Gymnastics Holds Annual Awards Banquet
BATON ROUGE, La. — In recognition of a spectacular 2003 season, the LSU gymnastics team held it’s annual awards banquet Friday night at the Athletic Administration Building.
LSU Athletics Director Skip Bertman and head coach D-D Breaux and staff were on hand to honor the team for there many accomplishments both on the floor of competition and in the classroom during the 2003 campaign.
Lettered awards were presented to all members of last year’s squad as the freshman were presented with a varsity letter jacket, sophomores received an LSU letter blanket, juniors were recognized with a letter watch and lone senior Brooke Cazeaux was awarded with a letter plaque.
Individuals were also acknowledged for their superior athletic endeavors throughout the course of the season. April Burkholder was honored as the SEC’s Freshman of the Year, while Annie Gagnon was recognized for earning All-America accolades on the bars at the NCAA Championships.
Burkholder and Katherine Hilton were also acknowledged for their All-SEC accolades earned at the conference meet. Hilton was an honoree on the bars, while Burkholder was recognized on the beam and in the all-around.
The coaching staff also recognized two other athletes with the season’s Most Improved Award and the Dee Dee Fulmer Gilbert Award. Jade Jenkins was given the team’s Most Improved Award for her steady contributions on the vault, beam and floor throughout the season.
Annie Gagnon was named the recipient of the Dee Dee Fulmer Gilbert Award, for exemplifying the meaning of a true student-athlete who excels not only in competition, but also in the classroom.
In addition to their outstanding accomplishments in the competitive arena, members of the team were also recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.
The Tigers recognized six student-athletes in Lindsay Beddow, Lauren Companioni, Jade Jenkins, Kelly Lea, Terin Martinjak and Mandy Mueller as Academic All-Americans, while a LSU team record 13 individuals were honored for earning a place on SEC’s Academic Honor Roll.
The Tigers’ 2004 season begins Jan. 9, 2004 when they open the season with a quad meet at Michigan State. LSU returns 12 letterwinners and welcomes three freshmen for the 2004 campaign.