April 26, 2012
Not only was the University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team competing on the national stage, but their signees for the upcoming 2012-13 season were also in action with JO Regional Championships the past two weeks. Out of the four recruits signed for next season, three claimed the regional crown for the all around competition, with one future Gopher sitting out this season due to an injury.
Danielsville, Pa. native Madie Hanley completed her Regional 7 Championship this past weekend as she snagged two first places, including an all around title with a personal-best score. Hanley earned an individual championship on beam while she was the runner-up on bars and floor. She also snagged ninth place on bars, respectively. Earlier in the season, the Parkettes’ gymnast won the Pennsylvania all around crown, claimed second on bars and then finished third on beam and floor. Hanley will be making her second trip to the JO National Championships.
Lindsay Mable stole the show at the Region 3 Championship as she repeated as champion on vault, floor and the all around. The Aurora, Colo. native also impressed at the Colorado State Championships by posting three first-place finishes with a pair of career-best scores. Mable won the all around, vault and floor for the second-straight season while she took second on beam. The Colorado Gymnastastic Institute trainee will be making her third appearance at JO Nationals.
The lone Minnesota native in Hanna Nordquist, who is from Otsego, Minn., shined at the Regional 4 Championships claiming first place in every event except for bars, which she was the runner-up in. Her impressive marks were good enough to post a career-high score in the all around competition. The Twin City Twister gymnast proved to be one of the state’s top gymnasts as she won the beam title at the Minnesota State Championships and was the runner-up on vault. Nordquist heads to her fifth JO National Championship meet.
Sarah Lokos is the lone gymnast that did not compete this spring due to an injury. The Gaithersburg, Md. native has won the all around at the Regional 7 Championship the past two seasons and qualified for JO Nationals five times.
“The things that these girls have achieved this season and over their career speak volumes about the talent that we have coming in,” said head coach Meg Stephenson. “They will enhance and compliment our team very well.”
Hanley, Mable and Nordquist will each compete at the JO National Championships in Hampton, Va. on May 10-12.
All four signees will be joining the Golden Gophers this summer on June 11th, which is the first day of summer classes at Minnesota, as each of them will enroll for the summer semester.
“I am thrilled to have these four join our team over the summer. I feel that it is key to their success not only in the gym but also with their academics. The fact that they are attending summer school is indicative of the level of commitment they have to our program and this dedication fits perfectly with that of our returning team.”