Morgan Cook, L10 from Hot Springs Arkansas, signed to compete for the University of Alaska Anchorage next year. Cook was one of three gymnasts who tried out for the team's last available scholarship and she put on a demonstration for the UAA coaches that earned her the spot. She placed 15th AA at her regionals meet last year.
Michigan has announced the signing of three to letters of intent: Annette Miele, Sachi Sugiyama, and Morgan Steigerwalt. Says Head Coach Bev Plocki, "These athletes make up one of our solidest classes in years. All three can contribute on every event their freshman year and two have elite experience. We're excited for the future."
Link: Michigan Release
Ohio State (W) has signed three athletes: Sarah Grady, Alexis Schmidt, and Morgan Zlotolow. The commits of all three were covered in prior news items. Says Head Coach Carey Fagan, "We are very excited about the class of 2011 and the talent and experience they will bring to the team next year."
Link: Ohio State Release
Danielle Hoffman, L10 at Dynamic Gymnastics in New York, as signed with Brown according to a small annoucment in her local paper. Brown placed 5th AA and 1st on vault at her 2010 regional meet and qualified to JO Nationals.
Western Michigan has inked two gymnasts for 2011-2012, Michelle Adams and Shelby Pflug. Adams' commitment was covered in a prior news item. Pflug is a L10 who trains at Aerials Gymnastics in Illinois. She placed 18th AA at the 2010 L10 Nationals, Senior B. She also finished 5th on VT and 21st AA at the 2009 Region V L10 Regionals.
Link: WMU Release
Southeast Missouri has signed a pair of gymnasts, as expected. Arielle Bulls and Taylor Huey have signed on to start in 2011-2012. Head Coach Kristi Ewasko added, "As we continue to push our team and goals to new levels, it is imperative that we add committed and dedicated young women to our program. With Arielle and Taylor, we have done just that.”
Link: SEMO Release
Emma Hoffman, L10 at Rebound in New Jersey, has committed to compete for Rutgers next season. Hoffman finished in the top 10 AA at most of her 2010 meets, including a 9th place AA finish at regionals. She finished 1st AA (1st V/FX) at the NIT.
Sam Shapiro and Pauline Hanset have signed with Stanford for the 2011-12 season. Shapiro's commitment was covered previously. Hanset is a Level 10 from Premier Gymnastics in Tennessee. She placed in the top four AA in most of her meets last season and qualified to the Nastia Luikin Cup (20th AA). She finished her season with just two events at the NIT, but finished 1st on beam and 2nd on bars.
West Virginia has signed three athletes: Dayah Haley, Lia Salzano and Maci Sump. The commits of all three were covered in prior news items. According to Coach Linda Burdette-Good, “Top to bottom, this is one of our most nationally experienced classes".
Link: WVU Release
Anna Genrich, a L10 at Euro Stars, has committed to Kent State for 2012-2013, according to a site submission. She placed 24th AA at the 2010 L10 Nationals, Junior D. As a L9 in 2009, she won the VT and FX titles while placing 4th AA at the Level 9 Eastern Nationals.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
ASU has signed three athletes to NLIs, according to a school release. Brianna Gades, Natelle Gentile and Natasha Sundby will join the program for 2011-2012. The commits of Sundby and Gentile were covered in prior news items.
Gades is a L10 who trains near ASU at the Phoenix Gymnastics Academy. She placed 14th AA and 2nd on BB at the 2010 L10 Nationals. In 2009, she placed 6th AA and tied for 2nd on BB.
Miranda Eubank, L10 from Champion Gymnastics in Kentucky, has verbally committed to Missouri. In 2010, she won the Meet Me in St. Louis meet and placed 1st on vault. She ended her season at regionals with an 18th AA finish. In 2009, she finished 5th AA at Eastern Nationals.
Alexandra Focucci, L10 at International Gymnastics in North Carolina, signed a Letter of Intent with Temple. Forcucci turned in four top five finishes at her meets last season, including a win (1st UB/FX) at the New Year's Invite. She finished out the season at regionals, placing 18th AA.
Long-time Head Coach Miles Avery has resigned at Ohio State, effective immediately. Assistants Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson will serve as interim head coaches for the remainder of the season. In addition to leading Ohio State for 13 years, and serving as an assistant between 1989 to 1997, he was the assistant coach to the US Men's Olympic Team in 96, 00, 04, and 08.
Link: Ohio State Release