March 10, 2012
On Senior Night, the University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team put together one of its best performances of the season by scoring a 196.125 in front of a crowd of 1,417. The high scores was good enough for the Gophers to defeat Iowa State, who tallied a 195.375, in their final home contest of the 2012 season.
Minnesota began the night with a bang as they scored a 49.025 on vault and posted the top four scores on the event. Junior Shannon Golich and freshman Jenny Covers headed the charge as they each tallied a 9.850 to share first place. Sophomore Kayla Slechta came in third, respectively, with a 9.825 while sophomore Dusti Russell rounded out the top four scores on the apparatus with a 9.775.
The Gophers carried their momentum over to bars as they tallied four scores of 9.800 or better. Freshman Cierra Tomson came in second with a score of 9.825 while Russell, Slechta and junior Janell Campbell each tied for third with a 9.800.
Sophomore Justine Cherwink checked into the lineup for the first time this season after being sidelined due to an Achilles injury she suffered back in October. Cherwink posted a 9.700 for her first routine of the season.
Following the first two rotations, the Maroon and Gold had the advantage over Iowa State 97.950 to 97.475. Iowa State struggled with their landings in the first two rotations, but senior Michelle Browning served as the main highlight for the Cyclones in the first half of the meet by winning bars with a 9.850.
In the third rotation, Golich claimed a share of her second crown of the night with scoring a 9.825 on beam and guiding Minnesota to a 48.850. Senior Amber Hammerschmidt was the highest scoring Gopher with a 9.775, which garnered a tie for fourth, respectively.
Minnesota capped off the night with a season-best score on floor of 49.325. Campbell stole the show as she capped off the event with a 9.900, which tied for first with Celine Paulus from ISU. Golich and Russell shared third place with a score of 9.875. The Gophers had five gymnasts score a 9.800 or better in the final rotation.
Russell snagged a share of the all around crown with Browning as they both tallied a 39.225. Tomson also competed in the all around and scored a 39.000.
The Maroon and Gold head to Denver next week for their final meet before the Big Ten Championships, which are held in Iowa City, Iowa. Minnesota will compete against Iowa, No. 23 Arizona State and No. 22 Denver in next week's quad meet.
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