is a senior at Germantown High School. She trains at LaFleur’s Academy of Gymnastics under coaches Greg LaFleur and Tammy Donahue. She has qualified for the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship five times. In her junior season (2008), she was the all around champion at the Wisconsin state meet, and went on to win titles on bars and vault at the regional meet. In addition to her two event titles at regionals, she also finished second in the all around and fourth on beam. At the 2008 J.O. National Championship, she finished 12th on bars and 14th on floor. As a sophomore in 2007, Campbell was the state all around champion, and made a clean sweep of all the events at the regional meet, winning titles on vault, bars, beam, floor and the all around. Other highlights of Campbell’s career include finishing 12th on bars at the 2003 J.O. National Championship, and placing ninth on both bars and floor at the 2005 national meet. She has won the state all around title four times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008). Campbell has experienced academic success as well as a three-year Honor Roll Member. She is a National Honor Society member, a Spanish National Honor Society member, and a student council executive member. She plans to major in either pre-med or education at the University of Minnesota. She is the daughter of Robert and Julienne Campbell.
Shannon Golich hails from Aurora, Ill., and is a senior at West Aurora High School. She competes for the Phenom Gymnastics Club under coach Marco Bravo. Golich was a state champion at Level 9, and competed at the Junior Olympic National Championship in 2007. At nationals, she finished 32nd in the all around, and placed 13th on beam. In 2008, Golich placed 10th in the all around at the J.O. Regional Championship. She has also competed in dance for five years. She plans to major in elementary education, and is the daughter of Mike and Georgieanne Golich.