Lincoln – Nebraska women’s gymnastics head coach Dan Kendig has announced the 2016 signing class featuring three incoming Cornhusker student-athletes.
Sierra Hassel (Johnston, Iowa), Taylor Houchin (Republic, Mo.) and Alexa Clark (Golden, Colo.) will join NU for the 2016-17 season, giving the Huskers increased depth and even more talent to use in their lineups. Kendig likes the potential of the 2016 signing class which will hopefully help the Huskers see great success in the years to come.
“We’re excited about this class,” Kendig said. “All three are very talented, and they’re excited about Nebraska gymnastics. I think when you get people excited about things they do a good job. I feel like collectively, they’re going to be a good group and individually, they’re going to be a good group.”
Sierra Hassel is a Level 10 gymnast from Johnston, Iowa. The daughter of Vince and Raquel Hassel, Sierra trains at Triad Gymnastics for coaches Donna and Tom Moretti and was a club teammate of current Husker Danielle Breen. Sierra has a twin sister, Sage, and two younger sisters, Logan and Mesa. A 2014 Junior Olympic National Qualifer, Sierra finished second on the podium in the uneven bars at Level 10 Regionals in 2014, while finishing seventh in the all-around.
“Sierra’s a very talented young lady,” Kendig said. “I think by the time she gets here she’s going to be able to do some great things. I feel that it’s going to be a great situation to have her a part of our program. We’re excited, and we wish she was coming tomorrow.”
Taylor Houchin is a five-time state all-around champion who hails from Republic, Mo. The daughter of Jenny and David Doke and Marty and Tracey Houchin, Taylor trains at Gold Medal Gyms for coaches Cash and Sara McGowan. She has one brother, Zack. Taylor also is a three-time regional all-around champion and a four-time national qualifier.
“Taylor’s very talented on all the events,” Kendig said. “She’s going to be able to come in and really help our team out next year. She’s only going to keep getting better, and she has great drive and determination to do great things.”
Alexa Clark will join the Husker program as a four-time Level 10 regional qualifier from Golden, Colo. The daughter of Dan and Cheryl Montana Clark, Alexa trains at Colorado Gymnastics Institute in Aurora, Colo., for coaches Vinicio Leira, Lindy Franzini and Sonia Leira. Clark placed second on the vault and third in the all-around at the 2015 Colorado State Championships. A talented beam performer, she won the top spot on the podiums at the Airborne Classic and Go For It Las Vegas on balance beam. She also finished second on beam at the Pikes Peak Cup. She finished in second-place in the all-around at the Winterfest Classic as well.
“I think Alexa’s going to be able to come in and provide some great routines for us as a freshman,” Kendig said. “Her and her family are all excited about being a part of our program, too. We’re really happy to have her.”