Feb. 7, 2014
COLUMBUS - The No. 15 Minnesota women's gymnastics team got back on track after dropping its first dual meet decision a week ago, taking down No. 21 Ohio State, 196.025-195.900 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio Friday night. The Gophers are now 8-1 overall with a 2-1 mark in Big Ten competition and scored above a 196.000 for the fourth time in their last five meets.
The night began with Minnesota on the uneven parallel bars, where it received a 48.775, its lowest score of the evening. Victoria Aepli of OSU won the event with a 9.875 and she was followed by five gymnasts who scored a 9.825, including the Gophers' Jenny Covers, Bailie Holst, and Kayla Slechta.
On vault, Minnesota narrowed the gap with an event win, registering a 49.075. Lindsay Mable led the way for the Gophers and tied Ohio State's Melanie Shaffer for first place with a 9.900. Slechta and Covers also finished with scores of 9.800 or better.
The third rotation gave the Maroon and Gold the lead, as the sixth-ranked floor exercise unit in the nation posted a 49.300 and had four of the top-five performers. Mable placed second on the event with a 9.925, and was accompanied by 9.875 scores by Slechta and Kylie Schermann, while Justine Cherwink scored a 9.85 in her season debut.
Ohio State's Sarah Miller won the balance beam competition as an individual with a 9.900, but Schermann (9.825), Mable (9.800), and Hanna Nordquist (9.800) helped guide the Gophers to a third event win with a 48.875 score.
Shaffer won the all around with a 39.400 score, edging Mable for the top spot in the meet. The sophomore All-American finished with a 39.175, passing 39 for the fifth time this season. Cierra Tomson finished the night with a 39.025.
Minnesota will return home next Saturday for a meet against another conference foe, Michigan State.
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).