NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team announced the signing of Hollie Vise and Kristin Smith to National Letters of Intent today. Vise, a native of Dallas, Texas, is the current World Champion on uneven bars and a four-time National Champion. Smith, a native of Oklahoma City, has been a level 10 gymnast for five years and was a member of Dynamo Gymnastics where she trained under the tutelage of head coach Steve Nunno.
“We are excited today to announce the signing of these two exceptional gymnasts,” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. “Hollie is a the current World Champion on bars and brings exceptional experience to the team. Kristin brings a solid work ethic and will be a great addition to our program.”
Vise is arguably one of the best recruits coach Nuuno has signed in his five-year tenure at Oklahoma. She has been an International Elite gymnast for seven years and was a member of the first-place 2003 World Champion Team. She is a member of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and became an International Elite gymnast at the age of 11.
“This is as big as it gets. It’s a great day for Oklahoma women’s gymnastics,” said coach Steve Nunno. “We are excited and honored to have Hollie make her commitment to Oklahoma and become a Sooner.”
Along with earning World Champion honors, Vise was also the National Champion on balance beam and silver medalist in the all-around in 2003. In 2002, she was the National Champion in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a silver medalist in the all-around. In 2001, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and was National Champion on uneven bars.
“Hollie not only brings great accolades as a gymnast, but she will also excel in the classroom,” said coach Nunno. “We expect her to be a tremendous student-athlete.”
She is the daughter of Eddie and LeeAnn Vise and has three brothers: Brandon (22), Brad (17) and Weston (15). She started gymnastics when she was three and enjoys shopping, watching movies and riding her bike. She also has a dog named Boomer. For more information on Vise you can visit her personal Web Site at Hollievise.com.
Smith attends Putnam City High School and is currently coached by Dennis Harrison and Shannon Horn at Dynamo Gymnastics. She finished the 2005 Women’s J.O. National Championships in a tie for 15th with a 37.25 in the all-around. In 2004, she recorded a 35.25 in the all-around to finish 49th at the Women’s J.O. National Championships.
“Kristin was a former athlete of mine from Dynamo,” said coach Nunno. “She has a great work ethic and a friendly personality. She will bring many great attributes to this team next year.”
Smith is the daughter of Brian and Marcia Smith and has one brother named Tyler. Her academic interests include studying in the medical field.
The Sooners will open the 2006 season by participating in the Third Annual Cancun Gymnastics Classic with Georgia, Washington, Denver, NC State, Washington and Stanford on Jan. 6 in Cancun, Mexico.