Gophers Excel at Best of Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- No. 15 Minnesota capped a perfect 4-0 weekend and improved its record to 13-1 this season by winning the Always Dreaming Best of Minnesota Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion.
The Golden Gophers finished with a team total of 196.150, surpassing 196 points for the seventh time this season, and outdistancing Winona State (184.675), Hamline (183.850) and Gustavus Adolphus (175.700).
Sophomore All-American Lindsay Mable, who celebrated her birthday earlier this weekend, either won or shared first place on all four events to win the all-around title with a score of 39.450. Mable won vault (9.875), beam (9.875) and floor (9.900), while tying with junior Cierra Tomson on bars (9.800).
In addition to her winning bars score, Tomson turned in scores of 9.825 on floor, 9.800 on beam and 9.775 on vault to finish second in the all-around with a total of 39.200.
Minnesota finished with 14 scores greater than 9.800 on its way to its second team total greater than 196 points this weekend. The Gophers opened the weekend by defeating Iowa State on Friday night in Ames, finishing with a season-best team score of 196.525.
The Gophers will face Iowa State again this weekend, as the two teams will meet for Minnesota's Senior Night on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Minnesota will be celebrating the final regular season home meet for seniors Justine Cherwink, Dusti Russell and Kayla Slechta.