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Lydia Davis signs gymnastics scholarship with UNC-Chapel Hill

Lydia Davis signs a gymnastics scholarship with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with (seated, from left), her club coach Margaret Morgan-Lee, her mother, Lynn Davis, (standing, from left) her father, Chris Davis and her brother, Cavin Davis.
Lydia Davis signs a gymnastics scholarship with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with (seated, from left), her club coach Margaret Morgan-Lee, her mother, Lynn Davis, (standing, from left) her father, Chris Davis and her brother, Cavin Davis. cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Chris and Lynn Davis

High School: Corinth Holders

Also Considered: Towson, Temple

Why UNC? “It’s my dream school. I went there on a visit last year and I immediately made the decision to go there once they offered me the chance to be a part of the program.”

Major: Pharmacy

Notable: Lydia was a three-time time high school state all-around champion at Corinth Holders, coming back from a major back injury (two broken vertebrae in the middle of her back) in December of 2013. The injury caused her to temporarily give up gymnastics and dabble with the idea of other sports before working her way back to Level 10 competition (the highest level) just more than a year after the injury. … She is the first gymnast from Johnston County to earn a Division I scholarship in gymnastics after starting in the sport at age 2 and working with Margaret Morgan-Lee and Gary Lee as coaches since age 7. … Lydia was the first state champion for the current incarnation of Corinth Holders High School when she won her high school state all-around title in 2013. … She plans to compete exclusively on the vault and floor for the Tar Heels, staying away from the events that put more stress on her back. She admits that the uneven bars are not her favorite or best event, so the Pirate standout is happy to move away from them. … Lydia also received a $10,000 scholarship to fund her studies at UNC from the SECU Foundation. … She elected not to compete after the high school championships in January. “I just wanted to take some time off to get ready for the work of being a college gymnast,” Lydia said. “I just wanted to get my mindset right for focusing on the vault and floor and be ready to be better than I’ve ever been before.”

D. Clay Best: 919-524-8895, @dclaybest

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