NEWBURGH, Ind. — A daughter of an Aces great made her collegiate gymnastics decision official on Wednesday.
Kaitlyn Ewald, daughter of former Ace Mike Ewald, inked her national letter of intent to attend the University of Illinois as a member of their gymnastics team for the 2021 season in a signing ceremony at The Zone Gymnastics in Evansville.
Ewald, a senior at Castle High School, began her gymnastics career when she was six years old. Since then, she’s trained at Revolution Gymnastics and The Zone Gymnastics.
She’s enjoyed a highly successful high school career, as a five-time state champion, a Level 10 JO Nationals Qualifier, and a Level 9 Eastern Nationals Fifth All-Around Finisher.
With her signing official, Ewald bumps Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class to the No. 11 spot nationally according to NCAA Gym News. Last season the Illini placed second at the Big Ten Championships, made their 32nd NCAA Regional Appearance and finished the season ranked No. 23 in the country.
Led by head coach Nadalie Walsh, the Illini hope the recruiting class led by Ewald and her future classmates can help further the program’s success.
Ewald is a 4.0 GPA student, a Senior Mentor, a member of National Honor Society and a National Merit Recognized Student at Castle High School.