Women's Gymnastics


Ellese  Sakai-Hart
Ellese Sakai-Hart


Aptos, Calif.

High School:
Aptos H.S.



Airborne Gymnastics


Nine DU Gymnasts Receive Scholastic All-American Honors

Team finishes No. 13 nationally in the NACGC/W annual academic awards


Eleven DU Gymnasts Earn Academic All-Conference Honors

Eleven Pioneers named to the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Academic All-Conference Team


2015 Denver Gymnastics Season Recap

McGee finished second at NCAAs; team advanced to 17th straight Regionals


DU Gymnastics Celebrates 2015 Season at Postseason Banquet

Pioneers name McGee MVP; recognize seniors Angelopulo, Sakai-Hart


DU Gymnastics' Nina McGee Qualifies to NCAA Nationals

McGee ties for second in the all-around; Denver finishes in third overall

Career Highs:

Vault:9.875 (at WAC Championships o n March 23, 2013)
Bars:9.800 (at WAC Championships on March 23, 2013)
Beam:9.875 (at home on March 21, 2015)
Floor:9.900 (at home on March 9, 2013)
All-Around:39.225 (at WAC Championships on March 23, 2013)

Awards and Honors:

  • 2015 NACGC/W Scholastic All-American
  • 2015 MRGC Academic All-Conference
  • 2015 First Team All-MRGC on beam and floor
  • 2014 Second Team All-MRGC on floor
  • 2012 First Team All-WAC on vault
  • 2012 Second Team All-WAC in the all-around
  • 2012 WAC Gymnast of the Week for the week of January 10
  • 2012 DU Most Valuable Freshman


  • Tied for 18th on floor (9.825) and 25th on beam (9.700) at NCAA Regionals
  • Set a career high on beam (9.875 on March 21)
  • Competed on floor in every meet, and on beam in all but one meet
  • Average scoring: 9.706 on vault, 9.637 on beam, 9.798 on floor


  • Placed 23rd on floor (9.750) at Regionals
  • Tied for fourth on floor (9.875) at the MRGC Championships
  • Competed in 11 meets, performing eight floor routines and six on beam
  • Earned a season-high of 9.825 on beam at Michigan State and of 9.875 twice on floor
  • Inked a season-average of 9.767 on beam and 9.763 on floor


  • Placed ninth of floor (9.850), 15th on beam (9.700) and 33rd on vault (9.675) at Regionals
  • Finished eighth on floor (9.825), 12th on beam (9.775) and 22nd on vault (9.775) at the WAC Championships
  • Competed eight times on vault, 12 on beam and 11 on floor
  • Set a career-high 9.850 on beam at Southern Utah on February 8
  • Tallied five beam routines of 9.800 of higher in the lead-off spot
  • Inked a career-high 9.900 on floor at home on March 9
  • Recorded four floor routines of 9.800 or higher


  • Placed 14th in the all-around (38.550), 34th on beam (9.575), 35th on bars (9.650) and 40th on vault (9.500) at Regionals
  • Placed third on vault (9.875), fifth in the all-around (39.225), ninth on bars (9.800), ninth on floor (9.825) and 16th on beam (9.725) at the WAC Championships
  • Tallied three of five season highs on vault, bars and all-around at the WAC Championships
  • Competed in 27 events in her rookie season
  • Participated in the all-around in the final regular season meet on March 17, highlighted by a season-high 9.825 on floor
  • Inked a season-high 9.825 on beam in upset win over No. 9 Oregon State and Texas Woman's on March 10

Before Denver:

  • Competed for Santa Cruz Gymnastics Center for 10 years and for Airborne Gymnastics for her final three club years
  • Finished fourth on vault, eighth in the all-around and 10th on floor at the 2011 Junior Olympics National Championships as a Level 10 gymnast
  • Finished fifth in the all-around at the 2011 Regional Championships as a Level 10 gymnast (Region I)
  • Finished second on floor, third on vault and bars, and fourth in the all-around at the 2011 NorCal State meet as a Level 10 gymnast
  • 2010 Junior Olympic NIT champion; finished second in the all-around
  • 2009 Level 9 Region I all-around, vault, bars and beam champion; finished second on floor
  • 2009 NorCal Level 9 State all-around, vault and beam champion
  • Finished second on vault and bars at the 2009 Western Nationals
  • Two-time Level 9 Western Nationals qualifier
  • 2004 USGA TOPs A Member
  • Class secretary/treasurer her sophomore, junior and senior year


  • Born on July 8, 1993, in Stanford, Calif.
  • Daughter of William Hart and Julie Sakai-Hart
  • Has one sister, Michelle
  • Chose DU because of the small class sizes and atmosphere in general
  • Enjoys drawing, painting, sewing, swimming, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends
  • Biology major



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