Recruit Files: Kaylyn Mintz, Ohio State

Name: Kaylyn Mintz
Club: Superior Gymnastics
High School Graduation Year: 2022

NCAA Team: Ohio State
Commitment Announcement: Instagram
Social Handles: Twitter | Instagram 

Personal Bests 

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
9.575 9.525 9.575 9.750

Videos 

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
2019 Buckeye Classic 2020 Atlanta Crown Invitational 2020 Atlanta Crown Invitational 2020 Atlanta Crown Invitational

About Kaylyn

Mintz is a 2019 J.O. nationals qualifier where she tied for fifth place on vault (Junior C). In 2019, she had a successful North Carolina state meet, winning silver medals on bars and floor (tied) and bronze in the all around. During the short 2019-20 season, she scored career highs on both bars and floor.

What She Brings to Ohio State

Vault

  • Skill: Yurchenko full
  • Results: tied fifth place at the 2019 J.O. nationals (career high)
  • Margin of Improvement: Mintz’s vault is pretty in the air but she pikes down on the landing.
  • Impact on the Team: Ohio State is a team on the rise on vault: Its best scorer, Elexis Edwards, is only a freshman. Mintz has the potential to make the lineup and could score well if she keeps working on her landings.

Uneven Bars

  • Skills: straddled Jaeger, Pak salto, full-in dismount
  • Results: second place at the 2019 North Carolina state meet
  • Margin of Improvement: Mintz could work on tightening her form and her handstands a bit more.
  • Impact on the Team: Ohio State has recently lost its two best bar workers to graduation. It will seek to rebuild its lineup in the years to come, and Mintz will be expected to contribute to the lineup if she cleans up her form.

Balance Beam

  • Skills: BHS + LOSO, cat leap to switch leap full, front aerial, BHS + back handspring + double tuck dismount
  • Results: first place at the 2019 Presidential Classic
  • Margin of Improvement: Mintz could work on her form a bit more, as well as on consistency, as her results are a bit shaky. Her dismount is impressive.
  • Impact on the Team: Ohio State’s best beam worker, Ella Hodges, will still be competing once Mintz gets to college. She has the potential to contribute to the lineup if she manages to keep her nerves at bay.

Floor Exercise

  • Skills: full-in, front layout to front full, front tuck to double back
  • Results: tied second place at the 2019 North Carolina state meet
  • Margin of Improvement: Mintz could improve her landings, but her routine is strong.
  • Impact on the Team: This is Mintz’s best apparatus. She will be expected to be an important contributor to the lineup from the start.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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