Aug. 2, 2013
This is the first in a series of five question and answer sessions with the freshmen from the Golden Gopher women's gymnastics team. First up is Rachel Haines, a newcomer from Greenville, Mich. Rachel comes to the Gophers from Geddert's Twistars Gymnastics Club, one of the most prestigious gyms in the nation. Rachel is a two-time Junior Olympic National Championship qualifier and two-time Level 9 Eastern All Around Champion.
Gopher Sports: What do you love most about gymnastics?
Rachel Haines: Everything that I have learned and what makes me who I am came from gymnastics. My personality is definitely formed from the skills that I learned and my traits all come from gymnastics.
GS: Did you always know you wanted to compete at the college level?
RH: I did, I remember it would come on TV and I always thought that it was so cool and looked just really fun. It definitely became a goal for me at a pretty young age.
GS: When choosing a college what were some things you considered and what made Minnesota stand out to you?
RH: There were three things that I really looked at when considering a school. It was academics and where they ranked, definitely athletics and also the overall atmosphere. For me, Minnesota hit all three of those and I definitely felt at home here.
GS: Overall, what are you looking forward to most this year?
RH: Just getting a stronger bond with my teammates and making memories together with them. They are already a family I am just really excited to share these moments with them.
GS: Explain a little about your experience being a two time Junior Olympic National Championship Qualifier?
RH: The experience was really fun, I definitely have most of my gymnastics memories at those meets. The meets are really big and most compared to a college meet so it's nice to kind of have an idea of what's going to be going on at those meets. They are just overall really fun and I am glad I experienced those meets.
By The Numbers: 2017
Take a look back at highlights from Minnesota Women's Gymnastics 2017 season by the numbers.
Incoming Gophers Win JO National Titles
Lexy Ramler (St. Michael, Minn.) and Ona Loper (Bluffton, S.C.) each won a national title at the 2017 Women's Junior Olympic National Championships.
Gophers Celebrate 2017 Season
Minnesota recognized team accomplishments and award winners at the annual banquet, celebrating the 2017 season.