Women's Gymnastics Signs Three to NLIs
Nov. 8, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's gymnastics co-head coaches Tina Bird and Neil Resnick announced the signing of three incoming gymnasts to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Hope Masiado, Alexis Stokes and Samantha "Sami" Smith will all join the Broncos for the 2018-19 academic year. Boise State is coming off three-straight Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships, 2015-17, and looking for an unprecedented fourth in 2018.

"We are so proud to announce the addition of these three outstanding young ladies to our program," co-head coach Tina Bird said. "They embody everything we look for in a recruit with their passion for gymnastics, academic excellence and high moral character."

Hope Masiado - Bethlehem, Pa. - Girls Co-Op

Hope Masiado hails from Bethlehem, Pa. and was coached by Sandy Greiner of Girls Co-Op. She is a four-time USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics National qualifier. In 2017, Masiado placed third on bars at JO Nationals (9.625), took fifth place in the all-around at the Region 7 meet and finished fifth in the all-around at the Pennsylvania State Meet. In 2016, she was the Region 7 Regional Bars Champion (9.65). Outside of the gym, Masiado is a member of the Spanish Honors Society.

"Hope is an incredibly competitive gymnast that we are excited to bring into the Bronco Family," co-head coach Neil Resnick said.

 

Alexis Stokes - McKinney, Texas - WOGA

Alexis Stokes is set to join the Broncos from WOGA, where she was coached by Megan Haught, Egor Grebenkov and Nataliya Marakova. A native of McKinney, Texas, she took third at the 2017 Regionals in the all-around, fifth at the 2017 Junior Olympics Nationals in bars and was the 2017 Texas State All-Around Champion. In 2016, Stokes finished seventh at the JO Nationals all-around, was the 2016 Texas State Bar Champion and finished second at the 2016 Region 3 Regionals in the all-around. Outside of the gym, Stokes is an outstanding student, boasting a 4.0 GPA as she was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and was named to the Distinguished Academic Honor Roll.

On Stokes, co-head coach Resnick said, "Alexis is an elegant all around gymnast with an incredible work ethic and we are excited to have her join us."

 

Sami Smith - Auburn, Wash. - Auburn Gymnastics

Sami Smith, a native of Auburn, Wash., comes to Boise State from Auburn Gymnastics, where she was coached by Brent Phelps, Lauren Phelps, Jill McGee & Chris Pitre. She finished fourth on the floor and seventh on the vault at the 2017 Junior Olympics Nationals in 2017, while also taking first in the all-around and vault, while finishing second on the floor at the 2017 Region 2 Regionals. At the 2017 Washington State Meet, Smith was first in the all-around, vault and floor. Overall she turned out an impressive first place finish in the all-around in four-of-six regular season meets and was first in the floor in five-of-six regular season meets. In 2016, Smith finished seventh at the Junior Olympics Nationals on vault and was the 2016 Region Champion in the all-around, beam and floor. At the 2016 Washington State Meet, she took first in the beam. For the past four years in a row, Smith has earned the Certificate for the Hardest Worker on her team.

Outside of the gym she boasts a 4.0 GPA and has been a member of the National Honors Society from 10th-12th grades.

"Sami is a dynamic gymnast that is short in stature but huge in talent," explained co-head coach Resnick. "We can't wait to have her in the Blue and Orange.


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