Gymdogs Sign Three Recruits
Nov. 9, 2016

ATHENS --- Georgia gymnastics head coach Danna Durante announced the 2016-17 Gymdog signees, who made their commitments to Georgia official on Wednesday.

The class consists of three gymnasts: Ashley Foss, Marissa Oakley and Emily Schild. It is a class that is loaded with talent and competitiveness and will continue Georgia's strong gymnastics tradition.

"The 2017 class is a very complete and well-rounded class," said Durante. "They have a high skill level on all four events. Their work ethic is through the roof and their competitive nature as a group really stands out. We're thrilled to have them join our Gymdog family and watching them continue their athletic careers here. Additionally, we're excited to be a part of their journey of personal growth as we prepare them for the next chapter of their life."

Hometown: Towaco, N.J.
Club: North Star Gymnastics

Trains at North Star Gymnastics, where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger. She was the 2016 Junior Olympic Level 10 national beam champion. Foss has extensive experience at elite competitions, having competed in the 2012 and 2013 Secret U.S. Classics, the 2012 Visa Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 American Classics, where she finished sixth and fifth in all-around, respectively.

What She Brings: "What sets Ashley apart is that unique style that she brings in the way she performs. She will absolutely captivate our home crowd in Stegeman Coliseum."

Why Georgia: "I chose Georgia because it has everything that every kid could ever dream of having in a college - great academics, a great athletic program, a beautiful campus, amazing coaches, loving, supportive teammates, too many things to list! I knew from the moment I stepped on campus that Georgia was the school for me. I got a certain feeling when I was there that no other school gave me. It just felt right, like putting the last piece of a puzzle into place."

Hometown: Huntersville, N.C.
Club: Everest Gymnastics

Trains at Everest Gymnastics, where she is coached by Qi Han and Yiwen Chen. Oakley has appeared at major elite championships including the 2014 P&G championships, 2014 Secret U.S. Classic and 2014 American Classic, where she finished second on beam, sixth on floor and eighth in the all-around. Oakley also was a 2014 National Elite qualifier, where she took the championship on bars and finished third in the all-around. A Junior Olympic Level 10 National Qualifier from 2011-2014, Oakley was the 2013 Level 10 Region 5 all-around and bar champion.

What She Brings: "She just won't quit. She has an unbelievable work ethic. Marissa is the type of person that gives her all every day in every area of her life."

Why Georgia: "As soon as I stepped on campus, I developed an immediate sense of a supportive, welcoming and family-oriented environment. Home is not where you live but where they understand you!"

Hometown: Huntersville, N.C.
Club: Everest Gymnastics

Trains at Everest Gymnastics, where she is coached by Qi Han and Yiwen Chen. Schild has represented the U.S. in international competitions for the 2015 and 2016 Jesolo Trophy and at the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada. Schild found tremendous success at all events, part of the gold-winning team in all three. Most recently in Jesolo in 2016, Schild finished third on vault, fifth on bars and seventh in the all-around. She also competed at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, where she finished ninth on vault. Schild also competed at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 P&G championships.

What She Brings: "Emily will bring great gymnastics on every single event. She's somebody who absolutely works to get better every single day. I'm excited for her to join us because she is exactly what we're all about."

Why Georgia: "I chose Georgia because they have a rich tradition of earning national championships. No one supports their gymnastics program better than the coaches, trainers, academic advisors, students, alumni and the town of Athens! It's an honor to be a Georgia Gymdog!"



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