Jan. 4, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s gymnastics team held its 2014 Intrasquad meet Saturday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers were split into two teams, Maroon and Gold, but competed for one combined score. In its first action of the 2013-14 season at its home arena, the team came together to register a final score of 194.65.
Juniors Jenny Covers and Kylie Schermann led the way in vault, tying for first at 9.75. Freshman Rachel Haines impressed in her debut with a third-place finish, posting a 9.725. In total, eight Gophers vaulted for a team score of 48.575.
Sophomore All-American Lindsay Mable had a strong day overall, following her vault with a first-place showing in the balance beam by putting up a 9.8. Coming in second of the 11 Minnesota gymnasts on the beam was Schermann, who put up a 9.775 score. Senior Justine Cherwink rounded out the top three at 9.7. As a team, the Gophers scored a 48.525 in the event.
With a score of 9.775, junior Cierra Tomson claimed the top spot in the uneven bars. In second was Mable with a 9.75. The Aurora, Colo., native was followed by freshman Bailie Holst and sophomore Madie Hanley, who each posted scores of 9.675. As was the case in the beam, the team finished with a 48.525 score.
The floor exercise was the team’s strongest event at the meet. Mable won her second event of the day with the highest score on any event on the afternoon with a 9.9. Rounding out the top three were Tomson (9.85) and Covers (9.775). Minnesota finished floor exercise with an impressive team score of 49.025.
With top-five finishes in all four events, Mable won the all-around with a score of 39.1. Cherwink was named the Most Valuable Performer.
The Gophers open regular season competition next Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. tri-meet at the Sports Pavilion against Air Force and Lindenwood. Go to MyGopherSports.com or call 1-800-U-GOPHER for ticket information.
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