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The Stanford men's golf team added to its lineup next season both David Snyder and Henry Shimp, each of whom signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at Stanford.

Snyder and Shimp will join the Cardinal roster in the fall of 2016.

"We are very excited to welcome David and Henry to the Stanford family," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. "Both signees epitomize the highest combination of golf performance and academics in the country.

"David is the first Texan we have had on the roster in quite some time and brings with him a strong world ranking and amateur playing experience. He is a dynamic student-athlete and interested in many things, and he will be a great addition to our team.

"In similar fashion, Henry will be a very worthy addition. Henry chose Stanford over numerous ACC and SEC schools, and we are lucky that he will be joining us as the two-time defending Carolinas Junior Champion and top player from the Charlotte area."

Snyder, who hails from McAllen, Texas, is a three-time Future Collegians World Tour Player of the Year. He was a quarterfinalist at the 2013 Western Amateur and 2014 Australian Amateur. Snyder medaled in four USGA qualifiers and was a first alternate for the 2013 U.S. Open.

Snyder was homeschooled and is an accomplished pianist.

Shimp comes to The Farm from Charlotte, N.C., where he was an all-state performer in 2014 and the 2015 Charlotte Area Player of the Year.

He led Myers Park (N.C.) to a trio of top-three state tournament finishes.

The three-time all-conference player was a 2015 AJGA HP Scholastic All-American and a two-time Carolinas Junior Champion.

Shimp is an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoys solving Rubik's Cubes.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford head coach Thom Glielmi announced the signing of three elite standouts to a National Letter of Intent on Friday.

The three-member class represents three states with a California native, Joey Ringer (Coto de Caza), Illinois standout Bailey Perez (Glen Ellyn) and Ohio product Connor Lewis (Grove City) to make up the Cardinal's prestigious group of signees.

"What I like most about this class is their prodigious work ethic" Glielmi said. "Both academically and athletically they have pushed themselves, and continue to reach for greatness. Their motivation to do something exceptional is a tremendous asset to an already driven team."

Lewis attends Grove City High in Grove City, Ohio, where he has compiled a phenomenal career, as a seven-time Ohio state all-around champion, four time Region 5 Team Member, two time Region 5 Champion as well as a P&G Gymnastics Championship qualifier. In addition, Lewis has also been a two time U.S. National Team member. While elite in his athlete endeavors, Lewis has also been a three-time Academic All-American and member of the National Honor Society.

Perez attends Glenbard West High in Glen Ellyn, Ill., where he has amassed an impressive resume of accolades as a five-time Junior Olympic National qualifier, four-time Region 5 Team member as well as a USA Junior National Team member from 2012-13. A 2015 P&G USA National Championship qQualifier, Perez took fifth on vault and sixth on floor. Perez has also proven his caliber in academics as well as a two-time USA Gymnastics First Team Academic All-American as well as being named to the Glenbard West High School Academic Honor Roll.

Ringer rounds out the NLI signing class, and comes to Stanford after remarkable career at Tesoro High. The standout won the 2015 Junior Olympic Championship on pommel horse, while sustaining an incredible academic standard as a three-time First Team Academic All-American.

The trio joins a Stanford program that earned its ninth top-three finish at the NCAA Championships in the past 10 years during the 2015 season. The Cardinal went 19-4, registering 17 wins over top-10 opponents, including four ranked in the top five. Five Cardinal gymnasts combined for 10 All-America honors and three of the eight NCAA titles were earned by Stanford.


Stanford added depth to its lineup for the 2017 season, signing six incoming student-athletes from three states to National Letters of Intent.

The class is ranked 14th in the nation by FloSoftball and includes Nicole Bauer, Teaghan Cowles, Montana Dixon, Alyssa Horeczko, Kristina Inouye and Kiana Pancino. The group includes three pitchers and four of the six players have spent time in the infield, outfield or at catcher.

"I'm incredibly excited for this class," said head coach Rachel Hanson. "On the field, this class brings a high level of athleticism, and a competitor's mentality. They've competed in championship games, high-pressure situations, and they have what it takes to step up in those moments. We've added some crucial pieces in the circle and behind the plate, elite speed, and offensive power."


Stanford head coach Jason Borrelli and his staff have signed six promising high school seniors to wrestle for the Cardinal starting next season. The class includes four top-100 recruits.

"We are very excited about this recruiting class. It's not that often that we are able to put together a short list of recruits and then land nearly all of them," explained Borrelli. "However, that's just what happened with this class."

Stanford's incoming class consists of Jake Barry (Poly Prep Country Day School), Brandon Dallavia (Blair Academy), Brandon Kier (Poway High School), Gabe Townsell (Oak Park and River Forest High School), Nathan Traxler (Marmion Academy) and Requir Van der Merwe (Blair Academy).

"A good argument can be made that this is the most talented class in my eight years with the program," said Borrelli. "This group of six wrestlers includes four top-100 overall recruits and brings with them a plethora of wrestling accolades to The Farm. Undoubtedly, these young men will help Stanford wrestling continue on our upward trajectory and we are really excited for each of their futures."

— Stanford Athletics

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