The 2016 Junior Olympic National Balance Beam Champion, Alonza Klopfer is coached by Tony Gehman and Ann Meade at North Stars Gymnastics Academy. She took silver on the balance beam at the 2013 National Elite Qualifier Parkettes and was top five on the vault at the 2013 American Classic. She was second on the balance beam at both the 2012 WOGA Elite Qualifier and the 2011 National Qualifier.
“The University of Alabama has everything I was looking for,” Klopfer said. “I'm going to be able to experience a great education, as well as being a part of one of the best SEC schools in the United States. I'm am so excited to be a part of this legacy, and I know that my future is going to be bright.”
The Boonton, N.J., native won the vault and balance beam as well as taking the bronze in the all-around and floor exercise at the 2011 USA Gymnastics Open Championships. A senior in the North Stars Homeschooling Program, she is the daughter of Fred and Marina Klopfer.
The 2016 Junior Olympic National Vault Champion, Lexi Graber is coached by Dave Zwiefelhofer at Coast Elite Gymnastics Academy. She was the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships runner-up in the all-around in both 2012 and 2014. She also posted top-10 finishes in the uneven bars, balance beam, vault and floor exercise between the 2012 and 2014 Level 10 National Championships.
“The atmosphere and the great attitude expressed by everyone is absolutely amazing,” Graber said. “No matter where you go, if you are on Alabama campus, you don't want to be anything other than excited and joyful. The coaches and my future teammates all express such excitement for the future and all the things we are going to accomplish. The fact that I get to attend such an outstanding school that strives for academic excellence while also striving in the sport I love makes me so eager to see what the future brings. I have never doubted my choice of attending Alabama ever since my freshman year of high school and I am positive that the next four years of my life will be the ones I will remember and cherish forever.”
The Cape Coral, Fla., native took fourth in the all-around at the 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup. A senior at North Fort Myers High School where she earned the Al Oerter Award for excellence in academics, she is the daughter of Randy and Jodi Graber.
MORESCO SIGNS WITH UA WOMEN'S GOLF PROGRAM:
The Alabama women's golf program also picked up a talented addition Wednesday.
The Crimson Tide opened the early signing period by inking Angelica Moresco of Caldogno, Italy, to a national letter of intent, head coach Mic Potter announced.
“I am pleased and excited that Angelica Moresco has made the decision to attend the University of Alabama and become part of our Women’s Golf program. Angelica is a member of the Italian Junior National Team that won the European Junior Team Championship this summer, after finishing runner-up in 2015. I was impressed with Angelica’s technical skills when I first saw her compete. What impressed me most though was her maturity, calm demeanor and leadership ability. I look forward to Angelica bringing those skills to our team in 2017!”
The top-ranked junior golfer in Italy and 11th-ranked junior golfer in Europe, Moresco is coming off of a very successful summer. She won the Italian U18 championship in 2016 playing out of Padova Golf Club and was a member of the Italian junior team that won the European Girls Team Championship in Oslo, Norway. Moresco also finished fifth at the 2016 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Fukada, Japan, firing a four-under par 284 to help lead the Italians to a fifth-place finish in the team competition.
She also recorded a fourth-place finish at the French Juniors and an eighth-place finish at the German Girls Championship. Competing at the senior amateur level, she finished 12th at the Italian Women’s Amateur and 10th at the Portuguese Women’s Amateur this season.
Moresceo is the daughter of Michele Moresco and Alessandra Zanella of Caldogno, Italy.
Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications