CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina signed Alexis Allen, Raine Gordon, Khazia Hislop and Mikayla Robinson to national letters of intent and they will join the program for the 2016-17 academic year.
Gordon, a native of La Canada, Calif., is an exceptional student who is on track to graduate among the top students in her class in June. She trains under the guidance of Chris Waller at Waller’s Gym Jam Academy in Santa Clarita, Calif. Gordon trains as an all-around competitor and is particularly impressive on both the uneven parallel bars and the balance beam. Gordon was the 2014 Junior Olympic Nationals NIT Uneven Bars Champion. During the 2015 competition season she claimed a championship on balance beam at the Heart of a Champion Meet and a second place finish on the uneven bars at the USA Gymnastics Region 1 Championships.
“Raine displays a very pleasing artistic quality in her gymnastics," said head coach Derek Galvin. "She has grown up in an artistic environment , and it is readily seen in the way she expresses herself through her gymnastics. Her delightful personality makes her a joy to be around. She will no doubt be a very successful college student-athlete.”
Hislop, a native of Concord, Mass., is a determined student, as well as an impressively powerful gymnast and attends Carlisle High School. She receives her gymnastics training at Brestyan’s Gymnastics under the direction of Mihai Brestyan. In 2014 she was the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Region 6 Level 10 Champion on vault, floor exercise, and in the all-around. She also placed second on vault at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in 2014.
“Khazia is a solid all-around competitor with an exceptional strength on vault and floor exercise," says Galvin. "She is destined to be an outstanding college competitor particularly on those two events.”
Khazia has lived in several other countries while growing up. Her father’s career as a professional soccer player allowed her family to experience varied cultures.
"Those experiences, and the perspectives they provide, are reflected in the enthusiasm that Khazia shares with the people around her," says Galvin. "She is going to be a great addition to the team."
Robinson attends Chantilly High School and is a solid student as well as a talented athlete. She receives her gymnastics training at Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Md. Several former Hill’s Gymnasts, including former Tar Heel gymnasts Teri Diamond and Zoya Johnson have enjoyed very successful collegiate careers following the training and preparation they received under the direction of Kelli Hill.
“Mikayla’s strongest events are vault and floor exercise," says Galvin. "As a former WOGA Classic Champion on vault and floor exercise, as well as a USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Region 7 vault second place finisher, she will provide additional power for the Tar Heel vault and floor exercise squads. Mikalya is eager to begin her collegiate career as a Tar Heel, and our team is equally eager for her to join them.
Allen is an outstanding student at Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, Nev. She trains under the direction of Lena Dmitrieva at Gymnastics Nevada. A former USA Gymnastics Western Nationals vaulting champion, Allen is particularly impressive on both vault and floor exercise.
"Alexis' powerful tumbling drew associate head coach Amy Smith’s attention earlier this year during a recruiting trip to Nevada," says Galvin. "Alexis’ enthusiasm and personality fit in well with the 2016 recruiting class, and her significant skill development over the past year bodes well for her in the upcoming season in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program. Alexis is from an athletic family and she is eager to build her experience as a collegiate student-athlete. Our coaching staff is very pleased to add Alexis to the strong group of student-athletes who have chosen to join our campus community."
“Coach Amy Smith and I are very pleased that Alexis, Raine, Khazia and Mikayla are eager to become Tar Heels”, says Galvin. “Each of these student-athletes, and their families, want to play significant roles in of the future of Carolina Gymnastics. They are eager to join our current team members and their families in the process of turning the vision we have for the future of our gymnastics program into a reality. I believe Carolina is a great fit for them, and they are a great fit for Carolina!”