Athens, GA - Georgia head gymnastics coach Jay Clark on Thursday announced the signing of two prospects to national letters of intent to attend UGA and compete in 2012 for the Gym Dogs. The duo includes Chelsea Davis, a member of the 2010 USA World Championship team, and Sarah Persinger, a former international elite gymnast.
Davis, a native of Austin, Texas, trains at Texas Dreams. She qualified to the international elite level and U.S. Championships in 2006 and finished fourth in the all-around in the 2007 U.S. Championships to qualify for her first USA National Team. Davis was named to the 2007 Jr. Pan America Games and qualified for her second U.S. Championships in 2008. Later that year, she was named to the U.S. Olympic Training Squad. In 2010, Davis finished fifth in the all-around at the U.S. Championships and was also named to the USA World Championship Team.
“Chelsea is obviously an accomplished gymnast,” Clark said. “She is incredibly gifted and can do all four events. She can do a little bit of everything, and Chelsea is a kid that fits in great with our program. One of the things that attracted her to Georgia was the relationships that are here on campus. She seems to be a very relationship-oriented person, and we are thrilled to have her. Chelsea does it all and does it all well. She is the complete package of balance between power and grace.”
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Persinger trains at Southeastern Gymnastics. She won the vault and bars titles as a level 10 gymnast at Junior Olympic Nationals in 2006, then qualified to junior international elite status. Persinger was a U.S. National Qualifier in 2007 and 2008, and in 2009 won vault and bars at the Flip Fest Invitational and finished second in the all-around.
“With Sarah being from just three hours up the road, that appealed to her,” Clark said. “She has a real elegance to her gymnastics. She has that elite look and polish that we’ve had from so many gymnasts in the past. Any championship team needs to be able to present a variety of skills, and she provides this for us.”
The NCAA Early Signing Period began Nov. 10 and concludes Nov. 17.