Born and raised in Tucson, MacKinzie Kane moved to Gilbert (Highland) when she was 14 and the University of Arizona brought her back to Tucson to specialize on the bars.
Kane attended Tanque Verde Elementary and Emily Gray Junior High while training at the Old Pueblo Gymnastics Academy and for Tumbleweeds Gymnastics, according to her mother Dana Kane.
“She will be returning home to Tucson to represent the U of A next year,” her mother said. “Her parents and grandparents are all alumni and we are very proud!”
According to a release by the Wildcats, Kane competed with Carter’s Gymnastics Academy under head coaches Jack and Erin Carter for the last four years. In 2016 Kane earned 2nd place on the Region 1 Uneven Bars competition, and in 2017 she became the Region 1 Uneven Bars Champion. She comes to Arizona as a specialist on bars, having a career high score of 9.85.
“I have always dreamed of becoming a GymCat and competing in front of my hometown with a crowd filled with my family and friends,” said Kane in the release. “I look forward to wearing the “A” with pride, representing the University of Arizona, and becoming a part of the Arizona gymnastics family.”
Associate head coach David McCreary released a statement on Kane:
“It’s been a pleasure getting to know MacKinzie during my time at Arizona. I believe she has the ability to be a top-level bar worker on the college scene and it’s great to have another Tucsonan on the roster.”
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