The Gophers host the 2021 team banquet
Women’s Gymnastics | 04/09/2021 16:00:00
The University of Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics Program greeted the 2021 season with their annual team banquet on Friday where they honored last year’s team and took stock of last season’s accomplishments.
The season was marked by the program’s first Big Ten Championship since 2006 and a domestic championship spot for the first time under the new eight-team format. The Gophers have broken numerous team records, including a new team scoring record of 197.750 set at the Big Ten Championship. Minnesota also set a new record on floor (49.575) and uneven bars (49.575) while securing the second-best vault score in program history (49.525) in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. and the third best score on beam (49.600).
The Gophers had several representatives of the All-Big Ten team in 2021, including Ramler, Loper and Hooten leading with first-team honors. Mary korlin-downs, Maddie quarles, Tiarre sales and Hannah willmarth represented Maroon and Gold in the All-Big Ten second team. The Gophers boasted the most number of gymnasts honored by the conference, with Michigan coming in second with five recognized gymnasts.
There were a record number of All-Americans as of the 2021 season. Ramler won WCGA All-American honors in the all-around, vault, bars and beam. Loper was named WCGA All-American in vault and also Second Team All-America in floor and all-around. The first-year phenomenon Hooten was recognized as a WCGA All-American on the ground. Korlin-Downs received WCGA All-American second team honors on beam and Quarles was WCGA All-American second team on vault.
Following the 2021 NCAA Championship semifinals, the University of Minnesota made program history with 11 All-American Championship honors in total. Loper led the way for the Gophers with All-American honors in vault and all-around, as well as All-American second team ground honors. Ramler achieved All-American recognition on beam, while recording second-team honors on bars, vault and all-around. Hooten continued to impress in his first college season, earning All-American honors on floor and second-team honors in vault. Korlin-Downs received the first All-American honor of his career on beam and Quarles completed the honors as the second All-American team on vault.
In the classroom, the 13 eligible student-athletes Maya albertin, Kate grotenhuis, Korlin-Downs, Mallory Le Neave, Loper, Lexi montgomery, Abbie Nhylin, Quarles, Ramler, Hall Remlinger, Tiarre sales, Ali sonier and Hannah willmarth won All-Big Ten academic honors. Eight female gymnastics representatives also won Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors, including Albertin, LeNeave, Loper, Nylin, Ramler, Remlinger, Sales and Willmarth.
The coaching staff presented four awards at the banquet:
Most valuable performer: Lexy ramler
Ramler is one of the most decorated student-athletes in University of Minnesota history and her 2021 campaign has racked up a host of accolades, including being named the recipient of the prestigious AAI Award. Ramler scored a perfect 10 on vault and beam, and also set a new program record in the all-around with a 39.850. She won 31 event titles during the season and was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week six times.
Ramler finished the regular season tied for No.1 nationally on beam, No.3 on bars, tied for No.5 on vault, tied for No.28 on floor and No.2 on General classification. Big Ten champion on bars, beam and all-around, Ramler also won her third consecutive Big Ten Gymnast of the Year title. Continuing her success, she was regional champion in the Athens all-around competition. At the NCAA Nationals, Ramler tied for 5th on beam and 11th in all-around and was named All-American on beam, while recording second team honors on bars, vault. horse and all-around competition.
First year student of the year: Mya hooten
During his freshman breakout season, Hooten took the varsity gymnastics scene by storm. She recorded the first perfect 10 of her career and the first on floor in Gophers program history in March and also led Minnesota to a team score of 49.575 on the event, which tied the program record. . The Woodbury, Minnesota native also competed in vault and bars, where she had a high score of 9.950 and 9.875 respectively.
Hooten had 9.875 on vault, 9.738 on bars and 9.950 on floor in the NCAA National Championship semifinal, earning a fifth place on floor. His success earned him NCAA All-American honors on floor and second-team honors in vault.
Most improved: Mallory Le Neave
After taking part in a floor show during the 2020 season, LeNeave burst onto the scene in 2021 and took part in eleven meetups. The sophomore made her career debut for the Gophers against Penn State and landed a 9,800 rushing. She recorded a career-high 9.925 in the Athens regional final and earned 9.875 in the NCAA National Championship semifinals.
LeNeave was an All-Big Ten, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and WCGA Scholastic All-American academic laureate.
Most valuable teammate: Abbie nylin and Hannah willmarth
Nylin has secured a spot on beam and floor this season and posted a career-high 9.850 in both events. As a bar specialist, Willmarth achieved a career high 9.925 on the Big Five Meet. She was honored as a Minnesota selection for the Big Ten Sportsmanship award.
Both Gophers were constant sources of support and positive energy for their teammates.
Mariam Prize: Mary korlin-downs and Ona loper
This award is named after Mariam Pourshoushtari, a former Gopher gymnast who survived meningitis. His perseverance is a testament to what it means to devote all of his personal resources and his will to achieve something. This honor goes to the gymnast who, according to the coaches, has done everything to be at her best.
The super senior Korlin-Downs have made the most of an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In her four years with the Gophers and her sixth season in college gymnastics, she won her first event title of the season after posting a 9.900 on beam in Iowa. Korlin-Downs set a career-high 9.975, winning a 10 from a judge, and won the title on beam over Rutgers. At the Big Ten Championships, she scored a 9.950 and received second place. His season ended with a fifth place finish at the NCAA National Championship with 9.925 on beam.
Loper has had an unforgettable season in 2021, starting with a full title and Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors in the first week of the season. Loper went on to win 12 titles per event and two Perfect 10s on vault, including one in the Athens regional semi-final. At the end of the regular season, Loper was tied for 3rd in vault, 10th on floor, 17th on bars and 13th in all-around. Loper’s influx of success intensified in the playoffs, becoming the Big Ten Floor champion and the Athens regional champion in vault and floor. She finished first for brown and gold at the NCAA Championships after setting a career-high 39.6375 in the all-around with scores of 9.9625 on vault, 9.9250 on floor and from 9.8750 to bars and beam. Loper was third in vault and fourth in the all-around.