Tucson, Ariz. - Arizona women’s gymnastics coach Bill Ryden announced today that five student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Arizona. The five initial signees make this the largest single class in the program’s history.
Breanne Workman, Alexis Greene, Sarah Specht, Briana Bergeson, and Sarah Parsons signed their letters of intent and faxed them to coach Ryden on Wednesday, the first day of the November early signing period.
“This is the largest single recruiting effort for gymnastics in school history for one class,” Ryden said. “We feel fortunate to get five quality athletes. They will be the crux of next year’s team because of the numbers we will have. This is a whole new era, a younger era, of Arizona gymnastics.”
Workman, a 5-foot-2 senior at Grand Ledge High School in Lansing, Mich., is a member of Twisters U.S.A., the same club team current senior Jamie Duce competed for. She is the daughter of Blaine and Beth Workman.
“Breanne is a great all-around athlete that we project highly on the floor and vault,” Ryden said. “She is more than capable of coming in and making an impact everywhere for us.”
Greene, a 5-foot-3 senior at Old Mill High School in Severn, Md., is a member of Docksiders Gymnastics. She is the daughter of Dwayne and Mary Greene.
“Alexis is a very powerful, high-skill athlete,” Ryden said. “She does a very high level of gymnastics that will raise or certainly maintain our high level of gymnastics. She is very strong on the bars, floor and vault, but capable of competing in all four events.”
Specht, a 5-foot-2 senior at Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Ill., is a member of the Midwest Academy of Gymnastics. She is the daughter of J.P. and Molly Specht.
“Sarah is a very talented all-around athlete,” Ryden said. “She certainly can come in and make a huge scoring impact for us right away.”
Bergeson, a 5-foot-2 senior at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Ariz., is a member of Arizona Dynamics Gymnastics, which her parents, Brian and Linda Bergeson, co-own.
“Brianna is the next in line for Arizona gymnasts,” Ryden said. “She was our No. 1 recruiting priority in the state of Arizona. She is an incredible beam worker. She is also skilled on the floor and bars. She really is developing into a quality all-around athlete.”
Parsons, a 5-foot-2 senior at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Ky., is a member of Champion Gymnastics. She is the daughter of Alan Parsons and Barbara Gunther.
“Sarah is very talented and a strong all-around gymnast,” Ryden said. “She is capable of competing in all events and we expect an immediate impact from her.”
The Wildcats have one remaining scholarship available for this year’s class, but they will wait to make a decision whether to use it or not.
The 2005 season begins January 7, 2005, when the Wildcats travel to Gainesville, Fla., to participate in the Super Six Challenge.