Sept. 7, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's gymnastics program added two final pieces to its puzzle for the 2011 season, welcoming freshmen Reema Zakharia (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables Senior High) and Kristin Nagle (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) to the program, giving the Wolverines seven incoming freshmen for the 2010-11 season -- the most new faces in the program since 1991.
Zakharia won national titles on vault and balance beam in 2008 after claiming regional crowns on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around. She competed for Universal Gymnastics, the same club that former Wolverine All-American Tatjana Thuener-Rego (2006-09) represented before coming to U-M. Off the competition floor, Zakharia was a member of the honor roll at Coral Gables Senior High.
Nagle was a regional qualifier in 2009, a national qualifier in 2008 and took top spot at the Level 9 regional meet last year competing for the Farmington Gymnastics Center. At North Farmington High, she was a National Honors Society member, a member of student government, on the honor roll and yearbook photography editor.
Zakharia and Nagle join fellow freshmen Teresa Arthur (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley), Victoria Kane (Mickleton, N.J./GCIT), Stephanie Colbert (Naperville, Ill./ Nequa Valley), Shelby Gies (Pennington, N.J./ Hopewell Valley Central) and Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) as the largest incoming class since Kelly Carfora, Tami Crocker, Rae Pelletier, Stacy Shingle, Nicole Simpson, Laurie Sugar and Wendy Wilkinson arrived in Ann Arbor 20 years ago.
The Wolverines compete in the annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Sunday (Dec. 5) at Crisler Arena.