Gophers Top ASU in Front of Record Crowd
March 3, 2018

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After trailing a majority of the evening the No. 25 Gophers came storming back with three straight 9.900s on floor to knock off No. 13 Arizona State 196.675-196.525 on Senior Night.

The Gophers won in front of a Minnesota women’s gymnastics record breaking home crowd of 3,112 fans. The 196.675 is a new season high team score. 

“It was a wow kind of night,” head coach Jenny Hansen said. “The athletes really believed in themselves. The sense of urgency this week was to make it happen. The crowd was amazing and helped lift us to victory.”

The Gophers took home titles on every event and Lexy Ramler won her sixth all-around title of the season with a 39.375.

“Everyone just really came in with a sense of urgency,” senior Ciara Gardner said. “We came in with a plan and we did what we wanted to do."

VAULT

The Gophers were without their top vault scorer of the year in Ona Loper, who will miss the remainder of the season due to injury, but still scored a 48.925. Ramler won the event title with a 9.850. Kristen Quaglia notched a new career high with a 9.800 and a podium finish.

BARS

The Gophers came up big on bars with a 49.250. Ivy Lu won the event with a 9.950. That makes seven meets that Lu has gone over 9.900 on bars and three that she has gone 9.950 or higher this season.

Hannah Hitchcock finished second with a new career high of 9.925 and fellow senior Rachel Rowland took fourth with a 9.875, also a career high.

BEAM

A 49.225 gave Minnesota a new season high on beam. For the third time this season Ramler notched a 9.950 on beam. She took home the event title. Mary Korlin-Downs and Selena Ung tied for second with 9.850s. That mark is a career high for Korlin-Downs and is tied for Ung’s career high.

FLOOR

The Gophers produced fireworks on the last event of the evening with a 49.275 on floor. They trailed 147.450-147.400 going into the final rotation. Rachel Cutler got things started with a 9.850. Ciara Gardner, Ramler and Paige Williams all rattled off 9.900s in the last three spots to complete the victory.

“I think we were just honestly feeding off of each other,” Gardner said. “We just wanted to have fun and show everybody what we have been working so hard for.”

UP NEXT

The Gophers head to Sacramento, Calif for a quad-meet against Sacramento State, Alaska and California.

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