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
Four gymnasts have signed with the Minneosota Men's program for 2011-2012, during the early signing period. They are: Steve Jaciuk, Sean Bauer, Spencer Smith and Donnie Carper.
Jaciuk trains at the Swiss Turners. He placed 3rd AA and 1st on Rings at the 2009 Region IV Regionals, Junior Men's 14-15. He sat out his junior year with a back injury. Link: Recruiting Video
Bauer trains at the St. Louis Gym Centre. He tied for 57th AA in the prelims at the 2010 JO Nationals Link: Recruiting Video
Smith trains at Metropolitan Gymnastics in Washington. He placed 20th AA in the Junior Men's 16-18 division at the 2010 VISA Championships.
Carper trains at Gymnastics Village in New Hampshire. He tied for 66th AA in the prelims at the 2010 JO Nationals. Link: YouTube.com Channel
Link: UMinn Release
Nick Hunter has signed with Michigan, according to a site submission. He trains at Gymnastics World in Ohio. He placed 14th AA in the Junior Men's 16-18 division at the 2010 VISA Championships.
Link: YouTube.com Channel
Maryland has announced the signing of Liz Garcia, Stephanie Giameo and Nicole Wright for 2011-2012. The commits for all three were covered in prior news item (with Wright reported as Heather Nicole Wright).
Link: UMD Release
Illinois State has signed Riley Childress and Samantha King, according to a school release.
Childress is a L10 who trains at Gymstars in Tennessee. She qualified to the 2009 L10 Nationals in the Junior D division, after a 7th place finish at Regionals. Link: YouTube.com Channel
King is a L10 who trains at the Michigan Academy of Gymnastics. She last qualified to the L10 Nationals in 2007 and 2008, but has dealt with foot and elbow injuries the last two years.
Kentucky has announced the signing of three athletes to NLIs: Alexis Gross, Kenzie Hedges, and Jessica Staples. The commits of all three were covered in prior news items. Use the site search function to learn more about each athlete.
Link: UK Release
Stanford (M) has announced the inking of two recruits to NLIs for 2011-2012, Brian Knott and Alex Strait.
Knott trains at NYC's Chelsea Piers club. He placed 20th AA at the 2010 JO Nationals.
Strait trains at Champions in Texas. He finished 9th AA, 4th HB and 4th(t) FX at the 2010 VISA Championships, Junior Men 16-18 division.