Baton Rouge – The LSU gymnastics program officially announced the addition of Zoe Miller, Kaylyn Chiu, Kalia Lincoln and Lexi Zeiss from the Class of 2024 on Wednesday afternoon.
“We are very excited about this season! This could be the most balanced group of four players we have ever signed,” said head coach Jay Clarke. “They have all the attributes of a class that should guide us for some time. There is no talent in gymnastics in any area, and we look forward to them joining our program and finding their roles early in their careers here.
A three-time national team member and international competitor, Miller has a combined nine gold medals throughout her individual career at the senior elite level and with Team USA.
Miller, an all-state recruit from Spring, Texas, is rated as a four-star recruit by College Gym News and a five-star recruit according to CollegeGymFans.com. She trains at the World Champions Center under Cécile and Laurent Landy.
“Zoe brings world-class ability and experience competing at the highest level in the sport,” said Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Garrett Griffiths. “She competes with a calculated intensity that will make her a hit with the Tiger following. Her presence in the lineups will certainly be felt from the jump next year.
Miller’s journey with Team USA began in 2021 after her performance at the USA Gymnastics National Championships. Since then, she has made a name for herself on all four events, but especially on the uneven bars. Her first national level competition came at the 2022 Pan American Championships, where she was runner-up on bars. That same year, she made her debut on the international stage, earning her first career title on bars as Team USA finished first in the City of Jesolo Trophy competition (I might take that away).
Miller has won multiple titles this year, claiming three national titles with Team USA and four individual titles. She recorded first-place finishes on bars at the 2023 Core Hydration Classic and Winter Cup competitions, as well as first-place team finishes at the Pan American Championships and DTB Pokal Team Challenge. Her national success continued in September, when she became bars champion at the Pan American Games in Chile. Her score of 14,666 in the competition helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the team all-around.
Chiu is a five-star recruit from Las Vegas, Nevada. As a former national team member and vault and bars champion at the 2023 Women’s Development Program National Championships, she brings depth in all areas with experience at both national and international levels.
“Kaylin comes to LSU with a large vocabulary of challenging and unique skills that will allow her to excel in the NCAA. She has the ability to immediately impact all four lineups next year, and her gymnastics are sure to be a favorite,” Griffith said. All Tiger fans.”
At the elite junior level, Chiu is a seven-time national champion, and has achieved multiple team and individual titles throughout her career. She won gold on vault, bars and all-around at the 2021 American Classic as well as placing first at the US National Championships that year.
The Nevada native took her skills to the international stage in 2021 as she and Team USA won gold in the team final at the US Junior Championships. Chiu went on to compete at the inaugural Pan American Junior Games in November 2021, where she captured the floor title and contributed to Team USA’s success in the team final.
This year, Chiu competed as a Level 10 gymnast and placed first in the all-around at the Nastia Liukin Trophy and earned multiple perfect scores on vault in 2023. She trains at the Gymcats under head coach Cassie Rice and Jill Preston.
A Bay Area native, Lincoln has enjoyed success on both the national and international levels as a four-time member of Team USA. She is the 2023 USA Floor Exercise Silver Medalist, Winter Cup Floor Exercise Champion, Pan American Games Team Champion and Floor Exercise Champion.
Lincoln is a five-star gymnast with multiple titles in her career, including being a five-time national champion on floor. She trains at WOGA Gymnastics in Texas under Valery Liukin and Yevgeny Marchenko.
“Kalia has a very high level of difficulty in gymnastics. She is an incredible athlete and has the ability to make the hardest skills look easy,” Griffiths said. “She will shine in front of 12,000 Tiger fans at the PMAC on Friday night.”
In her debut at the elite level with the junior national team in 2020, Lincoln helped Team USA win the gold medal. She has earned multiple top-place finishes on floor at the 2021 US Core Hydration Classic and US National Championships. She was selected to represent the United States at the 2021 Pan American Gymnastics Championships, where she helped Team USA place first as a team and individually won gold on vault and beam.
As a senior gymnast in 2023, Lincoln placed second on floor at the USA Gymnastics Xfinity Championships, second at the Core Hydration Classic, and first on floor and ninth all around at the Winter Cup. She competed alongside future teammate Zoe Miller at the Pan American Games in September to take home two gold medals.
Zeiss is a two-time U.S. National Team member and 2022 world champion. She is a top-rated recruit from Omaha, Nebraska, and is rated four stars by College Gym News and five stars by CollegeGymFans.com.
“Lexi is a natural competitor. She is a passionate, fearless athlete with a unique ability to make everyone around her better,” said Griffiths. “Tiger Nation will love Lexi’s personality and the way she competes for the purple and gold.”
Her elite gymnastics debut came at the 2021 Winter Cup, where she is now the all-around champion three years later following her all-around performance at the competition in 2023.
Zeiss was part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2022 Pan American Championships, where she placed second in the all-around and third on beam. She was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for Excellence, Respect and Friendship by USA Gymnastics during that competition.
The future Tiger trains at Twin City Twisters in Minnesota under coach Sarah Jantzi and Seth Hyland.
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