Utah gymnastics signs trio of 5-star recruits

Utah gymnastics signs trio of 5-star recruits

The Red Rocks added three gymnasts, including Orem’s Camie Winger, on National Signing Day.

(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics) Tom Farden exhorts his Utah gymnasts during a recent home meet at the Huntsman Center. Farden, who shared Utah gymnastics coaching duties with Megan Marsden, is the Utes’ new head coach following Marsden’s retirement last month.

The Utah gymnastics team added three five-star recruits during Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

The Red Rocks signed Elizabeth Gantner (Indianapolis), Camie Winger (Orem) and Ella Zirbes (Stillwater, Minn.) as coach Tom Farden continues to add talent to an already talent-laden roster.

“They all come from wonderful families and nationally recognized clubs. Each of these future Red Rocks has shown that they thrive under pressure, and we believe they have what it takes to keep our program among the elite in NCCA gymnastics,” Farden said in a statement.

Gantner, who trains with 1996 Olympic gold medalist Jaycie Phelps, was a national champion on bars and beam in 2021 and the national runner-up in the all-around.

“We believe she will shine on the Huntsman floor as a multiple lineup contributor. She shines on the intricate events and has also competed two different 10.0 start-value vaults which is incredible,” Farden said.

Winger has finished in the top-five in the all-around over the past three years at the national championships and has been a nine-time Utah state medalist in three competitions.

“Camie has been very consistent on the biggest stages and we believe that will translate well in her future as a Red Rock. We see her fighting for several lineup positions as a freshman,” Farden said. “Our fans will love this local athlete and her well-executed skillset. She has power, grace, and artistry that we are beyond excited to welcome.”

Zirbes was the 2019 Junior Olympic national champion in the all-around and on bars.

“Ella is another former International Elite from Minnesota that has an extremely strong technical foundation in her skills,” Farden said. “She excels on every event, but thousands of Red Rocks fans will especially take note of her impeccable form on bars where she is a national champion. She comes to us with an eye catching 10.0 vault and her clean execution on every event will be an asset for our program.”

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