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By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 21, 2012
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April 21, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. – Head gymnastics coach Bill Ryden announced last Thursday the signing on Krishna Yemeny to a National Letter of Intent. Yemeny will be attending the University of Arizona and joining the gymnastics team beginning the 2012-13 academic year.

“Krishna is a very talented, high level all-around athlete. She has big time skills and we feel like she could step in and compete all-around. She is the final piece to what is going to be a very strong recruiting class; she is a great athlete and she is going to leave a mark right away,” head coach Bill Ryden said.

Yemeny, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada is currently training under Kelly Manjak, Susan Manjak and Lorne Bobkin of Oakville Gymnastics Club. Competing as a senior high performance elite -- the most difficult classification for gymnastics in Canada – Yemeny has successfully taken on some of the highest caliber athletes internationally. Some of her notable achievements thus far include helping her team to a third place finish in the Wild Rose International Invitational in Edmonton, as well as becoming the provincial vault and bar champion in the 2011 Elite Ontario provincial meet. Yemeny was also part of the Ontario team that took first place in the 2011 Canada Winter Games, placing 8th all-around, and tying for 7th place in the vault event finals.

“Krishna has had so much success in her career that she was recruited all over the nation, especially down in the SEC. She was hemming and hawing and didn’t know what to do, so when she contacted me in December I was more than ecstatic. You just don’t find that level of talent that late in the recruiting season,” Ryden said.

Despite all of her options, Yemeny is happy with her decision and is looking forward to competing for Arizona.

“I was extremely excited to sign for the U of A, mostly because I hadn’t really given much thought to Arizona before I came on my visit. However, I just got a good feeling about the school as soon as I spoke with Bill – he seemed like a great person and coach. It seemed like the right fit.” Yemeny said, “I fell in love with the campus – it’s so beautiful there – plus I felt at home with the coaching staff.”

Yemeny will be joining signees Shelby Edwards of Carter Gymnastics Academy, Lexi Mills out of WOGA, and Jessie Sisler of Technique Gymnastics to make up the fall class of 2013.

“Krishna is going to be a boost to an already hugely successful recruiting class. We have a lot of hard gymnastics walking in next year. Krishna was the final piece to the puzzle of a dynamite incoming freshman class. I can’t wait to see what they all are going to bring to Arizona gymnastics,” Ryden said.

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