Laken Sooy got her start in gymnastics at the age of six in gymnastics classes. Laken took to the sport right away and progressed quickly. In 2013, Laken began competing level 4 and went on to win the beam title and take second all around at the Ohio State Championships. Laken competed a second season of level 4 during the 2014 season due to the USAG skill/level change and finished first on vault and fourth all around at state. Laken finished up her compulsory season in 2015 as a level 5 and went on to win the bars, beam, floor, and all around titles at the Ohio State Championships.
Laken began her optional career in December 2015 as a level 7 and kicked off her season at The Cup where she won the beam, floor, and all around titles. At her next four meets, Laken won the all around title at each meet. Then in March at the Ohio State Championships, Laken won the bars title and finished third on floor and in the all around. Laken finished up her season at the Region 5 Championships and came home with a fifth place finish on bars and a sixth place all around finish.
Competing level 8 during the 2016-2017 season, Laken began her season at The Cup where she finished third on vault and beam and fourth all around. Laken continued to improve throughout the season and went on to win the bars title and place third on vault at the Ohio State Championships. One month later at the Region 5 Championships, Laken took sixth on bars and in the all around. Laken competed another season of level 8 during the 2017-2018 season and went on to win the Ohio State vault, bars, beam, and all around titles as well as the Region 5 beam and all around titles.
Coming off of a stellar level 8 season, Laken began her 2018-2019 level 9 season at the Ron Ganim Legends Invitational where she took eighth all around. Three months later at the Ohio State Championships, Laken brought home the silver medal on vault and bronze medal on floor. Laken finished up her season one month later at regionals earning a gold medal on vault.
Laken began her 2019-2020 level 10 season at the Ron Ganim Legends Invitational. This meet proved to be a great start for Laken as she finished second on beam and third on vault.
Currently, Laken trains 22 hours per week under coaches Jared Nun, Caroline Nun, Joan Ganim, and Connor Stallion at Gymnastics World of Ohio. Laken's goal her 2020 level 10 season is to consistently hit her routines and to qualify for the JO National Championships. In the future, Laken hopes to earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.