May 30, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – The future continues to look promising for the University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics program.
On the heels of the most successful season in the program’s history, several of the Gophers’ incoming recruits have fared well in state, regional and national competition during the past couple months.
Minnesota’s incoming class includes five talented gymnasts in Bailey Abernathy (Denver, Colo.), Athena Geisness (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Rachel Haines (Greenville, Mich.), Bailie Holst (Berthoud, Colo.) and Kaitlin Rahon (Orange, Calif.).
Haines, who competes for Geddart’s Twistars, came close to a sweep of the titles at the 2013 Michigan Level 7-10 State Meet. She finished first on vault, bars, beam and in the all-around, while taking second place on floor. At the Region 5 Championships, Haines won titles on vault, bars and all-around, while finishing second on floor and fifth on beam.
Earlier this month, Haines earned a spot on the Junior Olympics National Team, as she finished fourth in the all-around at the 2013 JO National Championships. Haines was fourth on floor, eighth on bars, ninth on beam and 12th on vault to finish with a total of 38.225 in the Senior D division.
Holst, who trains at Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies, earned Colorado state titles on vault, beam and floor, while finishing second in the all-around. At the Region 3 Championships, Holst captured the title on beam, while finishing second on floor and all-around, fifth on vault and sixth on bars.
Holst helped her Region 3 team win a national title for the Senior B division at the JO National Championships, as she finished ninth on beam and 11th on floor.
Abernathy, who trains at Colorado Gymnastics Institute, scored a career-best 9.800 on vault to win vault in the Level 10 Senior D division at the Colorado State Meet. She also finished second on beam and second in the all-around at the state meet. Abernathy finished seventh on vault and recorded top 15 finishes on bars, beam, floor and all-around at the Region 3 Championships.
Geisness, who competes for Midwest Gymnastics Center, only competed bars this season and she finished seventh at the Minnesota State Meet and second at the Region 4 Championships.
Rahon, who trains at Kips School of Gymnastics, was unable to compete this season due to an unjury, but is expected to be ready to compete for the Gophers beginning this summer.
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