April 24, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Head coach Meg Stephenson has added a pair of talented recruits to the women’s gymnastics program, with the signings of Bailie Holst (Berthoud, Colo.) and Kaitlin Rahon (Orange, Calif.) to National Letters of Intent.
Holst and Rahon bring to five the number of additions to Minnesota’s roster for the 2013-14 academic year. Minnesota signed Rachel Haines (Greenville, Mich.) to an NLI during November, and then added walk-ons Bailey Abernathy (Denver, Colo.) and Athena Geisness (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) during December.
“Bailie and Kaitlin round out an amazing recruiting class for Minnesota,” head coach Meg Stephenson said. “As with their incoming teammates, Bailie and Kaitlin are incredible students and athletes who we expect will make an impact on all four events. Their competitive prowess and beautiful gymnastics will complement our team's depth in a wonderful way.”
Holst attends Berthoud High School, and she will graduate one year ahead of schedule in order to join Minnesota’s program this fall. She trains at Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., where she is coached by her mom, Shannon Renke, and Richard Villarreal.
Holst is in her third year of Level 10 competition and has qualified for the JO National Championships the past two years. She won the beam title, finished second on floor exercise, and tied for second in the all-around at the 2013 Region 3 Championships. Holst also won titles on beam and floor, while finishing second on vault and in the all-around at the 2013 Colorado State Meet.
Academically, Holst is a straight-A student who carries a 4.10 grade point average and ranks 11th in the senior class. She has lettered with Academic Honors during every year, and she is an Honors student in Spanish. Bailie is the daughter of Shannon and Craig Renke and Brian and Jennifer Holst.
Rahon will graduate from Orange Lutheran High School, and will also graduate one year ahead of schedule in order to join Minnesota’s program this fall. She trains at Kips Gymnastics in Anaheim, Calif., where she is coached by Dennis and Ann Mailly.
Rahon has not yet competed this season due to an injury, but she is in her third year as a Level 10 gymnast and she qualified for the JO National Championships during both 2011 and 2012. She placed 20th in the all-around at the 2012 JO National Championships in the Junior D Division, and was third on beam, fourth in the all-around and fifth on floor to earn a spot on the Region 1 Team at the 2012 Region 1 Championships.
In the classroom, Rahon has earned straight-A’s her entire high school career, maintaining a 4.40 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale). She is a member of the National Honor Society, the High Honor Roll and the California Scholarship Federation, while also being involved with the Ignite Leadership Member/Mentor program and serving as co-founder of Artists & Athletes Who Care. Kaitlin is the daughter of Jerry and Aimee Rahon.
No. 8 Minnesota just wrapped up the most successful season in the program’s history, as the Gophers posted a record of 29-13 and finished eighth at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. Minnesota earned a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular season title, and the Gophers had a pair of First Team All-Americans.
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