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July 2, 2013

» Huskies Sign Four In Early Signing Period

SEATTLE - Just this past month, an outstanding group of senior GymDawgs were handed their diplomas to officially become University of Washington graduates. Head Coach Joanne Bowers and staff have been hard at work assembling the next class, and today they announced the addition of two newcomers set to make their own mark on the Husky program.

The newest members of the Husky family are Faith Morrison of Leesburg, Va., and Janae Janik from Simi Valley, Calif. They bring the total incoming class for 2013-14 to six student-athletes, as Washington previously announced the signings this past fall of Stephanie Stowe and Alexandra Yacalis, with Katilyn Duranczyk and Jessica Nesis walking on. Duranczyk, after a successful senior season that saw her place top-40 in the JO Nationals all-around, has now earned herself a scholarship, said Bowers. One fall signee, Megan DeLallo, will be pursuing other opportunities next year.

"Led by our five graduating seniors, our program has been moving in the right direction," said Bowers, "and we are now ready to make another jump. These new recruits, along with the other four incoming freshmen, have the talent and are very capable to help us further our program. They are fierce competitors and even better people. We are getting a fantastic group of young women to join our Husky family and couldn't be more pleased."

A level 10 gymnast from the Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, Morrison tied for 17th in the all-around at the 2013 Junior Olympic Nationals, highlighted by a 12th-place finish on floor. The Flint Hill High School grad placed seventh on vault and sixth on uneven bars at the Virginia State Championships in 2012 despite a sprained ankle in warm-ups. She previously was a Regionals qualifier back in 2010, her first year at level 10. In 2009 she was second in the all-around at the Level 9 state meet, and at Level 9 Regionals she was second on vault and first on floor.

"Faith will provide us with more difficulty and power on floor and vault but has the potential to compete all-around," Bowers said of Morrison. "She is an amazing young woman, from a great family--oldest of five children. We feel fortunate to have gotten her after seeing her at JO Nationals."

Janik has competed at level 10 since 2010 and since 2009 she has trained at AOGC (All Olympia Gymnastics Center) with two years before that at Cali Gymnastics in 2006 and 2008. Big achievements for Janik start most recently with a win on bars at 2013 Regionals and fifth-place all-around finish to qualify for nationals. She proceeded to finish 12th on bars at 2013 JO Nationals. In 2012, she won the California State title on floor and was second in the all-around. Janik also took second on bars in 2012. In her first year of Level 10 competition in 2010, she won bars at the JO National Invitational Tournament and won beam at both State and Regionals. She is also an AAU National Champion and five-time national qualifier on the diving board, competing at one meter, three meter, and platform.

"Janae is a very talented gymnast and diver, with absolutely beautiful lines and dance quality," says Bowers. "She is strong on all four events and should be able to help us right away. She was a former elite gymnast and has that elite `look' in her performance that will help her scores in college. We are excited she decided to do gymnastics in college instead of diving!"

Four of the six newcomers will be on campus starting July 8 to participate in the LEAP program. Those four will be Duranczyk, Nesis, Morrison, and Stowe.

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