Sooners Ink Dynamic Duo for 2019
NORMAN –Head coach K.J. Kindler has announced the addition of yet another talented class, as Allie Stern and Olivia Trautman signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The duo is set to join the program for the 2019 competitive season.
“Our 2018 class will have a huge impact!” Kindler said. “Olivia and Allie are top notch people, students, athletes and teammates and they are bringing their super powers to OU!”
Trautman has been an elite gymnast for the last four years and will bring extensive experience to the Sooner gymnastics program. She has excelled nationally and internationally, competing at the P&G National Championships and representing the United States at the Jesolo Trophy in Italy. Stern has seen success at all levels of competition, including phenomenal performances at the national, regional and state level. In just her first year as a level 10 gymnast, she won the vault title at the 2017 JO National Championships.
“They both boast power and quickness, and will certainly boost the vault and floor line-ups to new heights,” Kindler said. “Both young women have 10.0 valued vaults and will contribute immediately in 2019. Most importantly, I see a drive and commitment in these women that will create a "no ceiling" situation for their futures here at OU and beyond. We are honored to have them lead us into the next chapter of Sooner Gymnastics.”
Charlotte, N.C. | Perfect Balance Training Center | Photos
Allie Stern, a native of Charlotte, N.C., trains at Perfect Balance Training Center under the direction of Suzie Sanocki and Teshawne Jackson. Stern is the daughter of David and Patricia Stern and has one sister named Lexi. Currently, Stern is an honor student at Providence High School.
Stern, a current level 10 gymnast, competed at the JO National Championships in 2017 where she was the vault champion. She has excelled at state and regional competitions placing among the top at regionals on floor (first), vault (second), and all-around (fifth) in 2017. She was also the North Carolina state vault and floor champion in 2017.
"When I came on campus, I saw how successful OU has been and I wanted to be a part of that. I knew this would be a great place because I want to reach my full potential."
— Allie Stern
“Allie jumped onto our radar last season.” Kindler said. “We were initially impressed by her gymnastics and the more we learned about her, the more we realized she had quite a unique story. She began the sport later than most gymnasts and has shown true grit and resilience every step of the way. Her coaches at Perfect Balance rave about her determination, compassion, work ethic and leadership through example.”
“Last year she became a national champion on vault in only her first season as a level 10 gymnast. By the time I visited her gym only months later, I saw even more development. She is clearly growing as an athlete right now and continuing to learn at a tremendous pace. You can feel her passion when she speaks about gymnastics. We know Allie will contribute to the Sooners immediately and we are excited to welcome her entire family to OU.”
PERFECT BALANCE TRAINING STAFF ON STERN:
“Allie lives and breathes gymnastics. Her work expresses what we as fans are all drawn to in this sport: uniqueness and presence! Allie is made for college gymnastics. Teamwork motivates her, she’s driven to work with purpose and unrelenting in her goals. We are thrilled to watch her reach her peak and greatness at OU. She couldn’t be in better hands!”
STERN'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- 2017 JO National Championships
- First place on vault
- 2017 Regionals
- First place on floor
- Second place on vault
- Fifth place in the all-around
- 2017 State
- First on vault and floor
Champlin, Minn. | Twin City Twisters | Photos
Olivia Trautman, a native of Champlin, Minn., trains at Twin City Twisters under the direction of Sarah Jantzi, Sami Wozney, Mike Hunger and Rich Stenger and was a teammate of current OU sophomore Maggie Nichols. Trautman is the daughter of Jody and Lisa Trautman and has one sister, Kate. Currently, Trautman attends Champlin Park High School.
Trautman, a current elite gymnast, traveled to Italy as a member of the 2015 City of Jesolo Trophy Junior National Team that won a gold medal in the team competition. She has competed at the P&G Championships, placing second on vault (2014), eighth on floor (2016), and the U.S. Secret Classic, placing third on floor (2014) and eighth on vault and floor (2016). She competed at the 2014 JO National Championships, placing third on floor, fourth on beam and sixth in the all-around.
"After my visit, I knew Oklahoma was the one. I love the team atmosphere and how the whole team works together and they’re all like a family. Just being a part of that is something really cool."
— Olivia Trautman
“Olivia has a super strong family bond,” Kindler stated. “She has incredible support from her parents and sister, and it is obvious that their ‘all-in’ attitude helps them tackle all challenges. I could immediately feel her genuine no-nonsense approach and her commitment and desire to be the best she can be.”
“Olivia has been in the USA elite system nearly her entire career. She has superior experience, competing alongside the best in the nation and the world. She is extremely powerful and can absolutely jump through the roof when she tumbles and vaults. Though she is a serious and focused competitor, you rarely see her without an infectious smile on her face. The team concept is instilled within her through her training at TCT and you can see that she is an amazing teammate. We expect Olivia to compete all-around for OU and to be a huge contributor as a freshman. She is a perfect fit."
TWIN CITY TWISTERS STAFF ON TRAUTMAN:
“Olivia is one of the most talented and powerful athletes we have ever worked with. She has explosive power on floor and vault which makes it so fun to coach her. She is a true competitor and goes to each competition knowing exactly what she needs to do to come out on top. To top off all that talent and determination, she has a heart of gold and a kind and funny spirit, and that is what we will miss the most about O!”
TRAUTMAN'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- 2016 P&G Championships
- Eighth on floor
- 2016 Secret U.S. Classic
- Eighth on vault and floor
- U.S. Junior National Team Member
- Competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy in 2015
- First in team competition; sixth in the all-around
- 2014 P&G Championships
- Second on vault
- 2014 Secret U.S. Classic
- Third place on floor
- 2014 JO National Championships
- 2014 Regionals
- First place in the all-around, vault and floor
- Third place on beam
- Fourth place on bars