“Fighters. Inspirational. Passionate.” Those are the three words Minnesota sophomore Lexy Ramler uses when asked to describe her team.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers gymnastics team is on the rise, and the three adjectives Ramler uses to describe her teammates seem to be the exact ones one could use to describe her, as the talented and humble sophomore has been a superstar for the program ever since setting foot on campus.
When Lexy Ramler first came to Minnesota as a freshman, the former elite gymnast and Level 10 JO Nationals champion was expected be a star, but few could have predicted just how instrumental she has been to the team’s success in her first two seasons. A Minnesota native who had to commute over two hours to practice during her club career, Ramler stated she wanted to “stay close to home,” and with the strength of the gymnastics program and “incredible academics,” she found her “perfect choice” at Minnesota.
Coming from a small club team to competing for Minnesota was a “huge transition” for Lexy, but she jumped right into all four lineups her freshman season, winning the all-around in her first competition as a Gopher and continuing to lead the team throughout the year. Despite the challenges of adjusting to student-athlete life at Minnesota, such as “getting used to the environment and coaches, traveling every single weekend, and lots of homework,” Ramler called her freshman year full of “great experiences,” and the Big 10 Freshman of the Year solidified herself as one of the brightest rising stars in NCAA Gymnastics.
After Lexy’s incredible freshman year, which culminated in her advancing to the NCAA Championships as an individual, she was determined to come back even stronger to continue to lead her team to even more success. With a year of experience under her belt, Ramler says she “trusts [her] body more and [her] experience,” and came into her sophomore season with “a lot more confidence.”
That confidence has shone through, with a new career high seemingly coming at every competition for the Minnesota star. Breaking the all-around record for a Gopher gymnast, Ramler scored a huge 39.725 in the all-around in a meet against Maryland and has scored big on every event throughout the season, with three individual judges even throwing out Perfect 10.0s for her on balance beam, one of her signature events.
Beam, which Ramler says is one of her favorite events and “comes easy for her,” has been a standout event for Ramler throughout her entire gymnastics career, with multiple Perfect 10.0s just slipping through her grasp this season. Lexy jokingly says that the judges “like to keep (her) hungry and coming back for more,” and many gymnastics fans are just waiting for the perfect score that is sure to come in her career.
As the anchor of Minnesota’s beam lineup, the sophomore is frequently put in high-pressure situations but always seems to find a way to deliver for her team. In one such situation, in a close meet on the road against Penn State, Ramler anchored an incredible beam rotation with a 9.950 to help Minnesota take home the win, with Lexy calling watching the team “rise up” and compete that well “truly inspirational.”
Another standout event for Ramler ever since club career has been uneven bars, where she states she “loves putting together crazy combinations” and “feeling the rhythm” on the event. Lexy even has her own skill on the event, competing a toe-on full-twisting shaposh that is now named “the Ramler” in the USA Gymnastics JO code of points. When asked if she would ever compete the skill in NCAA, she said she is “hoping to bring it back,” adding that she has had “a lot of fun” training it over summers.
The 2019 Minnesota gymnastics team just ended their season after a hard-fought two day battle at regionals, and the competition was a special experience for the entire team. Ramler described the whole experience as “incredible,” adding that the team “came together so close those two days” and “had a blast.” Feeding off of what Lexy calls an “absolutely crazy” atmosphere, Minnesota just missed out on qualifying to nationals but still finished their season out on a high note, with one of their best performances of the season coming where it mattered most.
Making sure to “take it all in,” Ramler flipped her way to an individual all-around qualification spot to the NCAA Championships for a second year in a row, and is prepared now with her prior experience to “go out there and enjoy the moment,” with the hope to “do [her] best and hopefully all-American.”
As Ramler is only a sophomore, gymnastics fans still have two full years as well as the upcoming NCAA Championships to continue watching her shine for Minnesota, and there is surely more to come. Lexy’s goals all revolve around continuing to “make memories with her teammates,” with her most prominent goal for the remainder of her time as a Gopher to help the team qualify to nationals together.
There is sure to be more greatness in the future for this already record-breaking student-athlete and her team, with more history potentially being made this weekend at the national championships.Tags: Big 10, Big Ten, Level 10, Level 10 JO Nationals, Lexy Ramler, Minnesota, Minnesota Golden Gophers, NCAA Gymnastics, Penn State, Penn State Nittany Lions