One of the nation’s best club gymnasts who shined during her final season in 2013, winning the vault and floor national titles while placing second in the all-around at J.O. Nationals … Solid all-arounder who expects to make an immediate impact as a freshman … Dynamic and powerful gymnast who possesses elite skills in several events.
Competed as a level 10 gymnast for ACE Gymnastics where she was coached by her parents Ray and Joan Gnat … Six-time qualifier to J.O. Nationals … Recorded four Top 10 finishes in the all-around in six appearances at J.O. Nationals … Shined in the final meet of her club career at the 2013 J.O. Nationals where she captured the vault and floor national titles and placed second in the all-around with a 38.475 that ranked as the second-highest all-around total of the entire event … Swept all five individual titles at the 2013 Regional Championships and finished with a club career-best 39.000 all-around total … Captured vault, beam, floor and all-around titles at the 2013 Florida State Championships … Earned six vault titles in only eight meets during the 2013 season, including a perfect 10.0 in the event at the Lady Luck Invitational … Finished fifth in the all-around at 2012 nationals with a third-place result on vault and floor … Took second in the all-around at 2012 regionals with first-place finishes on vault, beam and floor … Competed at the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2013 where she placed eighth in the all-around in 2013 … Attended and graduated from Lake Mary High School where she was an honor roll student.
Full name is Ashleigh Marie Gnat … Nickname is “Bugs” … Born November 13, 1994 in Altamonte Springs, Fla. … Calls Lake Mary, Fla., her hometown … Daughter of Ray and Joan Gnat … Majoring in sport administration … Her father, Ray, was an All-American gymnast for LSU and mother, Joan, was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympics gymnastics team … Ashleigh’s older sister, Jeana Rice-Helms, was a national champion and All-American at Alabama from 2001-04.