College athletes: DeZiel advances to NCAA gymnastics nationals

Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska sophomore gymnast from Rogers (Spectrum High School, Twin Cities Twisters club), qualified for NCAA nationals by placing third all-around at regionals in Morgantown, West Virginia, with 39.200. Nebraska, ranked No. 8, won the Big Ten title, but just missed nationals with a third-place region finish. Nationals will be held in Los Angeles, April 19-21. At the Big Ten meet at Michigan State on March 23, DeZiel was second all-around (39.625) behind teammate Emily Wong, and tied for the vault title with 9.95.

Alex Kline, University of South Dakota freshman golfer from Elk River, has played in eight tournaments (fall and spring combined) and posted a 75.46 average, second on the team. He placed third among 45 players with nine-over 219 at the SDSU tournament last fall and12th among 75 with a one-over 217 at the Sacramento State Intercollegiate Cup on March 11-12.

Jordan Rykal, USD freshman golfer from Rogers, has played in six tournaments and averages 78.43 strokes. He placed 29th among 90 at the Western Illinois tournament with 14-over 230 on March 29-30.
Madeline Schaeffer, UM-Duluth freshman trickster from Rogers, placed second in the 400 hurdles with 1:06.37 last Saturday in the Bulldogs outdoor opener, a 10-team meet at Hamline.