COLUMBIA, Mon – Mizzou Gymnastics colours 4 incoming tigers as introduced by the top coach Shannon Welker On Wednesday. Hannah Horton (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Kennedy Griffin (Strongsville, Ohio), Rayna Light (Brandon, Fla.) and Kaia Tanskanen (Howell, Mich.) will be a part of Mizzou as a part of the 2023 recruiting class for the 2024 season.
“This is an impressive group of young women who have achieved a lot,” mentioned coach Welker. “They all bring the ability to compete at the SEC level and keep the Tigers in the hunt for future NCAA championships.”
Hannah Horton | Brooklyn Park, Minnesota | Champlin Park HS
Hannah Horton, who lately signed on the dotted line, joins Black and Gold with a powerful resume. Most lately, she competed within the all-around on the 2022 Women’s JO Nationals the place she positioned ninth. Overall, Horton surpassed his private information of 9.75 on vault, 9.7 on ground, 9.6 on beam and 9.525 on beam. Back house, she trains and trains at Tobler Gymnastics underneath John Tobler.
Coach Welker about Hannah…
“It’s so thrilling to have this younger girl as a tiger. Hannah is so dynamic and has solely simply begun to present what she’s able to.”
Kennedy Griffins | Strongville, Ohio | Strongsville HS
Kennedy Griffin joins the Tigers after she final competed as a member of the Region 5 nationwide staff in 2022, the place she was ground train champion. Her accolades for the yr continued as she dominated the beam on the 2022 Women’s Development Program National Championships, incomes the National Beam Champion title and fifth place on ground. Griffin will go to Mizzou after coaching with Farrah Griffin on the Five-Star Gymnastics Academy of Ohio.
Coach Welker on Kennedy…
“Kennedy has great impressive gymnastics and brings a wow factor to her routines. We were impressed by her leadership skills and enthusiasm for gymnastics.”
Rayna Light | Brandon, Fla. | Durant HS
Florida native Rayna Light is wanting to make Missouri her new house after lately putting fifth in vault on the 2022 Women’s Development Program nationwide championships. In addition, she is a two-time Hopes Championship qualifier and positioned sixth within the all-around on the 2020 Nastia Liukin Cup. Her prep success was anchored by coaching underneath Marissa Ramos at Golden City Gymnastics.
Coach Welker on Rayna…
“Rayna enjoys the competitors and it exhibits in her performances. She brings all-around skill to the Tigers and will certainly assist us enhance.”
Kaia Tanzanians | Howell, Mich. | Michigan Connections Academy
Kaia Tanskanen, a member of the Finnish nationwide staff, indicators her letter of intent not lengthy after attending the 2022 European Championships in Munich, Germany, the place she reached the highest 30 individually. In addition, Kaia has simply competed within the all-around on the 2022 World Championships in Liverpool, England. Earlier this yr, Tanzania positioned second general, fourth in beam and fifth in parallel bars on the 2022 Women’s Development Program nationwide championships. She’s upping her profession bests of 9.825 on ground, 9.7 on beam, 9.675 on vault and 9.625 on parallel bars. She at present trains on the Michigan Elite Gymnastics Academy underneath Kim Tanskanen.
Coach Welker on Kaia…
“Kaia brings a wealth of international experience and the ability to assert herself as one of the NCAA’s best all-rounders. She put together one of the most impressive resumes in the 2023 commitment class.”