Gustavus Adolphus senior gymnast Laura Hansen (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley) was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gymnastics Specialist of the Week for the week ending February 15, 2009. Hansen turned in scores of 9.650 on the balance beam and 9.200 on the uneven parallel bars at the Best of Minnesota meet in Minneapolis on February 14. Her score on the balance beam tied the third-highest score ever achieved by a Gustie gymnast in the event and bettered her personal best score by 0.625 points. Hansen was the top NCGA finisher in both events as she placed fifth on the beam and sixth on the uneven bars.
Gustavus finished third at the competition and posted a season-high team score of 179.925. The Gusties will host their final dual meet of the season against UW-Stout on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lund Center Forum.
Hansen is the daughter of Andrew and Stephanie Hansen of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.