No. 13 Minnesota Prepares for Dual Meet Versus No. 22 Illinois

Go Gophers!
Assistant coach Louie Johnson and Cierra Tomson celebrate after another stuck landing.

Go Gophers!
Assistant coach Louie Johnson and Cierra Tomson celebrate after another stuck landing.
Go Gophers!

Feb. 5, 2013

Logo   No. 13 Minnesota vs. No. 22 Illinois
Date Saturday, February 9
Time 4:00 p.m. CT
Location Sports Pavilion (5,840) | Minneapolis, Minn.
Last Dual Meet vs. ILL at Illinois, L 194.725-192.800 (Jan. 14, 2012)
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The Top 10.0 Things You Need to Know...

1.0 - The Minnesota women’s gymnastics team (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) welcomes Illinois (2-4, 1-2) to the Sports Pavilion for a 4:00 p.m. CT meet on Saturday. Last season, the Gophers dropped a dual meet at Illinois, 194.725-192.800. But Minnesota captured third place at the Big Ten Championships with a 195.950, while the Illini finished fifth with a 195.850.

It will be Kylie Schermann Community Day, and fans can receive $4 general admission tickets by using the code "KylieLVille" when ordering by phone (612.624.8080 | 800.UGOPHER) or online at www.mygophersports.com. It's also Military Appreciation Day, and fans can receive $4 general admission tickets by using the code "CamoGoldy." (The special rates are for advance sales only, and will not be applicable to Saturday sales.)

2.0 - The Gophers are tied for 13th in this week’s GymInfo Top 25 Rankings after winning a dual meet on Friday at Michigan State, 194.325-192.625. Illinois is ranked 22nd in this week’s poll after losing a dual meet at No. 7 Nebraska on Friday, 195.750-194.750.

3.0 - Freshman Lindsay Mable won the all-around at her third-straight meet with a total of 38.850 points. Mable scored a 9.825 on beam and had scores of 9.800 on both vault and floor exercise. She has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season.

4.0 - Junior Kayla Slechta is ranked fifth nationally on vault with an average score of 9.913 through the first four meets. Slechta just missed a perfect score on vault against Washington on Jan. 12, receiving a 10.0 from the head judge, but getting a 9.900 from the second judge for a score of 9.950. She followed with a 9.925 on vault at Penn State, and had another 9.950 on Jan. 26 before scoring a 9.825 at MSU.

5.0 - Slechta’s 9.950 vault scores are her career-bests, and are tied for third in program history. Carolyn Yernberg and Courtney Norman each recorded perfect 10.0’s on the same day at UCLA on March 3, 2002, while Yernberg also scored a 9.950 at Arizona State on March 12, 2004.

6.0 - Sophomore Kylie Schermann tied her career-best score on floor exercise at MSU with a 9.875 to finish first on the event. Schermann’s score was the highest of the night on all events for either team. She added a 9.775 on balance beam and a 9.750 on vault.

7.0 - The Gophers (8-0) are off to the best start in the program’s history.

8.0 - Minnesota is ranked eighth nationally on floor exercise with an average total of 49.025, and is 12th on both vault (49.138) and beam (48.819), and 34th on bars (48.569).

9.0 - Dating back to last season, Minnesota had scored 49.000 or better on floor exercise in 12 consecutive meets and on vault for 11 straight meets before falling short of those totals during Friday’s win at Michigan State. The Gophers had totals of 48.725 points on vault and 48.400 on floor exercise versus the Spartans.

10.0 - Minnesota’s team total of 196.800 versus then-No. 1 Michigan, No. 20 Central Michigan and Iowa State on Jan. 26 ranks fourth all-time and was its best since recording a school-record total of 197.700 points at Arizona State on March 12, 2004.

(For the full set of this week's Meet Notes, click the link in the box at the top of the page.)