Article about Lisa at LSU - 2005
Gymnastics Team Receives Honors Annual Banquet
Courtesy: LSU Sports Information
The LSU gymnastics team with special guest Mary Lou Retton (with LSU letter jacket).
BATON ROUGE -- In recognition of an outstanding 2005 season, the Tiger gymnastics team held its annual awards banquet Friday night at the Faculty Club on the LSU campus.
LSU Athletics Director Skip Bertman and head coach D-D Breaux and staff were on hand to honor the team for their numerous accomplishments both on the floor of competition and in the classroom during the 2005 season.
Each team member was recognized for their individual contributions with letter awards. Freshmen were presented with a varsity letter jacket, sophomores received a letter blanket, juniors were given a letter watch and seniors Lauren Companioni, Annie Gagnon and Jade Jenkins were awarded a letter plaque for their stellar contributions over the past four seasons.
Several individuals were also acknowledged for their superior athletic endeavors throughout the year. April Burkholder was honored as the SEC Gymnast of the Year for the second straight season, while Burkholder (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around), Gagnon (bars), Terin Martinjak (beam) and Lisa Rennie (bars) were each recognized for earning All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships.
In addition, Burkholder (1st team), Rennie (2nd team) and Nicki Butler (2nd team) were also acknowledged for earning All-SEC accolades at the conference meet.
The coaching staff recognized two athletes with the season's Most Improved Award and the DeeDee Fulmer Gilbert Award.
Butler was named the team's Most Improved athlete. A second-team All-SEC selection, Butler finished the regular season ranked 19th nationally on the vault after earning a share of the regional title on the event at the NCAA Northeast Championships.
Lisa Rennie was the team's recipient of the DeeDee Fulmer Gilbert Award, an honor bestowed upon the individual that best exemplifies the true meaning of a student-athlete, one who excels not only in competition, but also in the classroom. A mainstay in the Tigers' bars, beam and floor lineups, Rennie earned both All-America and All-SEC honors as a sophomore, while maintaining a 3.466 GPA in marketing.
In addition, team members were honored for their academic achievements as well as their work in the community.
Companioni, Gagnon, Jenkins and Kelly Lea were recognized as Academic All-Americans, while 11 different individuals were acknowledges for earning a place on the SEC's Academic Honor Roll.
Lastly, the team was recognized as a whole with the CHAMPS Community Service Award. The award, given annually, goes to the LSU team that spends the most time giving back to the people of the Baton Rouge area.
Companioni was then acknowledged as a member of the SEC Good Works Team for her superior individual community service efforts.
Accomplishments - 2003 State Beam Champion, 2003 2nd place at Nationals, Full Scholarship to Louisiana State University.
Started Gymnastics - 8 years old
Started Gymcats - 10 years old
Her Competitive History:
Level 5=11 yrs old
Level 6=12 yrs old
Level 8=13-14 yrs old
Level 9=13-14 yrs old
Level 10=15, 16 & 18 yrs old
Elite = 17 yrs old
Words from Lisa:
I was level 6 state champion, I qualified to level 9 Western Nationals, I qualified to level ten nationals all three years I was level ten. I was regional all around champion as well as regional bar champion my first season of level ten. That same year I made the Junior Olympic National Team, and placed fourth all around, third on beam and eighth on bars at nationals. My second year level ten I was state champion, and I place tenth on beam at nationals. This last year I placed second on bars and tenth on beam at nationals. I was also beam state champion. Last year I made Senior National Elite, and I won bars at American Challenge.
I do gymnastics because I love everything about it. I love the thrill you get when doing a new skill for the first time. I love finishing an awesome workout and feeling happy for the things I have done. I even love it when things get tough and I have to try even harder to surpass them. I love the feeling of strength I get when I am done with a hard conditioning assignment. I love it when I hit an outstanding routine in a meet because I know I worked hard to deserve it. I love working out with great teammates. I love thinking about the fact that this sport has gotten me a full ride scholarship.
I think I have learned quite a bit from gymnastics. For one thing I learned how to get along with all different kinds of girls. I learned that no matter how good something might be it could always get better. I learned that it is best to work on the things that you need the most, not the things you want to work on because that is what makes great gymnasts. I learned the a great gymnast must also have the ability to change. I learned to never give up before you start. I learned to trust the coaches because they really do know how to spot well.
I have gotten a full ride scholarship from gymnastics for sticking with it.
I could not have done these amazing things without the help of my loving parents and awesome coaches