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.
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