UGA signing roundup: Basketball, gymnastics, softball and swimming recruits ink with Bulldogs

The Georgia women’s basketball team picked up a forward on the second day of the November signing period, Lady Bulldogs coach Andy Landers announced late Thursday.

Halle Washington, a 6-foot-3 forward from Bossier City, La., signed with the Lady Bulldogs, joining forward Samantha Glodis and guard Sydnei McCaskill.

Washington is the No. 30 overall prospect and the No. 10 forward as ranked by ESPN’s HoopGurlz. She averaged 14.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.2 steals a game as a junior at Parkway High School last year.

“Halle is obviously very well thought of on the national level and rightfully so,” Landers said in a news release. “She is a tremendous competitor. … a warrior. She has a complete skill set, is eager to develop and fits very well into our style of play.”

Georgia announced several signings from other sports on Thursday and Friday.

First-year Gym Dogs coach Danna Durante announced four signings — Ashlyn Broussard of Plano, Texas; Kiera Brown of Newport News, Va.; Rachel Schick of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.l and Morgan Reynolds of Athens.

Broussard trains at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA), which produced 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin along with current Gym Dogs Christa Tanella and Kati Breazeal. Broussard, Brown and Schick are past U.S. Junior Olympic national team members.

“Overall, I believe this 2013 class brings a strong mx of power and grace,” Durante said in a news release,” These newest Gym Dogs come from all across the country and they will contribute to our program and compete immediately. They have tremendous potential for improvement throughout their four years in our program.”

Georgia softball coach Lu Harris-Champer has announced two signings. Malia Rivers is from Brentwood, Calif., and has played about every position on the field, including catcher. Last season she batted .667 and had 40 stolen bases. Georgia also signed Maeve McGuire from Downers Grove, Ill. She batted .528 with 16 home runs and 24 doubles last year at Benet Academy.

Georgia swimming coach Jack Bauerle announced three signings late Thursday. Olivia Smoliga of Glenview, Ill., Pace Clark of Memphis, Tenn., and Hoschton’s Chris Powell.

Smoliga ranked third in the 50-meter freestyle and ninth in the 100-meter backstroke in the world in her age group last year. Clark is ranked No. 7 nationally in the 100-meter butterfly and 15th in the 200-meter butterfly.

Powell is a two-time high school All-American who is a veteran of the Athens Bulldog Swim Club.

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