Rader of St. Paul commits to Ohio State to continue gymnastics career

Published on Thursday, 17 November 2022 00:36

The Bristol Press

Gymnastics has always been such a big part of Maisyn Rader’s life. Whether it’s doing her specialty of bars or on the floor, since she was 3 years old she has been around the sport and has fallen in love with the competition, the training and her skill development.

Rader said since she could remember, heading to a Division I college to continue to pursue her gymnastics career has always been the goal. Last week, Rader’s goal turned into reality as she signed her letter of intent to continue her career at The Ohio State University.

She said she has always followed the Buckeyes gymnastics team throughout the years and now, it’s “exciting” to be headed to her dream school.

“It’s kind of a full circle moment for me to be able to attend my dream school,” Rader said. “I went there not that long ago and with experiencing all the help I will get and the new family I’ll be around I’m really excited for the next step. I think I’ll thrive in that environment.”

Rader said Ohio State was her dream school way before they started recruiting her. She said she always loved the campus, the atmosphere and the football games, but it was the team camaraderie that put it over the top.

After spending a day with the team and seeing what a normal day looks like, she was sold.

“Really for me it was trying to find the best team atmosphere where I could do my best and know that the girls would support me in anything that I do. That was a big deal.” she said. “It’s just such a great atmosphere to be around and being able to train and do the sport I love.”

Rader’s parents, Wayne and Michele, said Ohio State is a great school and after seeing her fall in love with the Buckeyes, they supported her the entire way. They said knowing that she will be headed to Ohio State makes all of the late nights, long drives, effort and pain over the last seven or eight years all worth it.

“Today is a very emotional day I have to admit,” Michele Rader said. “It’s been a very long road. There’s been a lot of good, positive hard work that she has put into this and to see her dreams come true today is kind of surreal.”

Rader’s parents said despite how far the school is away from home, they know that Rader will be successful wherever she goes.

“We’ve always as a family tried to prepare our kids to go out into the world and do what they love to do whether it’s close to us or further away,” Michele Rader said. “So as much as we are going to miss her we are super proud she decided to spread her wings and we know she’s going to do great there.”

Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports, St. Paul on Thursday, 17 November 2022 00:36. Updated: Thursday, 17 November 2022 00:38.