Jan. 5, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team gave its fans a sneak peek at what it has in store for 2013 with its annual Intrasquad Meet on Saturday evening at the Sports Pavilion. And, as far as debuts go, this one went very well.
The 23rd-ranked Golden Gophers finished with a team score of 194.700. For comparison, last year's team posted a score of 190.550 at the Intrasquad Meet.
"This is a special team. They are very much together, and are working hard in practice, so they can perform their best in competition," head coach Meg Stephenson said. "We were very excited about the nice crowd that showed up for the Intrasquad Meet, and I was really pleased with how well the team performed and supported each other. I think this team has a ton of potential, and it will be really exciting to watch it unfold as the season progresses."
Sophomore Kylie Schermann was selected as the meet's most valuable performer, and freshman Lindsay Mable led the Gophers with an all-around total of 38.975, highlighted by a 9.800 on the balance beam. Senior Janell Campbell recorded a team-best score of 9.875 on the uneven bars, and junior Kayla Slechta scored a 9.875 on the floor.
"Kayla Slechta had three great events and really did a beautiful job. I think she tied Janell Campbell (9.875 on bars) for our highest score of the night with a 9.875 on the floor, and those are big score this early in the season," Stephenson said. "And I was really proud of the freshmen, because it was their first time in this situation, and I thought they handled it beautifully."
Minnesota also got a solid performance in the all-around from sophomore Jenny Covers
, who had never competed on beam for the Gophers, but scored a 9.600 on the apparatus. Covers also scored a 9.750 on the vault and recorded a 9.700 on floor.
The Golden Gophers open their regular season next Saturday at the Sports Pavilion when they face No. 17 Washington at 6:00 p.m. CT. For ticket information, call the Gopher Ticket Office at 612.624.8080 or 1.800.U.GOPHER or visit www.gophersports.com or www.mygophersports.com.