Indianapolis, Ind. – Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.), 15, has been added as second alternate to the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.

The decision to name Schwikert as an alternate was made Friday following a conference call with the selection committee. The selection procedures allow for two alternates to the Olympic Team. Alyssa Beckerman (Wyoming, Ohio) is the first alternate.
“Tasha has demonstrated a great deal of consistency this year in both domestic and international competition,” said Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics. “Her poise and performances are considered to be very reliable and her desire to support this team is a valuable asset to the group.”
Schwikert has competed in seven competitions in 2000 prior to the Olympic Trials, including all three events in the Visa American Cup Series in January and February. She was also a member of the 2000 U.S. Spieth Sogipa team that won a team gold medal in April. She is coached by Cassie Rice at GymCats in Las Vegas.
Beckerman and Schwikert will travel to Sydney with the rest of the team. Either one can be added to the Olympic roster in the case of injury or illness to one of the six Olympic Team members.