Nov. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s gymnastics head coach Carey Fagan announced Wednesday the signing of three gymnasts to National Letters of Intent during the November early signing period. Tenille Funches, Anna Hill and Jaine’ VanPutten each signed NLIs with Ohio State for the 2014 season.
“We are excited to welcome Tenille, Anna and Jaine’ to the Buckeye family,” Fagan said. “Each of them brings remarkable experience to our program and will have an immediate impact on the 2014 team. It will be exciting to watch all three seniors compete at a high level nationally during this upcoming season.”
A native of Chicago, Ill., Funches is a three-time Junior Olympic National qualifier and a two-time Region 5 all-around champion. The daughter of Thanika Curney and Eddie Funches, Tenille trains at United Gymnastics Academy and finished second on Bars and fourth on vault and beam at regionals before going on to place eighth on vault and 10th all-around at the national championship. In 2011, Tenille placed fifth on vault and fourth all-around at nationals, earning a spot on the Junior Olympic national team. She also has been a member of the Region 5 all-star team twice.
Hill, a native of DeWitt, Mich., is a two-time Junior Olympic national qualifier and a two-time Region 5 all-around champion. Anna won floor, placed second on vault and third on bars and beam at regionals en route to a ninth-place finish on beam and 14th-place finish in the all-around at nationals in 2012. Training at Geddert’s Twistars USA and a member of the Region 5 all-star team this year, Anna won beam and floor in addition to the all-around title at regionals and finished sixth nationally on bars in 2010. She is the daughter of Bob and Michelle Hill.
VanPutten, a native of Piscataway, N.J., placed fourth on vault and eighth on floor at the 2012 Region 7 championship before finishing fourth on both vault and bars and sixth on floor at the 2012 National Invitational Tournament. The daughter of Christopher and Wanda VanPutten, Jaine’ trains at North Stars.
“Tenille was a Top 10 finisher at the 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals and will be a strong contender in the all-around here at Ohio State,” Fagan added. “Anna also brings great experience coming in as the Region 5 all-around champion. She trains under 2012 U.S. Olympic Coach, John Geddert, and has been a remarkably consistent athlete throughout her career. Jaine’ is particularly strong on vault and floor, is continuing to develop in the all-around and we look for this season to be a breakout year for her.”
The 2013 Buckeyes open the season at Bowling Green Jan. 5.