In the News: American Ninja Warrior Sandy Zimmerman's Gonzaga Roots

Former Gonzaga women's basketball player Sandy (Gere) Zimmerman
Sandy (Gere) Zimmerman, center, at Gonzaga reunion

June 25, 2019

Spokane’s Sandy (Gere) Zimmerman is the first mother to ever complete an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Zimmerman ('99, Physical Education) is a Gonzaga University alumna who was a Zags women's basketball player in the late 1990s.

Zimmerman, 42, was listed as a 5-foot-6 point guard from Ione, Wash., as a senior for the 1997-98 season. Viewers watched her landmark effort Monday night when the Seattle/Tacoma episode aired.

>>> Watch the video of her performance (below):

>>> Read more about her story on the Spokesman-Review's website (

Update: Zimmerman at Seattle/Tacoma City Finals

Zimmerman completed 7 of 10 obstacles in the Seattle/Tacoma City Finals, but failed to advance to the national finals in Las Vegas.

>>> Watch the video of her performance (below):