2013 Women's Gymnastics Preview: Freshmen
Jan. 8, 2013
The 23rd-ranked University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team makes its 2013 regular season debut on Saturday, with a 6:00 p.m. CT meet at the Sports Pavilion against No. 17 Washington.
Today is the first of a four-part, class-by-class preview of what to expect from the Golden Gophers in 2013, beginning with this year’s freshman class of Madie Hanley, Sarah Lokos, Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist.
In 2012, head coach Meg Stephenson and her staff benefitted from the contributions made by a very strong group of freshmen. The Gophers, who were tabbed for a seventh-place Big Ten finish in the preseason polls, opened eyes by finishing third at the Big Ten Championships and qualifying for their 18th NCAA Regional appearance.
This year’s freshman class is once again expected to make waves for the Golden Gophers, with three of the four gymnasts very likely to make significant contributions. Hanley, Mable, and Nordquist are all names that fans of the Gophers will become very familiar with this season. Meanwhile, Lokos is rehabbing a preexisting foot injury, and will not be able to compete this season.
Hanley is from Danielsville, Pa. (Northampton Area HS) and trained at Parkettes. She was a two-time qualifier for the Junior Olympics Championships, was the 2012 Region 7 all-around and beam champion, and also captured the 2012 Pennsylvania state title in the all-around.
Mable is from Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest HS) and trained at the Colorado Gymnastics Institute. She is a three-time Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship qualifier, and she finished second on both floor exercise and balance beam at the 2012 JO Nationals. Mable also was 2011 and 2012 Region 3 all-around, vault and floor champion, while adding a 2011 Region 3 title on beam.
Nordquist is from Otsego, Minn. (Spectrum HS) and trained with the Twin City Twisters. She is a five-time Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships qualifier, and she captured the balance beam title while finishing fourth on both floor and all-around at the 2012 JO Nationals.
Below are Stephenson’s event-by-event comments on this year’s talented class of first-year Golden Gophers:
Saturday will be Kayla Slechta Community Night, and fans can receive $4 general admission tickets by using the code “KaylaShakopee” when ordering online or over the phone. The special rate is only available for advance sales, and will not be applicable on Saturday.
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