Hawk Item – Tied for the school record on beam with a 9.975… also has the second-best score on beam in school history at 9.950.
2021 Honors – WCGA second-team All-American, becoming first freshman to earn All-America distinction… Big Ten Freshman of the Year – the fourth Hawkeye to earn the distinction and first since 2001… first-team All-Big Ten selection… four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree (Jan. 25, Feb. 8, March 1, March 15). 2021 – Competed in all 11 meets, twice performing in the all-around… competed on bars in every meet… tied a school record on beam, last set in 2002, scoring a 9.975 at Nebraska on March 14… received a 10.000 from one judge en route to her career-best score… won her first career event title on rings with a 9.875 against Ohio State (1/23)… won the beam title in the road win at Illinois (1/31)… won the beam (9.950) title in the road win at Nebraska (2/20)… won on beam (9.925) and tied for second on vault (9.825) and bars (9.875) in the home finale against Illinois (3/6)… won the all-around (her first all-around of her career) with a career-best 39.500 and finished first on beam (9.975) in the road win at Nebraska (3/14)… placed fifth in all-around (39.325) at the Big Ten Championships (3/26)… tied a career-high on vault (9.850), bars (9.900) and floor (9.875) at NCAA Regionals (4/2)… bar performance helped team to third-best team score in school history.
High School — Named to the Junior U.S. National Team in 2017, leading the team to a gold medal… finished fourth in the all-around… won the all-around at the KPAC National Elite qualifier in 2016 with a 54.600… placed in the top 10 in the all-around at the P&G Championships and was second on balance beam… was also fourth out of 33 gymnasts on the bars… qualified for P&G Championships in 2014, placing 27th overall and 18th on balance beam in junior division… finished ninth in all-around and fifth on balance beam at the 2013 Region 4 Championships… qualified to Level 9 Western Nationals, finishing seventh on beam and fifth on floor… qualified to HOPES pre-elite and won gold medals on uneven bars, beam, floor, and all-around at the 2013 U.S. Challenge… placed seventh in all-around, third on uneven bars, and second on balance beam at the 2012 state championships… qualified for regional championships where she was first on balance beam, floor, and all-around… placed first on the balance beam and second in all-around at 2011 state championships… made the Diamond TOPs National team in 2009 and the “A” TOPs National Team in 2010 and 2011… received the Social Studies Medal of Honor in 2020… trained at the Iowa Gym-Nest under Paige Roth and Mary Wise.
Personal — Born Aug. 3, 2002, in Guanxi, China… daughter of Sara Sanders and JR Kenlin… has three younger siblings, Kjirstin, Josephine, and Soren… mother is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. Olaf College… aunt was a collegiate gymnast at Auburn… majoring in sport and recreation management.
|Vault||9.850||4X, last at NCAA Regionals||4/2/21|
|Bars||9.900||2X, last at NCAA Regionals||4/2/21|
|Floor||9.875||3X, last at NCAA Regionals||4/2/21|