Staff Reports

The Ball State University gymnastics program announced Monday that Aftyn Siemer has signed her letter of intent to join the team next season.

Siemer has trained at the Integrity Gymnastics Club in Plain City, Ohio, for two years under 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Natalia Laschenova.

Siemer was a member of the Level 9 national championship team and is a former Level 9 regional and state champion in the all-around.

Kayla Hani and Leah Wilson, both from Florida, will join Siemer in the 2011 freshman class.

The Cardinals finished their 2010 campaign with a 6-10 record and a fifth-place finish in the Mid-American Conference Championships. Two gymnasts who qualified for the NCAA Central Regionals, Brittney Emmons and Tiffany Brodbeck, will return to the team next season.