March 22, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Minnesota women's gymnastics sophomore Lindsay Mable broke her own school record with a 39.650 all-around score to win the conference title as the Gophers finished the Big Ten Championships with a 196.675 score, placing third for the second-straight year Saturday afternoon at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.
Freshman Bailie Holst joined Mable on the All-Championship team, while head coach Meg Stephenson was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. Dusti Russell was a Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Mable also posted a perfect 10 score in the vault, becoming the third Minnesota gymnast to ever register a perfect score in any event. Carolyn Yernberg and Courtney Norman were the only other student-athletes in program history to do it when they both accomplished the feat on vault in 2002.
Michigan won its league-best 20th team championship with a 197.550 in the first session, while Nebraska came in second by posting a 196.950. The Gophers finished ahead of Illinois, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, and Michigan State.
Fresh off its second Big Ten regular-season title in as many years, the Gophers put up a 48.975 on the balance beam, led by a Mable 9.900 that tied for second on the day. Dusti Russell tied for seventh with a 9.850.
All six Minnesota gymnasts competing on the floor exercise in the team's second rotation notched scores of 9.825 or higher en route to a 49.350 score. Kayla Slechta paced the team with a solid 9.900 score.
The meet continued on vault for the Gophers, who tied the sixth-best score in school history with a 49.375. Mable won the event with a 10 and was followed by solid contributions by Jenny Covers, who had a 9.900, and freshmen Holst and Rachel Haines, who each received a 9.850 to tie for 12th.
The final rotation saw the Gophers score a 48.975. Mable and Holst each scored 9.900 to tie for second on the day.
Minnesota will host a six-team NCAA Regional competition at the Sports Pavilion April 5 at 6 p.m. CT. The NCAA Selection Show will take place on Monday at 2 p.m. CT and can be seen live on NCAA.com.
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