Jan. 15, 2014
The Minnesota women’s gymnastics team is off to a 3-0 start to the season after topping Air Force and Lindenwood in its first meet of the season at home and turning around to defeat then-No. 20 Washington just two days later in Seattle. One of the main contributors to the Gophers’ success is junior Kylie Schermann.
An Academic First Team All-Big Ten selection in 2013, Schermann competed on the balance beam, in the vault, and in the floor exercise in each of the team’s matches and has posted a top-three meet finish in each of the latter two events. The Lakeville, Minn. native took home the Gophers’ Mariam Award, given to the gymnast who does everything possible to be the best gymnast and person she can be, a season ago.
Schermann took some time out of her busy student-athlete schedule for a Q&A session with GopherSports.com:
GopherSports.com: What were the main factors in helping you decide to stay in your home state to come to University of Minnesota?
Kylie Schermann: Family is everything to me. I wanted to be close to them along with my TAGS family as well. They have loved and supported me all of my life so I didn't want to give that up. The way I connected with the girls on the team was also very special and helped me decide to represent the Gophers.
GS: How do you feel entering your junior season? Does it feel any different than when you began your freshman or sophomore years?
KS: Entering my junior season is bittersweet—it is crazy to be called an upperclassman and I think I can speak for my entire junior class when I say it feels like we are still freshmen. It is very exciting and I feel very confident in myself and my team heading into this year.
GS: After a successful season a year ago, what do you feel are the team's goals heading into 2014?
KS: Like we always say in practice, “Nationals-Super 6-Top 3.” We are determined to “be about it” and leave everything we have to offer out on the floor at each meet. This team is very strong and is willing to do whatever it takes to make this year count.
GS: What has been the highlight of your Gopher gymnastics career so far?
KS: Making Nationals last year was definitely the highlight of my Gopher career. We worked so hard and really believed in each other, so seeing that pay off was very rewarding. But more than that, what I will take away most from my experience as being a Gopher is the relationships I've built with these fabulous women who I love so much.
GS: What is your favorite event and why?
KS: Floor is my favorite event because of the performance aspect. I love to show the crowd and judges more of my personality and being able to interact with my team a little bit more is really fun.
GS: Do you have any superstitions or rituals you go through before a meet?
KS: I don't have any crazy rituals, although eating a Jimmy John's sandwich and jamming out to rap music, Disney soundtracks, and sometimes Celine Dion with my roommates Dusti, Cierra and Jenny is always a blessing.
GS: What type of music do you listen to the most?
KS: Country—I'm convinced I should have been born in the South. I'm actually going to a Luke Bryan concert in March, which I'm excited about.
GS: How do you like to spend your free time away from the gym and class?
KS: I like to watch Netflix a lot, but I normally enjoy cuddling with my roommates and watching movies or going home to see my family.
GS: The team does many events with the community. What are some of your favorite community-related events?
KS: Some of my absolute favorites are the HopeKids events we do. Seeing children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy activities with their families is really amazing. I think the Unlimited Dance Marathon coming up in February would be extremely fun, too.
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