GYMNASTICS: Coach Jeff Richards has announced that Diana Karavida (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Amelia Montoya (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Amanda Watamaniuk (Dayton, Ohio) have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2010 season.
Karavida is a native of Elk Grove Village, Ill., where she competes for Illinois Gymnastics Institute (IGI) for Todd Gardiner, the same gym as current Aggie redshirt-freshman Erica Huelsmann. Karavida won the Illinois state crown on beam as a junior as well as finishing third on beam at the Level 10 Senior B Regionals with a 9.525. In the all-around at the regionals, Karavida was 13th with a 37.125 total as well as 16th on floor (9.275), 19th on vault (9.300) and 22nd on bars (9.025). In 2007, she was fifth in the all-around and seventh on floor at Level Nine at the national meet. She is the daughter of Michael and Donna Karavida.
Montoya hails from Mission Viejo, Calif., where she competes at South Coach Gymnastics, the same club that produced current USU freshman Rebecca Holliday. Her current coaches are former Chinese Olympian Xiaoping Li and Jia Wen. Montoya was 20th in the all-around at last spring's Region I Level 10 Senior B meet with a 35.300 score. She was also 11th on beam (9.100) as well as tied for 15th on bars (8.825), tied for 19th on vault (8.975) and 23rd on floor (8.400). At the Southern California State Championships, Montoya was ninth in the all-around for Level 10 Senior B with a 35.275, as well as third on floor with a 9.400. She is the daughter of Angel and Laura Montoya.
Watamaniuk is a Dayton, Ohio, native, and competed for Gym-Nation club, where her coaches were Patrick Jordan and Sandi Hinson. At the Level 10 Senior B Regionals last spring, Watamaniuk was 20th in the all-around with a 36.500. She was also 17th on bars (9.125), 19th on both beam (8.925) and floor (9.150) as well as 20th on vault (9.300). She is the daughter of Scott and Lori Watamaniuk.