UNC has announced the signing of Haley Watts and Janell Sargent. Watts' commit was covered in a prior news item. Sargent is a L10 who trains at Rose's Gymnastics. This past season she placed 11th AA and 4th on BB at the Region VIII L10 Regionals. At the 2009 L10 Nationals, she tied for 28th AA.
Congratulations to all the National Letter of Intent Signees. A few submitted pictures are in the gallery at this link. Athletes and Parents are invited to contribute their pictures.
Katrina Carpenter, L10 at Frederick Gymnastics in Maryland, has committed to Bowling Green for the 2012-13 season. In 2010, she placed 2nd AA (1st BB) at the Frederick Classic; 4th AA at her state meet; 8th AA at regionals and 10th AA at the NIT.
Robert DiRugeris will sign with Ohio State, according to his local paper. He trains at Will-Moor in New Jersey. He was 32nd AA at the 2010 JO Nationals.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
UGA has signed Chelsea Davis and Sarah Persinger, as expected. In a school release, UGA Head Coach Jay Clark noted, "Chelsea does it all and does it all well. She is the complete package of balance between power and grace." On Persinger, he added, "She has that elite look and polish that we've had from so many gymnasts in the past."
Chelsea Davis: A sr. international elite and member of the 2010 US World Championships Team. She trains at Texas Dreams. She tied for 5th AA at the 2010 VISA Championships.
Sarah Persinger: A former international elite who trains at Southeastern. She placed 22nd AA and 10th(t) on UB at the 2010 L10 Nationals.
Link: UGA Release
Centenary has added Ciara Maradiaga for the 2011 season. The L10 from Texas East is currently attending jr. college in Texas. She finished 14th AA at the 2009 Region III L10 Regionals.
Pittsburgh has signed Haley Bodenheimer and Brianna Hogan, as expected. Says assistant coach Mike Rowe, "Both Bri and Haley will bring with them not only their successful competitive experience but a great consistent technical foundation of the sport, which is demonstrated in their work ethic, progress and ultimately their success".
Haley Bodenheimer: L10 at Salem Gymnastics, was a two time international elite qualifier (2005 and 2006). She was 10th AA at the 2010 L10 Nationals.
Brianna Hogan: A L10 at Geddart's Twistars, she finished 18th AA at the 2009 L10 Nationals.
Link: Pitt Release
Kelsi Eberly (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield HS), Nikki McGarel (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central HS) and Jordan Naleway (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills HS) signed with Illinois.Announcement
A pair of L10s from MAC in Portland plan to sign with Sac State on Friday, according to their hometown paper. They are Kalliah McCartney and Kayla Wonderly.
McCartney tied for 23rd AA in the Senior B division at the L10 Nationals. At the 2009 JO Nationals, she placed 9th(t) on BB and 31st(t) AA. Link: Recruiting Web Site, Including Video
Wonderly tied for 8th on UB and tied for 25th AA in the Senior C division at the L10 Nationals. She tied for 2nd AA at the 2009 Region II L10 Regionals, and advanced to Nationals but competed just two events. Link: YouTube.com Channel
Chelsey Baker has signed with Alaska-Anchorage, according to her hometown newspaper. She trains at Gymnastics Plus in Florida. As a L9 in 2010, she placed 3rd AA, 2nd(t) VT, 3rd BB and 4th(t) on UB at the Eastern Nationals, Senior 7 division.