NMU alumna Mikaela Mayer won the lightweight division at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing on Sunday, avenging her narrow loss at the 2012 trials. She defeated Youth Olympic Games champion Jajaira Gonzalez by split decision and claimed the final spot on Team USA. Mayer lives in Marquette and trains with Al Mitchell, who has trained nine male Olympians and was the U.S. Boxing team’s head coach at the 1996 Olympics. She uses NMU facilities in pursuit of her dream of making the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Mayer and fellow trials champions, middleweight Claressa Shields and flyweight Virginia Fuchs, will try to qualify in continental and world championships competition next year.