Five Level 10 gymnasts have signed national letters of intent to compete for Iowa State in 2006-07, Iowa State head coach K.J. Kindler announced today. Two of the signees come to ISU from Canada and will join current Cyclone freshman and Canadian Ashley Kent on the 2006-07 squad.
"Due to the loss of our 2006 seniors which includes some of the most decorated student-athletes in Iowa State gymnastics history, it was not only important to recruit a talented class, but a class with heart and drive," Kindler said. "Megan Nikki, Jodi, Katie and Melanie all have tremendous gymnastics potential as all-around contributors."
Megan Barnes hails from Salt Lake City, where she competes for Olympus School of Gymnastics. She is an undefeated Level 10 Utah state champion and a two-time Junior Olympic national floor medalist. An academic high honors student at the Waterford School, Barnes boasts a top score of 9.825 on the vault.
Nicolette Dilbert, a Champlin., Minn. native, is a three-time regional All-American champion. She placed seventh on both bars and the floor exercise at the 2005 Nationals. Dilbert competes for TAGS South and has served as a judge for the Minnesota Special Olympics.
Jody McKellar, a 2004 National Open champion, comes to Iowa State from Calgary, Alberta. She competes at Calgary Gymnastics Centre.
Katie Sweetin, a native of Overland Park, Kan., Sweetin competes for Eagles Gymnastics and Dance Centre. She won the 2005 national balance beam championship and owns Western Nationals beam and vault titles.
Melanie Tham is from Mississauga, Ontario, where she competes for Gymnastics Mississauga. She won the 2005 Canadian Open national championship and was a 2003-04 Senior Canadian National Team member. Tham is an honor student at Lorne Park Secondary.
"This class has shown that it believes in the ISU program and the goals we plan to pursue as a team," Kindler said. "We are proud to have them join the Cyclone family."