Brad and Dawn Cattermole are excited about the new faces joining the BYU Gymnastics team this season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The BYU women's gymnastics team has announced the addition of four talented gymnasts who signed national letters of intent as well as several talented walk-ons for the 2006-2007 season. Joining the team after competing at the highest levels in Canada are Jenna Kerbis, Danielle Goldman and Melissa Hough. Megan Donehue from Bountiful, Utah, rounds out those signed recruits for this season.
"This is perhaps the second best recruiting class we've ever had," BYU coach Brad Cattermole said. "They're going to add depth and a lot of spark to our team."
Kerbis highlights the talented group as an experienced international competitor and member of the Canadian National Team to go along with a decorated club career. She recently helped lead Canada to a Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
"Jenna is a world class competitor," Cattermole said. "Her bars and beam routines are Olympic level. She could be a real star."
Goldman also brings international experience to the Cougars. She competed for Team Canada at the 2005 Maccabbi Games in Israel and placed third in the all-around.
"Danielle is a talented gymnast," Cattermole said. "She's progressing right along and getting better every day. She is really going to help us on vault and bars."
Hough and Donehue also come to BYU after highly successful club careers. Hough, an Edmonton, Alberta, native, has experience in various international competitions in addition to her club success. At an international meet in Belgium in 2005 she finished second in the all-around. Donehue was a top Level 10 and Region 1 competitor that trained at USA Gymnastics World.
"Melissa (Hough) is a very good gymnast all the way around," Cattermole said. "She should do very well day in and day out. Megan (Donehue) is a fantastic bars and vault performer that should really help us out."
BYU will also welcome the contributions of five walk-ons this season, many of whom received scholarship offers from other schools but chose to join the Cougars. These include Kiki Berrett, Kaylee Gallup, Megan Perner, McKell Poulson and Heidi Poulson. They will be expected to add depth on each event this season after the team was hampered by injuries last year.
"These walk-ons will add strength and depth that we've needed the last few years," Cattermole said. "They are kids that are motivated to get better and have an attitude that they want to make the lineup. They are a particularly good group of kids. We are thrilled to have them here."
The newcomers join a Cougar team that returns nine members from last year's squad, including seven that competed at Regionals. Included in that list are top all-around competitor Kacie Capra Callens, senior Lisa Willis and juniors Dayna Smart, Alethea Boon and Kylee Draper. BYU is anticipating that this combination of talent and experience will produce a team that challenges for a return trip to NCAA Nationals in April.