Jan. 21, 2012
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The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team earned a 193.00 in front of a Sports Pavilion crowd of 1,559 fans, but the Golden Gophers were edged out by five-time defending Big Ten Conference Champion and No. 11-ranked Michigan, who scored a 193.150.
Minnesota had a strong start to the meet as they scored a 48.850 on vault with only having five gymnasts perform. Sophomore Kayla Slechta was the Gophers' high scorer as she earned a 9.825, which was good enough to tie for third place. Fellow sophomore Dusti Russell (9.700) and freshman Kylie Schermann (9.750) also vaulted well as they each posted a personal best score.
Minnesota tallied a team total of 47.675 on bars in the second rotation. Senior Lucy Ennis made her season debut for the Gophers and pulled out a third place finish with a 9.750. Again, Russell and Schermann notched career best marks with a 9.725 and a 9.375.
The Maroon and Gold moved on to beam with hopes of putting the last event behind them, but the problems continued to follow them as they would score a 47.500 in one of their strongest events. Schermann was the lone Gopher to place in the top three as she finished in a tie for second with a personal best score of 9.750.
With one event remaining, the Gophers didn't want to end the meet on a bad note, so the team rallied together and hit nearly all six events. Slechta would win the event with a 9.850 while senior Briana Jones and Schermann would tie for second with two Michigan gymnasts with a score of 9.800, which was a personal best score for each.
Russell and Schermann would be the lone Gophers to place in all around as Russell scored a 38.750 and Schermann earned a 38.675.
Minnesota's next competition is next Saturday at 6 p.m. as they welcome the No. 9-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions to the Sports Pavilion.
Gophers Top Spartans
The Golden Gophers edged out Michigan State 193.875 to 193.000 on Friday night at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich.
Meet Preview: Gophers Travel to Michigan State
The No. 21 Golden Gophers will face Michigan State this Friday, Jan. 20 at 6:00 p.m. on the road.
Gophers Place First in Quad Meet
Minnesota placed first with a score of 194.900 at a quad meet against Arizona (193.225), Maryland (192.350) and Alaska Anchorage (188.175).