All of the best senior gymnasts in the nation belong to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. A few days after Gopher men’s gymnast Shane Wiskus was named the Nissen-Emery Award as the best senior gymnast in men’s collegiate gymnastics, on Wednesday Gopher senior Lexy Ramler was awarded the AAI Award as the best senior collegiate gymnast in women’s gymnastics!
The award is voted on by NCAA women’s gymnastics head coaches and is considered one of the highest honors given in the sport of women’s gymnastics. Ramler becomes the second Gopher to ever win the award after Lindsay Mable who won it in 2016. Ramler was one of six finalists for the award along with Alyssa Baumann of Florida, Anastasia Webb the NCAA All-Around Champion from Oklahoma, Lynnzee Brown from Denver, Nia Dennis of UCLA and Kyana George from California.
Ramler’s senior season was one for the record books. She recorded a pair of perfect 10’s one on vault and one on beam. She broke her own school record for best all-around score with a 39.850. Lexy won 31 event titles this season, was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week six times and was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the third consecutive season. Ramler was a Big Ten Champion on bars, beam and in the all-around, was the Athens Regional All-Around Champion and was named an All-American on beam, while also recording second-team honors on bars, vault and in the all-around. At the NCAA National Championships, Ramler tied for 5th on beam, 11th in the all-around, 14th on vault, 17th on bars and 40th on floor. Ramler is also a Honda Sport Award finalist for Gymnastics, hoping to join Gopher diver Sarah Bacon as an individual sport winner.
Ramler has not yet announced her plans for a potential return and use of her extra year of eligibility for next season, but if she does decide to come back, she will be one of if not the top returning gymnast in the country.
Congrats to Lexy!