March 9, 2014
DENTON, Texas – The No. 12 University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team scored a 196.275 to place second of four teams in a quad meet at Kitty Magee Arena in Denton, Texas Sunday afternoon. The Gophers fell to third-ranked Oklahoma, which scored a 198.150, and defeated meet host Texas Woman’s (194.775) and fellow Big Ten School Michigan State (194.350).
OU’s score was the second-highest on the season by any team in the nation in 2014. The Sooners posted a 198.175 Feb. 15. The finish for Minnesota left the Maroon and Gold with a 16-2 record on the season.
The meet started on the balance beam for Minnesota. The Gophers put up a 48.850 to tie the Pioneers for second in the meet. Oklahoma had the top four finishers in the event, but Rachel Haines and Dusti Russell both scored 9.825 to tie OU’s Rebecca Clark for fifth.
Minnesota picked up with the floor exercise where it tied the fifth-best team score in program history with a 49.450. The Sooners, as they did on every event, picked up the win. Lindsay Mable and Kayla Slechta tied for third on the floor individually, registering 9.925 scores. Cierra Tomson tied for sixth with a 9.900.
The third rotation put Minnesota on the vault. The Gophers placed second again, but finished tying the third-best score in school history with a 49,450. Mable tied for the event win and tied the second-best mark the team has ever seen with a 9.950.
The Gophers struggled on the uneven bars, finishing third with a 48.525. Madie Hanley placed the highest on the team at seventh with a 9.825.
Tomson’s 39.200 all-around score was the highest on Minnesota and placed her second in the meet. Jenny Covers finished with a 39.075 and Mable completed the day with a 38.900.
Next Saturday, the Gophers will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for their final regular-season meet. They will clash with Big Ten foes Michigan, Iowa, and Penn State.