"I love how close the University of Minnesota is to my family and hometown. I also like the level of competition I will face, and that the program embraces my competitiveness."
A two-time all-conference selection in soccer...won two conference championships...finished a runner-up in sections twice...team co-captain in 2011...finished career with 56 career goals...holds the record for most goals scored in a single season (22 in 2011)...earned three letters in nordic and track and field...was on the Honor Roll four years...member of the National Honor Society.
Played for Dakota Rev SC Fury...2009 and 2010 Schwan's USA Cup Champion...2010 Premier Champion...semi-finalist in the 2011 Las Vegas College Showcase.
Daughter of Heidi and Jeff Dykema...has two siblings, Gage and Olivia...born on January 9, 1994...plans to major in biology.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT ELLE...
"Elle is one of the best forwards to ever play in our program. As a four year starter for the Raiders, she posed a constant threat to opposing teams. The highest compliment paid to her came from opposing teams who began organizing their defensive plans around Elle in the hopes to contain her speed and scoring ability. Elle always put the team first, and her desire to improve and make the team better was always at the front of her goals. She was an excellent leader and would play wherever we needed her. I am very excited that she is staying in Minnesota to play for the Gophers." - Troy Cohrs, Northfield High School Coach
"Elle's hard work and explosiveness can change any game in an instant. Combining this with her positive attitude towards the game and her teammates will make her a great Gopher." - Tobbe Thorsell, Dakota Rev Soccer Club
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