Lincoln, Neb. – Head Coach Dan Kendig and the Nebraska women’s gymnastics team announced the addition of four notably accomplished recruits for the 2015-16 season. Kami Amemiya-Shows, Sienna Crouse, Catelyn Orel and Megan Schweihofer will join NU next year, rounding out the Huskers’ roster and giving the Big Red increased depth and diverse skill sets to utilize in its lineups.
“I feel like together we have put together a great class,” Kendig said. “I think they are going to be able to come in and make an impact. They will come in and have the skill set and as a group bring some energy and youth to our team that I think will be good for us. Individually I think we have some talented girls and collectively they are even better.”
(Murrieta, Calif., SCEGA in Temecula, Calif.)
Kami Amemiya-Shows is a level 10 gymnast from Southern California Elite Gymnastics Academy (SCEGA) in Calif., and is coached by Kathy Strate, Luis Garcia and Meredith Paulicivic. A former junior elite gymnast and two-time J.O. National qualifier, Amemiya finished 10th in the all-around competition at the 2011 J.O. National Championships. She was the 2012 Regional bars champion and capped 2013 with a fifth-place finish in the all-around (37.175) at the SoCal State Championships.
Cal Classic 2012 Floor
(Fargo, N.D., American Gold Gymnastics in Fargo)
Fargo, N.D., native, Sienna Crouse is a level-10 gymnast that has trained at American Gold Gymnastics under coaches Whitney Beck, Greg Gulbranson and Lindsey Johnson. At the San Diego Classic in 2014, she took home first on bars, second on beam and floor and fourth on vault en-route to the all-around crown with a score of 36.975. Crouse added another Regional bar title in 2014 to boost her to a second-place finish in the all-around. A two-time J.O. National qualifier she shined on bars in 2014 taking home second with a score of 9.675.
Sienna Crouse- FX 2013
(Blue Springs, Mo., GAGE in Blue Springs.)
A level 10 gymnast from Blue Springs, Mo., Catelyn Orel competed at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) with coaches Al and Armine Barutyan-Fong. The 2014 Missouri State all-around runner-up, Orel took the state vault title, while adding a second-place finish on bars, floor and third-place finish on beam.
Catelyn Orel 2012
(China, Mich., Hunts Gymnastics in Harrison, Mich.)
Nebraska’s final recruit Megan Schweihofer is from China, Michigan. She trained at Hunt’s Gymnastics under head coach Shannon Hunt. A three-time J.O. National qualifier, Schweihofer took home a ninth-place finish in the all-around in 2013 (37.70). She is the 2014 Michigan State vault and beam champion. At the Regional level, Schweihofer added another beam title and a third-place finish in the all-around.