The top in-state performer in the class of 2012 who swept every event title and the all-around crown in her final state meet ... Comes to LSU from one of the elite club programs in Louisiana where she received outstanding coaching ... Adds quality depth on vault, beam and floor.
Trained at Northshore Gymnastics for coaches Minnie Nunez, James Guidry and Bruce McGartlin ... A four-time J.O. Nationals qualifier ... Qualified to regionals six straight years from 2007-12 ... Finished second on vault, beam, floor and the all-around at the 2012 Region 8 Championships ... Swept all individual titles, including the all-around, at the 2012 North Shore Classic, Gumbo Cup, Atlanta Centennial Classic and Louisiana State meet ... Placed third on beam and eighth in the all-around at the 2011 Regional meet ... Attended Lakeshore High School where she graduated with top honors with a 4.5 grade point average.
Full name is Michelle Renee Gauthier ... Born Dec. 27, 1993, in Vacaville, Calif. ... Calls Mandeville, La. her hometown ... Daughter of Sue Gauthier and Mark Gauthier and step-daughter of Sam Miano ... Has an older brother, Michael Gauthier, and two sisters, Maria Miano and Katie Miano ... Plans to major in kinesiology ... Chose LSU because of her affinity for the university and the gymnastics program.