Celebrating 46 Years of SPU Gymnastics

Laurel Tindall led the SPU Gymnastics team to three National Championships, fostered 197 All-Americans, was named NCAA coach of the year four times, and introduced gymnastics to countless families in the Seattle community and abroad. Read about the legacy Laurel left and how recent decisions by the SPU sports administration has stripped the community of an invaluable resource.

Recently, after 46 years of success in the NCAA, countless All-American athletes, and a robust campaign of community outreach and positive publicity, Seattle Pacific University sports administrators made the decision to cut women’s gymnastics from the 2020-21 sports roster despite widespread public outcry. This decision displaced incoming freshman, denied graduating seniors the chance to compete in 2020 (despite COVID-19), and eliminated a key part of the local Seattle community. If you have thoughts or feelings related to this decision, please voice your concerns to the SPU Falcon Athletic Department as we hope to remedy the situation in the Seattle community as well as the broader National Gymnastics community of which SPU has been a part of for half a century.

Photo Gallery

View photos from the birth of SPU Gymnastics back in the 70’s, all the way to recent years including atheletes, alumni, and news articles.

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Letters to Laurel

Read about the experiences that atheletes and collaborators have had with Laurel over the span of her 46 year career.

Read the Letters


See all of the gymnasts who have benefitted from the SPU Women’s Gymnastics program over the years.

See the Athletes