No. 10 Minnesota Wins Again, Defeats MSU, 194.325-192.675
Feb. 1, 2013
EAST LANSING, MICH. - Three Minnesota women's gymnasts captured event titles and freshman Lindsay Mable won the all-around title at her third-straight meet, as the No. 10 Golden Gophers defeated Michigan State, 194.325-192.625, on Friday evening at Jenison Field House.
Minnesota (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) won at the site of this year's Big Ten Championships, which on this night was frigidly cold and drafty, according to head coach Meg Stephenson.
"It was so cold that I had the team wear sweatshirts under their warm-ups, and many of them had socks and gloves on," Stephenson said. "I spoke to Michigan State's meet administrator about the conditions, but there's not much they could do about it."
The Gophers did their best to stay focused on the task at hand, even with the chilly conditions and after losing sophomore Jenny Covers for the night after she fell during her bars warm-up. Covers has been Minnesota's second-best all-around performer during quad meets the past two weeks, averaging 39.213 points in those meets.
"I was really proud of the girls, because they really worked not to let it be an obstacle," Stephenson said. "We had heat packs and hand warmers, but it was cold and drafty. And Jenny wanted to compete, but we felt it was best to just hold her back for tonight."
Senior Janell Campbell came through with an important score of 9.850 on bars to give Minnesota a team score of 48.375 on its opening event.
With Covers out of the lineup for the night, the Gophers only had five gymnasts compete on vault. Junior Kayla Slechta finished second, scoring a 9.825, while Mable was third with a 9.800. Slechta entered the meet ranked first nationally on vault with an average score of 9.942 this season. Her second-place total was her first score under 9.925 this season.
Minnesota moved from vault to floor, where it captured the top three places. Sophomore Kylie Schermann won the event by tying her career-high with a 9.875, while Slechta (9.850) finished second, and Mable (9.800) was third.
The Golden Gophers then wrapped up their victory by taking the top four spots on balance beam, with senior Shannon Golich winning the event with a 9.850. Mable recorded a 9.825 for second place, while junior Justine Cherwink tied her career-best with a 9.800 and Schermann was fourth with a 9.775.
As a team, Minnesota finished with totals of 48.400 on floor and 48.725 on vault, which snapped lengthy streaks of scoring 49.000 or better on each of those events. The Gophers had scored 49.000 or more on floor in their past 12 meets, while reaching the same mark on vault for the past 11 meets.
Minnesota returns home next weekend for a Big Ten dual meet with No. 19 Illinois at 4:00 p.m. in the Sports Pavilion.
It will be Kylie Schermann Community Day, and fans can receive $4 general admission tickets by using the code "KylieLVille" when ordering by phone (612.624.8080 | 800.UGOPHER) or online at www.mygophersports.com. It's also Military Appreciation Day, and fans can receive $4 general admission tickets by using the code "CamoGoldy." (The special rates are for advance sales only, and will not be applicable to Saturday sales.)