Meet Preview: Gophers Welcome Three Teams
Jan. 11, 2018

 Minnesota vs. Maryland | Northern Illinois | Winona State
 Date  Saturday, Jan. 13 (4:00 p.m.)
 Location  Maturi Pavilion | Minneapolis, Minn. 
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The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team hosts Maryland, Northern Illinois and Winona State to open the 2018 season on Jan. 13 at 4:00 p.m.

All the info you need to know and some you probably don't below: 

Group Night
This Saturday is group night! Any groups of 15 or more people can register by emailing gsm@umn.edu. In addition, it will also be the first community night of the season recognizing freshman Lexy Ramler.

Gopher Tidbits
The Gophers enter the season ranked No. 27 in the NACGC/W Preseason Poll and No. 6 in the Big Ten Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.

As a team Minnesota qualified for NCAA Regionals for the 22nd-straight year and set twenty-seven personal records last season. They combined to win 32 event titles throughout the season. Ciara Gardner is one of four seniors on the roster this season. She earned the team's Most Valuable Performer honor after hitting 45 of 47 routines throughout last season. She was also selected for the All-Big Ten Second Team.

Hannah Hitchcock and Lexy Ramler were each selected to the Big Ten Women's Gymnasts to Watch List. Hitchock is going into her senior season and has competed on vault and bars in her Gophers career. She scored a personal best 9.875 at the Big Ten Championships last season. Ramler, St. Michael, Minn. native, is going into her freshman season. She is a three-time P&G Championships qualifier and was the Junior Olympic national beam champion in 2017. Ramler recorded the top score on all four events at the 2018 intrasquad meet and finished with an all-around score of 39.225.

Sophomore Ivy Lu impressed at the intrasquad meet. She is competing both bars and bream this season after competing bars as a freshman. Her career high is a 9.900 on bars and at the intrasquad meet she scored a 9.8000 on beam. Selena Ung also scored a 9.800 on beam at the intrasquad.

Scouting the Opponents

Maryland:
The Terrapins competed at the Little Bostin Invitational last weekend. They took third out of five teams with a score of 194.100. Eighteen of Maryland's 25 counted scores came from underclassmen. Freshman Audrey Barber tied for first on uneven bars with a 9.875 and finished tied for second on balance beam with a 9.850. Fellow newcomer Karrie Thomas earned the floor title with a 9.850. Barber also came in second in the all-around, earning a 39.050. Sophomores Alecia Farinaand Kirsten Peterman also competed in the all-around, posting a 38.975 and 38.850, respectively. Barber and Farina were each named B1G Gymnasts to Watch entering this season.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies started the 2018 season with a home meet against NC State and the University of Illinois-Chicago. They took third with a score of 192.600. Junior captain Anna Martucci scored a team-high 9.800 to tie for first on floor while senior all-around competitor Ashley Potts scored a high on uneven parallel bars for the team with 9.825 to also tie for first. Last season Huskies head coach Sam Morreale was named MAC Coach of the Year and Potts was a MAC Champion with her bars score of 9.900. The team set 14 school records, while individuals marked their names 13 times in the record book. NIU's MAC Championship score was also the highest in team history with a 195.727.

Winona State: The Warriors opened 2018 with a dual win over UW-Stout. They scored a 182.3 in the win. Returning All-American Eboni Jackson won the all-around competition, the beam and vault. The junior also placed second on the bars and floor exercise. Last year the Warriors finished fourth in the WIAC Conference Championship with a 186.750.

Help us Hit 3,000 Fans for the Always Dreaming Meet!
Next week the Gophers are hosting their annual Always Dreaming Cancer Awareness meet when Michigan State comes to town. The Gophers will recognize young gymnast Rissy Schafer who fought cancer throughout last year and the Maddison Mertz family. Maddison lost her life to cancer in May 2017. Fans are encouraged to bring unused books and coloring books that will be donated to the Masonic Children's Hospitall in their honor. All fans who donate a book will be entered to win the same leotard that the Gophers wear during meets. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to the meet and free pink t-shirts will be handed out as supplies last. Help us hit a record breaking 3,000 fans as the Gophers battle to make a difference in cancer awareness!

#LoveTheBattle
This season's theme is love the battle. The Gophers want fans to see the year-round work that goes into gymnastics. We have shared and will continue to look at those stories throughout the season.

Make sure to follow Gopher women's gymnastics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest results, news and promotions! 


 

 

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