Gymnastics Signs Three to NLI's
Nov. 11, 2016

Boise State women’s gymnastics co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick announced the signing of three incoming gymnasts to National Letters of Intent on Friday. Tatum Bruden, Emily Muhlenhaupt and Rachel Obmann will all join the Broncos for the 2017-18 academic year. Boise State is coming off back-to-back Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships in 2015 and 2016.

“All three of these future Broncos are great students and super talented gymnasts,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “They are well-trained and have all the qualities we are looking for to take this team to the next level.”

Tatum Bruden

Bruden comes to Boise State as a successful level 10 gymnast coached by Dan Wiltenstein out of Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics in Paradise Valley, Ariz. A three-time Junior Olympics National qualifier, Bruden was outstanding at the 2016 JO National Championships where she tied for 12th place in the all-around after earning a 37.400. One of her best individual events – floor – produced the best result at JO’s, as she logged a top-10 finish after taking ninth place (9.45). She also won on floor at the 2016 Region 1 Championships and was second on vault. Bruden also was crowned the Arizona State All-Around Champion in 2016.

“Tatum is a strong competitor in all four events with an exciting floor routine and amazing beam skills,” Bird said. “We see her contributing in the all-around right away.”

Emily Muhlenhaupt

Muhlenhaupt spent her junior career training at Colorado Aerials Gymnastics Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. She took eighth at the 2015 JO National Championships after recording a 37.025 in the all-around, accentuated by a third-place finish on the uneven bars (9.550). Before nationals, Muhlenhaupt took first on bars at the 2015 Region 3 Championships. She has competed at the junior international elite level in both 2013 and 2014, and has made it to nationals twice under the guidance of coaches Kathy Vigil and Jason Baits.

“Emily is incredibly artistic,” co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “She is a classic, beautiful gymnast. Bronco fans will enjoy watching her elegant style.”

Rachel Obmann

A product of Byers Roseville Gymnastics and coach Rhonda Hawkins in Roseville, Calif., Obmann took first place in the all-around at the 2016 NorCal State Championships, tallying a 38.000. Obmann compiled four wins on vault throughout the 2016 season and scored a 9.5 or higher on the apparatus at every meet, including a career-high 9.725 at the Boise State Open. She also took 11th at the 2016 Region 1 Championships in the all-around thanks to a 36.650. Her best event finish at the meet came on floor as she took third (9.575).

“Rachel is a powerhouse,” Resnick said. “She is a tremendous jumper that will excel on the leg events (vault and floor). Her power is really an outrageous, impressive thing.”

The Broncos will kick off the 2017 season on Jan. 13 in a quadrangular meet at UC Davis that will also include Stanford and Yale.

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