The team celebrates a historic season and presents awards at a banquet

Gymnastics | 07/05/2022 20:48:00

The University of Minnesota gymnastics program held its annual team banquet on Saturday where they celebrated the 2022 season and presented postseason awards.

Minnesota’s season was highlighted with individual and team accolades and ended with a sixth-place finish—the best in program history—at the NCAA Championships. The Gophers introduced the NCAA All-Americans Lexy Ramler, Ona Loper, mya hooten and Hannah Willmarth this year and also beat 198 as a team for the very first time.

Ramler was named a finalist for the Honda Sport Award, while Loper was a finalist for the prestigious AAI Award. Minnesota recorded its best six team rushing scores this year and the three different individuals – Hooten, Loper and Ramler – combined to record six perfect 10s last season.

Minnesota’s banquet was held at Huntington Bank Stadium and plenty of awards were handed out as the Gophers closed the chapter of their most historic season.

The coaching staff presented six awards at the banquet:

Most Helpful Co-Artist: Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper

First year of the year: Marissa Jencks

Improved co-plus: Gianna Gerdes and Emilie Koch

Teammates of the year: Abbie Nylin and mya hooten

Mariam Award: Hall Remlinger and Hannah Willmarth
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 one’s personal resources and willpower to accomplishing something. This honor is given to gymnasts who, according to the coaches, have done everything possible to be at their best.

Visionary Leadership Award: Ella Sirjord
This is a new award this year, and it is given because the past few years have showcased incredible talent outside of the gym from members of the program. Starting with Mary Korlin Downs and continue with Ella Sirjordthe team’s dynamic brand was brought to life with extraordinary vision, compelling content and dynamic storytelling.

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