UI signs four gymnasts

UI signs four gymnasts

Four recruits, including Wheaton's Laura Ruffalo, signed national letters of intent with Illinois coach Bob Starkell's women's gymnastics program.

Besides Ruffalo, Margaret Dann of St. Petersburg, Fla., Lauren Newcomb of Evansville, Ind., and Ashley Williams of Tuscaloosa, Ala., signed with the UI.

Ruffalo attends Wheaton Warrenville South and performed in 1999 at regionals and was an alternate at nationals.

"We are excited about recruiting Laura because she is an in-state recruit," Starkell said. "She has a strong interest in the university, and she will be a strong asset to the program."