For the second month this academic year, junior gymnast Alex Kopp (Long Lake, Minn.) and sophomore men’s tennis player Mohanad Alhouni (Tripoli, Libya) have been selected as the Gustavus Adolphus College March Female and Male Student-Athletes-of-the-Month, presented by Thrivent Financial and voted on by the Gustavus Sports Information Department.
After becoming an All-American in the all-around Friday at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships, Alex Kopp (Jr., Wayzata, Minn.) continued to impress Saturday during the individual events. Kopp tied for first on the floor with a program record 9.850, claiming the 32nd national event title in program history. Kopp is the first Gustie to win a national event since Alyssa Cox won the vault in 2003, and first to win the floor (eighth overall) since Molly Nemes in 2001.
Gustavus gymnast Alex Kopp (Jr., Wayzata, Minn.) etched her name among elite company in a decorated program Friday at the NCGA Championships. Kopp placed ninth in the all-around competition to earn All-America honors, becoming the 52nd Gusties to do so, while attaining the 94th All-America award in program history.
For the second consecutive season, Gustavus gymnast Alex Kopp (Jr., Wayzata, Minn.) is competing at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships. The College at Brockport: State University of New York in Brockport, N.Y. hosts this year’s national meet, which takes place Friday and Saturday. Kopp is competing in the all-around competition on Friday, and will then compete in three individual events - vault, floor, and beam - on Saturday.
The Gustavus gymnastics team took eighth place at the WIAC Championships/NCGA Regional on Friday evening with a season-high score of 184.475, which is also the second highest team score in program history. The conference championship also proved to be a memorable night for the Gusties with five individual career-highs, six season-highs, and two program records.
The Gustavus gymnastics team has been preparing all season for this moment and the moment is almost here. The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)/National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional begins at 6:20 p.m. Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Mitchell Hall.
Sam Ardy (Fy., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored career highs on the uneven bars and vault helping Gustavus to a third-place finish at the Best of Minnesota and season high scores. For her performance, Ardy has been named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gymnastics Specialist of the Week.
The regular season for the Gustavus gymnastics team ended on a high note Saturday, as it tallied the second best team score in program history at the Best of Minnesota Meet, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Gusties tied for third place out of four teams with a season-high score of 184.300. The host Gophers took first with a score of 196.200, while Winona State took second at 184.825, and Hamline tied the Gusties at 184.300.
The Gustavus gymnastics team has its final tune-up before next week's WIAC Championships/NCGA Regional as it participates in the Best of Minnesota meet Saturday, hosted by the University of Minnesota. The meet begins at 4 p.m. and is held at the Sports Pavilion. Participating teams include Gustavus, Hamline, University of Minnesota, and Winona State.
The Gustavus gymnastics team competed in its final home dual meet of the season at Sponberg Gymnastics Studio on Friday night, coming away with a 183.875-181.950 loss to UW-Eau Claire. The loss drops the Gusties to 2-5 in WIAC duals, while the Blugolds improve to 3-0.