Gophers Open B1G Slate With Pink Meet

Jan. 24, 2014

Logo   No. 13 Minnesota vs. No. 11 Illinois
Date Saturday, January 25
Time 6:30 p.m. CT
Location Sports Pavilion (5,840)
Last Meeting Win 196.775-196.350 (Feb. 19, 2013)
Previews/Notes Minnesota | Illinois
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This Week: No. 11 Illinois
Six days after wrapping up a 4-0 week that included over 4,000 miles of traveling, Minnesota returns home for its first Big Ten conference meet and final meet of the month of January. The Gophers host No. 11 Illinois at the Sports Pavilion Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

At the Meet
Saturday's meet will the Gophers' Pink Meet, where they will look to raise awareness for breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and free pink 10.0 poster signs to the first 500 people in the door.

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'.

Brooklyn Park native Athena Geisness will also have her community night Saturday, so the promo code `Athena' will also give fans who purchase ticket in advance a reduced $4 ticket price.

About the Gophers
No. 13 Minnesota has gotten off to a 6-0 start on the season with a home tri-meet win over Air Force and Lindenwood, a road victory against then-No. 20 Washington, and a quad-meet triumph over New Hampshire, Brown, and Yale at UNH. With an average score of 195.6, the Gophers are ranked 13th in the nation.

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
Visiting Illinois comes to the Sports Pavilion ranked 11th in the country with a 3-0 record and a 195.75 average score. The Fighting Illini have posted wins over Big Ten foe Michigan State on the road and Centenary and Wisconsin-Eau Claire at home.

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)
Minnesota eclipsed the 196-point mark for the second time in as many meets to run away with the Wildcat Invitational in Durham, N.H. The Gophers' 196.025 score was good enough to defeat host New Hampshire, which scored a 193.7, and fellow invitees Brown and Yale, which scored 192.55 and 187.5, respectively.

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. 

National Rankings
After starting the season ranking 14th, Minnesota has moved to 13th and is one of five Big Ten teams in the top-25. The Gophers, 1-0 against ranked foes, face six more ranked teams. 

Next Meet: at Nebraska
The Gophers pick up competition Feb. 1 on the road at No. 9 Nebraska. 

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