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Women’s Gymnastics Inks Impressive Four-Person Class

Nov 11, 2020

BERKELEY – The Cal women's gymnastics team added four high-level performers to the team on Wednesday as Ella Cesario, Jordan Kane, Mya Lauzon and Madelyn Williams signed National Letters of Intent with the Bears. The group brings with them a wealth of national level experience as three have been members of the national team and the group has combined for six top-five all-around finishes and 11 top-three event finishes at the Junior Olympic Nationals. 

"I am very excited about this quartet of incredibly talented young women," Cal gymnastics co-head coach Justin Howell said. "They each bring their own unique brand of artistry and power, and they will help our program continue to get one day better. I have been looking forward to this signing class for quite some time, and can't wait to welcome them all to Berkeley."

Ella Cesario joins the Bears from Glen Ellyn, Illinois where she trains at Legacy Elite and attended Glenbard West High School. The Junior Olympic National Team member is one of the standouts on the junior circuit, finishing in the top five of the all-around at three consecutive Junior Olympic Nationals (fifth in 2017, second in 2018 and third in 2019). She collected 11 top-10 event finishes throughout those three tournaments, including individual championships on the uneven bars in 2017 and 2019. Cesario was a member of the Region 5 All-Star team in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She recorded 19 top-3 finishes at state, regional and national competitions over 2018 and 2019. 

"Ella has the perfect combination of grace and power," Cal gymnastics co-head coach Liz Crandall-Howell said. "She has an ease to the way she performs, and has the ability to make the most difficult elements look effortless.  She will make an immediate impact as an all-around competitor. Ella also has an infectious personality and warm demeanor that will lend itself to building great relationships on the team." 

Jordan Kane comes to Cal from Lincoln, Rhode Island where she went to St. Mary Academy Bay View. She trains with Aim High Academy and is a two-time Junior Olympic Nationals qualifier. She was the Region Six all-around champion, where she also earned victories on uneven bars and balance beam. Kane also qualified for the 2018 Elite Compulsory.  

"Jordan is an incredible dancer and versatile athlete," Crandall-Howell said. "She is continuing to learn and add more difficulty to her gymnastics repertoire. Jordan is capable of doing so many different skills and I am looking forward to the creative process and skill selection with her. She has a great number of tools in her gymnastics toolbox. It will be fun to see what we come up with!  Jordan is also a natural leader, and should immediately be a standout on the team and a source of inspiration for her teammates."
Mya Lauzon hails from Kent, Washington, where she attends Kentridge High School and trains with Metropolitan Gymnastics. Lauzon is a two time Junior Olympic National team member.  She has two top-three all-around finishes at Junior Olympic Nationals as she took third in 2018 and second in 2019. She has seven top-10 event finishes across her four appearances at Nationals, including winning the vault title in 2019. She completed a clean sweep at the 2018 Region 2 Championships as she won the vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around competitions. Lauzon also took ninth place at the prestigious 2019 Nastia Liukin Cup in 2019.

During the shortened 2020 season, Lauzon achieved a perfect 10.0 on vault, tying for first in America's Top 100 Level 10 vault scores. Her phenomenal Yurchenko 1.5 was the best in the nation in 2020.  She led Metropolitan Gymnastics to a 2019 Washington Optional State Championship and two Regional Program of the Year awards during her time with the club.

"Mya Lauzon is an incredible athlete on all four events," Crandall-Howell said. "She has consistently performed at the top level in the nation during her club career. Although she is a standout on vault, where she showcases her power, she is also a very charismatic performer. Mya has a smile that immediately engages with everyone with whom she comes in contact. There is a light in her eyes that shows excitement and eagerness to learn and grow. I have no doubt that she will fully embrace the environment in Berkeley, and take advantage of every opportunity presented to her as a Golden Bear."

Maddie Williams will come to the Bears from nearby Vacaville, where she attended Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy and trains with Dream Xtreme Gymnastics. Williams won the 2019 Junior Olympic Nationals All-Around championship by a score of .575, the widest margin of victory from any of the sessions in 2019. She also won the individual title on the bars, while finishing second on vault and third on beam and floor. She is a member of the Junior Olympic National Team. Williams also claimed a silver medal on the bar and was an all-around medalist at the 2017 US Classic, before qualifying for the 2017 Junior Elite and the 2018 Senior Elite. 

"Maddie's gymnastics is filled with elegance and grace," Howell said. "She has exquisite lines and artistry that will shine on the NCAA stage. Maddie has been very consistent in her performance at a high level throughout her club career.  She performed successfully at the international level, as well as dominating competitions at the Junior Olympic level. Maddie is poised to make an impact on all four events."