Big Ten Champs!
March 16, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - No. 14 Minnesota wrapped up one of its best regular season in program history on Saturday night, as the Gophers defeated No. 20 Ohio State, 197.225-195.050, to tie for the 2013 Big Ten regular season championship.
Minnesota (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten) ties with No. 3 Michigan for the first-ever regular season title the conference has awarded, and the Gophers' team total is the second-highest in the program's history.
Freshman Lindsay Mable helped the Gophers establish a lead of .400 points by scoring a new career-best of 9.950 on vault, which ties Minnesota's best vault this season and is the third-highest score in program history. Minnesota scored 49.275 on vault, as all six Gophers had scores of 9.800 or better. Sophomores Kylie Schermann and Jenny Covers each had 9.850, while senior Shannon Golich scored a season-best 9.825 in her final home meet.
The Golden Gophers expanded their lead in the second rotation with a very strong bars score of 49.250, their second-highest total on bars this season. Sophomore Cierra Tomson tied her career-high and led the Gophers with a 9.900, while senior Janell Campbell and Slechta each scored 9.850, and Mable, Covers and freshman Madie Hanley each had 9.825 as all six Minnesota gymnasts once again scored 9.800 or better.
Ohio State opened the meet with a 48.875 on bars, led by a 9.825 by Alyssa Marohn, and the Buckeyes followed with a 49.000 on vault in the second rotation. Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer each scored 9.850 for OSU on vault.
Minnesota added to its lead by tying its season-best on balance beam with a 49.325, which also ties as the second-highest beam total in program history. The Gophers were led by scores of 9.900 from Golich and freshman Hanna Nordquist, while junior Dusti Russell and Schermann each added scores of 9.850. Once again, Minnesota had all six gymnasts score 9.800 or better, as Tomson had a 9.825 and Mable scored a 9.800.
The Gophers closed out their win on floor, recording a team total of 49.375, as Mable won the event with a 9.950 just one week after she tied the school record with a 9.975. Schermann had a 9.900 on floor, while Golich added a 9.875 and Campbell and Tomson each scored 9.825.
Mable won the all-around title by tying her career-high with a 39.525, while Tomson was second with a 39.350.
Minnesota will now prepare for the 2013 Big Ten Championships, which will take place next Saturday at Michigan State University's Jenison Field House. The first session will begin at 12:00 p.m. CT.