Gophers Open B1G Slate With Pink Meet
Jan. 24, 2014
This Week: No. 11 Illinois
At the Meet
Minnesota will also host Social Media Night, where fans purchasing tickets in advance can use the promo code `Social' to get in for $4. Tweet at @GopherWomensGym pictures from the meet using the hash tag `#Gophers'.
About the Gophers
The strong suits for Minnesota this season have been the floor exercise and the vault events. At 49.342, the Gophers have the fourth-best floor average score in the nation and the top average in the Big Ten. The Maroon and Gold is 12th in the vault with a 49.092 after recording a 49.375 as a team in its last meet.
Lindsay Mable has led the team with two all-around titles and an all-around average of 39.317, 11th-best in the country. On the floor, Mable is ranked fifth with a 9.933 average. Her 9.975 floor routine in the Gophers' last home meet is tied with UCLA's Sydney Sawa for the best in the nation thus far in 2014.
About the Fighting Illini
Like the Gophers, Illinois has impressed on the floor exercise, posting a 49.088 average, good for 10th in the nation. However, UI has been even better on the balance beam, averaging a second-ranked 49.175.
Illinois has two top-15 gymnasts on the balance beam in the country in Liz Hamburg (9.863 average, tied for ninth) and Sunny Kato (9.850 average, tied for 15th) and the 17th-best floor exercise performer in Erin Buchanan (9.888 average).
Last Meet Recap: Wildcat Invitational (UNH)
With the meet win, which included three event wins, the Gophers are now 6-0 on the season with one meet left in the month of January.
The Gophers began the meet on the uneven bars, where they jumped out to a lead by racking up a 49.1 score. Minnesota had five of the top six performers, including the top three. Cierra Tomson, who won the all around at the team's last meet, won the event with a 9.9. Tying for second with Brown's Alexandra Chretien at 9.825 wereLindsay Mable and Madie Hanley. Bailie Holst and Jenny Covers' 9.775 tied them for fifth.
The balance beam was Minnesota's second event and was the only event the team didn't win--UNH's 48.275 was enough to beat out the Maroon and Gold's 48.175. The Wildcats' Kayla Gray won the competition with a 9.875 and her teammate, Adrienne Hill, tied Minnesota's Kylie Schermann for second with a 9.8.
The Gophers' recorded their highest event score of the season on the floor, nabbing a 49.375. Mable and Schermann starred for Minnesota in the competition, each earning a 9.925 with her performance.
Minnesota posted its highest team vault score of the year, registering a 49.325 and taking the top three spots on the event leaderboard. Mable achieved a new season high score of 9.925 and was followed in the top three by teammates Schermann and Covers, who each scored a 9.9.
For the second time in three meets, Mable earned the top all-around score, posting a season-best 39.45. Tomson finished with a 39.05 to place second.
Next Meet: at Nebraska