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Canadians among 6 to sign with BYU

PROVO — Twin sisters Genevieve and Marie-Helene Claveau from Montreal, Canada, along with Salt Lake City native Dayna Smart, highlight BYU's 2003 recruiting gymnastics class. Six athletes have signed NCAA letters-of-intent for BYU coach Brad Cattermole. He calls this one of his best recruiting classes.

"The outlook for our team is unbelievable for 2003," he said. "We have worked very hard for the last couple of years visiting gymnastics clubs and attending every national meet that there is, and it is finally paying off. We are thrilled!"

The Claveau sisters placed highly in all four events at the Canadian Nationals last May and were highly recruited. Marie-Helene Claveau has qualified for the Canadian Games being held now through March 8. She was voted team captain and attended a national training camp in France in January.

"We have watched Genevieve and Marie-Helene over the years at the Canadian Nationals, and we have been very impressed with their poise, experience and skill level," Cattermole said. "They are both very strong all-arounders that will definitely add to our team's success."

Smart's Junior Olympic national team placed first in 2002, and she was a level 10 state champion in 1999 and 2002.

Candace Bauer of Phoenix, Ariz., and the Desert Devils has also signed with BYU. She comes from the same club team that produced BYU All-Americans Juliet Bangerter and Elisabeth Crandall. Her Junior Olympic team also placed first this year in Washington, D.C., in May. Her father, Kevin, competed for BYU on the wrestling team.

Other top gymnasts joining this recruiting class include Sierra Jacobs, from Kanehoe, Hawaii, and Kacie Capra, from Houston, Texas. Jacobs competes with the Hawaiian Island Twisters. She was a Level 10 gymnast for five years, made the All-American team in 2001, was a Junior Olympian for four years and was on the International Team USA Region II in 2002.

Capra is an L-10 who placed 14th in the 2002 Junior Olympic Nationals and second all-around in the 2002 Texas state meet. Her sister, Aerial, is a BYU softball pitcher.