Lavallee Adds To Strong 2012 NLI Class

April 30, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - Heather Hescher, a senior at Livermore High School and California Gymnastics Academy, submitted her National Letter of Intent to compete for UC Davis, head coach John Lavallee announced during the spring signing period. The commitment adds to what has already been a strong recruiting class for the four-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year.

"Heather is an outstanding performer who has competed at a high level, having qualified to the Junior Olympic national championships," said Lavallee. "She has had a tremendous senior year and we're really pleased to bring her level of performance into the program."

"Couples with the other signees to the program, this is by far the most talented and accomplished class we've had since I've been here."

Hescher completed her third season competing at Level 10, finishing fourth on floor exercise at the Region 1 Championships two weeks ago. She previously shared the bars title and finished second in the all-around at the state meet. In 2011, Hescher placed second on beam, floor and all-around at NorCals, advancing to the J.O. meet that May. She also captured the state all-around title in 2010, her first year at Level 10.

UC Davis signed Taylor Baron (Walnut Creek), Dani Judal (Antelope), Katy Nogaki (Villa Park), Steph Stamates (Alamo) and Jamie Yamashita (San Marcos) during the fall period. In fact, Hescher is a teammate of Stamates at CGA. All six prospects have qualified for either the J.O. Nationals or NIT during their club careers.