April 5, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 14-ranked Minnesota women’s gymnastics team finished third in its six-team NCAA Regional competition at the Sports Pavilion Saturday night, scoring a 196.350. Lindsay Mable won the all-around competition with a 39.400 score and she and Hanna Nordquist tied for first on the balance beam with 9.900 tallies. Both gymnasts qualified for the NCAA Individual Event Finals.
The Gophers finished behind NCAA Championship qualifiers Oklahoma and Illinois, the top two seeds entering the competition, and topped California, Southern Utah, and San Jose State. Their final record on the season was 27-6.
Minnesota began the evening on the vault, scoring a 49.225, the second-best mark at the meet. Senior Kayla Slechta led the way for the Maroon and Gold in her final meet, posting a 9.900 that tied her for fifth place.
Following a bye on the second rotation, the Gophers got back to work on the uneven bars, putting up a 48.700 score that would eventually hold up as the fourth-best at the meet. Cierra Tomson was the team’s best performer in the event. She tied for fourth with a 9.875.
The balance beam was Minnesota’s third event. Mable and Nordquist tied for the event win with the Sooners’ Chayse Capps and Illinois’ Sarah Fiedler, who also posted 9.900 scores. The Gophers’ team score of 49.125 placed them third behind the Fighting Illini’s 49.150.
In the team’s final event of the night, Minnesota tried to rally on the floor exercise. The Gophers finished with a 49.300 to place second, but they fell 0.25 points shy off Illinois’ final team score. Mable won the event, registering a 9.950.
Mable, who now has 25 event wins and 10 all-around titles on the season in 14 meets, was named the NACGC/W North Central Region Gymnast of the Year following the meet. She will compete individually in the all around at the NCAA Championships at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. April 20. She will be joined by fellow sophomore Nordquist, who qualified on the beam.
Both Gophers earned All-America accolades a season ago as freshmen.
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