Feb. 21, 2014
AMES, Iowa - The 15th-ranked Minnesota women's gymnastics team put together its best score of the season Friday night to defeat Iowa State on the road, 196.525-194.750. The Gophers won three of the four events and tied the Cyclones on the uneven parallel bars to improve their record to 10-1 on the season.
Sophomore Lindsay Mable and junior Cierra Tomson led the way for Minnesota by putting up 39.425 and 39.200 all-around scores, respectively.
Starting with a 48.850 score on the bars, the Gophers led after one rotation. ISU's Camille Santerre-Gervais won the event with a 9.925 score, but the Gophers had the next three-highest scores. Madie Hanley scored a 9.825, while Mable had a 9.800 and Tomson posted a 9.775.
Minnesota padded its lead with a 49.275 score on the vault in its second rotation. Mable tied a season-best score with a 9.925 to win the event title and junior Kylie Schermann aided in the Gophers' high score by adding a 9.900 to the mix.
The third rotation brought on Minnesota's fifth-ranked floor exercise unit, which registered a 49.175 score. Mable, Tomson, Schermann, and Kayla Slechta tied for first with the Cyclones' Henrietta Green for the meet's high score. All five gymnasts posted 9.850 scores.
A 49.225 team score on the balance beam polished off the victory for the Gophers. As they did a week ago, Schermann and sophomore Hanna Nordquist tied for the event win. The duo, which tied for the second-best score in school history in last week's win over Michigan State with 9.950 scores, posted meet-high 9.925 scores Friday. Mable tied for third with a 9.850.
The Gophers will get right back to work Sunday with the Best of Minnesota meet against Winona State, Hamline, and Gustavus Adolphus at 2 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota will host ISU next Saturday on Senior Night at 4 p.m. in the final regular-season home meet for Slechta and fellow seniors Dusti Russell and Justine Cherwink.
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