June 6, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's gymnastics team continued to strengthen its 2013-14 recruiting class as six student-athletes will join the program, announced Thursday by head coach Thom Glielmi.
Along with U.S. Senior National Team member Akash Modi, who signed his National Letter of Intent in November 2012, the Cardinal will welcome Jordan DeClerk, Andrew McCabe, Taylor Seaton, Drew Willoughby, Cameron Backes, and Andrew Misiolek.
"Each one brings a different strength in the different events in which they excel," said Glielmi. "Every one of these guys can make a lineup, so it's going to be a fun year."
Glielmi expects the talented group of freshmen to immediately challenge for lineup spots in each event. Numerous lineup positions will be available as the Cardinal graduate six seniors in 2013 who were regulars in at least one event.
DeClerk a native of Bloomingdale, Ill., finished fifth on rings, sixth on parallel bars and 18th in the all-around in the Junior Elite Division at the Junior Olympics. He qualified for the USA Championships which will take place Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn., and will pursue a spot on the U.S. National Team. Glielmi expects DeClerk to challenge for lineup spots in each event.
McCabe joins the Cardinal after finishing ninth on rings and 15th in the all-around at the Junior Olympics, qualifying to the USA Championships. The Oak Park, Ill., native trained and competed with DeClerk at Aerial Gymnastics. McCabe will challenge for spots in the vault and rings lineups.
Seaton will provide depth on vault and floor. Training at the World Olympics Gymnastics Academy in his hometown of Plano, Texas, Seaton placed second on vault, third on floor and 19th in the all-around in the Junior Elite Division at the Junior Olympics. He will compete at the USA Championships in August.
Willoughby will stay close to home as the Burlingame, Calif., native who trains with the Stanford Boy's Gymnastics Club will challenge for spots in the parallel bars and pommel horse lineups. Willoughby finished second on pommel horse in the Junior Elite Division at the Junior Olympics and qualified to the USA Championships.
Contributing on pommel horse will be Misiolek of Lambertville, Mich. Misiolek trained with Club Sunrise Gymnastics in Toledo, Ohio, and finished third on pommel horse at the Junior Olympics.
Backes, a Branford, Conn., native, will challenge for lineup spots on parallel bars and rings. He competed for Inflight Gymnastics in North Haven, Conn.
Stanford made its 15th consecutive NCAA Championships appearance in 2013 and finished third - its seventh top-three finish in the past eight years.