BERKELEY -- Emily Richardson, a standout all-around competitor from the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) in Texas, has been added to the Cal roster for the 2013-14 season. Her five years of Level 10 experience will provide a boost on all four events as the Bears look to build upon last season’s success.
“I am thrilled to have Emily join our 2014 squad,” said California head coach Justin Howell. “She brings all four events to the table and we expect to see an immediate impact on vault and bars.”
Richardson joins the Bears from WOGA, where she was teammates with Cal freshmen Dana Ho and Jessica Howe and trained under Valeri Liukin, the father and coach of 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin. At WOGA, Richardson earned a spot as the first alternate to the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2013 and 2012 with eighth-place all-around finishes at Regionals. She won the vault, floor and all-around titles at the 2013 WOGA Classic, and the uneven bars and all-around at the 2012 WOGA Classic. Richardson was also the all-around and bars champion at the 2012 Texas Prime Meet.
Richardson graduated from Liberty High school in Frisco, Texas, where she a member of the American Sign Language Honors Society.
She started training with the Golden Bears last week to prepare for the upcoming season.
“I think it’s perfect timing to bring some fresh energy into the gym as we head into the season,” Howell said.
Cal begins its 2014 campaign at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5 in Sacramento, Calif. at the NorCal Meet, which features all five Northern California Division I women’s gymnastics programs – Cal, Stanford, Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State. The Bears host Utah in their home opener on Friday, Jan, 17 at 7 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. Click here for ticket information.