April 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – No. 8 Minnesota ended the team portion of its 2013 schedule on Friday afternoon, as the Golden Gophers finished fourth in the first semifinal at the NCAA Championships with a team total of 196.375 points.
Minnesota freshmen Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist each earned NACGC/W First Team All-America honors by finishing among the top four finishers on events to advance to Sunday’s Individual Event Finals.
Mable scored a 9.900 on floor exercise to tie for first place, and she also scored a 9.900 on vault to finish in a 10-way tie for fourth place, while Nordquist received a 9.900 on balance beam to finish in a four-way tie for second place.
Minnesota (27-9) opened with a team total of 48.825 on uneven bars, with senior Janell Campbell leading the way with a 9.800. Mable hit her nose on the high bar during a release, and scored a 9.225 on her first event, which made the results on her final three events even more impressive.
Nordquist helped the Gophers bounce back on balance beam, as Minnesota scored a 49.175 to move into second place after the second rotation with a team total of 98.000. Mable added a 9.850 on beam, while sophomore Kylie Schermann also had a 9.850.
Minnesota’s best event of the afternoon was floor exercise, where all six gymnasts scored a 9.800 or better. Mable finished in a six-way tie for first with her 9.900, with Campbell and sophomore Cierra Tomson each adding a 9.850, and senior Shannon Golich, sophomore Jenny Covers and Schermann all receiving a 9.800.
The Gophers wrapped up their semifinal appearance by scoring 49.175 on vault during the fifth rotation. Mable’s 9.900 was good for a fourth-place tie with nine other gymnasts, and junior Kayla Slechta had a 9.850.
It marked the ninth time this season that Minnesota scored 196.000 or more points, which is the most-ever in one season. Last year’s team scored more than 196.000 points just four times.
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