Ciara Gardner
Ciara  Gardner


Frisco, Texas

High School:
Liberty HS

Club Team:
World Olympic Gymnastics Academy


Mable Advances, Gophers Cap 2015 Season

Minnesota finished fourth at NCAA Auburn Regional


Gophers Set for NCAA Regional

Minnesota will compete at the Auburn University NCAA Regional on Saturday, April 4.


Mable Gymnast of the Year, Gophers Finish 6th

Minnesota finished sixth at the 2015 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor on Saturday


Gophers Head to Michigan for B1G Champs

Minnesota will compete in the afternoon session of the Big Ten Championships on Saturday


Gophers to Host Big Five Qualifier

Minnesota will host Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion

Named Most Valuable Performer • placed sixth on beam with a 9.850 at NCAA Regionals • competed in the all-around at B1G Championships • competed in the all-around at the Big Five Meet • recorded personal record on vault with a 9.850 and in the all-around with a 39.400 against BYU • placed first in the all-around with a 39.175 and matched personal record on beam with a 9.900 at Best of Minnesota Meet • placed third in all-around competition at Denver • earned event title on floor with a 9.900 vs. Nebraska • placed third in all-around competition against Illinois  • placed third in the all-around competition vs. Ohio State • competed in vault, bars, and floor vs. Michigan State • placed first in all-around and recorded a personal record on beam with a 9.875 at Maryland Quad • placed third in all-around with a score of 39.150 vs. Denver.


Notched a 39.000 in all-around at NCAA Championships • tallied a 39.050 in all-around at NCAA Regionals • named to the All-Big Ten Second Team • notched a 39.125 in all-around competition at Big Ten championships • competed in all-around (39.350) at the Big Five qualifier • finished second in all-around (39.325) at Air Force • competed in all-around at Denver • claimed second on floor (9.875) and third on vault (9.775) and bars (9.825) in the Best of Minnesota meet • placed first on floor with a 9.900 and scored a 39.150 at Iowa State/Air Force • competed in all-around (39.025) at Nebraska • competed in all-around vs. Illinois • placed second in all-around with a 39.025 at Ohio State • finished second in all-around with a 39.100 vs. Michigan State • competed in all-around vs. Maryland • placed second in all-around with a 38.775 vs. Iowa State.

Appeared in all fourteen meets for the Gophers • competed in vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and all-around • earned first varsity letter • tied for second on floor exercise with teammate Cierra Tomson scoring 9.900 (season-high) in tri-meet vs. New Hampshire and Iowa • tied for second on balance beam scoring 9.850 and floor exercise (9.850), and placed third in the all-around totaling 39.275 at Iowa State • placed fourth on floor exercise (9.825) at Michigan State • placed third on vault with a score of 9.625 vs. Iowa.

Was a 12-year veteran of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and placed in the top seven at her regional meet • qualified for the Junior Olympics Nationals three years in a row • finished sixth place in the All-Around at the Junior Olympics during her junior year of high school • won the floor exercise and was fourth All-Around at the 2013 Level 10 Regionals • registered person-best scores of 9.775 on vault, 9.85 on bars, 9.7 on the floor, and 38.35 all around • was a 2011 Level 10 state all-around and uneven bars champion.

Born Feb. 21, 1996 • daughter of Kelvin and Marcheta Gardner • has one brother, Kelvin, who played basketball at Adams State (Colo.) • lists getting sixth at nationals in 2013 as her most memorable sports thrill • majoring in nursing.

Ciara Gardner's Career Highs 
Event Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around
2017 9.850* 9.800 9.900* 9.900* 39.400*
2016 9.800 9.825* 9.850 9.900* 39.325
2015 9.825 9.825* 9.850 9.900* 39.275


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