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.
Mable Earns 10th Career B1G Weekly Honor
University of Minnesota women's gymnastics senior, Lindsay Mable, earned her 10th career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor.
Gophers Win Fifth Straight
The Gophers defeated the Fighting Illini 195.775-195.000 on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion to mark the team's fifth straight victory of the season.
Gophers to Welcome Fighting Illini
The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team will welcome the Fighting Illini of Illinois-Champaign this Saturday at the Sports Pavilion.