Caelen Lansing commits to University of Iowa gymnastics

Caelen Lansing

Central senior Caelen Lansing is one of the most dominant gymnasts the Coulee region has ever seen, and now she’s heading to the Division-I level.

Lansing has committed to the University of Iowa gymnastics program after loving her time during an unofficial visit a few weekends ago. They offered her a spot while she was there, and she says the offer stunned her a little bit, because she wasn’t expecting it.

“I have always wanted to go to Iowa ever since I was little,” Lansing said. “My dad’s side of the family is from Iowa, so it’s always been where I wanted to go.”

Lansing says officially landing on a program takes away some of the pressure she’s been feeling this season.

“I think it’s a lot of pressure I’ve been putting on myself,” she said. “Like, I need to do these routines to get into college. That’s kind of what it’s been this whole season. I think now that I have a plan of where I’m going and what I’m going to do that I can take a step back and enjoy the moment.”

News 8 Now Sports has consulted area coaches to determine that Lansing is the only one from the area to ever become a D-I gymnast.

“To me I’m just a senior that does gymnastics from La Crosse, Wisconsin,” Lansing said. “I don’t really think that I’m making history or anything like that.”

“I hope that other gymnasts see that this dream can come true,” head coach Krystal Young said. “Maybe make them work just a little bit harder, try for that bigger skill, because a girl that was in this gym with them has reached her dream.”