GymDawgs Ink Two To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 13, 2009

SEATTLE - Washington gymnastics head coach Joanne Bowers announced the signing of two gymnasts to National Letters of Intent on Friday. Lara Albright of Carrollton, Texas, and Aliza Vaccher of Fountain Hills, Ariz., will join the team next fall as the class of 2014.

Albright, who trains at WOGA in Frisco, Texas, is not only a talented gymnast but a 4.0 student. Training with the same club as Olympic gold-medalist Nastia Liukin, Albright was the Texas State Champion in 2008 in the beam, floor and all-around before finishing second at the Regional Championships on floor as well as placing fourth in bars and fifth in the all-around. She went on to place 10th on floor at the Junior Olympic (JO) Nationals and 11th in the all-around.

This year, Albright won the Regional Championship on floor and placed ninth in the all-around, advancing to the JO Nationals where she finished second on the beam. She also had a fourth-place showing on floor at the Texas State Meet.

'Lara comes from a very good gymnastics club,' Bowers said. 'We think she will be an outstanding college gymnast because of the way she is improving steadily. Her gymnastics are very clean and she is an extremely hard worker. She joins a team that takes their academics very seriously and she will fit in nicely with our group.'

Vaccher, a member of Desert Devils in Mesa, Ariz., is also a 4.0 student. She has been a state champion in the all-around in each of the last two years, capturing the Oregon State all-around title in 2008 and the Arizona State title earlier this year. She also captured state titles on the beam, floor and all-around earlier this year. Vaccher also had a great showing at the 2009 Regional Championships, winning the beam title and finishing second on vault and third in the all-around. She went on to finish 10th on floor and 14th in the all-around at the JO Nationals.

Vaccher had an outstanding 2008 campaign. In addition to her all-around title at the state meet, she finished second on vault, beam and floor and third on bars. She went on to win four events at the regional event - taking home vault, beam, floor and all-around titles - before a solid showing at Nationals, placing sixth on beam and 28th in the all-around.

'Aliza is a very strong gymnast and student,' Bowers said. 'She will be able to make an immediate impact in our lineups on every event. Her level of difficulty along with her strong work ethic will really help us.'

The Huskies will hold an intra-squad meet on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena, which will be a joint-meet with the UW men's gymnastics club. The GymDawgs kick off their 2010 season on January 8 at home against Nebraska at 7 p.m.

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