Texas Dreams gymnasts Kiya Johnson, Tori Loomis, Natalie Morton, Aspen Terrell, and Chloe Widner signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
COPPELL, TEXAS — Student-athletes in their senior year of high school participated in Signing Day across the country this week, including five Texas Dreams gymnasts who signed their National Letters of Intent to express their commitment to some of the best NCAA gymnastics programs in the country beginning in the 2019-20 season.
Kiya Johnson of Coppell, Tori Loomis of Corinth, Natalie Morton of Dallas, and Chloe Widner of Frisco have all accepted athletic scholarships to compete in women’s artistic gymnastics, while Aspen Terrell of Flower Mound, will continue her career at the collegiate level in the acrobatics and tumbling discipline.
Johnson, 16, has committed to Louisiana State University, a consistent top-five program that finished fourth at NCAA Championships in April. Johnson has been a standout in USA Gymnastics’ Junior Olympic program since she reached the highest level in 2014, and this past season, she won a total of 20 titles, including the and all-around title at J.O. National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio. As one of the top recruits in the country, Johnson is expected to be an immediate contributor to the storied LSU team, and will round out an already solid roster with her clean, confident gymnastics.
Loomis, 17, has committed to Utah State University. The program ranked 37thin the 2018 season, and has a history of qualifying gymnasts to regional championships. As a level 10 gymnast since 2015, Loomis has qualified to J.O. nationals three times, finishing 16thon bars and beam this year, and she was the 2015 Texas state beam champion, an event where she’ll be counted on to add big scores and consistency in college.
Morton, 18, has committed to the University of Denver, one of the fastest-rising programs in the nation that finished the 2018 season ranked 15thin the country. Morton, originally from Georgia, has competed level 10 gymnastics since 2014, and she qualified to national championships in 2016 and 2017, finishing fourth on floor and sixth in the all-around in 2016 after also winning state and regional titles that season.
Widner, 17, has committed to Stanford University, one of the top academic programs in the country in addition to also being well-known for gymnastics. A level 10 gymnast since 2015, Widner has qualified to J.O. nationals every year of her career, and is the 2017 national champion on floor, also finishing second on vault and in the all-around last year while finishing third on vault in 2018. This season, she won a total of 21 titles, including the state and regional all-around titles, and she also picked up the floor title at the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup in Chicago.
Terrell, 18, spent her club career as an artistic gymnast, but at the collegiate level, she’ll shift her talents to tumbling at Belmont Abbey College. The acrobatics and tumbling program at Belmont Abbey is currently in its inaugural season, and Terrell – a two-time level 10 regionals qualifier who finished 14thon floor this year – will be instrumental in helping build the program when she joins next season.
These five gymnasts will join thirty of Texas Dreams alumni who have competed in NCAA gymnastics, including several who are part of top teams across the country this season.
About Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Texas Dreams Gymnastics has a long history of training the nation’s most talented gymnasts. Owners Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette and their staff operate from an enormous 36,000 square-foot arena. Zmeskal-Burdette is the USA’s first world champion gymnast and is also an Olympic medalist and International Hall of Fame member.
Texas Dreams is renowned for innovative and inspired coaching and training in all gymnastics trends and techniques. The gym has a record of developing talented athletes at every age level and has a history of placing elite gymnasts on the U.S. national team every year. For more information about Texas Dreams, please visitwww.texasdreams.comor call 972.471.2345.