ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's gymnastics program received National Letters of Intent from four student-athletes in the early signing period (Nov. 9-16), including Sarah Curtis (Reno, Nev./Reno), Kelsey Knutson (Ames, Iowa/Ames), Maureen Moody (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) and Jordan Sexton (Weddington, N.C./Weddington).
"We feel we have the complete package with this recruiting class," said head coach Bev Plocki. "These student-athletes are outstanding students, terrific athletes and great people. This has been one of the most enjoyable recruiting periods for us because of the quality of the student-athletes and their families, both athletically and as good people. This class will be an amazing group to coach and they will represent our program well academically and athletically."
Moody finished runner-up on vault, third on the uneven bars and sixth in the all-around at nationals in 2005 after taking regional and state titles on vault, bars and in the all-around. Moody added a regional floor title to her haul in 2005.
"Maureen is one of the top recruits out of the state of Michigan," said Plocki. "She has the skill level to help us in the all-around right away."
Curtis took the all-around title at regionals in 2005 and finished runner-up in the all-around at nationals in back-to-back years (2004-05). She was also a member of the U.S. national team for three years (2001-03).
"Sarah has been an elite level athlete for some time," said Plocki. "What impresses me most is that she competes at such a high level while maintaining excellent consistency in her routines."
Knutson is a three-time Iowa Gymnast of the Year (2001, 2003, 2005) and won state titles in the all-around, on bars, balance beam and floor exercise in 2005. Knutson also took regional titles on floor and beam in 2005, adding a runner-up finish in the all-around and a third-place result on bars. She was also a two-time TOPs national team member.
"Kelsey has the potential to be an All-American on bars and beam and will contribute in all four events," said Plocki. "She is also a great person who the team fell in love with right away."
Sexton was the state all-around champion in 2005 and advanced to take runner-up honors at regionals. Sexton was the regional all-around champion in 2004 and is a four-year member of the national team (2002-05).
"Jordan has a strong foundation and a lot of potential to become an excellent collegiate gymnast, "said Plocki. "We also loved her on her visit and she'll be a great addition to our program."
Michigan women's gymnastics hosts its annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. in Crisler Arena.
Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423