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Freshman soars in NIU women’s gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 18, 2013

Head gymnastics coach Sam Morreale knew when he recruited freshman Jaelyn Olsen that she could take over the high scoring position on vault that former gymnast Tanya Rachan held last season. On paper, that was the plan; that plan also included Olsen getting...

New faces look to dominate NIU gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | January 13, 2013

Despite the loss of key senior leadership and contribution from last season’s team, women’s gymnastics appears to be on an upward trend. The squad lost five seniors, including big scorers like Tanya Rachan, Ashley Guerra, and Shonda Clore. Coach Sam...

No. 6 for the top 10 NIU athletes: Tanya Rachan

By Matt Hopkinson | April 29, 2012

In a sport where one is forced to shine as an individual, few shone as brightly this season in NIU gymnastics as senior Tanya Rachan. Rachan came on strong in her season year, and was named the No. 6 on the top 10 NIU athletes of the season. Overall,...

Five minutes with Tanya Rachan

By Matt Hopkinson | April 16, 2012

NIU senior gymnast Tanya Rachan set career highs, garnered numerous accolades and took part at the NCAA Regionals in her final year as Huskie. Rachan sat down with the Northern Star to reflect on her time at NIU and to take a look at what her future holds....

Gotlund, Rachan have mixed results at NCAA regionals

By Matt Hopkinson | April 8, 2012

The NCAA women’s gymnastics regional meet wrapped up Saturday afternoon in Champaign, Ill. While this means little for the NIU gymnastics squad as a whole, it featured two members of the team, both sophomore all-arounder Kim Gotlund and senior specialist...

Rachan, Gotlund heading to NCAA regionals

By Matt Hopkinson | April 4, 2012

Two members of the NIU women’s gymnastics roster will compete in the regional meet at different times in their college careers. Sophomore all-arounder Kim Gotlund and senior Tanya Rachan will both be heading to U of I to compete in the NCAA Regional...

Gynmastics takes 4th at MAC championship

By Matt Hopkinson | March 25, 2012

Typically, a description of “bodies flying everywhere” for a sporting event means chaos. However, for NIU women’s gymnastics, it meant MAC championship time. The Huskies played host to the 2012 MAC championship meet Saturday at the NIU Convocation...

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Gynastics struggles at EMU invite, State of Illinois Championships

By Matt Hopkinson | March 18, 2012

Over spring break, NIU gymnastics participated in the Eastern Michigan Invitational and the State of Illinois Championships. In both meets, the Huskies did not put up solid scores all around as they struggled with bars in both events as well as beams...

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Gymnastics slated for quad meet

By Matt Hopkinson | March 7, 2012

NIU gymnastics is scheduled for its first quad meet of the season as it travels to Eastern Michigan Saturday. NIU will compete against Eastern Michigan, Temple and Air Force in the sixth and final MAC meet of the regular season. NIU senior Tanya Rachan...

Central Michigan edges NIU gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 26, 2012

While NIU gymnastics highlighted its seniors, Central Michigan stole the show Saturday.The Chippewas defeated NIU 194.950-193.925 at the Convocation Center Sunday. NIU posted its second-highest score this season against CMU.Central Michigan (11-3, 5-0...

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Gymnastics posts second highest point total in loss to Kent State

By Matt Hopkinson | February 19, 2012

NIU gymnastics posted the second-highest point total of its season, but it wasn't enough as they lost to Kent State..The Huskies' (3-4, 2-2 MAC) score of 193.625 wouldn't be enough to edge Kent State's score of 195.525. This match also marked the second...

Gymnastics hit high note on way to best score since 2009

By Matt Hopkinson | February 12, 2012

NIU gymnastics started and ended its meet Saturday on point, hitting every routine in all four events.On the road, NIU (3-3, 2-1 MAC) was able to win a close meet by posting season-high scores in all four events, as it edged Bowling Green (1-8, 0-3 MAC)...