Kelly Parkinson Evanson Athlete Profile

Kelly Parkinson Evanson

Position: All Around Height: 5-2 Class: Graduate Roster Years: 1999-2002 Hometown: Houston, TX Hall of Fame: 2014 Last School: Westfield High School

Kelly Parkinson Evanson finished her four-year career (1999-2002) as a Cougar gymnast with eight of the top 10 all-around scores in BYU history. As a sophomore she set a new school record of 39.550 in the all-around competition. As a senior two seasons later, she broke her own record with a new BYU mark of 39.700 — a record that still stands today.

During her junior season, Evanson was ranked among the top six in the nation in the all-around.  She finished her senior season ranked seventh in the nation on balance beam and 11th in the all-around. 

Evanson qualified to compete in the NCAA finals two years in a row. At the NCAA Nationals in 2000, she garnered two NACGC All-American citations for finishing 17th in the all-around and 16th in the floor exercise. She also attained All-American honors on vault as a junior in 2001.

Evanson currently holds seven of the top 10 all-around scores in BYU history. She has 10 scores that rank in the top ten all-time for bars, vault and all-around, with a personal best of 9.95 in all four events.

Following her successful BYU career as a gymnast and business finance major, she helped support her husband Richard through four years of medical school and five years of orthopedic surgery residency.

Her husband, who is in the United States Army stationed at Fort Benning, just returned from a deployment in Kuwait.  Kelly and Richard reside in Columbus, Georgia, with their five children — Jay, Brandt, Parker, Ty, Kendra.





All-America

  • 2000 NACGGC-W First Team All-Around
  • 2000 NACGGC-W Second Team Floor Exercise
  • 2001 NACGGC-W Second Team Vault

Personal

Parents are Dan and Cyndy Parkinson...has four sisters and two brothers...sister, Holly, was a former All-American tennis player for the Cougars...likes water and snow skiing, creating scrapbooks. Married to Richard Evanson. They have four children.

Before BYU

Prepped at Westfield High...level 10 Regionals 1995 - 3rd all-around, 1st beam, 1st floor ... Level 10 Nationals 1995 - 7th all-around, 5th beam, 6th floor ... US Championships 1995 - 16th all-around (Junior Division) ... US Championships 1996 - 6th all-around, 5th beam, 5th vault ... American Classic 1997 - 4th all-around ... competed in Australia, 1996, Italy, 1997 and Guatemala, 1997 ... in Guatemala - 2nd all-around, 1st vault, 1st beam, 1st bars.

Stats

Year    Vault    Bars    Beam    Floor    All-Around
1999    9.850    9.875   9.850   9.925    39.425
2000    9.900    9.875   9.875   9.950    39.550
2001    9.950    9.925   9.875   9.950    39.675
2002    9.950    9.950   9.950   9.950    39.700


1999 | Freshman Year

Suffered injury to her knee that left her one meet short of qualifying for the regional meet ... set career highs in vault (9.850), bars (9.875), beam (9.850), floor (9.925) and all-around (39.425) ... her career-high of 39.425 in the all-around was the second of the highest of the season for the Cougars behind only Natalie Broekman's school-record 39.475.

2000 | Sophomore Year

Set career high in vault with a 9.900 and beam with a 9.875...tied a school record in the floor exercise with a 9.950 against Southern Utah...set a new school record in the all-around by breaking Broekman's record with a 39.550 against Southern Utah...scored a 38.825 in the regional all-around...garnered two NACGC/W All-American citations for finishing 17th in the all-around and 16th in the floor exercise at the 2000 NCAA Nationals.

2001 | Junior Year

Ranked among the top six in the nation in the all-around...qualified for the NCAA Nationals for the second year in a row...garnered All-American honors on vault.

2002 | Senior Year

Finished her senior season ranked seventh in the nation on balance beam and 11th in the all-around...closed out her four-year career with eight of the top 10 all-around scores in BYU history...as a senior two seasons later, she broke her own all-around record (39.550 set as a sophomore) with a mark of 39.700.