Jan. 14, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team struggled Saturday night in their first road match of the season as the team combined for a score of 192.800 at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. The No. 15 Fighting Illini won the dual meet with a score of 194.725.
The No. 22 Golden Gophers had a rough start to their first road trip of the season as the team posted a score of 47.400 on the uneven bars in the first rotation. Junior Janell Campbell was the top scorer on the team as she earned a 9.675 while sophomore Dusti Russell was the next highest scoring Gopher at 9.650.
Minnesota came back strong on the second rotation as they accumulated a score of 48.625 on vault, which outscored Illinois who had a 48.300. The Maroon and Gold were led by sophomore Kayla Slechta, who topped all competitors with a 9.825. Junior Shannon Golich, who posted a career-best score last weekend, finished tied for second overall with a 9.775.
The Gophers recorded another strong rotation on the floor exercise with earning a 48.550. Russell was Minnesota’s top scorer and finished fourth overall with a 9.750. Freshman Kylie Schermann came in fifth with a 9.725.
The Maroon and Gold ended the meet on the balance beam, but they would be short handed as Golich was scratched, due to an injury sustained in her floor routine. Even with the pressure of having every score count, Minnesota received impressive scores from the five gymnasts. Russell again made podium as she won beam with a score of 9.850 while senior Amber Hammerschmidt finished fifth with a 9.775, which tied a personal best.
Russell would be crowned the all around champion as she tallied a 38.800 in the four events. Freshman Cierra Tomson came in second with an overall score of 38.675.
The Gophers return to the Sports Pavilion next Saturday as they host Michigan at 6 p.m.