Gymnastics Signs Three To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 13, 2008

SEATTLE - Washington gymnastics coach Joanne Bowers announced the signing of three gymnasts to National Letters of Intent. Lauren Rogers of Plains, Penn., Kylie Sharp of Herriman, Utah and Kailey Hansen of Ventura, Calif. will join the team next fall as the class of 2013.

'With the signing of these young women, we feel we got the whole package we were looking for in a recruiting class,' said Bowers. 'They all come from great families, have tremendous talent and have their priorities straight. We are hoping to add a couple more walk-ons to this class, but it has the potential to be a great class.'

Lauren Rogers, the daughter of Sally and Richard Rogers, trains with Northeast Gymnastics in Plains, Penn. Rogers had an outstanding year in 2008, being crowned both the Pennsylvania state all-around champion and the national vault champion. In addition, Rogers took fifth overall in the all-around at the Junior Olympic (JO) Nationals and placed in the top-six in all four events at the 2008 regionals, including two third-place finishes on vault and bars.

'Lauren was a highly-recruited gymnast that we beat some top schools to get,' said Bowers. 'She is a powerful gymnast, great student and wonderful person. And she wants to help us with our goal of becoming a national contender. We are very excited to have her join our Husky family.'

Kylie Sharp will come to Washington from Herriman, Utah, where she trains with Olympus Gymnastics. Sharp, the daughter of Jon and Toynet Sharp, was the Utah state all-around champion in 2008 and recorded three top-five finishes at the 2008 Regional Championships (fourth on vault and bars, fifth in the all-around) to qualify for the 2008 JO Nationals. She also boasts a 4.0 GPA.

'Kylie comes from a great club program,' said Bowers. 'She showed her mental toughness this year. After being out much of last season, she came back and won her state meet and did a good job at Regionals to qualify for Nationals. She is a competitor that will really help us. She is also a great student and will help keep our team at the top of the department academically.'

Kailey Hansen trains at Waller's Gym Jam in Ventura, Calif. The daughter of Scott and Debbie Hansen, she is the reigning California state floor champion. Hansen also took third on beam at the 2008 California state meet and placed second on floor at the 2008 Regional Championships. Hansen was also the sixth-place finisher in the all-around at her state meet. She is considering a pre-med path at Washington and has completed over 100 community service hours, including her current stint with a program that teaches physical fitness to special needs children.

'Kailey is a diamond in the rough,' said Bowers. 'She is what I consider a sleeper; a late bloomer, if you will. She has the potential of becoming a great college gymnast. Her personality, dance quality, work ethic and academic prowess will take her far. We feel fortunate that she is joining our program and I know she will help us.'

Bowers and the Washington gymnastics program host an intra-squad meet on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7pm in the Bank of America Arena. The meet is free and open to the public. For the complete 2009 schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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