Gymbacks Add Four on Signing Day
The Razorback gymnastics family and head coach Jordyn Wieber have announced four new additions for the 2024 slate on National Signing Day in Hailey Klein, Priscilla Park, Dakota Essenpries and Chandler Buntin.
“We are so thrilled about this recruiting class and for their future with Arkansas Gymnastics. I could not be more excited to welcome them to the Razorback Gymnastics family, not only for their abilities, but because of what I know they will collectively bring to the program as confident and fierce competitors,” Wieber said. “Hailey Klein has competed at the elite level and brings an exceptional quality to all events, especially on balance beam. Priscilla Park comes from a club that consistently produces high-level college gymnasts. I have no doubt that she will be the complete package in college, but she will be a fantastic leader as well. We are equally excited about the additions of Dakota Essenpries and Chandler Buntin. Dakota will bring a high level of difficulty on floor and vault and Chandler has an unmatched level of performance and artistry, as well as enthusiasm for our sport!”
Hailey Klein has been competing level 10 gymnastics for three years and has experience at the elite level. At the 2021 Winter Cup, she placed 13th overall amidst a field of national team members, Olympians, and NCAA stars such as Jordan Chiles and Shilese Jones. She scored 50.600 all-around, placed eighth on vault with a 14.100 and added top 15 finishes on bars and floor. Klein took second on vault (9.475) and third on beam (9.500) at the 2019 Region 5 Championships and placed fourth all-around. Hailey is from Lake Forest, Ill. and has competed with Legacy Elite Gymnastics.
Priscilla Park is an all-around gymnast out of Atlanta, Ga. from Georgia Elite Gymnastics, where she has competed level 10 for the past four years. At 2022 Development Program Nationals, she claimed the all-around title in the Senior C division with a score of 38.475. She also tied for first on bars with a 9.700 and tied for third on floor with a 9.750. At this year’s Region 8 Championships, she took gold on vault (9.600), bars (9.750), floor (9.500) and all-around (38.375) and finished in second on beam (9.525). Park is the reigning Georgia state champion on each event and all-around and scored a career high 39.000 in the 2022 state meet. Her other personal bests are 9.800 on vault and bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.750 on floor.
Dakota Essenpries hails from Adrian, Mo. and has competed level 10 at Missouri Elite Gymnastics since 2019. She qualified for 2022 Development Program Nationals and posted a top 20 finish on vault. At the Region 4 Championships, she finished in the top 10 of all events, including fifth place on bars (9.150) and all-around (36.950) and was the regional vault champion with a mark of 9.650. She is also the reigning Missouri state champion on vault (9.400), came in second on beam (9.300) and all-around (37.225) and took third on bars (9.500). In 2021, she was the state beam champion with a score of 9.350. Her career highs are 9.650 on vault, 9.500 on bars, 9.350 on beam and floor and 37.225 all-around.
Chandler Buntin is a level 10 all-arounder from Collierville, Tenn. and has competed at ConXion Gymnastics out of Olive Branch, Miss. She was a 2021 national qualifier, in which she had a top 20 finish on vault. At the 2021 Region 8 Championships, she posted four top 10 finishes including third on vault (9.600) and eighth all-around (36.775). She is the 2021 Mississippi state all-around, vault and floor champion, and also came in second on bars and beam. She currently holds career highs of 9.600 on vault and bars, 9.550 on floor, 9.450 on beam and 37.400 all-around.
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