The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team began the competitive season with a quad-meet victory, posting a final score of 194.200 to edge out Maryland, Northern Illinois and Winona State.
"It was a great start for the team. We had a fantastic crowd here tonight, so I think the team really enjoyed and fed off that energy," head coach Jenny Hansen said.
The Gophers welcomed over 2,500 into the Maturi Pavilion for the meet. They were led by Lexy Ramler, who won the all-around title with a 39.000, in her collegiate debut.
Freshmen Ramler and Ona Loper both earned top scores of 9.775 on the vault. They shared in a five-way tie for the event's top score. Paige Williams posted the third best Gophers' vault score with a 9.725.
On the uneven parallel bars, Ivy Lu earned a 9.900 and the event title. Ramler followed for the Gophers with a 9.850. Rachel Rowland and Hannah Hitchcock each posted a 9.775.
The Gophers compiled 48.950 total points on the bars, which was their strongest event of the night.
Ramler earned the meet's top balance beam score with a 9.925. It was the highest single-event score achieved by any competitor all evening. Loper and Rachel Cutler followed Ramler with scores of 9.850 and 9.825, respectively.
Williams tied for the meet's top floor routine with a 9.800.
"I was just reminding myself to breathe, to have fun on floor routine and show it off," Williams said.
"Paige has been battling some injuries and she pulled through for us tonight. She's really strong mentally and she did a great job," Hansen added. "She really trusted in her abilities."
Ciara Gardner had the second-best floor score for the Gophers with a 9.725.
Help us Hit 3,000 Fans for the Always Dreaming Meet!
Next week the Gophers are hosting their annual Always Dreaming Cancer Awareness meet when Michigan State comes to town. The Gophers will recognize young gymnast Rissy Schafer who fought cancer throughout last year and the Maddison Mertz family. Maddison lost her life to cancer in May 2017.
Fans are encouraged to bring unused books and coloring books that will be donated to the Masonic Children's Hospital in their honor. All fans who donate a book will be entered to win the same leotard that the Gophers wear during meets. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to the meet and free pink t-shirts will be handed out as supplies last. Help us hit a record breaking 3,000 fans as the Gophers battle to make a difference in cancer awareness!
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Fans are encouraged to brink books or crafts, two things close to the hearts of Rissy Shafer and Maddison Mertz, to be donated to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s...
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Minnesota began the competitive season with a quad-meet victory, posting a final score of 194.200 to edge out Maryland, NIU and Winona State.
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1/6/2018 - W. Gymnastics
Lexy Ramler led the Gophers in the annual intrasquad competition earning the top score on all four events. The Gophers posted a team score of 192.900.