May 10th-12th the Women’s J.O. National Championships will be hosted at the Mpls. Convention Center. Follow this link for more information!
Due to the lovely spring weather, Great Northern will be closing tonight after the first workouts. No practice for girls level 7-10 and boys level 5-7. Also canceled are the recreational classes that begin AFTER 6pm.
Congratulations to Ally Blixt, Brooke Mischler, and Mya Hooten on a job well done at the Region 4 Women’s Gymnastics Championships!
Ally placed 12th on floor (Level 9 / Senior B)
Brooke placed 11th on vault, 16th on beam, 18th on floor, and 21st all-around. (Level 8/Senior B)
Mya placed 3rd on vault, 20th on bars, 7th all-around, and is the Region 4 floor exercise champion! (Level 8 / Junior A)
We are very proud of all of the girls performances!
It was a busy and productive weekend for the boys at the Regional meet this past weekend. Here’s a recap of some of the achievements the boys had.
Level 6: Caleb Olson places 4th on Pommel Horse and 5th on High Bar.
Level 8: Sam Metzler places 1st on Pommel Horse in his age division with a 2nd place finish on vault. Oliver Ouradnik placed 1st on High Bar, 2nd on Floor, 4th on Parallel Bars and 3rd place for All-Around score! Lou Diner placed 1st on Pommel Horse in his age group, 3rd on Floor, 3rd on Parallel Bars and 4th place for All-Around! As a team, they placed 3rd in the region! Way to go guys
Level 10: Zach Liebler places 1st on Floor and High Bar with a 2nd place finish on Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and All-Around score. He also qualified for the JO National Championships next month in Oregon and is part of the Region 4 Men’s team. William Brower placed 5th on Parallel Bars and 6th place All-Around which landed him a spot on the Region 4 Men’s Team also. William also qualified for JO Nationals! As a team, the level 10′s placed 2nd in the Region! Awesome job everyone!
The 2013 Summer Schedule for Recreational Gymnastics is now online! Check under the Classes/Class Schedule tab for information.
Congratulations to all the Great Northern girls that competed at the State Meet this past weekend. Special congratulations to Ally Blixt, Mya Hooten and Brooke Mischler for qualifying to the Region 4 Championship meet. Great job ladies!
Level 10 earned the 1st place team award at the MN State Meet this past weekend. The level 8 team placed 3rd and the level 7 team placed 2nd. Many individual awards were also earned throughout all of the team levels. Great job guys!
Levels 6-10 competed at the Harley Davidson Meet this past weekend in Milwaukee. Many boys received medals/trophies on individual events and all-around. Level 7 came in 2nd place. Level 8 also took 2nd place. Level 10 came in 1st place and also won a cash prize. Great job guys!
Men’s Gymnastics Signs Soukup, Liebler. Coach Burns adds two student-athletes to the roster for next year.
Head coach Mike Burns. Nov. 20, 2012
University of Minnesota’s men’s gymnastics head coach Mike Burns announced today that Mitchell Soukup and Zachary Liebler have signed National Letters of Intent to compete with the Golden Gophers. Soukup and Liebler will join the team next fall.
“I am excited about these two young gymnasts who will be part of the Golden Gophers program next year,” said Burns. “I know they can make us a better team.”
Soukup, who trains at Alamo Gymnastics in San Antonio, Texas, brings an impressive resume to the Golden Gophers. He is coached by Yuejin Sun and has competed and excelled in numerous national competitions. Soukup, who finished third in the state’s all-around competition this year and ninth in 2011, is expected to add immediate depth to the still rigns lineup due to his natural strength.
“Mitchell is the kind of guy who already possesses a high level of ring strength that will be a great addition to our team next year,” said Burns. “Not only will he help on rings but he is also the defending state and regional champion on the pommel horse so he brings us added depth to that event as well. I feel like Mitchell is just starting to realize his potential. When he joins the program next year and gets to train with a team of like-minded individuals he can only get better.”
Liebler is from Pine Island, Minn., and trains at Great Northern Gymnastics. He is coached by Bob Wuornos, Ron Hill and Keith Heaver. Liebler qualified for the Junior Olympics in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He finished second in the 2012 state all-around competition after finishing fourth in 2011 and third in 2010.
Liebler was the 2012 state champion in floor exercise and parallel bars. Burns sees him making an immediate impact for the Gophers in floor exercise, vault and high bar.
“I believe Zach has the right stuff on those three events to give us some added firepower,” said Burns. “Zach has a real gift with his uncanny ability to twist and this will serve him well on both floor and vault. He has made some great strides this year and I am looking forward to watching his progress his senior year. Zach has attended our summer camp, and I feel that his transition to our program will be seamless. I’m really looking forward to Zach wearing the Maroon and Gold next year especially since it’s been a desire of his for as long as I’ve known him.”
Congratulations to Brenna Sommerland, Taylor Sommerland and Taylor Smith for qualifying to the MN State Meet!