CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State gymnastics head coach Tanya Chaplin announced Monday that two gymnasts have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2014-15 season.
The 2014 recruiting class consists of Danielle Dessaints (Henderson, Nev./GymCats) and Shireen Khamedoost (Bountiful, Utah/Olympus School of Gymnastics).
“I would like to welcome two outstanding young women to the Oregon State Gymnastics family,” Chaplin said. “I am confident that both, Dani and Shireen, will make an immediate impact on our lineup next season.”
Danielle Dessaints, the daughter of Dwayne and Vicki Dessaints, is an extremely powerful and aggressive athlete, strong in the all-around with a vast range of unique skills and combinations. A three-time Junior Olympic National Championship qualifier. Dessaints has twice earned top 10 finishes in the all-around at nationals. In 2013, she won the vault and all-around titles at the National Judges Cup and registered first place finishes on the vault, balance beam and all-around at the Cactus Cooler Invitational, and beam and all-around titles at the Malibu Coast Challenge. She won the Nevada State Championship title on floor exercise and in the all-around as well. At the 2013 J.O. National Championships, Dessaints placed fifth on floor and ninth on bars. She trains at GymCats under coaches Casey Rice and Jill Preston.
Shireen Khamedoost, the daughter of Ahmad and Cindy Khamedoost, is a stunning uneven bars worker with a tremendous amount of refinement on all four events. A 2012 J.O. National Championships qualifier, Khamedoost placed sixth on the bars. In 2013, she won all five gold medals at the Utah State Championships. In 2012, she earned first place finishes on bars at the Lady Luck Classic and Crystal Cup and won vault, bars and all-around titles at Gliders Invitational. She nabbed state titles on vault, bars, beam and all-around as well. Khamedoost trains at the Olympus School of Gymnastics under coaches Mary Wright, Ryan Kirkham and Jessica Duke and is a former teammate with current OSU freshman Kana Kobayashi.
The Beavers’ season starts Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. with the annual Orange & Black Exhibition. Admission is free and will conclude with an autograph signing by the entire team.2013-14 Oregon State Gymnastics NLI Signees
* Danielle Dessaints – (Henderson, Nev. / Foothill HS / GymCats)
* Shireen Khamedoost – (Bountiful, Utah / Woods Cross HS / Olympus School of Gymnastics)