The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team has its first competition in under two months, but this week the program focused on announcing its four signees for the 2012-12 season. During the National Signing Week, head coach Meg Stephenson announced the signing of Madeline Hanley, Sarah Lokos, Lindsay Mable and Hannah Nordquist.
Madeline Hanley (Danielsville, Pa.) is a senior at Northampton Area High School and trains at Parkettes. Her coaches are Bill and Donna Strauss, Robin Netwall, John Holman and Heather Moroz. After qualifying to the Visa Championships three times from 2007-2009, Madeline placed second in the all-around competition and finished in the top three on vault, bars and floor at the 2011 Region 7 meet . She qualified for the 2011 JO Nationals where she tied for sixth on uneven bars.
"Madeline is a great performer on every event," said head coach Meg Stephenson. "She is a strong tumbler and vaulter, but I think her highlight event will be bars. She has beautiful lines and swing, and she will definitely help our program out in every event but especially on bars."
Madeline is the daughter of Richard and Bronwyn Hanley and has four siblings. She is currently undecided on a major for next fall when she attends the University of Minnesota.
Sarah Lokos (Gaithersburg, Md.) is currently home schooled and trains for Hill's Gymnastics. She is coached by Kelli Hill and Cynthia Smaha. Sarah has qualified for the JO Nationals meet five times and has finished top 10 in each event with a fifth-place finish in the all-around in 2010 highlighting the list. She tied for eighth place on uneven bars at the 2011 JO National Championships. She was the Maryland State All-Around Champion for the last three years. In the past two regional meets, she has finished first in the all-around competition and in 2011 she also was the Regional vaulting champion.
"Sarah is another great all-around performer, but she is exceptionally good at bars," said Coach Stephenson. "Bars is an event that we are a little slim in this year, so we look for her to come in and help our group add depth in that event next season."
Sarah is the daughter of Betsy and Dave Lokos and has five siblings. Currently, she is undecided on what she plans to major in at the University of Minnesota, but she is entertaining the thoughts of business and exercise science.
Lindsay Mable (Aurora, Colo.) is a senior at Eaglecrest High School and trains with the Colorado Gymnastics Institute. Her coaches are Vinicio and Sonia Leria and Lindy Franzini-Carpenter. Lindsay is a two-time Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship qualifier and has four top 10 finishes at the 2011 meet, including a second-place finish last year on floor. In 2011, Lindsay was the vault, beam, floor and all-around state champion. At the 2011 Region 3 meet, she also claimed first place in the vault, beam, floor and all-around.
"Lindsay is an amazing dancer and performer," Coach Stephenson said. "Her form and execution will really rival some of our past gymnasts, who have done well for us. She will bring a nice spark on every event, but I believe she will especially shine on the floor and beam for us next season."
Outside the gym, Lindsay has recorded a 4.0 GPA or better in every year during her high school career. She is the daughter of Lori and Doug Mable and has an older brother, Corey, and sister, Aubrey. Lindsay plans to major in either Education or Psychology next fall when attends the University of Minnesota.
Hanna Nordquist (Otsego, Minn.) is a senior at Spectrum High School and trains with the Twin City Twisters. Hanna's coaches are Mike Hunger and Sami Wozney. Hanna is a four-time Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship qualifier. She finished third on the beam and 11th in the all-around at the 2011 JO National meet. At the 2011 Regional meet, she finished first on bars, beam, floor and all-around while placing third in the vault. Nordquist also claimed first place in the all-around, floor and beam and second in the vault at the IGI Chicago Style meet. She is a former club teammate of current Gophers Lucy Ennis and Amber Hammerschmidt.
"Hanna is a really good all-around competitor, but she is really amazing on the balance beam," said Coach Stephenson. "She is a local gymnast, so we are looking forward to having her family around to help support the team throughout the upcoming seasons."
Hanna is the daughter of Arnie and Linda Nordquist and has an older sister, Hope. She intends on majoring in nursing at the University of Minnesota.