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SEATTLE – Washington Gymnastics head coach Joanne Bowers announced the 2014 recruiting class this morning.
Joslyn Goings, Emily Liddle, Zoey Schaefer and Alyssa Shermetaro make up the newest class of GymDawgs. The four gymnasts represent four different states and four different club gyms.
“It is nice to be able to bring in talent from across the US. Our recruiting efforts have really been paying off at the top level clubs,” Bowers said.
The focus of this class was to provide much needed depth for the Huskies. With only one graduating senior this year, Aliza Vaccher, the addition of four new gymnasts is going to have a huge impact on the strength of the team moving forward. Next year will be the biggest squad Bowers has seen in her time at Washington.
“We are very excited to sign this class because of what they bring to our program. They are all incredible people and students, plus they are strong gymnasts! Each comes from wonderful families and coaches who will support them and help them transition well from club to college gymnastics,” Bowers continued, “we will only be losing one senior, Aliza, and we are gaining four all-around gymnasts. This will be the first season in quite a while that we have depth at every event. Depth will enhance competition in practice and should raise the level on our team.”
Joslyn, the daughter of Kirk Goings and Sonia Giron, is a level 10 gymnast from Phoenix, Ariz. where she trains with head coach Lisa Spini at Desert Lights Gymnastics.
She is an all-arounder who competes very high-level skills on all four events who has won six state championships and has placed second at JO Nationals in vault and all-around.
“She is a beautiful performer and has good difficulty on each event. She comes from a strong gym that knows how to prepare their gymnasts to compete. She had a great Junior Olympic Nationals meet last year and she just keeps getting better,” Bowers said of Goings.
According to Goings, “I chose UW because as soon as I walked on campus, I knew that was where I am supposed to be. Every part of the school-the team, the coaches and the academic aspect- is the perfect atmosphere for me. I'm so excited to be a Husky!”
Bars and Floor State Champion, 3rd in All-Around
Junior Olympic NIT 2nd on Vault, 2nd in All-Around
Floor, Beam, Vault, All-Around State Champion
Regional Beam Champion, 3rd in All-Around
Junior Olympic Nationals Qualifier
Emily is a Modesto, Calif. native and a level 10 gymnast who trains at Airborne Gymnastics with coaches Mel Ruggiero and Tonya Piacente. She is the daughter of Robert and Penny Liddle.
Liddle is going to serve as a strong asset immediately for the Dawgs in the 2015 season on both beam and floor, with the potential to compete as an all-arounder especially given the development she has been showing on bars and vault.
“Emily is a strong beam and floor worker but is also making such great strides on bars and vault that we hope she will be able to help us there also,” Bowers said. “She has big skills everywhere and is working on consistency and being able to compete them this season.”
As excited as the coaching staff is to have Emily on campus, she is equally as excited to be joining the GymDawg family.
“Everyone I met at the University of Washington was so welcoming and they all made me feel like a part of a big family,” Liddle said.
NorCal State 3rd on vault, 2nd on bars, 1st on beam, 1st on floor, 1st in All-Around
NorCal State 3rd on bars, 2nd on beam
Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament, 2nd on beam
| Zoey Schaefer
Schaefer is a native of Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Nancy Schaefer. She trains at Twin City Twisters with coaches Sami Wozney, Mike Hunger, Sarah Jantzi and Rich Stenger.
The Huskies will look to capitalize on Zoey’s strength in tumbling and on vault. But much like the other four in the class, she is going to add depth to every event.
“We were recruiting Zoey because she is a very powerful tumbler and vaulter, but she will be able to help us everywhere. She is coming back from an Achilles injury and is doing very well as she gets all of her skills back. Her weakest event was bars but she has been able to get stronger on bars in the past year due to only being able to do bars and conditioning. She has stayed in phenomenal shape through it all,” Bowers said.
Schaefer said, “I chose Washington because everything feels "right" when I'm there. The University is beautiful, and the city and it's surrounding area are gorgeous as well. The team is absolutely amazing too. It's such a positive atmosphere to be in, and the coaches and the girls are so supportive of one another. You just feel like you're part of one big, happy family when you're there. It's great.”
- Junior Olympic National Team member
- Link Crew Member
- National Honor Society Member
- Made the A Honor Roll all 4 years of High School
Originally from Rochester Hills, Mich., Shermetaro rounds out the outstanding 2015 class. She trains with Lori Koch and Deanna Sigler at Olympia Gymnastics Academy. She is the daughter of Mark and Anne Shermetaro.
Alyssa’s high difficulty skills are going to be a huge asset to the GymDawgs and Bowers expects that she will be able to make an impact immediately in the Husky lineups.
“She has proven she can compete well at big meets and under pressure,” Bowers said of Shermetaro. “She works hard daily and is a great competitor. Her difficulty and presentation on each event sets her apart from the average gymnast. We expect her to come in and compete all-around right away.”
Shermetaro said, “I chose the University of Washington because the minute I met the team, I was immersed in a strong family environment, and the atmosphere on the rest of campus reminded me of home. I just felt like it was a great fit right from the start, and I couldn't be more excited to be an incoming freshman next year! GO DAWGS!”
Region 5 Allstar Team Member (travelled to London & Belgium)
Michigan State Champion
Junior Olympic Nationals beam champion, 4th in All-Around
National Team Member
Region 5 Allstar Team Member (travelled to Panama)
Junior Olympic Nationals beam champion, 5th in All-Around
Region 5 Allstar Team Member (travelled to Slovenia & Italy)
While this stellar class is training hard and finishing up their senior years, the 2014 GymDawgs will also be hard at work. Up next for the team is the Purple & Gold Intrasquad meet on Nov. 25 at 7:00 pm PT in Alaska Airlines Arena.