No. 23 Minnesota Set for Opener Against No. 17 Washington

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Jan. 11, 2013

No. 17 Washington Huskies at No. 23 Minnesota Golden Gophers
 Date  Saturday, January 12, 2013
 Time  6 p.m. CT
 Location  Sports Pavilion (5,840)
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The Top 10.0 Things You Need to Know...
1.0 -
The Gophers open their 2013 regular season against 17th-ranked Washington on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. CT. It marks the second straight year that Minnesota has opened its home slate against a nationally-ranked opponent. Last year, #18 Ohio State defeated the Gophers by three-tenths of a point. Saturday is Kayla Slechta Community Night, and fans can receive $4 general admission tickets by using the code "KaylaShakopee" when ordering by phone (612.624.8080 | 800.UGOPHER) or online at www.mygophersports.com. (That rate is for advance sales only, and will not be applicable to Saturday sales.)

2.0 - Minnesota enters the meet ranked 23rd in the GymInfo Preseason Poll, marking the fourth consecutive year the Gophers have opened a season among the Top 25. Overall, the Gophers have debuted in the Top 25 in 13 of the 15 years that GymInfo has published a preseason poll.

3.0 - Meg Stephenson begins her fourth season as head coach of the Golden Gophers after spending the previous 11 seasons as co-head coach with her husband, Jim.

4.0 - The Golden Gophers have a wealth of experience, as 22 of the team's 24 routines from 2012 are returning for 2013. Among the top returners are juniors Kayla Slechta, a two-time NCAA Championships qualifier, and Dusti Russell, who earned a trip to Nationals last season.

5.0 - Senior Janell Campbell will serve as Minnesota's team captain. Campbell is coming off a junior season in which she recorded career-highs on both bars (9.875) and floor (9.900).

6.0 - The last time Minnesota faced a Pac-12 opponent in the regular season (No. 25 Arizona State), the Gophers came away with a first-place finish in a quad meet at No. 17 Denver. The Gophers had a team score of 196.225 at that meet on March 17, 2012.

7.0 - Minnesota's talented sophomore class looks for continued success after a breakout first season with the program in 2012. Jenny Covers, Kylie Schermann, and Cierra Tomson are all expected to play major roles for the Golden Gophers.

8.0 - Minnesota adds a talented freshman class to the mix, with Madie Hanley, Lindsay Mable, and Hanna Nordquist all expected to make significant impacts.

9.0 - The Gophers have meets scheduled against eight teams that open the season among the GymInfo Top 25, including No. 3 Florida and five other nationally-ranked Big Ten teams.

10.0 - Minnesota, which was tabbed for fifth in the Big Ten, will look to improve upon its third-place finish at last year's Big Ten Championships.