2012 Season: Qualified for NCAA National Championships in the all around performed on vault and bars every meet and in the all around eight times recorded the team's highest vault average claimed first on floor twice and once on vault and in the all around took first in vault with a 9.825 at Illinois (1/14) snagged first on floor with a score of 9.850 against Michigan (1/21) grabbed two first places (floor - 9.850 and all around - 39.200) and posted a pair of personal-best scores (beam - 9.800 and all around - 39.200) at Best of Minnesota (2/11) set a new bars career record with a 9.800 against Iowa State (3/10) while also helping the team score a high of 49.325 on floor scored a 9.800 and assisted Minnesota in scoring a season-high on bars of 49.075 in Denver (3/17) helped the Gophers tally a season-high vault score of 49.300 at the Big Ten Championships (3/24) finished seventh at NCAA Regionals in the all around to qualify for Nationals took 14th in the all around at Nationals with a 39.025 received her second letter.
2011 Season: Qualified for Nationals as an individual competitor in the all around Was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team Was named Co-Big Freshman of the Week on Jan. 31 and against on Mar. 7 Won the vault title eight times this season and has been Minnesota's top scorer on the event in 12 of 13 competitions Won one title on floor exercise Competed on vault and bars in every meet, and on floor in 11 meets this season Averaged 9.856 on vault, 9.667 on uneven bars, and 9.808 on floor Made her Golden Gopher debut at Ohio State and went on to score 9.825 on vault for the event win and 9.725 on bars Scored 9.800 on vault to tie for second and 9.750 on bars against Iowa on Jan. 15 Earned a top vault score of 9.875 at Michigan State on Jan. 22 where she won the event and also earned a 9.700 for her bars routine and a 9.750 for her floor routine Set her career-high on bars with a 9.800 and earned a 9.850 on floor, against Air Force on Jan. 29 Placed in every event against the Falcons, tying for the vault title and tying for second in btoh the bars and floor events Against Illinois on Feb. 5, she tallied scores of 9.800, 9.725, and 9.775 on vault, bars, and beam, respectively to share a second-place finish on vault Set a career-best with a near perfect 9.925 on vault, taking the event title, at the Best of Minnesota meet on Feb. 12 where she also earned marks of 9.700 on bars and 9.800 on floor to take third place Earned a 9.875 on vault, a 9.725 on bars, and a 9.875 on floor against Iowa State on Feb. 20 Took the vault event title and tied for the floor title against the Cyclones On Feb. 25 against Cal State Fullerton, tallied scores of 9.875, 9.725, and 9.750 with respective vault, bars, and floor routines, earning first place in the vault event Earned scores of 9.850 on vault (tied for third place), 8.900 on bars, and 9.725 on floor against UCLA on Feb. 27 Was an all around competitor in the final three meets of the season, earning a career-best and second-place finish of 39.125 in her debut at Iowa State Collected marks of 9.850 on vault (to take the first-place title), 9.725 on bars, 9.775 on beam, and 9.775 on floor on Mar. 4 against the Cyclones At home on Mar. 12 against NC State, she placed first on vault with 9.875, tied for third on bars with 9.800, took third on floor with 9.875, and scored 9.300 on beam to collect a total of 38.850 on the night Set a personal-best 9.900 on floor at the Big Ten Championship Meet to finish in third place Also earned marks of 9.875 on vault, 9.725 on bars, and 9.575 on beam at the meet to finish the all around with 39.075 Was the only all around competitor for Minnesota at the NCAA Regional Meet on Apr. 2 Earned scores of 9.800 on vault and beam, 9.650 on bars, and 9.875 on floor in Ann Arbor, Mich. to qualify for Nationals with an all around score of 39.125 (second-best of her career) Owned the top score (9.925) and tied for the second-highest (9.875) on vault for the team Her top score of 9.925 placed her in a tie for the fourth-best vault score in program history and made her the second-highest scoring freshman on vault in team history Also tied for the highest score on the team in the floor exercise with 9.875 Ended her Freshman year ranked among the Big Ten Conference at No. 4 for vault, No. 21 on floor, and No. 34 on uneven bars Was a top performer nationally as well, ranking No. 32 on vault, No. 113 on floor, and No. 186 on bars.
High School / Club: A 2010 graduate of Shakopee High School Trained at Classic Gymnastics in Chanhassen, Minn., under the direction of Kari and Will Vaugh and Sara Tornez Qualified to compete at the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship four times (2006-09), and qualified for the J.O. Regional Championship five times (2005-09) In 2009, she was second on vault and beam and third in the all around at the Minnesota State Championships Went on to the regional championship, where she placed second on beam, third on floor and in the all around, fourth on bars and fifth on vault Moved on to the 2009 national meet where she finished 18th on floor and 27th on vault As a sophomore in 2008, she placed fifth on floor and beam and as seventh on vault and in the all around at the J.O. Regional Championship At the 2008 national championship, she finished in 13th place on floor and was 17th on beam In 2007, her freshman year, Slechta earned four top-10 finishes at the regional championship, coming in third on beam, seventh on vault, eighth in the all around, and ninth on floor Was the runner up on beam at the 2006 J.O. Regional Championship, where she also finished sixth on bars and seventh in the all around Made her first appearance at the J.O. national meet that year.
Personal: Was on the honor roll every year during high school Earned letters for her academic achievements in each year of her high school career Earned All-Academic Excellence Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and earned the President's Award for Educational Excellence in 2007 A National Honor Society member Participated in the Link Leader Crew, a student-to-student mentorship program The daughter of Joy and Paul Slechta Has an older sister, Alyssa Plans to major in kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.
GET TO KNOW KAYLA JANE SLECHTA: If you were not participating in gymnastics, what sport might you play? Volleyball.
What is your favorite cartoon character, and why? Winnie the Pooh. I've loved him since I was little.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? I would like to be Superman, or to be able to manipulate the elements.
Do you have any hidden or secret talents? Cooking.
What is your favorite vacation spot? Montana.
What is your favorite actor or actress? Johnny Depp and Emma Stone.
Who is the funniest person on the team? Everyone has their moments.