Laura Ryan

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River diver Laura Ryan, who has both a state high school championship and a Big Ten title on her resume, is competing for a spot on the Olympic team this week. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Ryan, 19, by phone from Seattle on Monday. “I’m excited that [...]

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Laura Ryan, Indiana sophomore diver from Elk River, qualified for nationals in all three dives. She finished eighth in 3-meter and 12th in 1-meter, and had to withdraw from platform after prelims due to a minor injury. Ryan and teammate Amy Coznad, who placed 12th in synchro diving at the world meet in London on [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Football prowess at the local and area levels, and gymnastics gems at the state and national levels, were the biggest sports stories of 2011 in the Star News realm. Also making prominent headlines were Rogers golfers and an ambitious diver from Elk River. Following are the sports editor’s picks for [...]

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Elk River’s Laura Ryan and her Indiana University teammate Amy Cozad have earned their third national title in synchronized diving. Ryan and Cozad placed first at the USA Diving Winter Nationals on Monday at Knoxville, TN, clinching a spot on the FINA World Cup team. They scored 632.70 points on two lists of dives to [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Jena Jondahl, Winona State freshman gymnast from Elk River, was national runner-up in vault last Saturday. Jondahl placed second in the D-IIII nationals at Wisconsin-Eau Claire, scoring 9.650 with her front handspring on, front tuck somersault off (1 1/2 revolutions). “It was one of my best, but the vault I [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Laura Ryan is making a big impact in her rookie season as a Division I diver with swimming powerhouse Indiana. The freshman from Elk River was Big Ten champion in platform diving — while placing second in one-meter diving and third in three-meter diving — in the conference meet hosted [...]

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