Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Meg Stephenson and her coaching staff earn honor from NACGC/W.
Gophers score 196.375 points, Mable and Nordquist earn All-America honors.
No. 8 Minnesota prepares for Friday's semifinal appearance.
Gophers finish second at Gainesville Regional to earn first trip to nationals since 2002.
The Gophers claimed a share of the Big Ten regular season title with a win over Ohio State.
Gopher gymnastics Shannon Golich is featured.
Highlights of Minnesota's season opening meet against Ohio State.
Competed in all 14 meets this season on vault, beam and floor Saw career high on floor (9.900) against Florida (3/1) finishing tied for sixth Finished with season best 9.825 against Ohio State on vault contribute to third highest team finish in program history At Big Ten Championships finished with a score of 9.725 on vault to take 34th At NCAA Quarterfinals took 14th with a score of 9.825 on the floor exercise.
Competed on vault, beam and floor for the majority of the meets claimed four first places on beam and one on vault posted the team's highest average on beam notched a career-best vault score of 9.850 and tied for first on beam with a 9.850 in the season opening meet against Ohio State (1/7) took first place on beam at Best of Minnesota (2/11) with a 9.875 helped the Gophers score a season-high beam score of 49.000 at Iowa (2/24) by scoring a 9.850 tied for first on both vault and beam by scoring a 9.825 on both apparatuses tallied a career-high floor routine of 9.875, which helped Minnesota score a team-high of 49.325, tied for first on beam with a 9.825 and matched a career-high on vault against Iowa State (3/10) assisted the Gophers in scoring a team-high on vault of 49.300 by scoring a 9.850, which tied a personal-best scored a 9.800 or better in all but three meets recorded a 9.800 or higher in the last five meets received her third letter.
Competed on vault, balance beam, and floor exercise in all meets this season and averaged 9.673 on vault, 9.792 on beam, and 9.806 on floor Earned 9.100 on vault, 9.650 on beam, and 9.750 on floor in the Big Ten season opener at Ohio State on Jan. 8 Posted a 9.650 on vault, a 9.800 on beam, to tie for third place in the event, and a 9.750 on floor, to tie for second in the event, against Iowa on Jan. 15 On Jan. 22, she scored 9.725 on vault, took second place with 9.775 on beam, and tied for first on floor with 9.800 against Michigan State Earned a 9.750 on vault and a second-place 9.775 on beam against Air Force, while also scoring a career-high 9.875 on floor to take first place in the event Had scores of 9.650 on vault, 9.750 on beam, and 9.725 on floor at Illinois on Feb. 5 Earned 9.775 on vault at the Best of Minnesota Meet where she also tallied 9.800 on beam to tie for second, and scored a first-place 9.850 for her floor routine Took the beam title against Iowa State by hitting a 9.850 routine Also scored 9.850 on floor to share third place and 9.700 on vault Earned 9.700 on vault, 9.775 on floor and a career-high 9.900 on beam against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25 Took the beam title at the Cal State Fullterton meet while also tying for third place on floor Posted scores of 9.675 on vault, 9.775 on beam, and 9.700 on floor in the Feb. 27 meet against UCLA Set a vault career-high 9.800 (tie for third) at Iowa State on Mar. 4 while also gathering impressive scores of 9.875 on beam (tie for second) and 9.850 on floor (tie for second) Posted scores of 9.775 on vault and 9.825 on beam and floor against NC State on Mar. 12 Her beam score earned her second place in the event At the Big Ten Championships on Mar. 19, earned marks of 9.775, 9.725, and 9.850 on vault, bars, and beam, respectively Tallied scores of 9.725 on vault, and 9.825 on beam and floor events at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Meet on Apr. 2 Shared the second (9.900) and fourth-highest (9.875) balance beam score on the team Also tied for the third-highest score on the team in the floor exercise (9.875) Ranked among the Big Ten Conference as the No. 11 performer on balance beam, No. 15 on floor, and No. 29 on vault She also ranked among the top performers in the nation as she comes in at No. 47 on beam, No. 88 on floor exercise, and No. 191 on vault.
Competed on beam in nine meets, earning her best score of 9.825 at the Big Ten Championship Has an average beam score of 9.606 Competed on vault in the last four meets, earning her best score of 9.775 at the Big Ten Championship Competed on floor in the last four meets, earning an average score of 9.731, the second-best on the team Earned her personal-best floor score of 9.825 in just her second floor performance Did not compete early in the season while rehabbing injuries sustained in high school A letterwinner.
A 2009 graduate of West Aurora High School Competed for the Phenom Gymnastics Club under coach Marco Bravo Was a state champion at Level 9, and competed at the Junior Olympic National Championship in 2007 At nationals, she finished 32nd in the all around, and placed 13th on beam In 2008, Golich placed 10th in the all around at the J.O. Regional Championship Also competed in dance for five years.
Plans to major in sociology with a minor in leadership Daughter of Mike and Georgieanne Golich.
GET TO KNOW SHANNON GOLICH:
If you were not participating in gymnastics, what sport might you play?
What is your favorite cartoon character, and why?
Tweety Bird. I have always loved Looney Tunes since I was a kid.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
To fly, because I could get around to places in a flash.
Do you have any hidden or secret talents?
Getting papers done an hour before they are due.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you want to meet?
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
What is your favorite actor or actress?
Who is the funniest person on the team?
Hanna Nordquist always puts a smile on my face.
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