PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers gymnastics and head coach Louis Levine have announced the signing of three accomplished gymnasts to National Letters of Intent starting in the 2017-18 academic year. The Scarlet Knights officially welcome Emily Drauss, Belle Huang and Antonia Williams to the program.
“This is a group that has excelled in both the classroom and on the competition floor,” Levine said. “They are an excellent fit for what Rutgers gymnastics is all about. These three will have an immediate impact on our program in and out of the gym.”
Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley High School
Notes: Competed for Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics Academy … placed fourth on uneven bars at the 2016 Level 10 Florida state competition … earned second on uneven bars, third on vault and fourth all-around at the 2015 Level 10 Florida championships … also took fifth on beam at Level 10 Regionals and qualified for the 2015 Junior Olympic NIT … won first place on balance beam at 2013 Level 10 Florida states, while earning silver on uneven bars … competed at the 2013 Junior Olympic NIT with a fifth-place finish all-around, fourth on uneven bars and fifth on balance beam … daughter of Sue and John Drauss.
Levine on Drauss: “Emily has very long beautiful lines that judges will love. Her two best events are uneven bars and balance beam. We expect her to pay immediate dividends on those two events while also pushing to make the lineup on the other two.”
Frederick, Md./Tuscarora High School
Notes: Competed for EGS Gymnastics … placed 25th all-around and ninth on floor exercise at the 2016 Junior Olympic Nationals … qualified five times (2012-16) at Level 10 Regionals with a second-place finish on balance beam in 2016, adding fourth on floor exercise and seventh all-around … earned fourth on uneven bars in 2015 and fourth on balance beam in 2012 … took first all-around and on floor exercise in fifth appearance at 2016 Level 10 Maryland state competition, while being second on balance beam and third on both uneven bars and vault … finished first on uneven bars, second on floor exercise and third all-around in same meet in 2015 … earned first at state meet all-around and on balance beam in 2012 … notched first on uneven bars and floor exercise, second on balance beam and third all-around at the 2010 Level 8 Maryland championships … daughter of Irving Huang and Sunny Chou.
Levine on Huang: “Belle is a very powerful gymnast with a lot of skills to choose from to be able to put together high-scoring NCAA routines.”
Olney, Md./Sherwood High School
Notes: Competed for Hills Gymnastics … a 2016 Nationals qualifier … placed fourth on uneven bars at 2015 Nationals … took first on both vault and uneven bars at the 2015 Regionals, while finishing second on floor exercise … qualified for 2014 NIT meet … earned second on uneven bars and third all-around at the 2013 Eastern Championships … daughter of Dominique D'Anna and Dylan LeBlanc.
Levine on Williams: “Toni was the first member of this class to commit. She has a lot of skills in her repertoire and is a very competitive and consistent gymnast.”
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