CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –
Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics head coach Ashley Lawson
announced Wednesday the team has inked three student-athletes during the early signing period.
Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso, Jordan Jones and Mallory Desch will join the team this upcoming fall for the 2020 season.
"We are very excited about the incoming class that we're bringing in," Lawson said. "They have dynamic gymnastics that match their personalities and we know they're going to be a great fit for our program, and helping to re-establish SEMO's culture."
Solorzano-Caruso who hails from Courtice, Ontario, Canada, will graduate from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in 2019. The daughter of Vito Caruso and Tara Solorzano, Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso, was the Level 10 National Beam Champion the past two seasons and earned silver and bronze in the all-around competition at Level 10 Nationals during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
She also placed 18th at the 2017 Elite Canada meet with an all-around score of 45.950.
"Having a fellow Canadian on the team, Dahlia will fit right in and mesh well with our current student athletes," Lawson said of Solorzano-Caruso joining fellow countrywoman Alana Fischer
at SEMO. "She brings a wealth of gymnastics ability and we couldn't be more excited to watch her switch gears from an elite gymnast, to a beautiful collegiate athlete. We see Dahlia using her high level experiences, and coming in and making an impact in all four of our lineups. We're thrilled that she will be wearing Red and Black!"
In 2018, Solorzano-Caruso was also the Provincial Level 10 All-Around Champion and earned silver on bars during the first day and gold in the Level 10 bars finals on the second day. During her sophomore campaign, she was a silver medalist on floor and was awarded bronze on vault at the Level 10 Nationals. Solorzano-Caruso also garnered bronze on both vault and floor that season at Level 10 Provincials.
As a freshman, she was the Level 10 Provincial Floor Champion and was a silver medalist in vault and floor at the Level 10 National Meet. Solorzano-Caruso also received silver on vault at the Level 10 Provincial competition.
She has also seen success with Team Ontario, earning gold at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nationals and at the Eastern Canadian Championships in 2014 and 2015.
Solorzano-Caruso trains at Galaxy Gymnastics and is coached by Abbey Morgan, Jan Prosser and Rod Hounsell. She intends to major in Graphic Design at Southeast.
Jones a Buford, Georgia, native will graduate from Mill Creek High School in 2019. The daughter of KJ and Vera Jones, Jordan Jones, was the Georgia Level 10 Bars State Champion in 2017 and placed third on bars at regionals.
"Jordan is going to be one of those gymnasts who everyone loves to watch," Lawson said of Jones. "She has a spunk and sass about her that we can't wait to watch thrive in a college atmosphere. We see her coming in and impacting our beam and floor lineups, as well as vying for lineup spots on vault and bars."
She was also second on vault and floor (Level 10) at the state and regional level in 2016. In 2015, Jones won the Level 10 vault state championship and qualified for Junior Olympic (JO) Nationals where she placed 12th in the all-around competition.
Jones also nabbed the Level 9 bars state title in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she finished third in the all-around competition at Easterns. Jones also was the bars, floor and all-around Level 10 state champion in 2012.
She is coached by Judy Prestigiacomo at Georgia Gymnastics Academy in Lawrenceville. At Southeast, Jones intends to major in Biomedical Sciences.
Desch will join the Redhawks after graduating from Saint Thomas Aquinas in 2019. The Lenexa, Kansas, native was a JO National Qualifier in 2017 and 2018.
Mallory Desch is the daughter of Jay and Mary Desch and her sister, Maddie, is a World Champion gymnast who competes at the University of Alabama.
"We are very excited for Mallory to join our program," Lawson said. "Mallory should come in and make an instant impact on bars, as well as floor, and beam. Gymnastics runs in her family and we can't wait to watch Mallory shine as a Redhawk!"
Desch also captured first place in the Level 9 Region 4 Championships in 2016 and qualified for the Level 9 Western Championships that same season.
She is coached by Al and Armine Fong at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE). Desch intends to major in Nursing at Southeast.
While SEMO's latest additions to its gymnastics family get their start with the 2020 season, this year's squad gets things underway in January. The Redhawks open their 44th season in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Friday, Jan. 4 against Northern Illinois, Temple and quad host, Alabama, of the Southeastern Conference.