A 20-year-old athlete at Southern Connecticut State University Died Sunday after she suffered an injury during a training “mishap,” the college said.
Melanie Coleman, a nursing major, suffered the injury on Friday and died two days after the fact, the school’s authentic sports site wrote in a tribute on Monday, without giving further details.
Thomas Alberti, Coleman’s previous mentor, told the Hartford Courant she suffered the injury in the wake of slipping off a gymnastics bar.
He called it an unexpected occurrence with an awful result.
The school affirmed Coleman’s passing in an email obtained by nearby media.
“Her mentors and instructors depict Melanie as an exceptional young girl, who exceeded expectations both in the Study Hall and in the exercise center,” Joe Bertolino, the college’s leader, wrote in the email.
“Our most intense feelings are spread out to her loved ones on this terrible accident.”
Coleman got received honors as a leader in the sport and in the study hall, the college said.
A year ago, she was perceived by both USA Gymnastics and the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association as an All-America Scholar-Athlete.
“We are sad and wavered by Melanie’s passing,” head coach Mary Fredericks said. “She was a fantastically hard-working and sweet-spirited young woman.“
Coleman’s discipline, commitment, and love of gymnastics drove the college to have her name engraved on a flag in the school exercise center, alongside the names of her two sisters, the Courant detailed.
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