Nov. 26, 2013
Minnesota women’s gymnastics head coach Meg Stephenson announced one addition to the Golden Gophers’ 2014 recruiting class Tuesday morning. Rachel Rowland became the fifth member of the class by signing an Acceptance of Admission.
A native of Parker, Colo., Rachel Rowland is a National Honor Society member and honor roll student at Ponderosa High School. She was a 2013 state bars, vault, and all-around champion.
Rowland, who trained at Colorado Gymnastics Institute, is a former teammate of current Gophers Lindsay Mable and Bailey Abernathy and is a regional and Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament qualifier.
“We are so excited to welcome Rachel Rowland to our 2014 recruiting class,” Stephenson said. “She comes from a long line of fantastic gymnasts who have joined our team from CGI. Rachel is excellent on every event and we look to see her contribute in many areas. She displays both power and grace when she competes, which fits right in with our returning team.”
Rowland joins Bailey Gardner, Hanna Hitchcock, Ciara Gardner, and Abby DeMuse, who all committed to Minnesota Nov. 15.
“Rachel’s commitment rounds out one of the best classes in Gopher history,” said Stephenson. “The 2014 recruiting class is an incredibly strong and talented group of student athletes. Each of them will bring an array of skills to our program and they are sure to add to our competitiveness in the gym and in the classroom when they arrive on campus.”
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