On the above date I wrote one of my first articles on TCT gymnastics. I thought I would bring back a little nostalgia as we prepare to watch Maggie Nichols compete at the AT&T Cup this weekend.
The Midwest’s Best Kept Secret…
Region 4 gymnastics is made up of the midwestern states Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Region 4 currently has the infamous Shawn Johnson on the Senior National Team. They also have 1 on the Junior national team, Keely McNeer (from Chows Gymnastics).
Last year Region 4 made a splash in the Junior Olympic scene and since then they have been proving they are just as good, if not better than the other regions in the country. One team specifically is slowly creeping up the ranks and starting to make spectators take a second glance.
Twin City Twisters Gymnastics is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently has the unstoppable coaching duo of Mike Hunger and Sami Wozney. The two have been creating great gymnasts for years and were awarded the “JO coaches of the year” last year for their achievements. Their gym helped region 4 win the level 10 Junior A, Junior D, and Senior C team awards in 2010. Individually TCT gymnasts took home awards in every session they competed in, including a National Champion title in Jessie Deziel. Here is her first place bar routine in the Senior A competition.
This year has started out no different. They have placed first at each of the 3 meets they have competed in so far. At the Minnesota Gopher Invite they scored a 114, managing not to count a score under a 9.35. They competed in the Sand Dollar Meet hosted by Orlando Metro where they scored a 115.35 beating out IGI by 2 full points.
Their best meet so far has been at the “Worlds Largest Gymnastics Meet” the Chicago Style. During the Level 10/Elite session they scored a 114.25 finishing ahead of Cinncinati Gymnastics Club (home of World Champion vaulter Kayla Williams). They also won the 10 meet with a 111.325 beating out Tampa Bay Turners and UCLA assistant coach, Chris Wallers GymJam team. During the Chicago Style Meet, upcoming star Maggie Nichols earned the covenant achievement of qualifying for the Nastia Luikin Cup. (http://usagym.org/pages/events/nlc/) Maggie placed 1st beam and floor and 3rd in the all around.
Maggie Nichols just competed at the WOGA Elite Qualifier where she tied for 1st in the all around and placed 1st on the uneven bars. Here is her beam routine from that qualifier.
Not only are they producing national competitors they are also a huge contributor to the NCAA gymnastics programs, both the men’s and women’s. Brie Olson is representing Oklahoma, Lucy Ennis, Amber Hammerschmidt, Michael Paulus, and Nicoli Bettin at University of Minnesota, Lucy Meyers at Stanford, Bailee Zumwalde at Arkansas, and Kassandra Nathe at Nebraska.
Here are just a few of the Twin City Twisters gymnasts past and present.
This year alone they have made three verbal commitments in Hannah Nordquist (U of M), Breanna Hughes (Utah), and Hollie Blankse (Nebraska). Jessie DeZiel has already committed to a full Scholarship at Nebraska.
Twin City Twisters has an Elite gymnast, multiple National team members, and a level 10 team that seems to be unstoppable so what next?
They will be hosting the Northern Lights Classic Gymnastics meet March 4th, 5th , and 6th. Where over 1000 gymnasts are expecting to compete, including 2 level 10 sessions, and individual event finals. The level 10 Twisters will be competing against gyms from Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Texas trying to stay undefeated before the Minnesota State Meet. For information visit http://team-twincitytwisters.flowebsite.com/
I wish them all the luck during the rest of the season!
If you would like to get more information on Twin City Twisters Gymnastics Club visit them at http://www.twincitytwisters.com/