SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State gymnastics head coach Randy Solorio announced today the singing of Karissa Hoffman, Amber Koeth and Destiny Watley to National Letters of Intent. All three gymnasts will enroll at the University in the fall of 2018 as freshmen.
Hoffman competes for Desert Lights Gymnastics in Chandler, Ariz. She has qualified for the Region 1 Championships seven times. Last year she had a top 10 showing on bars at the meet and was 11th in the all-around. Hoffman also shined at the Arizona State Championships in 2017, placing fourth on bars and and beam and finishing seventh in the all-around. Hoffman becomes the third Desert Lights product to sign with Sacramento State in the last three years joining incoming sophomore Tara Catour and true freshman Savannah Dunbar.
Koeth trains at GymCats in Henderson, Nev. She capped last season by qualifying for the Junior Olympics Championships where she finished tied for 15th on beam and tied for 18th on floor. In 2016, Koeth set her personal best by scoring 38.150 in the all-around to place fourth at the Region 1 Championships. In that meet she was fourth on bars and tied for fourth on floor. Overall, she has qualified for the Junior Olympics three times and advanced to the Region 1 Championships the last seven years.
Watley comes to Sacramento State from Central California Gymnastics Institute. She joined Hoffman and Koeth at the Region 1 Championships the last five years. In 2017, she was 15th in the all-around and finished 12th in beam and floor.
"We are excited to have this group become the newest members of our program. All three will come in as all-arounders and should make an impact in their first year," Solorio said. "There is not an event which I would describe as the strongest for any of them, which is good because they are all solid in the all-around."
Sacramento State will hold its annual Flipfest intrasquad meet on Dec. 8 at The Nest. The team's regular season begins with the NorCal Classic at Stanford on Monday, Jan. 8. The 2018 schedule features four home meets which include Washington, Minnesota, Cal, Arizona State and Oregon State of the Pac-12 as well as MPF rivals UC Davis and San Jose State.