CLUB, HIGH SCHOOL, PERSONAL: Trained at California Gold Gym in Escondido, Calif., for Nick Chapson and Teresa Barnard ... qualified for national meet in 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1997 ... made bar finals at 1997 and 1990 nationals ... vault finalist in 1992 ... 1997 regional bar champion ... state all-around champ in 1993 ... enjoys outdoors, biking and crafts ... plans to major in exercise and sport science ... hopes for career in sports nutrition ... daughter of Dorothy Wilcox ... only child ... born Mar. 14, 1978 in Arcadia, Calif.
ON EKDAHL: "Marilyn is one of the most interesting scenarios that we’ve recruited into the program in a number of years. She was out of gymnastics for two years ... and then decided to get back into the sport. With relatively little training, she went all the way to the Junior Olympic Championships last year. Marilyn is someone I expect to impress and surprise a lot of people this season and improve throughout her career here. I think this is an extremely untapped talent." - Greg Marsden