May 17, 2012
The incoming class for the University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team had an impressive meet at the JO National Championships in Hampton, Va. this past weekend as three of the four competed on the national stage. Local signee, Hanna Nordquist was honored with being named a JO National team member.
Nordquist, who appeared at JO Nationals for the fifth time, was a huge highlight at the meet as she was the balance beam champion. The Otsego, Minn. native is the first Gopher to win an event since Leigh Dixon did so back in 1999. Nordquist also took fourth in the all around and on floor. She was named a JO National team member, which hasn't happened since former Gopher Kristin Furukawa was selected in 2007.
Fellow recruits, Lindsay Mable and Madie Hanley also shined on the national stage. Mable snagged the runner-up slot on both beam and floor. It was the Aurora, Colo. native's third time at the national meet. Hanley came in 16th on beam, 17th on floor and 21st in the all around, respectively. Hanely is from Danielsville, Pa., and it was her second time at JO Nationals.
Sarah Lokos is the lone gymnast that did not compete this spring due to an injury. The Gaithersburg, Md. native has qualified for JO Nationals five times.
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.
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