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Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (left), Rachel Spicer and Bridgette Caquatto signed national letters of intent with Florida.

Monday November 14, 2011Standout Class to Join Gator Gymnastics Team

Gainesville, Fla.

Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto (left), Rachel Spicer and Bridgette Caquatto signed national letters of intent with Florida.

Action photos of Bridgette Caquatto and Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto by Grace Chiu

 

A trio of talented gymnasts signed national letters of intent with the University of Florida this November. Gator Head Coach Rhonda Faehn announced this exceptional class Monday.

 

Bridgette Caquatto, younger sister of Gator sophomore Mackenzie Caquatto, picked up three gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, as she won the all-around and uneven bars plus was part of the U.S.’s winning team. She is a member of the current U.S. Senior National team and will look to contend for a spot on the five-member U.S. roster for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

 

Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto also has been a part of a successful team at the Pan American Games, as she was a member of Canada’s 2010 silver team squad. She also competed at that year’s World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Dancose-Giambattisto took the uneven bars title at the 2011 Canadian Championships, where she also took third in the all-around.

 

Rachel Spicer took the 2010 Junior Olympic Level 10 Junior C all-around title and was part of that year’s J.O. National Team. This year, Spicer took third in 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup all-around competition and won Metroplex Challenge all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise titles.

 

“Overall this class is from top-to-bottom is so strong. This class is really well-balanced, possesses a variety of looks and skills. They are very excited to be joining the Gators,” Faehn said. “In addition to these three, Bridget Sloan (2008 Olympian and member of U.S.’s 2009 and 2010 World Championship rosters, winning the 2009 World all-around gold) will be joining this class in the fall of 2012. Bridgey, Bridget, Rachel and Bianca will certainly make an immense impact on our program. This is a gifted class that we are proud to have join our team.”

 

 

Meet the New Gators…

 

Bridgette “Bridgey” Caquatto – Naperville, Ill.

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2011-12 and 2010-11 U.S. Senior National Team member and part of 2009-10 U.S. Junior National Team…Senior International Elite competitor…2011 Pan American Games all-around and uneven bar gold medalist…part of U.S. team which also claimed the Pan American team gold…sixth in 2011 Visa Championships all-around and seventh in floor exercise…third in bars, shared fifth on vault and sixth in all-around at 2011 Cover Girl Classic…in 2009 Visa Championships Junior Division, took second in all-around…represented the U.S. in six international meets, including at the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy and took gold on bars, fifth in vault and sixth in all-around…part of the U.S. gold medal 2009 Junior Pan American Championships team – also took silver in vault and fourth in all-around…younger sister of Gator sophomore Mackenzie Caquatto…will be the first pair of sisters to compete for the Gator Gymnastics team since Lynn and Karen McDonnell were part of the 1983 and 1984 teams...trains at the Naperville Gymnastics Club …coached by Jiani Wu and Yuejui Li…attends Naperville Central High School.

 

 

 

Coach Faehn says…

 

"Bridgey is coming off a tremendous win this fall.  We're so proud of her and thrilled that she just won the Pan American Games all-around gold medal, as well as the team gold.  Her work ethic is outstanding and she is full of talent.  She currently has one of the highest start values on bars in the country, but she's also really quick and dynamic.  She's a top all-around performer as well as a bright student who will be a great fit for this team and University.  She's Macko's (Mackenzie Caquatto) younger sister so I know that this is going to be a wonderful team dynamic.  They're very close and we're really excited for her to be here.”

 

 

 

Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto - Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada

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2011-12 and 2010-11 Canadian National Team member…Senior International Elite competitor…part of Canada’s 2010 World Championships team in Rotterdam, Netherlands…member of silver medal team in 2010 Senior Pan American Games competition in Guadalajara, Mexico…first on uneven bars and third in all-around in 2011 Canadian Championships…bars and beam champion plus second in all-around in 2011 Puerto Rico Cup…fifth on bars in 2011 World Cup Croatia…2011 International Gymnix Challenge bars silver medalist…in 2010 Canadian Championships, took third on both bars and balance beam – also fifth in all-around…third in bars, fourth on beam at 2010 World Cup Doha…trains at Gym-Richelieu under guidance of Michel Charron and Galina Larchina.

 

 

 

Coach Faehn says…

 

“Bianca is a beautiful artistic gymnast with grace and style.  Her quality of execution will stand out on the competition floor.  What impressed me the most about Bianca is her love for gymnastics and her desire to compete. In addition to that, her "team first" attitude is remarkable. I feel Bianca will excel beautifully in college gymnastics. We are pleased to have another international student-athlete join our team.”

 

 

 

Rachel Spicer – Allen, Texas

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All-around champion in 2010 Junior Olympic Level 10 Championships – Junior C Division…also third on balance beam and floor exercise at same meet…third in 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup all-around…swept event titles in 2011 Texas State Level 10 Championships…all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise champion at 2011 Metroplex Challenge…all-around, bars, beam and floor champion at 2010 Nadia Comaneci Invitational – also second on vault…2010 Texas State Level 10 all-around champion…member of Metroplex Gymnastics club team…coached by Marnie Futch & Gina Logan…attends Marcus High School

 

Coach Faehn says…

“Rachel is a former JO National all-around champion who is tremendous on all four events. She is extremely consistent, and that is what really attracted us to her – her level of consistency with the level of difficulty that she’s throwing. I don’t see a weakness and her execution is nice and clean. Rachel is going to be an instant contributor on all four events. She is very powerful, but has a great balance. She’s definitely going to be a crowd favorite as she loves to perform and I think it really comes through in her competitions. She’s also a strong student and wanted to be a Florida Gator right from the start. We are thrilled that she chose the University of Florida.”

 

 

 

 

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