Nov. 15, 2013
The Minnesota women’s gymnastics program received commitments from four gymnasts Friday afternoon. Bailey Gardner, Hanna Hitchcock, and Ciara Gardner signed National Letters of Intent, while Abby DeMuse signed an Acceptance of Admission.
Bailey Gardner from Cilo, Mich. is one of the top gymnasts in Michigan, having won the vault and beam at the state championships and having placed second all-around. Gardner has trained with the Gedderts’ Twistars since February of 2011 and has been in three Junior Olympic competitions.
“Bailey is an amazing all-around athlete who was a Junior Olympic National Team member in 2013,” said Stephenson. “We are thrilled to have her join us and expect she will contribute on all four events. She is a fantastic student and comes from one of the most successful gyms in the country and we think she has the ability to impact our program at a very high level.”
In 2013, Gardner won the all-around at the Daytona Beach Open and LGA Lucky Invite as well all five gold medals at the Brestyans Las Vegas meet.
Hanna Hitchcock, an honor roll student from San Ramon, Calif. has 14 years of club gymnastics under her belt. She is a Level 10 gymnast who competes in all four events and has posted an all-around score as high as 37.675.
“Hanna is an excellent student and someone we believe will bring a high level of exciting gymnastics to our program,” Stephenson said. “She is a powerful athlete and one who will make an impact on all four events.
In 2013, Hitchcock won the all-around at the Black Tie Invitational, the Denver Winterfest Classic, the San Mateo Winter Invitational, and the Delta Classic.
Ciara Gardner will come to Minnesota from Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas. Gardner, a 12-year veteran of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, placed in the top seven at her Regional meet and qualified for the Junior Olympics Nationals three years in a row.
“Ciara was one of the top competitors in the Junior Olympic Nationals last season and comes to Minnesota from one of the top programs in the country,” Stephenson said. “We look for her to make a great contribution to our team on all four events. She has an elegant look to her performances that our fans are sure to appreciate.”
Gardner was sixth all-around and was first on the floor at her latest Junior Olympic meet in 2013.
Prior Lake, Minn. native Abby DeMuse is a former teammate of current Gopher junior Kylie Schermann and the daughter of former Minnesota softball player Stacey DeMuse (Funderburg). She is a Level 10 Junior Olympic Gymnastic and she trains at Classic Gymnastics.
“We are thrilled to have Abby join our program as she has been a very successful local athlete,” said Stephenson. “She is an outstanding student and we feel she will immediately add to the strength of our team on all events. We have high expectations for the contributions she will bring to our program.”
DeMuse, who attends the Academy of Holy Angels, has qualified for state in every season she’s competed and has twice been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier.
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