Jan. 25, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Led by sophomore Lindsay Mable’s school record-tying 39.6 all-around performance, the 13th-ranked Minnesota women’s gymnastics team defeated No. 11 Illinois in its first Big Ten conference competition at the Sports Pavilion Saturday night. The Golden Gophers broke the 196-point mark for the third consecutive meet, winning by a final score of 196.225-195.35.
Big Ten regular-season co-champions in 2013, the Gophers opened league action with a win and improved to 7-0 on the season with a 2-0 mark against ranked opponents at the team's Pink Meet.
The vault competition gave Minnesota an early advantage as the Maroon and Gold posted a 49.3, while the Fighting Illini put up a 48.85. Mable, as she did in every event on the night, led the way with a 9.925 score, tying UI’s Amber See for first place in the event. Co-Meet Most Valuable Performer Kylie Schermann place third with a 9.9, tying her career-high.
Illinois took home its one event win of the night on the uneven parallel bars, eking past the Gophers, 48.875-48.85. Mable and Jenny Covers tied the UI’s Sarah Fiedler to for the event win with a 9.825 and Madie Hanley placed fourth with a 9.8, but the next top four finishers were all Illini.
With the running score at 98.15-97.725 in favor of Minnesota going into the third rotation, the Gophers scored a 48.65 on the beam led by Mable’s 9.875. Dusti Russell and Hanna Nordquist each made the top three by scoring 9.825. Illinois’ third rotation yielded a 49.050 on the floor, so that the running score entering the final rotation was 146.8-146.775 Minnesota.
The fourth rotation pitted the Illini’s second-ranked balance beam contingent against the Gophers’ fourth-ranked floor exercise unit. Minnesota prevailed, tying a season high team score of 49.425. Mable, the final performer, matched a career-high score with a 9.975 to win her fourth event of the evening, while See and Cierra Tomson tied for second with 9.9 routines.
Mable’s 39.6 score gave the sophomore her third all-around title in four 2014 meets and her four event wins pushed her total to 10 wins on the season.
Minnesota resumes play next Saturday at No. 9-ranked Nebraska, which averages a 196.438. The Gophers’ season average is now 195.756.
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).