Madison Gatzlaff has committed to Ball State University
Hi my name is Maddie Gatzlaff. I am 17 years old and a Junior at Ankeny Highschool in Ankeny IA. I was a USAG competitive gymnast for 12 years and retired from Triad gymnastics, my 8th grade year at level 9 after deciding gymnastics just wasn’t the sport that was going to get me where I wanted to be. Following gymnastics I participated in swim team, cheerleading, and track. Fast forward to my Junior year in high school, my school finally got a pool with a diving board and started their first ever diving team in the year of 2017. I spent a week of my summer at the University of Iowa diving camp working with Todd Waikel and many of his athletes. Through Todd I met Deidre Freeman (a three-time conference champion, All-State, All-District, All-Conference, 2013 U.S. national champion on the 3m board, and 4th placer finisher in the synchronized event and 18th in the 3-meter in the 2012 US Olympic Trials) and had the privilege to work with her for a couple short months. After diving for only 4 months, in my first highschool diving season I qualified for the state highschool championships and placed 15th out of the top 30 divers in the state with an 11 dive score of 390.35. I am currently training with Mike Retelsdorf (In 2004, he was named USA Diving Regional Talent Scout and he had been a USA Diving select Camp coach. Now head coach of the Grinnell College diving team and head coach and director of Mid West Diving Academy which I have recently joined) I have fallen in love with the sport of diving and would love to continue to compete and expand my knowledge and diving abilities in college!
Hi my name is Maddie Gatzlaff. I am 17 years old and a Junior at Ankeny Highschool in Ankeny IA. I was a USAG competitive gymnast for 12 years and retired from Triad gymnastics, my 8th grade year...