Recruiting Breakdown: Burch, Soloski Join Utes For 2018

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The 2018 NCAA gymnastics season is still months away, but it's never too early to get to know the incoming freshman class for each team. Here's a breakdown of the new additions Utah has made for next year.

Utah returned to the Super Six in 2017 and finished fifth. The Utes battled injuries throughout the early part of the season, which definitely put them in some tight spots with their depth. Sabrina Schwab (ACL) and Kim Tessen (Achilles tendon) should be back for the 2018 season. If Utah can stay healthy, look for them to make an impact once again in 2018.

Outgoing: Baely Rowe
The Utes only lose one senior in Baely Rowe, who competed in the all-around for much of 2017. She finished the season tied for fifth in the event. Rowe was solid and consistent throughout the season and was a veteran leader for the Utes. She competed in some critical spots for Utah: the lead-off spot on vault and the anchor on both uneven bars and balance beam. The coaching staff will be tasked with finding a solid and consistent athlete to fill those roles.

Incoming: Sydney Soloski, Alexia Burch

Sydney Soloski

Calgary, Alberta
Trains at Calgary Gymnastics Centre
Coached by Janna Ball and David Kenwright

Soloski is a second-year senior in Canada and has been a member of the Canadian national team since 2014. She was the floor champion at the Gymnix meet in 2015, where she also finished third in the all-around. She was second on balance beam at the 2015 Provincial Championships and second on floor exercise at both Elite Canada in 2015 and at the World Challenge Cup in 2016. Soloski was the all-around champion at the Provincial championships in 2013 and 2014. She was the national champion on balance beam in 2013 as a junior. She missed part of 2015 -- including both the Pan-American Games and the world championships -- because of a broken foot.

Video courtesy of Sydney Soloski.

Impact event: Balance beam

Alexia Burch

Sparks, Nevada
Trains at Flips USA Gymnastics
Coached by Suzi Otuafi and Amanda Otuafi

Burch has competed at four straight J.O. national championships from 2014-17. Her best finish came in 2015; she was the J.O. national all-around champion. She also earned the title on floor exercise and placed fourth on balance beam. During the 2017 season, Burch finished second in the all-around at the Nevada state championships, fourth in the Region 1 championships, and tied for 10th at J.O. Nationals. She was the state champion on vault and the runner-up on floor exercise at both state and regional championships. As a Level 10, Burch was a two-time state champion on balance beam (2015 and 2016) and a regional champion on both vault and balance beam (2016).

​Video courtesy of USA Gymnastics.

Impact events: Vault, balance beam, and floor exercise

Get To Know The Pitt Gymnastics Coaching Staff

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Frazier, Olsen, Johnson-Scharpf Among Star Gymnasts To Sign NLIs

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A number of outstanding gymnasts signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period. Here are some of the top signings for 2018-2019 so far.

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Social Shares From NLI Signees


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