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Golden Gopher Gymnastics
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2010 minnesota gymnastics
Table of Contents Welcome to Gopher Gymnastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 University of Minnesota Quick Facts, Media Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 2010 Minnesota Gymnastics Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 2010 Season Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 Head Coach Meg Stephenson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7 Assistant Coach Jenny Alf Hansen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Assistant Coach Louie Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Volunteer Assistant Coach Jim Stephenson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Minnesota Gymnastics Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 2010 Golden Gophers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-26 Alexis Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Ana Balboa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Jamie Bullock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Kendra Elm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Kristin Furukawa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Yuri Nagai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Lucy Ennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Briana Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Amber Hammerschmidt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Kylie Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Jasmine Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Janell Campbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Shannon Golich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Jenny Weber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 2009 Season Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 2009 Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-29 The University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-48 Peik Gymnasium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 The Sports Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50-51 Out & About with Gopher Gymnastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 The Record Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53-60 All-Time Letterwinners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Year-by Year Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Awards & Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56-57 Team Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Sports Pavilion Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Individual Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Featured Alumnae . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Minnesota Quick Facts Location: Minneapolis, Minn. Enrollment: 50,402 President: Robert Bruininks Founded: 1851 Nickname: Golden Gophers Colors: Maroon and Gold Affiliation: NCAA Division I Conference: Big Ten Athletics Director: Joel Maturi Home Arena: Sports Pavilion (5,700) Head Coach: Meg Stephenson (Iowa State, 1981) Assistant Coaches: Jenny Alf Hansen (Minnesota, 2003), Louie Johnson (Minnesota, 1995) 2009 Record: 12-15 2009 Big Ten Championships: 4th 2009 NCAA Regional: 5th 2009 NCAA Championships: DNQ Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/3 Big Ten Champions Returning/Lost: 0/1 All-Americans Returning/Lost: 0/0 The 2010 Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics Media Guide is published by the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Communications Office. Additional copies may be purchased for $8 (shipping & handling included) by visiting gophersports.com to order online. For more information, please contact the athletic communications office at: Phone: (612) 625-4090 Fax: (612) 625-0359 Email: email@example.com
Media Information The 2010 Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics media guide is intended to answer questions about the upcoming season and assist the media in coverage of the team throughout the 2010 season. Requests for additional information should be made to Sara Berhow at 612-625-5560. Credentials: Requests for media credentials for home meets at the Sports Pavilion should be made in advance to Sara Berhow.
The 2010 Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics Media Guide was written and compiled by Sara Berhow. Layout and design by Sara Berhow. Cover concept by Jim Stephenson, cover design by Jeff Keiser. Photography: Alicia Jerome, Eric Miller, Chris Mitchell and Jerry Lee. Printing: University of Minnesota Printing Services. Special thanks to Bob Swoverland and the staff at University of Minnesota Printing Services.
In-season interviews: All requests for interviews with either gymnasts or coaches should be directed to the athletic communications office at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled interview time.
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GOLDEN GOPHER ATHLETICS MISSION STATEMENT To serve as a window to the University, in an environment of integrity and equity, that enables student-athletes to achieve excellence in their academic and athletic pursuits.
Gymnastics Contact: Sara Berhow E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Phone: 612-625-5560 Cell Phone: 651-253-9923 Website: www.gophersports.com Mailing Address: 244 Bierman Field Athletic Building 516 15th Avenue SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
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2010 team roster
The 2010 Golden Gophers Row 1: Ana Balboa, Briana Jones, Amber Hammerschmidt, Janell Campbell, Yuri Nagai. Row 2: Kendra Elm, Lucy Ennis, Shannon Golich, Kristin Furukawa. Row 3: Jasmine Brown, Kylie Smith, Jamie Bullock, Alexis Russell, Jenny Weber.
Ana Balboa Jasmine Brown Jamie Bullock Janell Campbell Kendra Elm Lucy Ennis Kristin Furukawa Shannon Golich Amber Hammerschmidt Briana Jones Yuri Nagai Alexis Russell Kylie Smith Jenny Weber
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Monterrey, Mexico Murrieta, Calif. Eden Prairie, Minn. Germantown, Wis. Plymouth, Minn. Roseville, Minn. Pamona, Calif. Aurora, Ill. Rosemount, Minn. Grand Forks, N.D. Maryville, Tenn. Maplewood, Minn. Tulsa, Okla. Eden Prairie, Minn.
Universidad Regiomontana/Elite Gymnastics Academy Murrieta Valley HS/SECGA Eden Prairie HS/TAGS South Germantown HS/LaFleurâ€™s Academy of Gymnastics Wayzata HS/Olympic Gymnastics Academy Trinity HS/Twin City Twisters Diamond Ranch/SCATS Diamond Elite Gymnastics West Aurora HS/Phenom Gymnastics Roosemount HS/Twin City Twisters Red River HS/Red River Gymnastics Maryville HS/Premier Athletics Tartan HS/Perpetual Motion Bishop Kelley HS/Krafft Academy of Gymnastics Eden Prairie HS/TAGS Eden Prairie
Head Coach: Meg Stephenson Athletic Trainer: Erika Esterby
Assistant Coaches: Jenny Alf Hansen, Louie Johnson Team Captain: Kristin Furukawa
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SEASON PREVIEW The Golden Gophers are looking forward to big things in 2010, with a bigger team than in past years and depth that makes coach Meg Stephenson believe this team can go far. The 2010 team is not heavy on seniors with just Alexis Russell in the senior class, but experience abounds. The Gophers lost just four routines to graduation after the 2009 season, meaning the Gophers have many returning competitors from last year’s line up. Minnesota returns two all around competitors from last season in Alexis Russell and Kendra Elm, as well as four additional upper-class gymnasts in team captain Kristin Furukawa, Ana Balboa, Jamie Bullock, and Yuri Nagai. The sophomore class has come back stronger and better. Lucy Ennis was the only member of her class to compete regularly in 2009. This season, both Kylie Smith and Briana Jones are poised to make the competition line up, joining Ennis, and make big contributions to the team. The team’s depth among returning athletes is bolstered by the addition of five new team members, three of whom are training in the all around. The Gophers are busy in the gym each day, with half of the team training in the all around, while five additional gymnasts are training in three events. Because of all the routines available for the line up, there’s tough competition between gymnasts to earn one of the six spots in the line up on each event.
“It really works for us to have good, consistent competition in the gym, where the athletes push each other to be better. We have 14 athletes and at least 12 people training on each event. With only six spots in the line up for each event, each athlete has to work hard to earn her spot on competition day.” “Our entire team stayed on campus all summer and went to volunteer workouts,” added Meg Stephenson. “All on their own, they set up a weight training regimen with Kelly, our strength and conditioning coach, and they lifted weights three times a week all summer. They took their volunteer practice opportunities seriously and it shows in their gymnastics. They were able to make upgrades and fine tune their routines.” In addition to five new gymnasts, the Gophers also have a new member of the coaching staff in Louie Johnson. As former co-head coach Jim Stephenson went on disability leave, the Gophers hired Johnson to join the Minnesota staff as an assistant coach. “Louie is not only a great coach and a great spotter, having him on our staff opens up opportunities to do a lot of drill work and skill work that is necessary” said Stephenson. “I’m just very excited about our coaching team this year. We’re fortunate to have three spotters, that helps us in drills and teaching. Having Jim at practice as a volunteer coach to share his expertise is just the icing on the cake. We have all the bases covered.”
Vault The Gophers lost their top vault competitor from 2009 in Carmelina Carabajal, who had the team’s top four scores on vault last season and led the team in average vault score. However, there are several top vault performers returning for 2010. Returning to the vault line up are two top performers in senior Alexis Russell and junior Jamie Bullock. Russell was the top vault scorer at three meets last season including the NCAA Regional Championship, and earned a season average score of 9.760. Jamie Bullock just vaulted in the final four meets of the season, but she made a big impact on the vault team at the end of the season when she did compete. The four meets in which Bullock vaulted were the four best team vault scores of the season. Among returning gymnasts, Bullock had the team’s highest average vault score last season, earning a 9.813 average. Both Russell and Bullock earned top scores of 9.85 in 2009. Junior Yuri Nagai also returns to the vault line up, and according to Stephenson, has improved greatly on her
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Lucy Ennis vault’s strength. Nagai had a top score of 9.825 last season. Another junior, Ana Balboa, did not compete on vault last season, but trained during the 2009 season. In the off season, Balboa and Kristin Furukawa upgraded to 10.0 vaults, improving their chances of making the vault line up in 2010. Sophomore Lucy Ennis was a regular in the vault line up as a freshman last season, vaulting in every meet. Her top score of the season was 9.775. All five of the new team members are vaulting, causing the coaching staff much excitement about the possibilities for the vault team, noting one freshmen’s talent in particular. “Shannon Golich is a standout vaulter, she’s very powerful,” said Stephenson. “I’m also really enthused about the potential of Jenny Weber on vault, she’s such a hard worker,” explained Stephenson. “She was previously coached by Gopher alum Carolyn Yernberg who was a star vaulter for Minnesota during her college career.”
Uneven Bars “We return great bars competitors in junior Kristin Furukawa and senior Alexis Russell,” explained Stephenson. “Kristin has a new bars routine this season, and Alexis has upgraded her routine, which should make them stand-out performers this season.” Furukawa and Russell were the team’s top performers in 2009, tying for the best average score, each accumulating an average of 9.835. Furukawa owned the Gophers’ top score in 2009 with a 9.925, placing her among Mninesota’s top 10 all-time top performers on uneven bars. Russell earned two scores of 9.9 on the season, marking her career-high scores. In addition to Furukawa and Russell, juniors Yuri Nagai and Kendra Elm return to the bars line up after being regular competitors on bars last season. Both Nagai and Elm are working to upgrade
Kristin Furukawa their routines. Nagai had an average of 9.727 on bars last year, and had a top score of 9.85. Elm’s average for 2009 was 9.752, and also had a season-best score of 9.85. Jamie Bullock is also a top performer on bars, and Coach Stephenson is hopeful that she will be available for the bars line up in 2010. “Jamie has two new releases as well as a new dismount on bars, she is doing really well after a year off,” said Stephenson. Four of the team’s newcomers are training on bars, and Coach Stephenson is pleased with their progress. “I’ve seen really excellent work from Janell Campbell, Shannon Golich, Jasmine Brown and Amber Hammerschmidt,” said Stephenson. “Their abilities will add to an already deep squad on bars.”
Balance Beam “Our beam team was very strong last year,” Stephenson commented. “We lost Carmelina Carabajal, who had anchored our beam line up last season, but we gained a wonderful beam competitor in Amber Hammerschmidt. We also have a much-improved sophomore class on beam and some strong freshmen.” Senior Alexis Russell also returns to the beam line up, and has a some routine changes for the upcoming season. Russell had a top score of 9.875 last season, and competed on beam in all but one meet.
The junior class is full of top beam competitors with Kristin Furukawa, Kendra Elm, Jamie Bullock and Ana Balboa returning to the line up. All four were regular competitors last season, and have added new skills to their routines for 2010. Among returning gymnasts,
While none of the sophomores competed on beam last year, Lucy Ennis, Briana Jones and Kylie Smith have each improved on beam, and Ennis has changed her tumbling series and added some new skills. Frosh Shannon Golich won her state meet on beam last season, and Janell Campbell is also a strong beam worker, according to Coach Stephenson. Jasmine Brown has a nice presence on beam and is a beautiful performer.
Coach Stephenson is excited about upgrades and improvements to all the returning routines on floor. “We have really solid tumbling this year,” explained Stephenson. “Every person has learned new tumbling.”
season, and looks strong again this season. Ennis’ top score last season was 9.75. Briana Jones and Kylie Smith will both contend for a spot in the line up, and both have new tumbling passes in their routines this year.
Senior Alexis Russell is the top returning scorer on floor, and earned a high score of 9.95 last season to tie for the team’s best score of the season. Russell also earned the best average score on floor last season with a 9.848.
The newcomers will also make a difference for the Gophers this season. “Amber Hammerschmidt will make an immediate impact for us, she’s a graceful and polished performer,” said Stephenson. “Janell Campbell is an amazing dancer, she reminds us of alum MaryAnne Kelley, who was one of the top floor competitors in Minnesota gymnastics history.”
Juniors Ana Balboa, Kendra Elm and Yuri Nagai also return from last season’s line up. Both Balboa and Elm have new routines for 2010. Nagai earned a top score of 9.85 last year, while Balboa and Elm each earned top scores of 9.825 in 2009.
Bullock had the top average score in 2009 with a 9.710. Bullock earned her season-best score of 9.875 in three meets. Balboa has led off the beam line up for the past two seasons, and had an average of 9.685 with a top score of 9.825 in 2009.
The sophomore class looks to make a big impact on floor this year. Lucy Ennis was a regular floor competitor last
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head coach • 18th season at Minnesota
After having the title of co-head coach for the past 12 seasons at Minnesota, Meg Stephenson embarks on her first year as the sole head coach of the Golden Gopher women’s gymnastics program. Meg has spent the previous 12 seasons sharing head coach duties with her husband, Jim Stephenson, after serving as an assistant coach in her first five seasons with the Gophers. While Minnesota enters a new era in the team’s history with Meg standing solo at the helm of the Golden Gopher program, much has remained the same. The team-first attitude and focus on detail are unchanged. The coaches’ care for the gymnasts and strong leadership of their athletes are the same. The family environment in the gym that draws so many athletes to the Minnesota program is consistent. The goals of contending for a Big Ten title and earning trips to the NCAA Championships are constant. Throughout her tenure at Minnesota, Meg Stephenson has believed that the athletes on her team should continue to improve their gymnastics throughout their collegiate careers, and that the gymnasts should expect more than just maintaining their current skills. The coaches take pride in running a teaching program, and the success of their gymnasts shows that the program works. A recent example of skill improvement under the Stephenson’s leadership is 2005 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year Carolyn Yernberg. Yernberg joined the team as a walk-on in 2002, and went on to become the first gymnast in Minnesota history to score a 10.0, and became a Big Ten Champion in the floor exercise. The coaching strengths of the Stephensons were evident in their athlete’s performances in 2002 when Minnesota achieved its highest national finish (9th) in the history of the program. Minnesota’s tandem received Big Ten Coach of the Year honors twice (1998, 2002), as well as Regional Coach of
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the Year honors in 2002. The duo led the Golden Gophers to NCAA regional competition in each of the past 14 seasons, capturing top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships twice (1997, 2002). In their 17-year tenure at Minnesota, the Stephensons have led the Gophers to top-25 national finishes 10 times. The Gophers’ final 2008 ranking of No. 16 tied for the third-best national finish in team history. The Golden Gophers have won two Big Ten Championships in the Stephenson era, in 1998 and 2006. Meg owns an 173-147-1 record in her 12 years as a co-head coach at Minnesota. After reaching the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla., in 1997 and coaching the Golden Gophers to a 10thplace finish, the Stephensons said they had reached one of the goals they set out to accomplish at Minnesota. After beating that performance with the 9th-place national finish in 2002, Meg now looks to guide the team to a return trip to the NCAA Championships in 2010. In her work with the balance beam and floor exercise teams, Stephenson has produced championship-caliber athletes for the Golden Gophers. She is responsible for the choreagraphy of the team’s beam and floor routines, as well as arranging the music for floor exercise. She has helped guide three Gophers to Big Ten balance beam titles (Mindy Knaeble in 1997, Cathy Keyser in 1998 and Carmelina Carabajal in 2009), and one gymnast to a Big Ten title in the floor exercise (Carolyn Yernberg in 2005). In 2002, she guided two athletes (MaryAnne Kelley and Annie Laatsch) to All-America performances on the floor exercise. The Stephensons have worked to increase meet attendance at the Sports Pavilion and to uphold and better the University of Minnesota’s gymnastics reputation locally and
Meg Stephenson at Minnesota YEAR 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997* 1996* 1995* 1994* 1993*
BIG TEN 4th 6th 5th 1st 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 4th 4th 3rd 6th
REGION 5th 3rd 5th 5th 4th 6th 5th 2nd 3rd 4th tie-4th 5th 4th 6th DNQ 5th DNQ**
NCAA DNQ DNQ** DNQ DNQ** DNQ** DNQ DNQ 9th DNQ** DNQ** DNQ DNQ 10th DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
* Stephenson served as an assistant coach from 1993-1997 ** Team did not qualify for competition, however individual gymnasts qualified and competed
coaching staff nationally. Minnesota has ranked among the top 20 nationally in average home attendance in each of the last 13 seasons, ranking as high as ninth in the country in 2000. In 2008, Minnesota added two meets to the top 10 list in the school’s attendance records. With 3,571 fans at the 2008 NCAA Regional Championship, Minnesota set a new all-time attendance record. The 2008 Best of Minnesota meet drew a crowd of 2,685 to tie for the ninthbiggest attendance in program history. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Meg was a consultant for four years at the University of Utah, where she assisted in both balance beam and floor exercise. From 1982-87, Jim and Meg Stephenson owned and coached at the Pantheon School of Gymnastics in Rancho Cordova, Calif., where they produced 98 individual state champions, two national Junior Olympic champions and seven state team champions. Outside of Golden Gopher gymnastics, Meg has been very active in the gymnastics community, on a local and national scale. She served as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women
from 1995-98. After completing her third year in the position, she declined to run again in order to focus more completely on coaching and return to school, but continues to serve on the executive board. Meg was a member of the USAG Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008. She has served as the chair of the Big Ten women’s gymnastics coaches, and recently completed a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships Committee. From 1988-90, Meg served as a gymnastics official and was an executive board member of the Northern California Coaches Association from 1985-87. Stephenson was the owner, co-head coach and business manager of the Pantheon School of Gymnastics in Rancho Cordova, Calif., from 1982-87. Meg was an accomplished gymnast in her collegiate days at Iowa State University from 1977-81. She served as the team captain for the Cyclones in 1980 and 1981. She was also a four-year regional competitor. Before Stephenson attended Iowa State, she was a four-year competitor for Evanston Township High School.
In 1998 Stephenson was named to the Evanston Township High School Athletic Hall of Fame. She was named the Colgate High School Woman Athlete of the Year in 1977 and the AMF Illinois Outstanding Senior Gymnast. She is also a member of the IHSGC Hall of Fame. Stephenson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1981 from Iowa State and received her master’s degree in human resource development at the University of Minnesota in 2003. The Stephensons live in Plymouth, Minn. They have two children, son Jack and daughter Sierra. Jack attends the University of Minnesota-Duluth, while Sierra is a student at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minn.
Quoting Meg Stephenson ON THE GOLDEN GOPHERS’ TRAINING PHILOSOPHY: “The Minnesota gymnasts train in an environment where staying safe, having fun, and improving are the prioritized objectives. The University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team works to continually increase difficulty value without sacrificing form, excecution, or consistency. We hold a philosophy closely aligned to the concepts of classic, artistic gymnastics and pride ourselves on substantial improvement through positive coaching.” ON THE FUTURE OF GOLDEN GOPHER GYMNASTICS: “Our continually improving national ranking has made us more visible to the top talent. Our recruitment from that pool is evidence that Minnesota has become a big-league player in collegiate women’s gymnastics. We are at a world-class university that is not only on the cutting edge of intercollegiate athletics, but whose financial support and long-range commitment is equalled by few other institutions. This program is a complete package, possessing all of the key ingredients needed for continued success.” 7 * Minnesota Gymnastics
Jenny Alf Hansen assistant coach • fourth season
Jenny (Alf) Hansen, a Gopher gymnast from 2000-2003, and a former volunteer assistant coach, is entering her fourth season as the assistant coach for the Gopher women's gymnastics program. Hansen, who spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois before returning to the Minnesota program, is involved in virtually every aspect of the program. Hansen is responsible for the Gophers’ vaulting team, and also works with the beam and floor competitors. She acts as a liaison with several groups, including the booster club and Gopher gymnastics alumnae. Hansen is very involved in planning the annual Minnesota Gymnastics Foundation Hall of Fame banquet. "We were looking to find someone who is fully capable of coaching in the gym, and who can handle all of the responsibilities outside of the gym," explained co-head coach Jim Stephenson. "Jenny primarily works on vault, floor exercise and the balance beam. She also works with trampoline training. She is more involved in the recruiting process than any assistant coach we've had. She has a great eye for gymnastics, and has experience in this area from her work at Illinois." At Illinois, Hansen primarily dealt with the floor exercise, music selection compilation, and choreography. In addition to coaching the floor exercise competitors, she also played an important role in on-campus recruiting and alumni relations. Illinois recorded a record of 11-12 in 2006, and finished seventh at the Big Ten Championship with a team score of 192.500. At the NCAA South Central Region Championship, Illinois came in fourth with a score of 193.125, and finished the season with a No. 25 national ranking. As a volunteer assistant coach in 2005, Hansen helped coach the Golden Gophers to a third-place showing at the Big Ten Championships, which was the team’s highest finish at the conference championships since 2002. As a student assistant coach in 2004, she helped lead Minnesota to record-breaking performances, including the program's best team score, a 197.700, and the best uneven bars and balance beam scores in team history. As a gymnast, Hansen competed as a Golden Gopher from 2000-2003. In 2003, she finished fifth in the vault at the NCAA Regional Championships with a career-best score of 9.850. At the completion of her career, she ranked third on Minnesota's all-time top performers list on the balance beam (9.925), was tied for seventh on the floor exercise list (9.925), and was tied for ninth all-time on the vault (9.850). Hansen, a native of Ripon, Wis., served as a team captain in her senior season with the Maroon and Gold. She was a four-year letterwinner and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She completed her bachelor's degree in kinesiology in at the University of Minnesota in May of 2004, and went on to earn a master’s in sports management at Minnesota in 2009. "Jenny's return to Minnesota has been a wonderful attribute to our program," said Stephenson. "She was a great gymnast, and she is a great leader. She stayed with us for two seasons after her competition days were done to learn the other side of things. She left for Illinois for a year, where she was able to get different perspectives. Joining back with us has been a great benefit to our program." Hansen and her husband Justin reside in Rosemount, Minn.
Head Coach Meg Stephenson on Jenny Alf Hansen: “We have always had certain goals with our staff. We want to have the highest technical knowledge, we want to coach with a teaching philosophy where the athletes are treated with compassion and understanding, and we want to display a level of motivation that equals what we expect from the athletes. Jenny’s phiosophy and style perfectly compliment us in that regard.”
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“We are fortunate to have a Gopher alum on our coaching staff, especially one with such passion, loyalty, and leadership ability. Jenny has capabilities in every aspect of what we do as coaches, so she is able to positively affect every part of our program. Jenny will help us take the Minnesota gymnmastics program to the next level.”
assistant coach • first season
Louie Johnson, a Gopher gymnast from 1990-94, returns to Minnesota for a full-time coaching position with the Gopher women’s gymnastics program this season. Johnson spent the previous eight years coaching at the Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plymouth, Minn. Previous to his tenure at Olympic Gymnastics, he coached the Eagan High School gymnastics team for six seasons. He began his duties with the Golden Gopher squad on September 14. “I am so excited about coming back to the University of Minnesota, everything is coming full circle,” said Johnson. “This is a dream come true, I cherished my time as a member of the Gopher gymnastics team, and I’m thrilled about joining the great program that Meg and Jim Stephenson have built.” At Olympic Gymnastics, Johnson worked with Level 9 and Level 10 competitive-level teams and was involved in all aspects of their training, from creating customized routines to teaching skills to strength training to spotting. In 2009, Johnson earned the USAG Spotter of the Year Award. During his coaching tenure, Johnson coached current Gopher all arounder Kendra Elm to Senior B Level 9 national titles in the all around, bars and vault in 2005. Elm moved up to Level 10 in 2006 and was the Minnesota state champion on bars and qualified for the 2006 Junior Olympic National Championship. Elm was one of two Level 10 national championship qualifiers that Johnson trained in 2007. In addition to coaching success with Kendra Elm, Johnson also coached the 2006 Senior B Level 9 national champion on balance beam. From 1995 to 2001, Johnson coached the Eagan High School gymnastics team. The Eagan Wildcats won the Minnesota state title in 1998 when Johnson was an assistant coach with the program. While coaching at Eagan, he was involved in many facets of the program, including strength training, spotting, serving as liaison with the parents and boosters, scheduling and supervising staff. As a gymnast, Johnson competed as a Golden Gopher from 1990-1994. In 1992, he was a member of the Big Ten Championship team. In 1993, he competed in three events at the NCAA Championship team finals and helped the Gophers to a fifth-place national finish. Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1995 with a bachelor’s of science degree in parks and recreation. He is a native of Knoxville, Tenn., but has remained in Minnesota since coming to Minneapolis for his college career. Louie and his wife Jennifer reside in New Hope.
Head Coach Meg Stephenson on Louie Johnson: “Louie Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff. As a Minnesota alum, he has a passion for the university and all of the opportunities it affords our student athletes. As a competitor, he has a high level of NCAA experience and success and understands what it takes to be a champion. As a Junior Olympic coach, he has worked with many athletes of different abilities and has been successful at developing their skills and competitive prowess. As a person, Louie fits in perfectly with the rest of the staff as he shares our desire to provide the most successful and positive athletics experience possible for our student/athletes.”
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volunteer assistant coach • 18th season at Minnesota
While Jim Stephenson is certainly not new to Minnesota gymnastics, he is serving in a new role this season. After 17 years as a head coach with the Golden Gopher program, Jim is now a volunteer assistant coach. During his 17 years at the helm of the Minnesota program, Stephenson experienced many successes. The coaching strengths of the Stephenson duo were evident in their athlete’s performances in 2002 when Minnesota achieved its highest national finish (9th) in the history of the program. Minnesota’s tandem received Big Ten Coach of the Year honors twice (1998, 2002), as well as Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2002. The co-head coaches led the Golden Gophers to NCAA regional competition in each of the past 14 seasons, capturing top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships twice (1997, 2002). In their 17-year tenure at Minnesota, the Stephensons have led the Gophers to top-25 national finishes 10 times. The Gophers’ final 2008 ranking of No. 16 tied for the third-best national finish in team history. The Golden Gophers have won two Big Ten Championships in the Stephenson era, in 1998 and 2006. Together, the Stephensons own a 173-147-1 record in their 12 years as a co-head coaches at Minnesota. Jim has a 232-218-1 record in his 17 years as a head coach at Minnesota. In addition to the two Big Ten Coach of the Year honors he shared with Meg Stephenson, Jim was also honored as the league’s coach of the year in 1997 and 1995. The Stephensons have worked to increase meet attendance at the Sports Pavilion and to uphold and better the University of Minnesota’s gymnastics reputation locally and nationally. Minnesota has ranked among the top 20 nationally in average home attendance in each of the last 13 seasons, ranking as high as ninth in the country in 2000. In 2008, Minnesota added two meets to the top 10 list in the school’s attendance records. With 3,571 fans at the 2008 NCAA Regional Championship, Minnesota set a new all-time attendance record. The 2008 Best of Minnesota meet drew a crowd of 2,685 to tie for the ninth-biggest attendance in program history.
Jim Stephenson knows all about coaching a team to national success. Before coming to Minnesota, Stephenson spent four years at the University of Utah as the first assistant coach. He helped coach the women’s program to national titles in 1990 and 1992. Before going to Utah, Stephenson was an assistant men’s coach at the University of New Mexico. There he coached NCAA vault champion Chad Fox and NCAA rings champion Paul O’Neill. From 1982-87, Jim and Meg Stephenson owned and coached at the Pantheon School of Gymnastics in Rancho Cordova, Calif., where they produced 98 individual state champions, two national Junior Olympic champions and seven state team champions. Outside of coaching, Stephenson has an accomplished history on the collegiate competitive level as well. Stephenson was a member of Iowa State’s NCAA championship teams in 1971 and 1973, and earned All-America honors in 1973. Stephenson and his teammates were honored by Iowa State in December 2006 for their accomplishments, and are now recognized with national championship banners in ISU’s home arena. Prior to college, he won Southern California High School all-around titles in 1967 and 1969. Stephenson competed internationally in the 1974 World University Games in Moscow and represented the United States in the 1974 South African World Cup. In addition to his coaching success, Stephenson is an accomplished artist and has worked as a technical illustrator for numerous U.S. Sports Federations. He has also sculpted various bronze pieces for both public sites, including Oregon State University and the University of Georgia, as well as several private collections. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and moving to San Diego at age 10, Stephenson graduated from Iowa State in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Head Coach Meg Stephenson on Jim Stephenson: “Having Jim as a part of our staff in his new volunteer role has been amazing. His ability to step back and watch has opened up a new and incredibly effective perspective to his coaching. We are so grateful for his continued presence in the gym and contributions to practice as it allows us to move ahead without missing a beat. I am so confident in our staff to take our program to the next level and continue to provide the wonderfully unique experience that we create for our student athletes.”
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student assistant coach
Erika Esterby is in her 10th year as an athletic trainer at the University of Minnesota, working with the women’s gymnastics and golf teams. Esterby earned her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1998 and her master’s degree in biomechanics from Ball State University in May 2000. She completed her thesis at Ball State University on “Effects of Multiple Ice Treatments on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness”. Prior to starting at Minnesota in August 2000, Esterby was a graduate assistant certified athletic trainer at Ball State University. Esterby resides in Apple Valley with her husband Matt, and sons Kyan and Kasen.
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Carmelina Carabajal, a Gopher gymnast from 2006-09, is working with the team as a student assistant coach this season while she completes her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. After graduating from the University in December 2009, Carabajal plans to attend nursing school. Carabajal was a four-year standout for the Golden Gophers, earning All-Big Ten acclaim in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a senior in 2009, she won the Big Ten title on the balance beam, and was the Big Ten all around champion. A three-time Team MVP, Carabajal served as the team captain in her senior year. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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the 2010 squad
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SENIOR SOUTH MAPLEWOOD, MINN. High School Tartan Club Perpetual Motion
ALEXIS RUSSELL Why I Compete: I compete to prove that I am not only my potential but my success • I compete because it separates me from the average person and the average athlete • I compete to make history
RUSSELL’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.900 Bars - 9.900 Beam - 9.875 Floor - 9.950 All around - 39.450 2009 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.850 Bars - 9.900 Beam - 9.875 Floor - 9.950 All around - 39.450 2008 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.850 Bars - 9.825 Beam - 9.800 Floor - 9.825 All around - 39.175 2007 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.900 Bars - 9.775 Beam - 9.800 Floor - 9.825 All around - 39.125
2010 Season: Named a “Gymnast to Watch” by the Big Ten coaches • recipient of the Sophia Benaires Endowed Scholarhip. 2009 Season: An all around performer at 11 meets • earned first-team All-Big Ten honors • finished fourth in the Big Ten in the all around • was the Big Ten runner up on bars • tied for fifth place on beam at the Big Ten meet • was the top scorer for the Gophers on bars at six meets • won four event titles on the uneven bars during the year • tied with Kristin Furukawa for the team’s top season-average bars score (9.835) • her bars score counted toward the team score at every competition in 2009 • was Minnesota’s highest scorer on floor at six meets • won three floor titles in 2009 • tied with Carmelina Carabajal for the top floor score of the season after scoring a career-best 9.95 against Iowa (3/14) • tied for No. 3 on Minnesota’s all-time top floor performers list • ranks fourth in the all around among Minnesota’s all-time top all arounders • the all around champion at three meets. 2008 Season: Performed in 10 competitions, missing four meets with a knee injury • was an all around competitor at four meets • tallied all around scores above 39.0 at two meets • saved her best all around performance of the season for the last meet, earning a personal best all around score of 39.175 at the NCAA Regional Championship, narrowly missing a trip to the NCAA Championship • notched the team’s best vault score of the season with a 9.850 against Oklahoma (3/22) • was the team’s top scorer on vault at two meets, including the NCAA Regional Championship (4/12) • competed on bars in eight meets • earned a personal best mark of 9.825 against Illinois-Chicago (2/23) to place second • performed on beam in four meets • earned a career-best mark with a 9.800 against Oklahoma
(3/22) • matched her best beam score with a 9.800 at the NCAA Regional Championship (4/12) • competed on floor in nine meets • set a personal-best mark with a 9.825 against Illinois-Chicago (2/23) • had the team’s second-highest average score on floor with a 9.761. 2007 Season: Competed on vault, bars and floor at all 13 meets during the season • was a beam and all around competitor at 10 meets • letterwinner • tallied the team’s second-highest all around score with a 39.125 at Utah State (3/17), earning a second-place finish • owned three of Minnesota’s top five scores on vault of the year • tallied a 9.900 on vault in the meet against Washington to set a personal-best score and tie for second place • placed among the top three on vault at four meets, including wins in the meet against Iowa (2/24) and at Utah State (3/17) • tallied an average vault score of 9.646 for the year • earned her best floor score of 9.825 three times – against Iowa (2/24), at Iowa (3/4) and at Utah State (3/17) • compiled a season-average score of 9.710 on floor • earned her best bars score of 9.775 twice, at Arizona (2/2) and at Iowa (3/4) • took first place on bars at the Best of Minnesota (2/10) with a 9.725 • had an average bars score of 9.619 • was Minnesota’s highest scorer on beam at the Big Ten Championships, with a personal-best mark of 9.800 to tie for eighth place. High School/Club: A 2006 graduate of Tartan High School • competed for Perpetual Motion, and competed for the Tartan gymnastics team her junior and senior seasons • won the all around, floor exercise, and bars titles at the 2006 Junior Olympic state meet • wont the floor title, and finished second on the bars, fourth on the beam, and fifth on the vault at the J.O. regional championship in 2006 • went on to the J.O. National Championship, where she placed
seventh on the floor, and eighth on the beam and in the all around as a senior • a Minnesota state competition qualifier in every event in 2005, where placed second on the bars • an all-conference, allsection, and all-state honoree • set the Minnesota State High School League record with a score of 38.55 in the all around • the all around champion at the section meet in 2005, and won the all around at every regular season competition during the year • voted as her team MVP, and was featured as a Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week • missed the 2004 season due to an injury • qualified as a Junior National elite gymnast in 2003 • won the vault title at the 2003 Dragon Gymnastics Meet, and competed at the Elite Podium Meet, but missed part of the season recovering from her injury • became a Level 10 gymnast in 2002, and won the all around, vault and floor at the Junior Olympic state meet, and went on to take first place on the beam at the Junior Olympic Region IV meet • she finished 12th in the all around at the 2002 J.O. Level 10 National Championship • led her team to the Level 9 state championship in 2001, and won individual titles on the vault, bars, beam, and in the all around • a three-sport letterwinner at Tartan, also competing in cross country and track in addition to gymnastics • qualified for the state cross country meet as a junior • earned allconference honors in track, and was named honorable mention all-conference in cross country as a sophomore. Personal: Majoring in political sceince with a minor in communications • was an honor roll student all four years of high school • earned the Athletic Academic Award in 2004 and 2005 • lists singing, dancing and acting as hobbies • daughter of Barbara and Anthony Russell • has two brothers, Anthony and Tyler • born Sept. 8, 1988.
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JUNIOR MONTERREY, MEXICO High School Universidad Regiomontana Club Elite Gymnastics Academy
ANA BALBOA Why I Compete: I compete for my teammates • I compete for the feeling of making a perfect routine • I compete to make my family proud
BALBOA’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.575 Beam - 9.825 Floor - 9.775 2009 SEASON BESTS Beam - 9.825 Floor - 9.775 2008 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.575 Beam - 9.725
2010 Season: Recipient of the Ridder Endowed Scholarhip. 2009 Season: Competed on beam in every meet • was Minnesota’s top scorer on beam at Denver, where she earned a 9.825 and placed second • had an average beam score of 9.685 • competed on floor at 12 of 13 meets, missing one meet with a muscle injury • earned her personal-best floor score of 9.775 at three meets during the season • averaged 9.560 on floor • an Academic All-Big Ten award winner • earned NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honors. 2008 Season: Competed on vault and beam in her freshman season • was in the vault line up five times • earned her best vault score at Michigan (2/16) with a 9.575 on a 9.8 value vault • compiled an average vault score of 9.515 • competed on beam eight times • earned her best beam score, a 9.725, at three meets • had an average beam score of 9.513 • missed the last three meets of the season with an ankle injury. High School/Club: Trained at the Elite Gymnastics Academy under coach Adriana Porte • brings a wealth of experience to Minnesota after appearing in numerous national and international competitions • competed at the 2006 World Cup in Lyon, France, and earned a 15th-place finish in the floor exercise • won the all around title at the 2005
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Mexican National Championship • competed at the 2005 American Cup, where she finished ninth on beam • finished eighth on the floor at the 2004 Panamericano de Especialidades in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Personal: A 2006 graduate of Universidad Regiomontana, where she was honored for excellence in the classroom • trained with the same club coach as former Gopher All-American Judy Cavazos (19972000) • majoring in Marketing and Human Resources & Industrial Relations • daughter of Javier Balboa and Bella Gonzalez • has an older sister, Bella (21), and a younger brother, Javier (16).
JUNIOR EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. High School Eden Prairie Club TAGS South
JAMIE BULLOCK Why I Compete:
BULLOCK’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.850 Bars - 9.700 Beam - 9.875 Floor - 9.750 All around - 38.825 2009 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.850 Beam - 9.875 2008 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.825 Bars - 9.700 Beam - 9.750 2007 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.625 Bars - 9.700 Beam - 9.750 Floor - 9.750 All around - 38.825
I compete for the realization that I can push through any obstacle set it my path • I compete for the excitement of learning new skills, perfecting, then competing them in front of thousands of people • I compete to win 2010 Season: Recipient of the Eckman Endowed Scholarhip. 2009 Season: Competed on beam in every meet during the year • earned her personal-best beam score of 9.875 three times in 2009 • won her first event title on beam, tying for first against Iowa (3/14) • her beam score counted in the team score in 12 of 13 meets • finished in the top three on beam at seven competitions • returned to the vault line up at Arkansas (3/6) after not competing on vault for more than a year • had her career-high score on vault at the Big Ten meet (3/21) with a 9.85 to tie for ninth place • had the team's second-best season-average score on vault (9.813) • Minnesota’s four best team vault scores came in the four meets in which Bullock was in the line up • an NACGC/W Scholastic AllAmerican. 2008 Season: Struggled with a foot injury throughout the season • competed on vault at four meets, earning her personal best score of 9.825 at the Best of Minnesota (2/9) to tie for first place • her top vault score of 9.825 tied for the team’s secondbest individual vault score of the season • averaged 9.700 in her four vault performances • was in the line up on bars at three meets, earning her best score at the Best of Minnesota meet with a 9.700 • performed on beam at four meets, earning her best score against Iowa State (1/26) with a 9.725 • had an average beam score of 9.663.
2007 Season: Redshirt season • competed in the all around in the season opener against Iowa State (1/13), earning an all around score of 38.825 • competed on bars at Penn State (1/20) • had surgery on her right foot in January, and missed the remainder of the season. High School/Club: A 2006 graduate of Eden Prairie High School • trained at TAGS South, where she was coached by Bryon Hough and former Gopher gymnast Mindy (Knaeble) Kiff • qualified for the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship five times • missed the 2006 season due to an injury • won the all around and the beam title, and was the runner up on floor and vault at the 2005 J.O. state meet • finished second in the all around at the J.O. regional competition in 2005 • went on to claim sixth place in the all around, 11th place on floor, and 12th place on bars at the 2005 Junior Olympic National Championship • won the beam title, and was the runner up on floor and in the all around at the J.O. state meet in 2004 • was second in the all around, bars, and floor at the J.O. regional championship in 2004 • finished the 2004 season with a ninth-place showing on the floor and a 12th-place finish in the all around at J.O. nationals • came in eighth on the beam and floor at the 2003 J.O. national competition • finished eighth in the all around and seventh on the beam at the 2002 J.O. National Championship • competed in diving at Eden Prairie High School for three seasons, earning three letters • an all-conference and all-section honoree all three years she com-
peted in diving • an all-state award winner her sophomore and junior seasons • also named her team’s MVP in her sophomore and junior seasons • qualified to the state diving meet three times, finishing 10th as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and third as a junior • a nationally-ranked diver who was listed at No. 14 in the nation as a sophomore and No. 8 as a junior • a Star Tribune Athlete of the Week in 2004.
Personal: Majoring in kinesiology • was a National Honor Society member, and was on the honor roll all four years of high school • daughter of Jim and Mary Bullock • is the oldest of three children in her family, with younger brother Ryan (15) and younger sister Carly (10) • born August 3, 1988.
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JUNIOR PLYMOUTH, MINN. High School Wayzata Club Olympic Gymnastics
KENDRA ELM Why I Compete:
ELM’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.775 Bars - 9.850 Beam - 9.825 Floor - 9.825 All around - 39.075 2009 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.775 Bars - 9.850 Beam - 9.825 Floor - 9.825 All around - 39.075 2008 SEASON BESTS Bars - 9.825 Beam - 9.750
I compete for the first day of practice at the beginning of a new school year • I compete because I can walk into the locker room and see some of my best friends • I compete because I love to be challenged everyday • I compete for the Minnesota stitched on my back. 2010 Season: Recipient of the Gary Rooney Endowed Scholarhip. 2009 Season: Competed on bars and floor in every meet, and was an all arounder 10 times • earned her personal-best all around score of 39.075 against Northern Illinois (2/28) • tied with Yuri Nagai for the team’s best floor score at Nebraska (2/22) with a 9.80 • earned her career-best vault score of 9.775 at the Big Ten meet (3/21) • the team’s top scorer on bars at the NCAA Regional with a 9.8 (4/4) • compiled a season-average acore of 9.752 on bars, the third-best average on the team • earned Academic All-Big Ten honors • an NACGC/W Scholastic All-American • named the team’s Most Improved Gymnast. 2008 Season: Competed on bars in all 14 competitions, and performed on floor in 13 meets • earned her best bars score with a 9.825 at the Best of Minnesota meet (2/9) • was in the floor line up in all but the first meet of the season • earned her best floor score of 9.750 at Iowa State (3/2) • had average scores of 9.639 on bars and 9.594 on floor • Minnesota's nominee for Big Ten Freshman of the Year. High School/Club: Trained at Olympic Gymnastics Academy under coaches Louie Johnson, Katalin Deli and Gabor Deli • the Level 9 Western National Champion on the vault, bars, and in the all around in 2005 • won the all around at the J.O. state meet, and at the regional championship in 2005 • moved up to Level 10 in 2006, where she was the Minnesota State Champion on the bars • qualified to compete at the J.O. Regional Championship, where
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she was the bars champion, and placed third in the all around • was nominated for the Minnesota Junior Olympic Gymnast of the Year in 2006 • qualified for the 2006 J.O. National meet, but was not able to compete due to an in jury • qualified for the 2007 J.O. National Championship • in her first national championship appearance, she earned a top-10 finish on bars with a score of 9.55 to tie for 10th place • earned her best all around score of the season, a 37.175, to place 26th in the all around. Personal: A 2007 graduate of Wayzata High School • Biomedical engineering major • member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Society of Women Engineers • Institute of Technology scholarship winner • a National Honor Society member • Black Belt in Karate • daughter of Chance and Dawn Elm • has an older sister, Courtney, who is a Minnesota alum.
JUNIOR TEAM CAPTAIN POMONA, CALIF. High School Diamond Ranch Club SCATS Diamond Elite
KRISTIN FURUKAWA Why I Compete: I compete because chalk and sweat are my powder and perfume • I compete to test my boundaries and expand my limits • I compete for the alumni and future Golden Gophers!
FURUKAWA’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.650 Bars - 9.925 Beam - 9.875
2009 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.625 Bars - 9.925 Beam - 9.875
2008 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.650 Bars - 9.875
2010 Season: Named a “Gymnast to Watch” by the Big Ten coaches • will serve as team captain • recipient of the Alumni Leadership Endowed Scholarhip.. 2009 Season: Owned the team’s top bars score, with a career-best 9.925 vs. Iowa (3/14) • tied for sixth on Minnesota’s all-time top performers list on bars • her bars score counted toward the team score at every meet in 2009 • Minnesota’s top scorer on bars at six meets • owned five event titles on bars in the 2009 season • tied with Alexis Russell for the team’s best season-average score on bars (9.835) • won first place in her first beam performance this season with a 9.875 against Iowa State (2/7) • tied for first place on beam against Iowa (3/14), tying her career best with a 9.875. 2008 Season: A regular competitor on both vault and bars in her first season • performed on bars in all 14 meets of the season, and vaulted in 12 meets • tied with Carmelina Carabajal for the team’s best bars score of the season with a 9.875, which she earned in the meet against Illinois-Chicago (2/23) • was the team’s top scorer on bars at five meets • won three bars titles • has the team’s second-highest average bars score with a 9.689 • earned her best vault score at the Best of Minnesota meet (2/9) with a 9.650 • had an average score of 9.544 on vault.
injuries • in 2005, she competed at the Southern California State Championships at level 10, where she was the runner up on floor and the all around, and finished third on the bars • as a junior, she was the state champion at level 10 on the bars and beam, and placed fourth in the all around • went on to win the beam title at the 2006 J.O. Regional Championship, where she also finished fourth on bars and sixth in the all around • qualified for the 2006 J.O. National Championship, and was the national runner up on bars • at the 2007 J.O. National Championship, she earned four top-10 finishes highlighted by her fourth-place showing in the all around with a mark of 38.175. • in addition to her top-four finish in the all around, she also finished third on bars (9.65), eighth on floor (9.65), and tied for 10th place on beam (9.375) • with her all around finish, she has earned a spot on the Junior Olympic National Team. Personal: Was on the honor roll throughout her high school career, and was a National Honor Society member • earned the Presidents Award in 2004, and won the Foreign Language Department Award and the President’s Scholar Award in 2005 • in 2006, she was included in Who’s Who Among American High School Students • has worked as a coach for gymnasts ages 3-6 at SCATS Diamond Elite • plans to major in sports management • daughter of Vance and Berta Furukawa • has a younger sister, Staycee.
High School/Club: Competed with SCATS Diamond Elite Gymnastics under coaches Trent and Jill Spaulding • competed at the Junior Olympic Level 9 Regional Championship in 2002, where she finished fifth on the bars and eighth in the all around • finished fifth on the bars at the Western National Championships in 2002 • in 2003 and 2004, was only able to compete on bars and beam due to 17 * Minnesota Gymnastics
JUNIOR MARYVILLE, TENN. High School Maryville
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Why I Compete: I compete because gymnastics is my life • I compete because it gives me confidence and courage • I compete because I know the excitment of competing in front of thousands of people.
NAGAI’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.825 Bars - 9.850 Floor - 9.850 2009 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.825 Bars - 9.850 Floor - 9.850 2008 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.450 Bars - 9.825 Floor - 9.375
2009 Season: Competed on vault, bars and floor in every meet of the season • tied with Alexis Russell for Minnesota’s top score on bars at Denver with a 9.825 to place third • tied with Kendra Elm for the team’s best floor score at Nebraska (9.800) • her vault score counted toward the team score at 12 of 13 meets • had her best meet against Iowa (3/14), earning career-best scores in all three events in which she competed • compiled season-average scores of 9.669 on vault, 9.727 on bars, and 9.554 on floor. 2008 Season: Competed on bars at 13 meets • was the team’s top scorer on bars against New Hampshire (1/19) with a 9.650 to take second place • earned a personal best mark of 9.825 on bars at the Best of Minnesota meet (2/9) • compiled an average score of 9.648 on bars • competed on vault and floor once each • earned a 9.450 on vault against Oklahoma (3/22) • scored 9.375 on floor against New Hampshire (1/19). High School/Club: Yuri Nagai was a member of the Japan Junior National Team • competed in the Australian Youth Festival in 2003, where she finished seventh in the all around • qualified to compete in the J.O. National Championships multiple times, but was unable to compete until 2007 when U.S. citizenship was no longer a requirement to participate • despite suffering an elbow injury earlier in the 2007 season, she was able to continue training and was healthy enough to compete at the national level championship • had a high score of 9.275 on the bars at the 2007 J.O. National meet. Personal: A graduate of Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn. • a native of Japan • plans to major in sports management • daughter of Takeshi Nagai
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and Masumi Nagai • has a younger brother, Ryoichiro.
SOPHOMORE ROSEVILLE, MINN. High School Trinity School
Club Twin City Twisters
Why I Compete:
ENNIS’ BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.775 Bars - 9.850 Floor - 9.750 2009 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.775 Bars - 9.850 Floor - 9.750
I compete to be coated in sweat and chalk and feel my heartbeat rack my body • I compete because gymnastics fascinates me: it is the perfect marriage of science and art...a new lesson to be learned and beauty to create with every turn • I compete because gymnastics is my passion. 2009 Season: Competed on vault in every meet, and also competed on bars and floor in the later portion of the season • the only member of the freshman class to compete regularly in 2009 • tied for second place on bars against Northern Illinois, scoring a personal-best 9.850 • had season-average scores of 9.658 on vault, 9.468 on bars, and 9.520 on floor • Minnesota’s nominee for Big Ten Freshman of the Year • had a perfect 4.0 GPA for fall semester • an NACGC/W Scholastic All-American.
and beam, fourth in the all around, and fifth on bars at the Level 10 regionals • advanced to the 2006 Level 10 national competition, where she came in 11th on bars and 15th on beam. Personal: A 2008 graduate of Trinity School at River Ridge in Eagan, Minn. • received the Trinity at River Ridge Academic Award in 2007 • majoring in health and wellness • the daughter of Jim and Sally Ennis • the oldest of five children in her family with younger siblings Sara, Mary, Grace and Michael.
High School/Club: Trained at Twin City Twisters with coaches Mike Hunger and Sami Wozney • a three-time qualifier to the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship, earning trips to the national meet in both 2006, 2007 and 2008 • had four top-15 finishes at the 2008 J.O. National Championship, including top-10 finishes in the all around and bars • placed seventh in the all around and on bars • came in 11th on beam, 15th on vault and 22nd on floor • finished second on vault, third on bars, fourth on beam, seventh on floor and second in the allaround with a 37.425 at the 2008 regional championship • at the 2008 Minnesota state J.O. meet, she won the all around title with a score of 38.90, and was the beam champion with a score of 9.65 • also placed in the top three on bars and floor at the 2008 state meet • in 2007, she took first place on vault and bars at the Level 10 regional meet, while finishing third in the all around and on the floor, and fourth on beam • she moved on to the national meet, where she had two top-10 finishes, coming in seventh on the bars and ninth in the all around • finished among the top 20 in every event at the 2007 J.O. Nationals, placing 15th on vault, 17th on beam, and 19th on floor • in 2006, she finished third on vault 19 * Minnesota Gymnastics
SOPHOMORE ROSEMOUNT, MINN. High School Rosemount Previous School Arizona State Club Twin City Twisters
HAMMERSCHMIDT’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Bars - 8.975 Beam - 9.800 2009 SEASON BESTS Bars - 8.975 Beam - 9.800
AMBER HAMMERSCHMIDT Why I Compete: I compete for the intensity I put my mind and body through to accomplish a hard day of practice every day • I compete for the thrill of learning a new skill and being fearless when doing it • I compete to know I am doing something I truly love and have a strong passion for. 2009 Season (at Arizona State): Competed on beam in nine meets, earning her best score of 9.800 twice • also competed on bars in one meet. High School/Club: Competed on the club team, Twin City Twisters • was a 2005 and 2006 Level 10 Junior Olympics National qualifier • named 2006 Minnesota Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year Personal: A 2008 graduate of Rosemount High School • majoring in Kinesiology • daughter of Andy and Brenda Hammerschmidt • has one sister named Ashley (21) • was born on August 29, 1990.
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SOPHOMORE GRAND FORKS, N.D. High School Red River Club Red River Gymnastics
BRIANA JONES Why I Compete: I compete to make the impossible look easy • I compete for all the people who support me day after day • I compete to constantly strive for perfection. 2009 Season: Did not compete in 2009 • was an exhibition performer on floor in the season opener • was a regular alternate on beam • an NACGC/W Scholastic All-American. High School/Club: Trained under coaches James and J.J. Bayer at the Red River Valley Gymnastics Club • in 2008, she just missed qualifying for the J.O. National Championship, and was the first alternate for the national meet • qualified for the 2007 J.O. Level 10 National Championship • finished in third place in the all around at the North Dakota State Championship in both 2007 and 2008 • was the North Dakota High School state champion on beam and in the all around in 2006 • her high school team won three state titles during her tenure. Personal: A 2008 graduate of Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D., where she was at the top of her class • had a perfect 4.0 grade point average in high school, was a National Honor Society Member, was the Renaissance Committee Vice President, was a Rotary Student of the Month, and earned the Renaissance Personal Best Award • daughter of Mike and Kathy Jones • older brother, Derek, is also a University of Minnesota student.
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SOPHOMORE TULSA, OKLA. High School Bishop Kelley Club Krafft Academy of Gymnastics
KYLIE SMITH Why I Compete: Because I love to do cartwheels in the grass • To prove to myself and my critics that I can do anything • Because I know there is a little girl in the stands who wants to be just like me
SMITH’S BEST SCORES CAREER BESTS Vault - 9.100 2009 SEASON BESTS Vault - 9.100
2009 Season: Competed on vault once during the season, earning a 9.10 • an exhibition performer on vault and balance beam • an NACGC/W Scholastic All-American. High School/Club: Attended Krafft Academy of Gymnastics and trained with coaches Kristi Krafft and Jean-Luc Cairon • a two-time Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship qualifier (2007, 2008) • qualified for the 2008 national championship, but chose not to compete in order to attend her high school graduation • placed second on vault, sixth on bars, seventh on beam, eighth on floor and second in the all-around with a 37.125 at the 2008 regional championship • took four individual titles at the 2008 Oklahoma state meet, including the all around, with a personal-best score of 38.10 • won state titles on vault (9.625), beam (9.525), and floor (9.525) in 2008 • was the state runner up on bars with a 9.425 • qualified for the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship in 2007 after placing first on vault, fourth on beam, and sixth in the all around at the regional meet • at the 2007 national meet, she finished 15th on vault, and came in 37th in the all around • was third on vault and in the all around, and finished second on beam at the Oklahoma Level 10 State Championships in 2007 • in 2006, Smith finished fourth on beam and won the floor at the Oklahoma Level 9 State Championship • is a seventime Oklahoma All-State team member, and a twotime recipient of the Nadia Comaneci Award • winner of the 2008 Shannon Miller Award. Personal: A 2008 graduate of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Okla. • a National Honor Society President, and a National Merit Commended Student • on the “A” Honor Roll in every semester of high school • was listed in the Who’s Who Among
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American High School Students in 2007 • an AP Scholar with Distinction • intends to major in marketing • the daughter of M. Scott and MaryBeth Smith.
FRESHMAN MURRIETA, CALIF. High School Murietta Valley
Why I Compete: I compete because it's the best sport ever • I compete to fly • I compete because it's where my heart belongs. High School/Club: A 2009 graduate of Murrieta Valley High School • trained at SECGA where she was coached by Meredith Paulicivic, Craig Maurello and Kathy Strate • junior season was cut short due to an injury, however, she was a Junior Olympic Level 10 National Qualifier as a sophomore in 2007 • finished sixth on bars at the 2007 nationals • that same season, she had two top-10 finishes at the regional meet, coming in third on bars and second on beam • won three titles at the 2007 California state championship, winning on bars, floor, and the all around • competed at level 9 in the 2006 season, winning four titles at the state meet (vault, bars, floor and all around), before advancing to the regional meet where she took first place on floor and in the all around, in addition to being the runner up on vault and bars • qualified for the 2006 J.O. Level 9 Championship, where she won titles on bars and in the all around, and came in second on vault, beam, and floor • was named her gym’s Most Valuable Gymnast in both 2006 and 2007. Personal: Plans to major in either sports medicine or arthitecture • daughter of Reginald and Tamara Brown.
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FRESHMAN GERMANTOWN, WIS. High School Germantown Club LaFleur’s Academy of Gymnastics
JANELL CAMPBELL Why I Compete: I compete to get the rush of adrenaline, to get the chills on my back, to feel my sweaty palms before I compete and to know I can go out there and hit • I compete because this ancient beautiful sport is truly, 100% my passion • I compete because it is the only time that I feel free and am able to fly. High School/Club: A 2009 graduate of Germantown High School • trained at LaFleur’s Academy of Gymnastics under coaches Greg LaFleur and Tammy Donahue • qualified for the Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championship five times • in her junior season (2008), she was the all around champion at the Wisconsin state meet, and went on to win titles on bars and vault at the regional meet • in addition to her two event titles at regionals, she also finished second in the all around and fourth on beam • she finished 12th on bars and 14th on floor . at the 2008 J.O. National Championship • as a sophomore in 2007, she was the state all around champion, and made a clean sweep of all the events at the regional meet, winning titles on vault, bars, beam, floor and the all around • other highlights of her career include finishing 12th on bars at the 2003 J.O. National Championship, and placing ninth on both bars and floor at the 2005 national meet • won the state all around title four times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008). Personal: Plans to major in either pre-med or education • a three-year Honor Roll Member • a National Honor Society member, a Spanish National Honor Society member, and a student council executive member • the daughter of Robert and Julienne Campbell.
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FRESHMAN AURORA, ILL. High School West Aurora
Club Phenom Gymnastics
Why I Compete: I compete because it’s my time to show what I can do • I compete because I have talent and use it wisely • I compete because it’s my life and my time to impress High School/Club: A 2009 graduate of West Aurora High School • competed for the Phenom Gymnastics Club under coach Marco Bravo • was a state champion at Level 9, and competed at the Junior Olympic National Championship in 2007 • at nationals, she finished 32nd in the all around, and placed 13th on beam • in 2008, Golich placed 10th in the all around at the J.O. Regional Championship • the 2009 Illinois state champion on beam • also competed in dance for five years. Personal: Plans to major in sociology with a minor in leadership • daughter of Mike and Georgieanne Golich • has three brothers, Chris, Nick and Mikey.
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FRESHMAN EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. High School Eden Prairie Club TAGS Eden Prairie
JENNY WEBER Why I Compete: I compete to constantly push my limits • I compete for the moment I reach my goal • I compete to always have something to look forward to High School/Club: A 2009 graduate of Eden Prairie High School • competed for TAGS Eden Prairie, where she was coached by Don Heideman, Betsi Hochette, and former Gopher standout Carolyn Yernberg • a four-time Junior Olympic Regional Qualifier • in 2008, she was the regional runner up on vault and placed fourth in the all around • finished among the top 10 in every event at the 2008 regional meet • in 2007, Weber came in fifth on vault and 13th on bars • served as a team captain from 2007 to 2009. Personal: Undecided on a major • National Honor Society member • a recipient of both a Gold Cord and Honors Cord • earned a letter for her contributions as a staff writer for her school’s newspaper, the Eyrie • the daughter of Cynthia and Mark Weber • Mark was a member of the Minnesota baseball team from 1981-84.
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SEASON RECAP WHAT A YEAR IT WAS: Minnesota has much to be proud of when looking back at the 2009 season. The team had two scores of 196 or better, marking the first 196-plus scores since the 2004 season. Two Gophers earned first-team All-Big Ten acclaim. Carmelina Carabajal won the Big Ten all around and beam titles. The all-time top performers lists in each event changed drastically this season after many great performances. Jade Beattie was named one of Minnesota’s Top Five for the second year in a row. 2009 was certainly an exciting season for the Maroon and Gold. NATIONAL RANKINGS: Minnesota finished the season ranked No. 28 in the country. Final national rankings are based on the NCAA Championship score for the 12 teams that advanced to the nationsl championship. For the remaining teams, the final national rank is based on National Qualifying Score, which is calculated by adding a team’s regional championship score to its RQS. MINNESOTA AT THE NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Minnesota posted a score of 193.775 in the NCAA North Central Region Championships. The Gophers finished in fifth place. Top-seeded Florida won the meet with a score of 196.775, while UCLA was second with a 196.625. Both Florida and UCLA earned trips to the NCAA Championships. Iowa State finished third (195.65), Denver was fourth (195.60) and host Iowa was sixth (193.625). Minnesota’s first event was floor, where the team earned a total score of 48.775. Carmelina Carabajal and Alexis Russell were the top scorers for Minnesota, each with a 9.85 to tie for 11th place overall. Also counting toward the team score for the Gophers were routines by Kendra Elm (9.75), Yuri Nagai (9.7) and Ana Balboa (9.625). On vault, the Gophers scored their highest event score of the evening with a 48.825. Vault was the highest-scoring event for Minnesota at just two meets this season. Tonight, Russell was the top performer for the team on vault, earning a 9.85 to place eighth. Carabajal tallied a 9.825, while Jamie Bullock earned a 9.75. Rounding out the counting scores for the Gophers were Lucy Ennis (9.725) and Elm (9.675). The Gophers moved to bars, where they tallied a score of 48.70. For the first time this season, Elm was the team’s top scorer on uneven bars, earning a 9.80 to place ninth overall. Kristin Furukawa earned a 9.775, and Russell had a 9.75. Ennis (9.725) and Carabajal (9.65) also counted toward the team score. Minnesota finished the meet on beam, which had been the strongest for the team during throughout the season. However, the Gophers struggled on beam, earning a 47.475, the second-lowest beam score of the season. Carabajal was the highest finisher for Minnesota, earning a 9.825 to tie for sixth place. Elm had the secondhighest score for the team with a 9.675. Also with routines counting toward the team score were Furukawa (9.475), Balboa (9.375) and Russell (9.175). In the all around competition, Carabajal was the top scorer for Minnesota with a 39.150, and tied for seventh place. Carabajal tied with Denver’s Kelly Hennigan, however, Hennigan won the tie breaker and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships as an individual all around competitor. Also competing in the all around for the Gophers were Elm, who scored 38.90, and Russell, who tallied a 38.575. BIG TEN AWARDS: Two Golden Gopher gymnasts were named to the AllBig Ten Team. Carmelina Carabajal and Alexis Russell both earned first team honors. Carabajal earned All-Big Ten honors for the third time, while Russell earned her first All-Big Ten award. Minnesota had multiple All-Big Ten team members in the same season for the first time since 2005 when both Laura Johnson and Carolyn Yernberg earned first-team honors. Senior Jade Beattie was honored with the Sportsmanship Award. THE GOPHERS AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS : The Golden Gophers placed fourth with a score of 196.000 at the 2009 Big Ten Championship, led by all around and balance beam champion Carmelina Carabajal. Carabajal scored a career-best 39.50 to win the all around crown. Her all around title is the sixth in Minnesota history, and the first by a Gopher senior. The team captain from Albuquerque, N.M., also won a Big Ten title on the balance beam, where she earned a 9.90. The Gophers’ first event of the competition was floor exercise, where the team earned a 48.825. Carabajal was the top scorer for the
Gophers, earning a 9.90 to tie for fifth place overall. Alexis Russell was the second-highest scorer for Minnesota, earning a 9.875. Minnesota moved to the vault, where they had their strongest performance of the season, compiling a team score of 49.075. Once again, Carabajal was the top scorer for the Gophers. She scored 9.875 to lead her team and place in a tie for sixth place. Jamie Bullock was also in the top 10 on vault, tying for ninth place with a career-best score of 9.85. The Gophers competed on uneven bars next, and matched their team score from the previous rotation, earning a 49.075 on bars. Russell was the top performer for the team, tying her personal-best score with a 9.90. Russell tied for second place in the event. Kristin Furukawa also placed among the top 10 on bars, tying for sixth place overall with a mark of 9.85. Minnesota finished the competition on balance beam. The team tallied a score of 49.025, led by Carabajal’s winning performance. Carabajal scored a 9.90 to win the sixth beam title in Minnesota history and the first since Cathy Keyser won on beam in 1998. Bullock and Russell were also in the top five on beam, as each tied for fifth place with scores of 9.85. Both Carabajal and Russell finished in the top four in the all around at the conference championship. Carabajal took first place in the all around (39.50), while Russell was fourth, matching her personal best all around score with a 39.45. ADDING TO THE GOPHER HISTORY BOOKS: Carmelina Carabajal scored a career-best 39.50 to win the all around crown at the Big Ten Championships, becoming the first all around champion for Minnesota since Marie Roethlisberger won the title in 1989. With her score of 39.50, she now ranks third among the top all around performers in Minnesota history. Her all around title is the sixth in Minnesota history, and the first by a Gopher senior. Carabajal is now one of five Gopher gymnasts to win Big Ten all around titles, with the previous four coming between 1980 and 1989. She holds the distinction of being the only Gopher gymnast to win the Big Ten all around title as a senior. Carabajal also won a Big Ten title on the balance beam, where she earned a 9.90. Carabajal’s beam title is the sixth by a Gopher gymnast, and the first for Minnesota since Cathy Keyser won a Big Ten beam crown in 1998. Carabajal is the first Golden Gopher gymnast in 20 years, and only the fourth in program history, to win multiple Big Ten championships in the same season. Carabajal also has a Big Ten team championship to her name, as the Gophers claimed the Big Ten crown in her freshman season in 2006. She is one of 10 Gopher gymnasts to win both a team and an individual Big Ten title during her career. CARABAJAL AND RUSSELL CARRY SCORING LOAD: All around competitors Carmelina Carabajal and Alexis Russell regularly contributed 40 percent of their team’s scoring. The two account edfor 33 percent of the team’s routines (eight of 24), but accounted for and average of 40.1 percent of the team’s scoring throughout the season. BULLOCK BACK ON VAULT: Jamie Bullock returned to the vault line up at Arkansas (3/6), after not competing on vault for more than a year. Bullock proved to be a vital member of Minnesota’s vault team, as Minnesota’s four best vault scores as a team came in the four meets with Bullock in the line up. Bullock came back in grand fashion as she matched her thenpersonal best score with a 9.825 in her return on vault at Arkansas. She vaulted again against Iowa, and once again matched her best score, earning another 9.825. At the Big Ten Championship, she notched a 9.85 to tie for ninth place at the conference championship and set a new personal-best score. REACHING THE MAGIC 196: Minnesota earned two scores of 196 or better in 2009, a marked improvement in scoring over past seasons. The previous time the Gophers had scored 196 or better was in the 2004 season.
Carmelina Carabajal in the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers’ beam score of 49.30 ties for the second-best team beam score in program history. The floor exercise scores of 9.95 by Alexis Russell and Carmelina Carabajal place them in a tie for No. 3 on Minnesota’s all-time top floor performers list. They are the best floor scores by a Minnesota gymnast since Carolyn Yernberg earned a 9.975 on floor in the 2005 season. Kristin Furukawa’s bars score of 9.925 was the best bars score by a Gopher gymnast since the 2004 season. Furukawa is now tied for No. 6 on Minnesota’s all-time top bars performers list. SMART SENIORS: All three members of the 2009 senior class; Jade Beattie, Carmelina Carabajal and Angela Walker, earned Academic AllBig Ten honors in every year they were eligible for the award (freshmen are not eligible). In addition to the academic honors from the conference office, Beattie and Walker also earned Academic All-America honors from the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches for Women. Walker is a five-time NACGC/W Academic All-American, while Beattie is a four-time honoree. Beattie became a two-time Top Five award winner, an award given to the five upperclass University of Minnesota student-athletes with the highest grade point averages. Beattie earned the distinction in both 2008 and 2009. BIG TEN GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: University of Minnesota senior gymnast Carmelina Carabajal garnered her second Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors of the 2009 season after capturing three individual titles, including the all around crown to lead the Minnesota women’s gymnastics team to victory against Iowa on March 14. The senior captain posted a career-best 9.95 on floor, good enough to tie for third place on Minnesota’s all-time top performers list in the event. She tied with teammate Alexis Russell for first place on floor, helping Minnesota to its best floor score of the season. Her all around score of 39.375, which ranks fifth on the school’s all-time top performers list, was also a career high. The Albuquerque, N.M., native was Minnesota’s top scorer on vault, where she earned a 9.85 to tie for first place. She lead the Gophers to their best vault score of the season. On beam, she earned a 9.875 to tie with teammates Kristin Furukawa and Jamie Bullock for first place, en route to tallying the second-best team beam score in program history. Carabajal was also named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 16. The March 14 honor marked the fourth career weekly laurel for Carabajal, who also picked up an award in March of 2007 and January of 2008.
IT’S BEEN AWHILE: Several of Minnesota’s scores from the meet against Iowa on March 14 will go down in the history books for the Gopher program. The team score of 196.75 was the best for the team since the 2004 season, and ranks as the fourth-best team score in program history. It was the second-best score for the team at a home meet
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RESULTS 2009 Team Scores Date Opponent Jan. 10 ARIZONA Jan. 17 at Denver Jan. 24 MICHIGAN Jan. 30 at Oklahoma Feb. 7 IOWA STATE Feb. 14 BEST OF MINNESOTA Feb. 20 at Iowa State Feb. 22 at Masters Classic (Lincoln, Neb.) Feb. 28 NORTHERN ILLINOIS Mar. 6 at Arkansas Mar. 14 IOWA Mar. 21 at Big Ten Championships** Apr. 4 at NCAA Regional Championship bold indicates season-best score
Vault 48.225 48.625 48.425 48.575 48.725 48.500 48.300 48.475 48.800 48.850 48.925 49.075 48.825
Bars 48.900 48.900 48.975 48.925 48.925 48.800 48.900 48.950 49.225 48.675 49.225 49.075 48.700
Beam 48.525 47.875 49.050 49.275 49.050 48.975 46.925 48.725 49.225 48.900 49.300 49.025 47.475
Vault 9.650 9.775 (t3) 9.500 9.725 9.575 9.475 48.225
Bars 9.800 (t1) 9.775 (t3) 9.775 (t3) 9.725 9.750 9.800 (t1) 48.900
Beam 9.675 9.775 (t1) 9.750 (3) 9.725 9.600 9.150 48.525
Floor 9.700 9.700 9.825 (2) 9.750 9.750 9.650 48.725
All Around 39.125 (1) 38.625 (3) 194.375
Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Walker Team Total
All Around 39.150 (1) 37.350 193.525
Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Nagai Russell Smith Walker Team Total
Vault 9.675 9.800 (t2) 9.450 9.650 9.700 9.800 (t2) 48.625
Bars 9.750 9.725 9.775 9.075 9.825 (t3) 9.825 (t3) 48.900
Beam 9.825 (2) 9.050 9.800 (t3) 9.800 (t3) 9.250 9.200 47.875
Floor 9.575 9.725 9.800 (2) 8.925 9.625 9.400 48.125
MICHIGAN • JAN. 24 • SPORTS PAVILION Gymnast Balboa Beattie Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Walker Team Total
Vault 9.600 9.825 (2) 9.200 9.725 9.500 9.775 (t3) 48.425
Bars 9.725 9.750 9.875 (1) 9.625 9.800 9.825 (t3) 48.975
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Beam 9.700 9.850 (2) 9.900 (1) 9.700 9.775 9.825 (3) 49.050
Floor 2.000 9.725 9.725 8.950 9.800 9.775 47.975
Vault 9.850 (2) 9.525 9.700 9.600 9.800 48.575
Bars 9.800 9.675 9.850 (2) 9.725 9.775 9.775 48.925
Beam 9.775 9.875 (t3) 9.900 (t1) 9.075 9.825 9.900 (t1) 49.275
Floor 9.075 9.800 9.775 9.725 9.775 9.825 48.900
All Around 39.350 (1) 38.050 39.225 (2) 195.675
IOWA STATE • FEB. 7 • SPORTS PAVILION
DENVER • JAN. 17 • DENVER, COLO. Gymnast Balboa Beattie Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Walker Team Total
Team Score 194.375 193.525 194.425 195.675 195.775 195.075 191.475 195.075 195.850 195.250 196.750 196.000 193.775
OKLAHOMA • JAN. 30 • NORMAN, OKLA.
ARIZONA • JAN. 10 • SPORTS PAVILION Gymnast Balboa Beattie Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Team Total
Floor 48.725 48.125 47.975 48.900 49.075 48.800 47.350 48.925 48.600 48.825 49.300 48.825 48.775
All Around 39.175 (t3) 38.375 39.175 (t3) 194.425
Vault 9.925 (1) 9.775 9.525 9.650 9.850 (3) 9.100 48.725
Bars 9.700 9.725 9.650 9.900 (1) 9.750 9.850 (2) 48.925
Beam 9.650 9.800 9.825 (3) 9.875 (1) 9.800 9.750 49.050
Floor 9.775 9.800 9.825 9.700 9.800 9.875 (3) 49.075
All Around 39.250 (2) 39.375 (1) 195.775
BEST OF MINNESOTA • FEB. 14 • SPORT PAVILION Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Walker Team Total
Vault 9.850 (1) 9.500 9.650 9.550 9.700 (3) 9.750 (2) 48.500
Bars 9.750 (t3) 9.750 (t3) 9.825 (t1) 8.825 9.650 9.825 (t1) 48.800
Beam 9.575 9.875 (2) 9.950 (1) 9.525 9.800 (3) 48.975
Floor 9.700 9.800 (2) 9.750 (3) 9.575 9.700 9.850 (1) 48.800
All Around 39.350 (1) 38.950 (2) 195.075
last season in review IOWA STATE • FEB. 20 • AMES, IOWA Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Walker Team Total
Vault 9.875 (1) 9.500 9.100 9.625 9.650 9.650 48.300
Bars 9.750 9.700 9.825 (t3) 9.775 9.500 9.850 (2) 48.900
Beam 9.725 9.175 9.800 (1) 9.025 9.025 9.200 46.925
Floor 8.800 9.850 (t3) 9.700 8.850 9.825 9.125 47.350
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP • MARCH 21 • CHAMPAIGN, ILL. All Around 39.275 (1) 38.350 (3) 191.475
MASTER’S CLASSIC • FEB. 22 • LINCOLN, NEB. Gymnast Balboa Bullock Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Walker Team Total
Vault 9.700 9.600 9.600 9.725 9.850 9.575 48.475
Bars 9.775 8.875 9.800 9.700 9.775 9.900 (t1) 48.950
Beam 9.725 9.775 9.675 9.725 9.475 9.825 48.725
Floor 9.775 9.800 8.900 9.800 9.775 9.775 48.925
All Around 38.950 39.000 (3) 195.075
Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Nagai Russell Team Total
Vault 9.850 9.875 9.775 9.750 9.750 9.825 49.075
Bars 9.825 9.775 9.725 9.850 9.625 9.900 (t2) 49.075
Beam 9.725 9.850 9.900 (1) 8.950 9.700 9.850 49.025
Floor 9.650 9.900 9.675 9.700 9.675 9.875 48.825
All Around 39.500 (1) 39.175 39.450 196.000
NCAA REGIONAL • APRIL 4 • IOWA CITY, IOWA Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Nagai Russell Team Total
Vault 9.750 9.825 9.675 9.725 9.650 9.850 48.825
Bars 9.650 9.800 9.725 9.775 9.625 9.750 48.700
Beam 9.375 9.000 9.825 9.675 9.475 9.125 47.475
Floor 9.625 9.850 9.750 9.350 9.700 9.850 48.775
All Around 39.150 38.900 38.575 193.775
Note: all top-three finishes are noted in parenthesis
NORTHERN ILLINOIS • FEB. 28 • SPORTS PAVILION Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Kinal Nagai Russell Team Total
Vault 9.850 (1) 9.700 9.750 9.575 9.675 9.825 (t2) 48.800
Bars 9.850 (t2) 9.850 (t2) 9.825 9.075 9.825 9.875 (1) 49.225
Beam 9.775 9.850 (t2) 9.850 (t2) 9.800 9.850 (t2) 9.875 (1) 49.225
Floor 9.525 9.850 (2) 9.725 9.625 9.200 9.875 (1) 48.600
All Around 39.075 (2) 39.450 (1) 195.850
ARKANSAS • MARCH 6 • FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Nagai Russell Team Total
Vault 9.825 9.875 (t3) 9.750 9.700 9.700 9.700 48.850
Bars 9.625 9.675 8.650 9.850 (t1) 9.700 9.825 48.675
Beam 9.750 9.750 9.850 (1) 9.625 9.825 (3) 9.725 48.900
Floor 9.750 9.850 9.775 9.600 9.625 9.825 48.825
All Around 39.200 (3) 38.825 39.075 195.250
IOWA • MARCH 14 • SPORTS PAVILION Gymnast Balboa Bullock Carabajal Elm Ennis Furukawa Nagai Russell Team Total
Vault 9.825 (t3) 9.850 (t1) 9.625 9.700 9.825 (t3) 9.725 48.925
Bars 9.700 9.800 9.800 9.925 (1) 9.850 (t2) 9.850 (t2) 49.225
Beam 9.625 9.875 (t1) 9.875 (t1) 9.825 9.875 (t1) 9.850 49.300
Floor 9.775 9.950 (t1) 9.775 9.275 9.850 9.950 (t1) 49.300
All Around 39.375 (t1) 39.025 39.375 (t1) 196.750 Jade Beattie
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About The ‘U’ • Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university and the state's only major research university. • The Twin Cities campus has an enrollment of more than 51,000 ranking as the fourth-largest in the nation. • The University's Twin Cities campus consistently ranks among the top six public research universities in the nation. • More than 160 bachelor’s degrees, 150 master’s degrees and 100 doctoral degrees are offered. • As one of the largest urban universities in the United States, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities provides many opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in the thriving business, social and artistic communities of the metropolitan area. • The University’s mission of teaching, research and service is felt throughout the state, the nation and the world. To ensure that this legacy continues, the University has embarked on an aggressive strategic plan to make this great University even greater.
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MINNESOTA A world-class university — known globally as a leader in teaching, research and public service, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities consistently ranks among the top six public research universities in the nation. More than 160 bachelor’s degrees, 150 master’s degrees and 100 doctoral degrees make the University one of the most comprehensive institutions in the country. Many of the programs are recognized as national and international leaders. Also a thriving center for culture and the arts, The “U” features outstanding galleries, museums, concerts, theater productions and public lectures. Add in the excitement of Big Ten Athletics, and the University of Minnesota has something for everyone. The University community is a broad mix of ethnic backgrounds, interests and cultures. Students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Many small communities of students, faculty and staff help to create a welcoming feeling on campus. The campus in Minneapolis is located just a few minutes east of downtown. Nestled along the bluffs of the Mississippi River, buildings in Minneapolis range from the ultramodern Weisman Art Museum to the classic and stately Northrop Memorial Auditorium. A few miles to the east in St. Paul, rolling hills and quiet lawns create a more rural setting. The Minneapolis and St. Paul parts of the campus are connected by a convenient campus shuttle system. The University of Minnesota also provides a life beyond the campus like few other Big Ten universities can. The dynamic communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer something for everyone—a nationally-recognized arts and theater community, a thriving entertainment industry, a host of Fortune 500 companies, four glorious seasons of outdoor recreation, exciting professional sports, shopping and restaurants for every taste, all located close to campus. Founded in 1851, seven years before the territory of Minnesota became a state, the University is the largest in the state and touches the lives of thousands of people every day through its teaching, research and service.
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The views of the Minneapolis skyline and the Mississippi River are plentiful from the East Bank and West Bank campuses.
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The Twin Cities are blessed with many lakes including Lake Calhoun (above) which is located just a few miles from downtown Minneapolis.
Twin Cities Facts • The Twin Cities metro area has a population of over 2.5 million and is the nation’s 14th-largest media market • Minneapolis was named the “Most Fun City in America” by Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” • Men’s Fitness ranked Minneapolis as the “Most Athletic City” in 2006. The magazine annually ranks Minneapolis as one of the “Fittest” cities, including a No. 4 ranking in 2007. • The Twin Cities boast all four major sports franchises (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) • The Twin Cities are home to 130 art galleries and 35 museums • 20 Fortune 500 companies are located in the Twin Cities • Cooking Light named Minneapolis the fourth-best American city that best fit a philosophy to eat smart, be fit, and live well. • A 2004 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater study revealed Minneapolis as the “Most Literate City” in America • Entrepreneur ranked the Twin Cities as the No. 1 large city for entrepreneurs • Population Connection ranked Minneapolis as the fifth-best “kid friendly” large city • Kiplinger’s rated Minneapolis No. 2 on its “50 Smart Places To Live” list • Minnesota has been ranked as the healthiest state by United Health Foundation for three straight years • Men’s Journal rated the Twin Cities as one of the “50 Best Places To Live” in 2006 • Five Minnesota hospitals, led by Mayo Clinic, made U.S. News & World Report's 2005 lists of the nation's top hospitals.
Only In The Twin Cities • The largest enclosed mall in the country, the Mall of America • Second-most theater seats per capita behind New York City • More golfers per capita than any city in the country The Minneapolis skyline in the evening
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The Minneapolis skyline from the Northeast with the Mississppi River
Skyways throughout downtown Minneapolis make foot travel convenient
The famous scultpure gardens in Minneapolis
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Minneapolis & St. Paul
TWIN CITIES The St. Croix River runs adjacent to downtown St. Paul
19 Fortune 500 companies are located in the Twin Cities
The Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul
Minnehaha Falls is located in Minneapolis
The State Capitol building in downtown St. Paul
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Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Pro Sports, Concerts, Outdoors • Target Center (downtown Minneapolis) and Xcel Energy Center (downtown St. Paul) both seat over 19,000 spectators and host hundreds of sporting events and concerts each year. • The Twin Cities are home to the Timberwolves (NBA), Vikings (NFL), Twins (MLB) and Wild (NHL). • Virtually every major sporting event including Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, playoffs for the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL and PGA Tour major golf tournaments. • The Twin Cities also play host to professional soccer, women’s basketball, lacrosse and minor league baseball. • Minnesota has over 15,000 lakes that boast some of the country’s finest fishing and boating. • The Twin Cities’ thousands of recreational areas and trails make it one of the top outdoor destinations.
Outdoor Options The Twin Cities offer endless outdoor sporting activities including fishing, boating, camping, skiing, golfing and biking to name a few. The Cities are covered with trails and thousands of lakes to entertain any outdoor enthusiast.
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Top Concerts Kenny Chesney, Green Day, Beyonce and Dave Matthews Band are just a few of the hundreds of top shows that visited the Twin Cities recently.
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ENTERTAINMENT Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lymx
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
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The Gopher menâ€™s track and field team swept the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships during 2009.
49 13 447 258 Hassan Mead was a five-time Big Ten champion in 2008-09 in indoor and outdoor track and cross country and earned AllAmerica honors in all three sports.
Athletic & Academic Achievements
Student-Athletes earned All-America honors in 2008-09.
Straight top 30 finishes in the Learfield Directorâ€™s Cup measuring overall athletics prowess.
Student-athletes held GPAs of 3.0 or better during the 2009 spring semester.
Academic All-Big Ten selections during the 2008-09 season.
Academic All-Americans over the last six years.
Jillian Tyler was the NCAA runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and was a three-time AllAmerican in 2009.
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National Championships won by Minnesota overall.
National Championships won since 2001.
Big Ten or WCHA regular season or tournament titles won in the last eight years.
Big Ten or WCHA conference titles won in the last three years.
All-Time Regular Season Big Ten/WCHA Championships
Derek McCallum was named a first team All-American and led Minnesota into the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
The soccer, women’s hockey and women’s indoor track and field and cross country teams all claimed Big Ten Championships in 2008-09.
EXCELLENCE Ryan Stoa was a first team men’s hockey All-American in 2008-09.
Jillian Tyler was the NCAA runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and was a three-time AllAmerican in 2009.
Lauren Gibbemeyer was one of three Gophers to earn volleyball AllAmerica honors.
Zach Sanders earned AllAmerica honors as a freshman for the wrestling team in 2009.
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Jane Sage Cowles Stadium
U of M Boathouse
Les Bolstad/University Golf Course
Baseline Tennis Center
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The University of Minnesota owns a full compliment of on-campus athletics facilities including the brand-new TCF Bank Stadium.
Bierman Track and Field Stadium
University Aquatics Center
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
1 million On average, nearly one million fans attend Gopher athletic events annually. Williams Arena
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SKILLS Gophers In The Community The Gopher soccer program believes it is important to return the outstanding support given by its fans by returning some of their time through volunteer and charitable activities. The Gophers are actively involved in the Twin Cities and University communities. Additionally, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program will: • Promote student-athletes’ ownership of their academic, athletic, career, personal and community responsibilities. • Meet the changing needs for student-athletes. • Promote respect for diversity and inclusion among studentathletes. • Assist student-athletes in identifying and applying transferable skills. • Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education. • Foster an environment that encourages student-athletes to effectivelly access campus resources.
Champs/Life Skills Program History
In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division I-A Athletic Director's Association, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) was created. Today, the NCAA Education Outreach staff oversees the development of the program, offering services, support and programs to participating institutions throughout the year. The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is supported through the promotional and financial efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the NCAA national office.
PEYTON OWENS Associate Director Director of CHAMPS/Life Skills
University of Minnesota Life Skills Program The Life Skills Program at the University Of Minnesota includes many programs all designed to help make the student-athlete's experience a positive one. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program is an NCAA sponsored program designed to focus on the total development of the student-athlete. Part of the mission of the Athletic Department is to encourage student-athletes to achieve excellence in their academic and athletic pursuits. In an effort to assist our student-athletes further, the program is designed to give a comprehensive approach to providing educational experiences and services which focus on the individual. We presently utilize: a freshman orientation course, personal development programs, Golden Career Opportunities, various community outreach efforts, and our Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) to impact the lives of our young men and women. Gopher involvement in the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program helps student-athletes enhance the quality of their experience here within the university setting. We are also supplied with instructional materials and supplemental resources which support our student-athletes' development within the CHAMPS/Life Skills Commitment Statements’ five key areas: academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, career development, and community service.
ANISSA LIGHTNER Asst. Director
RACHEL MCKESSOCK Coordinator
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U of M Academic Facts • The University of Minnesota is ranked among the top six public research universities in the nation, according to a recent study by the University of Florida. • The University’s Twin Cities campus offers more than 160 majors for undergraduates. The University has 17 different colleges. • University departments, such as geography, psychology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, management information systems, and economics rank among the top 10 in the nation, according to the National Research Council. • A record 258 Minnesota student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten during the 2008-09 academic year. • 447 U of M student-athletes maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or better during the spring semester of the 2008-09 academic year.
ACADEMICS McNamara Academic Center • Computer lab with more than 40 computers • A quiet study area • The Learning Center with four computers, tutor rooms and Learning Specialists • The Gopher Getaway lounge which includes: • 50-inch flat screen TV • Six computers available for e-mail, Facebook, MySpace or general web surfing • Tables and chairs for eating and socializing • 10 tutor rooms or classrooms
Learning Support Tutors • Tutors are available for many different subjects Sunday through Thursday evenings. • You can also make an individual appointment with a tutor.
Learning Support Structured Study 7-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday: Focuses on needs of the first-year student-athlete. Individual writing assistance and group tutoring in the most common math and science courses are scheduled nightly. Learning Groups-Focus Groups each semester address particular needs, i.e. transition, probation, international student issues, math anxiety, or assist with a particular class, often a self-paced course. A Learning Specialist facilitates the weekly or biweekly meeting.
Enhancement Program • Developmental retention program which provides intensive academic support for a limited number of student-athletes. • Each student works individually with a Learning Specialist for the academic year to develop personal learning strategies and improve academic skills. • Students have required structured study and tutor time, and their academic progress is closely monitored. 46 * Minnesota Gymnastics
Gold Program • First year students who are not participating in the Enhancement Program. • Students transitioning out of the Enhancement Program • Anyone who needs additional assistance to pursue his or her academic goals. • Consists of weekly meetings with an Academic Counselor • Designed for you to build study and time management skills necessary to succeed and enhance your academic life.
Joel Maturi athletics director
In his eighth year as director of athletics at the University of Minnesota, Joel Maturi has engineered a complete transformation of Golden Gopher athletics. Since being named the first director of athletics of Minnesota’s merged men’s and women’s departments on July 12, 2002, Maturi has combined an uncompromising vision of the future and his unique brand of leadership with a tireless dedication to guide Gopher athletics on a clear course toward becoming a model NCAA Division I athletics department. A native of Chisholm, Minn., Maturi’s tenure at Minnesota has been marked by significant positive change in virtually every aspect of the department. And from his focused efforts has emerged a level of broad-based achievement that year after year places Gopher athletics among the nation’s most successful overall programs. Looking back, it’s easy to discern the building blocks of Minnesota’s success under Maturi. Fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets and refocused fund-raising efforts have yielded increased opportunities and unprecedented growth. The development of a first-class academic support program continues to see Gopher student-athletes earn their degrees at ever improving rates. A renewed emphasis on NCAA compliance has ushered in a new era of integrity. And a distinctive ability to foster cooperation as a key and trusted member of University Robert Bruininks’ leadership team has resulted in unprecedented levels of cross-campus collaboration. The rapidly evolving world of intercollegiate athletics in the 21st century requires bold and innovative leadership. And that’s exactly what Maturi brought to his home state’s flagship university when he assumed the helm of Gopher athletics in the summer of 2002. To say that Minnesota’s athletics department was at a tipping point when Maturi arrived is to perhaps understate the challenges facing the program. Gopher athletics was projected to run a $31 million deficit over the next four years and in order to help cope planned to eliminate three sports. Building a state-of-the-art stadium to bring football back to campus was considered a pipe dream. Undaunted, Maturi swiftly set in motion a plan to restore the financial integrity of Gopher athletics. Balanced budgets followed and all three sports were retained. Most significantly, however, the dream of returning Gopher football to its rightful place campus is now a reality as Minnesota opened the doors to the 50,000-seat TCF Bank Stadium – the Big Ten’s first new on-campus football stadium built since 1960. Upgrades to virtually every Minnesota athletics facility have also taken place under Maturi, including a $600,000 renovation of the playing surface of historic Williams Arena this past summer, and funds are currently being raised to support the construction of a new stadium for Gopher baseball. In addition to leading the way to meet the Gophers’ needs for world-class facilities, Maturi’s tenure has been marked by continual athletic and academic success by Minnesota’s 25-sport department. Gopher athletic programs have accumulated four national championships, 30 Big Ten or WCHA regular season titles and five conference postseason crowns. Minnesota has also placed in the top 30 of the Learfield Directors’ Cup final standing each year of his term, including a 14th-place finish in 2008-09 that ranks as the third-best finish in school history that saw Gopher teams claim six conference titles, advance 20 teams to postseason competition, produce 40 first team All-Big Ten honorees and 41 All-Americans, 257 academic all-conference selections (second-most in the Big Ten) and 12 CoSIDA academic all-district award winners. Minnesota was also among just a handful of programs to see its football team earn a bowl berth (Insight Bowl) and have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as its baseball program qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Gopher women’s hockey, meanwhile, made its sixth appearance in the Frozen Four. Gopher athletics once again was trusted to host several prestigious postseason championships during 2008-09, headlined by NCAA first- and second-round competitions in both men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey as well as the men’s gymnastics championships. It was hardly an unprecedented season under Maturi for the Gophers, who claimed three Big Ten crowns, advance 16 sports to postseason play, produce 225 academic all-conference selections and 19 academic all-district honorees in 2007-08. The 2006-07 season was a banner year as well as wrestling won its third NCAA championship in the seven years. The Gopher wrestlers were also one of six teams to take home conference championships. The men’s swimming and diving team won its fifth Big Ten title in seven years and placed 10th at the NCAA Championships. The men’s hockey team won the WCHA regular season and Final Five titles while the women’s indoor track and field team won its first Big Ten crown. Rowing also won its first Big Ten title and posted a program-best sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships. Men’s golf added its third Big Ten title since 2002 and posted a strong ninth place finish at the NCAA Finals. The football team reached a bowl game for the fifth consecutive season with a bid to the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. The Gopher athletic department finished 20th in the Director’s Cup in 2006-07, marking the 13th straight year that Minnesota has placed in the top 25 of the rankings that chart overall athletic success among all NCAA Division I programs. During the 2005-06 academic year, Maturi guided a department that produced 32 All-Americans, four conference championships and 22 individual conference championships. Minnesota also produced 40 first-team All-Conference performers, five Academic All-Americans and 14 Academic All-District honorees. The Gopher wrestling and women’s hockey team each finished second in the nation, while men’s golf (3rd), women’s cross country (9th), men’s gymnastics (9th) and men’s swimming & diving (11th) added four more top-15 national finishes. Wrestling, women’s gymnastics, men’s hockey and women’s track & field each won Big Ten Conference team titles. Overall, 16 of the Gophers’ 25 sports finished in the top three of the conference during 2005-06, and 19 of the 25 teams advanced to NCAA postseason competition. The Gopher football team qualified for its fourth consecutive bowl game and sixth in the past seven years with a trip to the Music City Bowl.
The department also was involved in hosting several Big Ten, WCHA and NCAA Championships during the year, most notably the 2006 Division I Men’s Basketball Minneapolis Region Championship and the 2006 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. Women’s rowing had its highest finish ever at the Big Ten Championships, rowing to a second-place finish on Lake Phalen in St. Paul. The Baseline Tennis Center hosted the Big Ten men’s tennis championships for the first time, while Ridder and Mariucci Hockey Arenas hosted women’s and men’s WCHA first round competition, respectively. In March of 2007, Minnesota became the first school to ever host the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships in consecutive weeks. Across University Avenue, Williams Arena hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds for the third time in four years. In 2003-04, the women’s hockey team won the national title for the second straight season while three women’s programs (women’s basketball, volleyball and women’s basketball) all reached their respective NCAA Final Fours. Volleyball made the championship match and basketball qualified for its first national semifinal. The Gophers won four conference titles in 2003-04 and two conference postseason titles. In Maturi’s first year as athletic director, Minnesota won five regular season titles while the men’s hockey team won the WCHA Final Five and continued the momentum into the NCAA Tournament where it won its second straight national championship. Academically, the Gophers had 222 student-athletes earn Big Ten All-Academic status during the 2006-07 academic year, the third most in the conference. On the academic front, over 50 percent of Gopher student-athletes have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 27 student-athletes have earned Academic All-America status during Maturi’s tenure. The foundation for Gopher football’s return to campus was laid during the 2004-05 academic year, when Maturi was instrumental in adding credibility to the Gopher stadium campaign by negotiating a $35 million corporate sponsorship with TCF Bank for naming rights to the new on-campus stadium. It was the largest corporate sponsorship of its kind involving college football. Maturi’s efforts were even more legitimized in May 2006 when the Minnesota State Legislature approved overwhelmingly to support the Gopher football return to campus. The bipartisan vote will allocate $137 million to the $288.5 million project. In addition to TCF Bank Stadium and the new playing surface in Williams Arena, Maturi has overseen complete renovations to both the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms and the football training and equipment rooms in the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. In March of 2007, Maturi oversaw the grand opening ceremony for a new boathouse that serves as the home of the women’s rowing program on the MIssissippi River. Maturi, 64, increased his leadership role within the Big Ten and NCAA during the past few years by being named to several prominent committees, most notably the NCAA Division I Management Council. He has served as the Management Council’s liaison to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past year. Maturi is has also served as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, and will chair this committee during the 2007-08 season. Prior to his arrival, Maturi was the Director of Athletics at Miami University (Ohio). At Miami, Maturi was responsible for the management and leadership of 19 sports programs, all support staffs and nearly 600 student-athletes. His first season at Miami was an extremely successful one. The synchronized skating team won a national championship, the men’s basketball team reached the NCAA Sweet 16, the volleyball team earned its first NCAA Tournament win, the men’s cross country team advanced to the NCAA meet and the football team won 10 games against an impressive schedule. That year, six teams won MidAmerican Conference titles while five coaches garnered Coach of the Year honors. During his tenure at Miami, Maturi spearheaded fund-raising efforts for two important and necessary projects. In his final year, the Walter L. Gross Jr. Family Student-Athlete Development Center was opened and a new baseball field, McKie Field at Hayden Park, was dedicated. Maturi also made an impact on the campus and the community in Oxford, Ohio. He was a recipient of a Campus Impact Award, received an award from the Butler County Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities for his efforts to help those in need, the Miami Alumni Association’s A.K. Morris Award for his service to the Association and the Myrtis Powell Building Community Award. In addition, he chaired the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) executive council in 2001-02, and also served as the chair of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee for Region 4 and was the liaison for the men’s basketball coaches in the MAC. Prior to his time at Miami, Maturi served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Denver from 1996-98. At Denver, Maturi led the school’s move from Division II to Division I and oversaw the search for Division I conference affiliation. Maturi also assisted in the planning and development of a $50 million Sports and Wellness Center and a $2.1 million tennis complex. Maturi is no stranger to the Big Ten. From 1987-96, he worked at the University of Wisconsin. While there, he assisted in taking the financially challenged and struggling athletics program to profitability and success. From 1992-96, he was the Associate Director of Athletics with direct responsibility for all aspects of the football, ice hockey, wrestling, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams, as well as the office of academic affairs. He also chaired the Department’s “Support” Program, a wellness program for student-athletes and staff. Maturi was named the Wisconsin Sports Person of the Year in 1993. Before entering the college ranks, Maturi spent 19 years as a high school coach and administrator at Madison Edgewood High School. He coached football, basketball, baseball and track and field, leading his teams to 10 state tournaments. Maturi was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. Maturi received a B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1967. He also served on the support staff of Ara Parseghian’s first national championship team. He earned a master’s degree and certification for educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1985. Maturi and his wife, Lois, have three grown children, Mark, Katie and Anne.
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Robert Bruininks university president
Robert H. Bruininks was appointed the 15th president of the University of Minnesota on November 8, 2002. He has served the University for 40 years, formerly as a professor, dean, and executive vice president and provost. Transforming the U For the past four years, Bruininks has overseen a transformative strategic positioning effort at the University that has raised the bar considerably for the University's academic profile, its service to students and the community, and its stewardship of resources. Already, the results of this intensive effort are visible. In the recent years, the University has undertaken initiatives including: • the adoption of aggressive new four-year graduation goals for each campus • the development of student learning and development outcomes that clearly outline what all University students should know and be able to do at graduation, regardless of academic program • the implementation of tuition reforms enabling many students to save significantly on the total cost of education • the revision of the faculty tenure and promotion code to better recognize and reward outstanding scholarship in all its forms "The University has undertaken significant reform in the context of an increasingly competitive global market for resources, talent, and ideas," Bruininks said. "Our vision is to improve lives through the advancement of knowledge, and our strategic goal is aspirational, audacious, and, I believe, achievable: to become one of the top three public research universities in the world, with a deep and abiding cultural commitment to excellence in everything we do, across all our campuses, research and outreach centers, and offices statewide." Students and Affordability Innovations in the University's student experience, such as expanded undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities, a campus-wide Honors Program for the Twin Cities campus, and an increased emphasis on enhancing teaching and learning, have helped to fuel high student satisfaction rates, increased applications and enrollment, and significantly improved graduation rates. With more than 65,000 students enrolled system-wide—including more than 50,000 on the Twin Cities campus alone—the University of Minnesota is one of the nation's largest. Affordability for students here and at the University's four coordinate campuses remains a primary concern for the Bruininks administration. Launched in 2005, the Founders Free Tuition Program now covers full cost of tuition and required fees for low-income, Pell-eligible Minnesota students statewide. Once fully implemented, the award is expected to benefit 4,700 undergraduates across the University. In addition, Bruininks has made student scholarships the University's top fundraising priority. The Promise for Tomorrow scholarship drive reached its initial goal of $150 million in October 2006 and has now raised roughly $250 million in just five years. Approximately 7,000 students received privately funded scholarships and fellowships each year; the University's new goal is to help 10,000 students with privately raised financial assistance. Leadership and Experience Bruininks's career has centered on child and adolescent development and policy research, and strategic improvement in the fields of pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and higher education. Initially joining the University's faculty as an assistant professor of educational psychology, he has authored or coauthored nearly 90 journal articles and more than 70 book chapters, as well as training materials and several standardized tests. Both as a faculty member and as an administrator, Bruininks has worked to advance the public mission and responsibilities of the University. He has been a leading advocate for responsible stewardship and reform in higher education, including the strategic reorganization of University of Minnesota Extension and the colleges of Design; Education and Human Development; and Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences to better serve the state, its citizens, and students. He has renewed the University's commitment to its responsibilities, fostering new opportunities for public engagement and economic development through initiatives including the Council On Public Engagement (COPE), the Outstanding Community Service Awards, the University Metropolitan Consortium, the College Readiness Consortium, and the Academic Corporate Relations Center (ACRC), as well as enhancing the University's focus on issues of sustainability through research structures including the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) and Institute on the Environment, and through numerous administrative initiatives and reforms. During his tenure at the University, Bruininks was instrumental in founding the National Center on Educational Outcomes, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living, and the In-
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stitute on Community Integration. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship. He is president emeritus of the American Association on Mental Retardation and has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Nationally, he serves on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and chairs the board of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges; in Minnesota he serves as a member of the Itasca Project and the Minnesota Business Partnership. In 2007, Bruininks joined the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. He has also been instrumental in bringing Big Ten football back to the Twin Cities campus with the construction of TCF Bank Stadium, slated to open in Fall 2009. In addition to hosting home football games, the new stadium will provide a permanent home for the marching band, an important new venue for University and community events, and a prominent public gateway to the University's broader mission of education, research and public engagement. Named Executive of the Year by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in 2009 and Minnesotan of the Year by Minnesota Monthly in 2004, Bruininks regularly advocates on behalf of the University of Minnesota and its essential role as the state's economic engine. He is also a recognized national and international leader in higher education, serving as chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges in 2008 and as a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. In November 2005, Bruininks led a group of Minnesota educators to China as part of the governor's trade delegation. In May 2006, he headed a delegation of University leaders to Norway to renew student exchange agreements and deepen research ties with that country's leading universities, and in May 2007, he led a delegation to Iceland to renew an historic 25-year agreement with the University of Iceland and expand upon it, particularly in the health sciences. Personal Notes President Bruininks earned his bachelor of arts degree from Western Michigan University, and his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from George Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development). He and his wife, Dr. Susan Hagstrum, have three grown sons and three grandsons. In their free time, they enjoy riding American Saddlebred horses and spending time at their cabin on northern Minnesota's Gunflint Trail.
Our Practice Facility:
A first-class training facility, Peik Gym includes a fullyequipped gym with Resi Pits, creative teaching stations, including video review stations at each event, and AAI-specifed equipment. The approximately 18,000 square-foot facility also features coachesâ€™ offices, a private locker room, a team lounge, computer study area, and rooms specific to video viewing and athletic training. A recently remodeled locker room is for the exclusive use of the womenâ€™s gymnastics team. The gymnasts can study in two separate rooms off the locker room at Peik Gym, the team lounge and the computer study room.
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Our Home Arena:
THE SPORTS PAVILION TOP 10 ATTENDANCE RECORDS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
7,591 NCAA Regional Championship* 3,571 NCAA Regional Championship 3,422 vs. Alabama 3,154 vs. Iowa State 3,004 Best of Minnesota 2,917 vs. #12 Iowa State 2,778 Best of Minnesota* 2,775 vs. #2 Utah 2,711 Best of Minnesota 2,685 Best of Minnesota 2,685 Best of Minnesota * Meet at Williams Arena
4/7/90 4/12/08 1/10/98 3/13/98 2/10/01 2/6/99 2/9/02 1/23/99 2/12/00 2/9/08 1/11/97
ATTENDANCE IN THE SPORTS PAVILION Year 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
Attendance 9,225 13,584 9,903 10,872 10,300 12,012 10,080 11,130 9,922 12,044 12,398 13,347 10,030 9,678 6,562
Meets 6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4
Avg. Attendance 1,538 1,940 1,650 1,812 1,717 2,002 1,680 1,855 1,654 2,013 2,066 2,225 2,006 1,936 1,640
2009 NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RANKINGS Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Team Name Utah Alabama Georgia Florida Oregon State L.S.U. Auburn UCLA Southern Utah Arkansas Missouri Michigan Iowa State North Carolina State Kentucky Denver Penn State Minnesota Brigham Young Stanford George Washington Washington Nebraska Arizona State Arizona
Average Home Attendance 13860.50 10483.83 9727.00 5704.40 4092.20 3732.80 3626.17 3292.60 2805.40 2587.17 2398.00 2395.60 2320.29 2130.14 1855.60 1607.33 1571.60 1537.50 1510.25 1505.00 1436.50 1374.60 1369.00 1368.40 1284.60
Seating capacity of 5,700 Built adjacent to 14,500-seat Williams Arena and is connected via underground tunnels Features a women’s gymnastics locker room with oak lockers that are individually lighted with their own shelving and power outlets Adjacent to the locker room is a spacious team room, remodled in 2006, with an auditorium-like meeting area, video viewing facility and a team lounge A large club room overlooks the competition floor The athletic training facility, newly renovated in 2005, is located in the lower level Houses a media work room, visiting team locker rooms, an equipment room and a weight room
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The Sports Pavilion is the competition home to the Golden Gopher women’s gymnastics team. The Pavilion is the site of the annual Best of Minnesota meet, and was the home of the 2004 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships. In 2008, Minnesota hosted the NCAA North Central Region Championship and set an all-time Sports Pavilion attendance record. The Sports Pavilion has been home to the women’s gymnastics team for the last 15 years, and in that span of time, “The Pav” has become one of the best places in the country to see great collegiate gymnastics. An average of 1,538 fans attended the home meets in the 2009 season, earning Minnesota a rank of No. 18 in the national attendance rankings. The Gophers have ranked among the top 25 in the country in average attendance in each of the last 12 seasons. “The Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota is a testament to the commitment of this university to its women’s athletics teams,” said co-head coach Meg Stephenson. “We are fortunate to have this state-of-the-art arena.” A gymnastics meet at the Sports Pavilion is more than just a gymnastics outing, it’s an event for the entire family. In addition to great competition between many of the top teams in the nation, an evening with the Golden Gophers includes other festivities. Minnesota’s mascot, Goldy Gopher, a fan favorite, is always on hand to direct the fun. Between rotations, audience members can participate in promotional games and contests. The building previously housed the ice hockey arena, and as remodeled and reopened in 1993. Before moving to
the Sports Pavilion, the Gophers competed in the adjacent Williams Arena. In addition to the competition arena, the Sports Pavilion encompasses several other comforts of home. Seven-foot white oak lockers grace the gymnastics locker room. Each gymnast’s personal locker is individually lighted with its own shelving and power outlets. Regular updates are made to the facility, with the most recent renovations taking place in 2006, which include a remodeled team room and a new athletic training facility. Directly off the locker room is a spacious team room. The team room contains an auditorium-like meeting area and a video-viewing facility, as well as luxurious team lounge and study areas. The Club Room overlooks the Sports Pavilion arena and is truly a special place for postmeet receptions or booster club outings. The Sports Pavilion also houses a media meeting room with easy access to the competition floor. Visiting team locker rooms, an equipment room, athletic training facilities and a weight room are located in the lower level of the Sports Pavilion. The Sports Pavilion is also home to the Gophers' men’s gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball teams.
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fun with the gopher gymnasts
The Gophers celebrate the opening of the new TCF Bank Stadium on the U of M campus
Out & About with the
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records & history
Best of the Best
THE RECORD BOOK
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records & history
LETTERWINNERS AAA Jenny Alf (2000-01-02-03) Kristin Allstadt (1990-91-92-93) Betsy Anderson (1977) Bonnie Anderson (1970) Michelle Arbogast (1998) BBB Ana Balboa (2008-09) Marie Bandrowski (1984-85-86-87) Gennie Bannie (1983-84) Stacey Batza (1995-96-97-98) Jade Beattie (2006-07-08-09) Linda Bednar (1984-85-86-87) Bonnie Berning (1976-77-78) Catherine Berry (1982) Megan Beuckens (1999-00-01-02) Shelley Brown (1984-85-86-87) Julie Brush (1982) Yvonne Brutger (1976-77) Cindy Budenske (1976-77) Jamie Bullock (2008-09) Dona Rae Burkhardt (1976) CCC Carmelina Carabajal (2006-07-08-09) Susan Castner (1993-94-95-96) Judy Cavazos (1997-98-99-2000) Ida Chang (1977-78-79-80) Melissa Chang (1998-99-2000) Catie Christensen (1999-2000-01-02) Katie Coenen (1978) Andy Cornelius (2005-06-07) Zsuzsanna Csisztu (1992) DDD Leigh Dixon (2000-01-02-03) Candace Doell (1984-85-86-87) Wendy Dorsey (1983-84-85-86) Jill Duffey (1966) EEE Patriciaa Eibrink (1971-74) Caren Elin (1968) Lynn Ellingsen (1978-81-82) Kendra Elm (2008-09) Janice Englander (1978-79-80) Lucy Ennis (2009) FFF Peggy Fifield (1975) Kathleen Finnegan (1987) Shannon Fisher (1993-94-95) Blayne Frantzen (1976) Laura Franz (1980) Leah Fujimoto (1975-76-77) Stephanie Funk (2004-05-06-07) Kristin Furukawa (2008-09) GGG Nancy Gadd (1969) Kris Gallagher (1986) Kelly Ganchan (2004-05-06-07) HHH Jonda Hammons (1994-95-96-97) Elizabeth Headley (1976) Laura Hicks (1987-88) Carrie Hortsch (2002-04) Robin Huebner (1980-81-82-83)
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JJJ Laura Johnson (2003-04-05-06) Janelle Joubert (1969) Monika Juhasz-Nagy (1990-91-92-93) KKK Laurie Kaiser (1984-85-86) MaryAnne Kelley (1999-2000-01-02) Dawn Ketcher (1990-91-92-93) Cathy Keyser (1996-97-98-99) Patti Kile (1975-76) Elizabeth Kilgore (1979) Julie Kinal (2009) Lori Kindler (1992-93-94) Judi Klein (1981-82-83-84) Mindy Knaeble (1995-96-97-98) Jennifer Kraling (1991) Sandy Krantz (1970-74) Julie Kot (1983-84) LLL Annie Laatsch (2001-02) Ann Lameka (1980) Shanyn Lancaster (1998-99-00-01) Donna Lichttenegger (1970-71) Ika Lindholm (1989-90-91) MMM Jenny Mazzone (1997) Kelly McConnell (1991-92) Karen McElhatton (1981-82) Jennifer Mabley (1995-96) Mary Jo Mastel (1985-86-87) Jean Meyer (1977-78-79) Amanda Miles (2005-06-07-08) Lianne Morland (1983) Kathleen Morrison (1976) Erin Murphy (2003-04) Ashley Mutchler (2005-06-07-08) Mindy Myhre (1995-96-97-98) NNN Yuri Nagai (2008-09) Sheryl Nelson (1977-78) Julie Newman (1987-88-89-90) Kathy Ness (1988-89-90-91) Courtney Norman (1999-2000-01-02) OOO Lee-Ellen Odegaard (1982) Alicia Opsahl (2001-02-03-04) Maria Opsahl (2003-04-05-06)
Jean Rondano (1976-77) Alexis Russell (2007-08-09) Rehana Russell (2005-06-07) SSS Paula Sandler (1978-79) Teresa Schneider (1979-80) Linda Schott (1982-83) Kerry Scott (1970-74) Kristi Selinger (1997-98-99-2000) Linda Simon (1975) Mary Skokut (2001-02-03-04) Megan Skokut (1998-99-2000-01) Ashley Stanton (2005-06-07-08) Katie Stevens (1976-77) Kelly Stout (2003-04-05-06) Kit Stoutenburgh (1976-77-78) Kim Sveum (1996-97-98) TTT May Leann Trask (1955) UUU Linda Umhoefer (1986) Molly Umland (1995-96-97-98) Linda Usem (1976)
VVV Kristen Vandersall (1994-95-96-97) WWW Angela Walker (2006-07-08-09) Maxine Wandersee (1956) Amy Ward (1975) Kelly Watson (2000-02-03) Randi Wilhelm LaFleur (1976-77-79) Bobbie Wills (1979) Michelle Wise (1987) Lisa Wittwer (1988-89) Jessica Wolf (1991-93-94) Kim Womack (2004-05-06-07) YYY Carolyn Yernberg (2002-03-04-05) Dawn Young (1962) Aileen Yurek (1976) ZZZ Cathy Zolkowski (1988-89-90-91) current athletes listed in bold Maria Opsahl
PPP Gena Palm (1989) Michelle Peacock (1980-81) Julie Palen (1979-80-81) Particia Peroutky (1971-73) Cami Phillippi (1998-99-2000) Karie Ploof (1980-81-82-83) Marcia Plummer (1978) Steph Polly (1994-95) Mariam Pourshoushtari (1999) Lacey Purkat (1994-96-97-98) RRR Lin Reller (1974) Cindy Richhart (1978-79) Michelle Rieger (1992-93-94-95) Denise Rivet (1979) Pam Robillard (1975) Marie Roethlisberger (1987-88-89-90)
all-time results Year 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974
Big Ten Championships 4th 196.000 6th 194.425 5th 193.225 1st 195.150 3rd 195.375 4th 196.325 4th 195.425 2nd 195.775 3rd 195.750 3rd 196.150 4th 194.150 1st 195.400 2nd 196.350 4th 192.750 4th 191.675 3rd 189.200 6th 187.450 7th 183.25 1st 189.00 3rd 187.45 1st 187.45 1st 186.10 3rd 180.45 2nd 181.35 3rd 175.15 2nd 177.55 2nd 176.05 Big Ten Championships 4th 138.45 DNC 3rd 137.05 7th 119.95 2nd 131.56 4th 127.18 3rd 96.80 DNC NA
Regional Championships 5th 193.775 3rd 195.275 5th 192.900 5th 194.650 4th 193.975 6th 192.225 5th 193.125 2nd 196.050 3rd 195.800 4th 194.750 t4th 194.200 5th 192.800 4th 195.125 6th 192.625 DNQ 5th 187.30 IND IND IND 3rd 188.65 4th 186.10 5th 181.80 5th 180.20 IND IND 4th 176.30 2nd 173.45 Regional Championships 1st 141.85 2nd 135.50 1st 141.95 7th 128.50 4th 131.00 5th 126.95 3rd 99.16 5th 91.85 5th 89.85
NCAA National Championships DNQ IND DNQ IND IND DNQ DNQ 9th 195.700 IND IND DNQ DNQ 10th 194.775 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ IND IND IND IND IND DNQ DNQ IND AIAW National Championships 7th 140.65 IND 15th 130.05 IND DNQ DNQ 23rd 93.35 IND IND -
Overall Record 12-15 .444 14-15 .483 10-15 .400 17-8 .680 14-14 .500 8-18 .307 15-17 .469 23-10 .697 15-11 .576 17-11 .607 14-11-1 .558 18-7 .720 18-5 .783 15-19 .441 14-11 .560 17-20 .459 4-16 .200 7-22 .241 13-13-1 .500 12-14 .462 15-7 .682 13-11 .542 12-16-1 .429 13-7 .650 16-7 .696 16-7 .696 15-4 .789 Overall Record 10-8 .556 7-14 .333 34-6 .850 26-11 .703 31-7 .816 11-6 .647 NA NA NA
1997 GOLDEN GOPHER TEAM NCAA QUALIFIERS Left to right: Jonda Hammons, Melissa Chang, Lacey Purkat, Jenny Mazzone, Stacey Batza, Kristen Vandersall, Molly Umland, Kim Sveum, Mindy Knaeble, Cathy Keyser, Kristi Selinger, Mindy Myhre, Cami Phillippi
2002 GOLDEN GOPHER TEAM NCAA QUALIFIERS Left to right: Alicia Opsahl, Kelly Watson, Jenny Alf, Annie Laatsch, Carolyn Yernberg, Megan Beuckens, Tara Schroeder, Nicole Yunker, Carrie Hortsch, Courtney Norman, MaryAnne Kelley, Catie Christensen, Mary Skokut, Leigh Dixon
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AWARDS & HONORS NACGC/W Academic All-America 2009 Ana Balboa, Jade Beattie, Jamie Bullock, Kendra Elm, Lucy Ennis, Bri Jones, Kylie Smith, Angela Walker 2008 Jade Beattie, Andy Cornelius, Amanda Miles, Ashley Stanton, Angela Walker 2007 Jade Beattie, Kelly Ganchan, Amanda Miles, Angela Walker, Kim Womack 2006 Jade Beattie, Andy Cornelius, Amanda Miles, Maria Opsahl, Kelly Stout, Angela Walker, Kim Womack 2005 Amanda Miles, Maria Opsahl, Kelly Stout, Angela Walker 2004 Carrie Hortsch, Alicia Opsahl, Mary Skokut, Kelly Stout 2003 Jenny Alf, Mary Skokut, Carolyn Yernberg 2002 Megan Beuckens, Catie Christensen, Mary Skokut 2001 Megan Beuckens, Catie Christensen, Alicia Opsahl, Mary Skokut 2000 Judy Cavazos, Catie Christensen, Leigh Dixon, Shanyn Lancaster, Kristi Selinger, Megan Skokut NCAA 2002 2000 1990 1989 1987 1986 1983
Regional Champions MaryAnne Kelley Megan Beuckens Marie Roethlisberger Marie Roethlisberger Marie Roethlisberger Shelley Brown Robin Huebner
AIAW Regional Champions 1982 Robin Huebner Karie Ploof 1981 Robin Huebner 1980 Teresa Schneider Karie Ploof
Marie Roethlisberger NCAA National Champion 1990 Marie Roethlisberger
NCAA All-Americans (team) 2002 MaryAnne Kelley (1) MaryAnne Kelley (2) Annie Laatsch (1) 2001 MaryAnne Kelley (2) 1997 Mindy Knaeble (1) Judy Cavazos (2) 1990 M. Roethlisberger (1) M. Roethlisberger (1) M. Roethlisberger (1) 1987 M. Roethlisberger (1)
t-4th FX t-5th AA t-4th FX 5th V 9th FX UB 7th AA 1st AUB t-4th FX 2nd UB
9.90 39.30 9.90 9.85 9.70 9.875 38.90 9.875 9.825 9.65
AIAW All-Americans 1982 Robin Huebner Robin Huebner Robin Huebner Judi Klein Karie Ploof Karie Ploof
5th AA 2nd UB 2nd FX 4th V 10th AA 3rd BB
36.20 18.70 18.60 17.925 35.50 18.40
National Senior Gymnast of the Year 1990 Marie Roethlisberger Honda Inspiration Award 1990 Marie Roethlisberger NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship 1990 Marie Roethlisberger 2004 Mary Skokut Big Ten Medal of Honor 2006 Laura Johnson 1990 Marie Roethlisberger Womenâ€™s Athletics Hall of Fame 1995 Marie Roethlisberger (1987-90) 1990 Robin Huebner (1979-83) GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America 1990 Marie Roethlisberger (1) 1989 Marie Roethlisberger (3) 1988 Marie Roethlisberger (3)
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FX (tie) FX (tie) AA, UB AA, UB (tie), BB (tie) UB BB AA, UB, FX
AA, V, UB, FX BB UB AA, V, UB, FX BB
Big Ten Gymnast of the Year 2006 Laura Johnson 2005 Carolyn Yernberg 2002 MaryAnne Kelley 1989 Marie Roethlisberger (tie) 1988 Marie Roethlisberger (tie) 1987 Marie Roethlisberger Big Ten Freshman of the Year 1989 Gena Palm Regional Coach of the Year 2002 Jim and Meg Stephenson Big Ten Coach of the Year 2002 Jim and Meg Stephenson 1998 Jim and Meg Stephenson 1997 Jim Stephenson 1995 Jim Stephenson (co) 1991 Katalin Deli 1989 Katalin Deli National Assistant Coach of the Year 2002 Doug Day Regional Assistant Coach of the Year 2001 Doug Day U of M Senior Athlete of the Year 2002 MaryAnne Kelley 1990 Marie Roethlisberger 1983 Robin Huebner Big Ten Individual Champions 2009 Carmelina Carabajal (AA, BB) 2006 Laura Johnson (V - tie) 2005 Ashley Mutchler (V - tie), Carolyn Yernberg (FX - tie) 2002 Annie Laatsch (UB) 1998 Cathy Keyser (BB) 1997 Mindy Knaeble (BB - tie) 1996 Mindy Knaeble (FX - tie) 1991 Kathy Ness (BB - tie), Jessica Wolf (V), Cathy Zolkowski (FX)
MaryAnne Kelley 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1984 1983 1982 1980 1978
Marie Roethlisberger (UB), Cathy Zolkowski (FX) Gena Palm (FX), Marie Roethlisberger)AA, UB (tie), BB, V), Lisa Wittwer (UB - tie) Lisa Wittwer (AA - tie) Marie Roethlisberger (AA, UB) Shelley Brown (AA), Laurie Kaiser (FX) Laurie Kaiser (V, FX) Robin Huebner (FX) Robin Huebner (AA, FX), Judi Klein (UB), Karie Ploof (BB) Robin Huebner (AA, UB, FX) Lynn Ellingsen (V)
All-Big Ten (team or event) 2009 Carmelina Carabajal (first), Alexis Russell (first) 2008 Carmelina Carabajal (first) 2007 Carmelina Carabajal (second) 2006 Laura Johnson (first) 2005 Laura Johnson (first), Carolyn Yernberg (first) 2004 Laura Johnson (first), Alicia Opsahl (first), Mary Skokut (first), Carolyn Yernberg (second) 2003 Mary Skokut (first), Laura Johnson (second), Carolyn Yernberg (second) 2002 Megan Beuckens (UB), MaryAnne Kelley (FX), Annie Laatsch (UB), Mary Skokut (UB) 2001 Jenny Alf (BB), Catie Christensen (UB), Leigh Dixon (V), MaryAnne Kelley (AA, FX), Courtney Norman (V, FX), Mary Skokut (UB, BB) 2000 Megan Beuckens (FX), Judy Cavazos (UB), Leigh Dixon (V), MaryAnne Kelley (AA) 1999 Megan Beuckens (BB, FX), Judy Cavazos (UB) Catie Christensen (UB) 1998 Cathy Keyser (BB), Judy Cavazos (UB), Lacey Purkat (BB), Mindy Knaeble (FX) 1997 Mindy Knable (BB) 1996 Cathy Keyser (BB, UB), Mindy Knaeble (FX), Kristen Vandersall (UB) 1995 Mindy Knaeble (BB) 1991 Monika Juhasz-Nagy (AA), Kathy Ness (BB) Jessica Wolf (V), Cathy Zolkowski (AA, FX) 1990 Marie Roethlisberger (UB), Cathy Zolkowski (FX) 1989 Gena Palm (FX), Marie Roethlisberger (AA,V, UB, VV), Lisa Wittwer (UB), Cathy Zolkowski (FX) 1988 Marie Roethlisberger (AA), Lisa Wittwer (AA) 1987 Marie Roethlisberger (AA, UB, FX) 1986 Shelley Brown (AA, V, BB, FX), Laurie Kaiser (UB, FX), Mary Jo Mastel (FX) 1985 Laurie Kaiser (BB) 1984 Laurie Kaiser (V, BB, FX), Wendy Dorsey (AA)
records & history 1983 1982
Robin Huebner (AA, FX), Wendy Dorsey (AA, BB, V), Karie Ploof (V) Robin Huebner (AA, FX), Judi Klein (UB), Karie Ploof (BB)
Academic All-Big Ten 2009 Ana Balboa, Jade Beattie, Carmelina Carabajal, Kendra Elm, Angela Walker 2008 Jade Beattie, Carmelina Carabajal, Amanda Miles, Ashley Mutchler, Ashley Stanton, Angela Walker 2007 Jade Beattie, Carmelina Carabajal, Andy Cornelius, Kelly Ganchan, Amanda Miles, Ashley Mutchler, Angela Walker, Kim Womack 2006 Andy Cornelius, Kelly Ganchan, Laura Johnson, Amanda Miles, Maria Opsahl, Kelly Stout, Angela Walker, Kim Womack 2005 Andy Cornelius, Kelly Ganchan, Laura Johnson, Maria Opsahl, Kelly Stout, Carolyn Yernberg 2004 Carrie Hortsch, Laura Johnson, Erin Murphy, Alicia Opsahl, Maria Opsahl, Mary Skokut, Kelly Stout, Carolyn Yernberg 2003 Jenny Alf, Leigh Dixon, Alicia Opsahl, Mary Skokut, Kelly Watson, Carolyn Yernberg 2002 Jenny Alf, Megan Beuckens, Catie Christensen, Leigh Dixon, Carrie Hortsch, Alicia Opsahl, Mary Skokut 2001 Jenny Alf, Megan Beuckens, Catie Christensen, Leigh Dixon, Shanyn Lancaster, Megan Skokut 2000 Megan Beuckens, Judy Cavazos, Melissa Chang, Catie Christensen, Shanyn Lancaster, Kristi Selinger, Megan Skokut 1999 Judy Cavazos, Melissa Chang, Shanyn Lancaster, Mariam Pourshoushtari, Kristi Selinger, Megan Skokut 1998 Judy Cavazos, Jenny Mazzone, Mindy Myhre, Lacey Purkat, Kristi Selinger, Kim Sveum 1997 Jonda Hammons, Jenny Mazzone, Mindy Myhre, Lacey Purkat, Kristen Vandersall 1996 Susan Castner, Jonda Hammons, Mindy Myhre, Lacey Purkat, Kristen Vandersall 1995 Susan Castner, Jonda Hammons, Steph Polly, Kristen Vandersall 1994 Susan Castner, Lori Kindler 1993 Kristin Allstadt, Monika Juhasz-Nagy 1992 Kristin Allstadt, Zsuszanna Csisztu, Monika Juhasz-Nagy, Lori Kindler, Kelly McConnell 1991 Kristin Allstadt, Monika Juhasz-Nagy, Kathy Ness 1990 Kathy Ness, Julie Newman, Marie Roethlisberger 1989 Kathy Ness, Marie Roethlisberger, Lisa Wittwer 1988 Julie Newman, Marie Roethlisberger, Linda Umhoefer, Lisa Wittwer 1987 Marie Bandrowski
Minnesota Most Valuable Performer 2009 Carmelina Carabajal 2008 Carmelina Carabajal 2007 Carmelina Carabajal 2006 Laura Johnson 2005 Laura Johnson 2004 Alicia Opsahl 2003 Alicia Opsahl, Laura Johnson 2002 MaryAnne Kelley 2001 MaryAnne Kelley 2000 MaryAnne Kelley 1999 Melissa Chang 1998 Mindy Knaeble 1997 Mindy Knaeble 1996 Mindy Knaeble 1995 Kristen Vandersall 1994 Jennifer Mabley 1993 Dawn Ketcher 1992 Zsuzsanna Csisztu 1991 Cathy Zolkowski 1990 Marie Roethlisberger 1989 Marie Roethlisberger 1988 Lisa Wittwer 1987 Marie Roethlisberger 1986 Shelley Brown 1985 Wendy Dorsey 1984 Wendy Dorsey, Laurie Kaiser 1983 Robin Huebner 1978 Lynn Ellingsen current athletes listed in bold
Honorary Athletes Kolleen Casey Shields Rhonda Faehn Jenny Hansen Nellie Kim Mariam Pourshoushtari Courage Award Meghan Bergman Laura Fransen Szott Family Alumnae 1988 Big Ten Team 1997 NCAA Qualifying Team Shelley Brown Gannon Robin Huebner
Judy Cavazos Lynn Ellingson McCaffrey Peggy Fifield Robin Huebner Laurie Kaiser Sunday Mary Anne Kelley Judi Klein Kuelbs Mindy Knaeble Kiff Karie Ploof Tuttle Marie Roethlisberger Theresa Schneider Lisa Wittwer Pitlick Cathy Zolkowski Wilson Service Award Greg and Julia Aretz Nancy Baker
Mary Ann Case Lance and Jan Crowley Deb Driscoll Deanne Droegemueller Moore Larry Gleason Mike Hunger George & Roe Kreutzer Pat Lamb Milan Mader Dorothy McIntyre Mary Jane Olson Robin Ruegg Barbara Tebben Linda Thorberg Linda Wallenberg Bragg
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RECORDS Minnesotaâ€™s Top Team Scores Team Score 1. 197.700 2. 196.850 196.850 4. 196.750 5. 196.725
at Arizona State at Arizona vs. Arizona vs. Iowa at Iowa
3/12/04 3/14/02 3/10/01 3/15/09 2/17/02
Vault 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
at UCLA at Arizona at Arizona State at Big Ten Champ. vs. Arizona
3/3/02 3/14/02 3/12/04 3/24/01 3/10/01
49.600 49.450 49.300 49.225 49.175
Uneven Bars 1. 49.400 49.400 3. 49.250 49.350 5. 49.300
Best of Minnesota vs. Iowa State at Arizona State vs. Denver at Iowa State
Sports Pavilion Records
Beam 1. 49.500 2. 49.300 49.300 4. 49.225 49.225
at Arizona State vs. Iowa at Big Ten Champ. vs. Oklahoma at Iowa State
3/12/04 3/15/09 3/22/97 3/22/08 3/2/08
Floor Exercise 1. 49.575 2. 49.550 3. 49.500 4. 49.475 5. 49.450 49.450
vs. Iowa State at Arizona State vs. Iowa State at Arizona vs. Utah vs. North Carolina
2/22/03 3/12/04 3/11/00 3/14/02 2/1/03 3/9/02
2/7/04 2/24/01 3/12/04 3/21/99 2/16/01
Minnesotaâ€™s Big Ten Championships Year 2006 1998 1991 1989 1988
Score 195.150 195.400 189.000 187.450 186.100
Meet Site East Lansing, Mich. Iowa City, Iowa Champaign, Ill. Iowa City, Iowa Champaign, Ill.
Big Ten Championship
Team Vault 49.500 UCLA 49.500 Michigan
vs. Minnesota Big Ten Championship
Team Uneven Bars 49.625 Michigan
Big Ten Championship
Team Balance Beam 49.400 Michigan
Big Ten Championship
Team Floor Exercise 49.575 Minnesota
vs. Iowa State
Individual Vault 10.00 Kate Richardson 10.00 Jeanette Antolin
Individual Uneven Bars 10.00 Theresa Kulikowski 10.00 Elise Ray
Individual Balance Beam 9.950 Carmelina Carabajal Elise Ray MaryAnne Kelley Shannon Bowles Mindy Knaeble Beth Amelkovich Lisa Simes
Minnesota Michigan Minnesota Utah Minnesota Michigan Michigan
2/14/09 3/20/04 3/9/02 1/23/99 3/22/97 3/22/97 3/22/97
Individual Floor Exercise 9.975 MaryAnne Kelley Carolyn Yernberg
All Around 39.800 Elise Ray
Team Score 197.800 Michigan
58 * Minnesota Gymnastics
records & history
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS MINNESOTA’S TOP ALL-TIME PERFORMERS (highest scores only) Vault Score 1. Carolyn Yernberg, at UCLA (3/3/02) Courtney Norman, at UCLA (3/3/02) 3. Carmelina Carabajal, vs. Iowa State (2/7/09) Laura Johnson, Best of Minnesota (2/8/03) Leigh Dixon, at Arizona (3/14/02) Kim Sveum, at Missouri (3/9/97) 6. Alexis Russell, vs. Washington (3/10/07) Ashley Mutchler, at Big Ten Championships (3/26/05) Carrie Hortsch, at Arizona State (3/12/04) MaryAnne Kelley, twice, last at Arizona (3/14/02) Shanyn Lancaster, at Iowa (3/5/99) Stacey Batza, at Massachusetts (2/22/97)
10.00 10.00 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900
Uneven Bars 1. Mary Skokut, at Arizona State (3/12/04) 2. Laura Johnson, Best of Minnesota (2/7/04) Alicia Opsahl, Best of Minnesota (2/7/04) Annie Laatsch, at Big Ten Championships (3/23/02) Judy Cavazos, at Big Ten Championships (3/21/98) 6. Kristin Furukawa, vs. Iowa (3/14/09) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) Melissa Chang, vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) 8. Alexis Russell, twice, last at Big Ten Championships (3/21/09) Catie Christensen, three times, last at Big Ten Champ. (3/24/01) Megan Skokut, three times, last vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) Cathy Keyser, at Big Ten Championships (3/30/96) Molly Umland, at Big Ten Championships (3/21/98) Kristen Vandersall, three times (last on 3/30/96) Marie Roethlisberger, three times (last on 4/7/90)
Score 9.975 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900
Balance Beam 1. Mary Skokut, at Arizona State (3/12/04) 2. Carmelina Carabajal, at Best of Minnesota (2/14/09) MaryAnne Kelley, twice, last vs. North Carolina (3/9/02) Mindy Knaeble, Big Ten Championships (3/22/97) 5. Jenny Alf, at Boise State (3/2/01) Cathy Keyser, twice, last vs. Denver (3/22/99) 7. Angela Walker, at Oklahoma (1/30/09) Ashley Stanton, four times, last at Utah (2/1/08) Laura Johnson, at Iowa (2/27/04) Maria Opsahl, at Arizona State (3/12/04) Alicia Opsahl, three times, last at Arizona State (3/12/04) Annie Laatsch, three times, last vs. Arizona (1/11/03) Kelly Watson, Best of Minnesota (2/8/03) Megan Beuckens, at Auburn (3/17/01)
Score 9.975 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.900
Floor Exercise 1. MaryAnne Kelley, vs. North Carolina (3/9/02) Carolyn Yernberg, vs. Arkansas (1/8/05) 3. Carmelina Carabajal, vs. Iowa (3/15/09) Alexis Russell, vs. Iowa (3/15/09) Alicia Opsahl, vs. Iowa State (2/22/03) Annie Laatsch, at Arizona (3/14/02) Judy Cavazos, vs. Iowa State (3/14/97) Kristen Vandersall, vs. Iowa State (3/14/97) 9. Maria Opsahl, vs. Iowa State (2/21/04) Jenny Alf, twice, last vs. Iowa State (2/22/03) Megan Beuckens, three times, last vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) Mindy Knaeble, twice, last vs. Iowa State (3/13/98)
Score 9.975 9.975 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925
All Around 1. MaryAnne Kelley, at Iowa (2/17/02) 2. Laura Johnson, Best of Minnesota (2/7/04) 3. Carmelina Carabajal, at Big Ten Championships (3/21/09) 4. Alicia Opsahl, at Arizona State (3/12/04) 5. Alexis Russell, twice, last at Big Ten Championships (3/21/09) Megan Beuckens, vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) 7. Judy Cavazos, vs. Utah (2/15/97) 8. Annie Laatsch, vs. Arizona (1/11/03) 9. Kendra Elm, vs. Northern Illinois (2/28/09) Mindy Knaeble, vs. Iowa (2/24/96) Marie Roethlisberger, at NCAA Central Regional (4/7/90)
Score 39.600 39.575 39.500 39.475 39.450 39.450 39.300 39.100 39.075 39.075 39.075
MINNESOTA’S TOP ALL-TIME SCORES Vault 1. Carolyn Yernberg, at UCLA (3/3/02) Courtney Norman, at UCLA (3/3/02) 3. Carolyn Yernberg, at Arizona State (3/12/04) 4. Carmelina Carabajal, vs. Iowa State (2/7/09) Laura Johnson, Best of Minnesota (2/8/03) Carolyn Yernberg, Best of Minnesota (2/8/03) Carolyn Yernberg, vs. Arizona (1/11/03) Leigh Dixon, at Arizona (3/14/02) Courtney Norman, vs. Iowa State (2/23/02) Courtney Norman, at Big Ten Championships (3/24/01) Kim Sveum, at Missouri (3/9/97)
10.00 10.00 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925
Uneven Bars 1. Mary Skokut, at Arizona State (3/12/04) 2. Laura Johnson, Best of Minnesota (2/7/04) Alicia Opsahl, Best of Minnesota (2/7/04) Mary Skokut, vs Utah (2/1/03) Annie Laatsch, at Big Ten Championships (3/23/02) Judy Cavazos, at Big Ten Championships (3/21/98) 7. Mary Skokut, at Arkansas (1/9/04) Mary Skokut, vs. Iowa (3/22/03) Mary Skokut, vs. Iowa State (2/22/03) Annie Laatsch, Best of Minnesota (2/9/02) Annie Laatsch, vs. Iowa State (2/24/01) Mary Skokut, vs. Iowa State (2/24/01) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) Melissa Chang, vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) Judy Cavazos, vs. Denver (3/21/99) Judy Cavazos, vs. Illinois (2/27/99)
Score 9.975 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925
Balance Beam 1. Mary Skokut, at Arizona State (3/12/04) 2. Carmelina Carabajal, at Best of Minnesota (2/14/09) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. North Carolina (3/9/02) MaryAnne Kelley, at Iowa State (2/15/02) Mindy Knaeble, Big Ten Championships (3/22/97) 6. Jenny Alf, vs. Iowa (3/22/03) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. Iowa State (2/23/02) MaryAnne Kelley, at Iowa (2/17/02) Jenny Alf, at Boise State (3/2/01) Cathy Keyser, vs. Denver (3/21/99) Cathy Keyser, vs. Utah (3/17/96)
Score 9.975 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925 9.925
Floor Exercise 1. MaryAnne Kelley, vs. North Carolina (3/9/02) Carolyn Yernberg, vs. Arkansas (1/8/05) 3. Carmelina Carabajal, vs. Iowa (3/15/09) Alexis Russell, vs. Iowa (3/15/09) Carolyn Yernberg, at Arizona State (3/12/04) Carolyn Yernberg, vs. Nebraska (3/6/04) Alicia Opsahl, vs. Iowa State (2/22/03) Carolyn Yernberg, at Illinois (2/15/03) Annie Laatsch, vs. Arizona (1/11/03) Annie Laatsch, at Arizona (3/14/02) MaryAnne Kelley, at NCAA Regionals (4/6/02) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. Iowa State (2/23/02) MaryAnne Kelley, at Iowa (2/17/02) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. Iowa State (3/11/00) Kristen Vandersall, vs. Iowa State (3/14/97) Judy Cavazos, vs. Iowa State (3/14/97)
Score 9.975 9.975 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950 9.950
All Around 1. MaryAnne Kelley, at Iowa (2/17/02) 2. Laura Johnson, Best of Minnesota (2/7/04) 3. MaryAnne Kelley, at Arizona (3/14/02) 4. Laura Johnson, at Arizona State (3/12/04) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. North Carolina (3/9/02) MaryAnne Kelley, at Stanford (2/2/01) 7. Carmelina Carabajal, at Big Ten Championships (3/21/09) MaryAnne Kelley, vs. Iowa State (2/23/02) 9. Laura Johnson, at Iowa (3/5/06) Alicia Opsahl, at Arizona State (3/12/04)
Score 39.600 39.575 39.550 39.525 39.525 39.525 39.500 39.500 39.475 39.475
59 * Minnesota Gymnastics
records & history
Featured Gopher Alums
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? LAURA HICKS BROWN (1986-88) Family: Laura has been married for over 20 years to Rob Brown, a former member of the Minnesota men's gymnastics team. They have four children: Lexi (16), JoJo (14), Roxy (11), and Beau (6). Graduated: Laura graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport & Exercise Sciences/Physiology Employment: Laura is a co-owner of three gymnastics clubs and is a school volunteer Current Residence: Chicago suburbs Awards & Honors: Laura was a two-year letterwinner at Minnesota after transferring from the University of Illinois. She was a member of the 1988 Big Ten Championship team and was an all around competitor. At the time she graduated, she ranked No. 11 on Minnesota’s all-time top scores list on beam.
LORI KINDLER ROSKOSKI (1992-94) Family: Lori and her husband Bart have three girls, Caysha (16), Sydney (13) and Sophia (5). Sydney was involved in gymnastics until age 10 (Level 6) and now plays Junior Olympic volleyball. Sophia loves gymnastics and she is rarely right side up! Lori has five siblings, KJ, Patrick, Brian, Christopher and Meghan. KJ lives in Oklahoma and Meghan lives in Chicago. All of her other siblings live in Minnesota. Her parents, Tom and Cindy Kindler have always been so supportive of my gymnastics and career choice! They spend a lot of time watching my kids while we are away at competitions. Graduated: Lori graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994 with a degree in Communications. Employment: Lori and husband Bart own, operate, and are the head team coaches of Flips Gymnastics in White Bear lake, Minn. She started working at Flips in 1994 after she graduated from Minnesota. She met Bart while they were both coaching at Flips and later bought the gym together in 2003. Lori says “We've got an awesome staff at Flips and all of our gymnasts love to watch the Gophers compete! We are all huge Gopher fans!” Current Residence: Woodbury, Minn. Awards and Honors: Lori was three-year letterwinner at Minnesota after transferring from Wisconsin-Superior. She was a twotime Academic All-Big Ten award winner. When she graduated in 1994, she ranked No. 6 on the all-time top performers list on floor (9.775). She placed fourth in the all around at the 1993 Big Ten Championship.
COURTNEY NORMAN (1999-2002) Family: Courtney and her significant other, Lamii Zarlee, have been together for seven years. They have a three-year old daughter, Ayanna Zarlee. Employment: Courtney is a co-head gymnastics coach at Mini-Hops Gymnastics Club in Minnetonka. Education: Currently studying at the University of Minnesota with plans to apply to the master’s of education program next fall. Current Residence: Minneapolis, Minn. Awards and Honors: Courtney was a four-year letterwinner from 1999 to 2002. She was a member of the Minnesota team that advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2002 and earned the highest national finish in program history (ninth). Courtney earned AllBig Ten acclaim on both vault and floor exercise in 2001. In 2002, she earned a perfect 10 on the vault, and remains one of only two Gopher gymnasts to have earned a perfect 10.0.
60 * Minnesota Gymnastics