BATON ROUGE - LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux has received the National Letters of Intent from two standout gymnasts, she announced on Friday.
Ashleigh Gnat, a level 10 gymnast from Lake Mary, Fla., and Shonacee Oliva, a level 10 competitor from Clermont, Fla., inked with the Tigers and will be eligible to compete as freshmen in the 2014 season.
"I am excited because both kids are from this region, and they are both receiving extremely good coaching," Breaux said. "Ashleigh and Shonacee will make great additions to the LSU Tiger family, and we can't wait to have them join the team next year."
Gnat is the daughter of former gymnasts Ray and Joan Gnat. Ray, who also serves as Ashleigh's head coach at ACE Gymnastics, was an All-American gymnast for the LSU men's team, and Joan was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic team.
Gnat is a five-time JO Nationals qualifier, and she placed third in both vault and floor and fifth in the all-around at the 2012 national meet. She captured the vault, beam, floor and all-around titles at the 2012 Florida state championships, and she won the vault, beam and floor titles at the 2012 regional championships, placing second in the all-around.
"When we started the recruiting process with her awhile back Ashleigh was an elite vaulter," Breaux said. "With the great coaching she has received through the years she is now solid in four events. Ashleigh is a strong tumbler, and she does a lot of difficulty on beam. We are really excited about the contributions she is going to be able to make as an all-arounder."
The daughter of Sean and Lucy Oliva, Shonacee trains at Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics Academy under coaches Kelly Pitzen, Brian Amato and Brandy Johnson-Scharpf.
Oliva is a two-time JO Nationals qualifier, and she finished 15th in the all-around at nationals in 2012. She placed second on vault, beam and in the all-around at the 2012 Florida state championships, and she followed that up with top-five finishes on vault, bars, floor and the all-around at the regional championships.
"Shonacee is a very clean gymnast with a good degree of difficulty," Breaux said. "We feel like she will come in and contribute on all four events. She is still learning and developing, and we know she is only going to get better. We are really excited to have her as part of this class."