No. 17 Gophers Earn Season-Best 195.325 against No. 18 Iowa Minnesota tallied a 195.325 against the Hawkeyes, earning three individual titles in the meet.
The University of Minnesota defeated Big Ten rival Iowa 195.325-194.825 in the home opener tonight at the Sports Pavilion. Highlights from the meet included Kendra Elm’s win on vault (9.85), Kristin Furukawa’s tie for first place on bars (9.85) and Dusti Russell’s win on floor (9.875). Minnesota improved its team score on every event over last week.
Minnesota started the meet on floor, where they compiled a 48.70. Senior Kendra Elm led the way with a 9.85, the best vault score for the Gophers this season. Freshman Kayla Slechta earned her second score of 9.80 or better this season, finishing in a tie for second place with a 9.80. Junior Lucy Ennis earned a 9.725 in her first vault appearance this season, rounding out the top three scorers for the Gophers.
On uneven bars, Minnesota earned a 48.90 led by senior Kristin Furukawa. Furukawa tied for first place with a mark of 9.85, the best bars score for the team this year. Furukawa has been the team’s highest bars scorer at each meet this year, and has won or tied for first place in every meet. Janell Campbell tied her personal best on bars with a 9.80 to place fourth. Three Gophers tied for sixth place with scores of 9.75: Kayla Slechta, Kendra Elm and Yuri Nagai.
For the second week in a row, Dusti Russell was the team’s top scorer. Russell tallied a 9.825 to match her best score and lead the Gophers to a team score of 48.75. Shannon Golich and Ana Balboa each earned their best beam scores this season, tying for third place with marks of 9.80.
Minnesota saved the best for last, compiling a 48.975 on floor exercise, marking the top event score on any event this season. Dusti Russell was the event champion, earning a 9.875. Her score is the best by a Gopher gymnast on any event this year. Sophomore Shannon Golich tied her personal best on floor with a 9.825 to tie for second place. Lucy Ennis set a personal best on floor with a 9.80 to tie for fourth place.
Freshman Dusti Russell was Minnesota’s lone all around competitor. She finished in third place with a personal best score of 38.925.
The Gophers travel to Michigan State next weekend. The competition in East Lansing will begin at 2 p.m. central, and will be televised on the Big Ten Network on a tape delay basis.