The North Carolina gymnastics program has signed Kaitlynn Hedelund, Lindsey Lemke and Emily Schein to national letters of intent. All three will join the team in the 2014-15 academic year.
A native of Chesapeake, Va., Hedelund is a strong student as well as an exceptional gymnast. She trains at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia Beach under the direction of Dena Walker and Gustavo Moure . In May, Hedelund tied for second in the all-around at the 2013 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 10 national championships.
During the 2012 competition season Hedelund placed in the top 10 at the Junior Olympic national championships where she captured sixth on both vault and balance beam. A perennial Junior Olympic level 10 regional champion, Hedelund is a solid all-around performer displaying strength on all four events. Her extensive background in dance adds an impressive grace and elegance to her athletically powerful gymnastics performances.
A native of Holt, Mich., Lemke trains under the guidance of Daniel McCarty at R-Athletics in Grand Rapids. Also an outstanding student, Lemke is a two-time USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 10 national team member and a two-time national champion.
In 2011, Lemke was the national champion on uneven bars and she placed fourth in the all-around. In 2013, Lemke garnered her second national championship - this time on floor exercise - and she tied for second in the all-around with Hedelund, her future teammate at UNC.
A native of Plano, Texas, Schein is a solid student and a talented athlete, Schein trains with Yevgeny Marchenko and Laurie Dix at WOGA (World Olympic Gymnastics Academy) in Frisco, Texas. A USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 10 national qualifier in 2012, Schein placed sixth on uneven bars, ninth on balance beam and 14th in the all-around. Schein has been a multiple state and regional champion.
"Coach Smith and I are very pleased that Kaitlynn, Lindsey, and Emily have each made the decision to join us here at Carolina", said UNC head coach Galvin. "These young women all expressed a desire for a college experience that provided a balance of exceptional academic resources and an outstanding athletic program. I believe Carolina is a perfect fit for each of them. The commitment and self-discipline that they have displayed in their academic and gymnastics pursuits will serve them well as collegiate student-athletes in Chapel Hill.
"They all have very supportive and enthusiastic families and are very excited about beginning their Tar Heel adventure. I believe they will each become outstanding members of our campus community, and I am confident they will contribute in a wonderful and significant way to our gymnastics program."