Zoe Jenks-Recker has been doing gymnastics since she was of walking age. Now she will be able to continue her career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater next fall.
“I loved the campus and when I visited the gym I felt an instant connection with the girls on the team, but even more so with head coach Jen,” says Jenks-Recker who will be studying la sports medicine / physiotherapy.
The senior from Monona Grove has competed all over the United States. She started gymnastics at the age of two for a mom and me class in Watertown. Then, at the age of five, she tried her hand at club gymnastics. After taking a little break in between, she then competed for the Lake City Twisters and competed for the sanctioning body of the United States of America.
Her most prestigious accolades include the title of all-around champion of Region 4 in 2018, the 3rd in the country on the ground at the National Junior Western Championships in 2018 and the first place in the country on the ground in January 2021. In February, she was tied for 10th in the nation in floors.
Jenks-Recker will travel with Region 4 to Daytona Beach, Fla. As the first backup. Her overall score helped her place in the top nine among all level 10 gymnasts. Zoe’s floor score of 9.725 placed her tied for second. Jenks-Recker’s success will fit perfectly into UW-Whitewater’s gymnastics programs.
“UW-Whitewater has an incredible history of having champions and national championships,” Jenks-Recker said.
Being around gymnastics success is nothing new for Jenks-Recker. Her sister, Payton, was the first gymnast in Monona Grove history to travel to State, where she won first place in vault. Jenks-Recker says she and Payton always push and cheer each other, not only at the gym, but at home as well.
“My mom had a gym set up in our basement with mats, a beam and a single bar so that we could work out at home as well. So when we learned a new skill in the gym, we would come home and train and help each other master the skill so that we would be even better in the gym.
When Zoe and Payton were younger, they were at the same level for club gymnastics and pushing each other to be better. Jenks-Recker was proud to see her sister compete in high school and break records in the state.
“She is an inspiration. It was amazing what Payton accomplished in high school, ”Jenks-Recker says.
Zoe Jenks-Recker thanked Aubrie Davis, owner and head coach of the Lake City Twisters, Elaine Yankanubis and Molly Korth, both coaches of the Lake City Twisters, her Twisters teammates, friends and staff at Monona Grove High School. for helping her along the way. .
She also wanted to thank her mother and stepfather Jill and Mike Sweeney, whom Zoe called her biggest supporters, her father Allen Recker and siblings Jordan, Taylor, Payton and Gabi for all of their time, support, energy and patience.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and without having put in a lot of time, hard work, sacrifice and dedication to reach the level I am at.”