Women's Gymnastics Signs Two Recruits

Dec. 3, 2007

BERKELEY - Shana Johnson (Castro Valley / Bishop O'Dowd High School) and Erica Varon (Torrance / Redondo Union High School) have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of California in the fall of 2008, head coach Cari DuBois announced.

'Shana is going to bring explosiveness to the lineup,' DuBois said. 'She is so powerful and quick, while Erica will be bringing consistency and diversity to the competition floor. Shana is so strong I think she even has difficulty controlling her own power sometimes. Erica's bars are diverse and her presentation on beam and floor are beautiful. I am so excited to have both of these ladies joining us next season. They both have so much potential and I can't wait to start working with them. Not only are they talented young athletes, they are outstanding students, as well.'

Johnson, a member of the Novato Gymnastics Club, finished second at the 2005 Level 9 Westerns on vault and floor. One week before competing at the 2007 regionals, Johnson dislocated her left knee, but was still able to finish 13th out of 30 in the all-around. Hoping eventually to start a career in the sports medicine field, Johnson was a member of the California Scholarship Federation and made the honor roll in high school.

Varon, who intends to major in neurobiology, has twice won the California State Championship in the all-around and is a two-time Junior Olympic National qualifier. Varon competed for the Josephson Academy of Gymnastics, where she garnered the Most Improved Award in 2001 and the Toughest Competitor Award in 2003. Academically, she earned an academic letter last year and made the Principal's High Honor Roll.

The Bears are preparing for their season opener against UC Davis and Towson Friday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. in Davis.

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