They are Becky Gomer (Milbank), Anne Grady (LeMars, IA) and Jamie Vander Kooi (Merrill, IA). With the additions, USD has a 2006 recruiting class of four student-athletes. Heather Fluit of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School signed with USD during the early signing period last fall.
Gomer, a defensive specialist from Milbank, was named the school's top senior female athlete during the 2005-06 season. She was a three-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and track and field, in which she was named Academic All-State in all three sports.
During her final three seasons at Milbank, Gomer led the Bulldogs to a 90-12 overall record, including a state championship in 2004. Milbank also finished third in the state in 2005 and fifth in 2003. As a senior, Gomer was selected first-team all-state and all-conference, while also earning all-state tournament honors. She led her team in kills as both a junior (349) and senior (317).
In three years, Gomer finished with 876 kills, 791 digs and 143 aces. She was also a three-time medalist in the 110 hurdles and two-time medalist in the 300 meter hurdles. The daughter of Blaine and Pam Gomer, she intends to major in business administration and dental hygiene at USD.
Grady is an outside hitter from LeMars, IA, was a three-time first-team all-conference and all-district performer. A two-time third-team all-state selection, Grady led her team to three second place finishes in the conference. Grady also participated in basketball, where she was a second team all-conference performer and track and field, in which she finished fifth in the Class 3A long jump and eighth in the 800 meters.
The daughter of Tim and Linda Grady was the LeMars Community High School valedictorian. She plans to major in pre-medicine at USD.
Vander Kooi, an outside hitter and defensive specialist from Merrill, IA, was a first-team all-state selection as a senior at Hinton High School where she led her team to a 37-6 record and a third-place finish at the state tournament. Vander Kooi led her team to three conference titles in her four years and compiled a 125-23 overall record.
Vander Kooi graduated with three school records, including kills in a season (407); career digs (1,105) and career digs average per game (3.7). She was also a four-year starter in basketball and was named first-team all-conference and all-district as a senior. The daughter of Rich and Paula Vander Kooi, intends to major in nursing at USD.