Gophers Resume Action in Columbus

Feb. 6, 2014

Logo   No. 15 Minnesota at No. 21 Ohio State
Date Friday, February 6
Time 6:00 p.m. CT
Location St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio (13,276)
Last Meeting Minnesota won 197.225-195.050 (March 16, 2013)
Notes Minnesota | Ohio State
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This Week: at No. 21 Ohio State
After falling in a meet for the first time all season, No. 15 Minnesota will stay on the road for the second week in a row as it heads to Columbus, Ohio to face 21st-ranked Ohio State Friday at 6 p.m. The meet will air on tape delay on the Big Ten Network. 

About the Gophers
No. 14 Minnesota has accumulated a 7-1 record by coming in first in two dual meets, a tri-meet, and a quad-meet.

The Gophers, 2-1 against ranked foes, have been led by sophomore Lindsay Mable, the only athlete on the team to compete in all four events in all five of the team’s meets. She tied a personal record and a school record two weeks ago by notching a 39.600 score. She is ranked 7th in the nation of the floor, averaging a 9.920.

As a team, Minnesota is ranked sixth in the country on the floor (49.285), 12th on vault (49.105), 21st on the balance beam (48.605), and 23rd on uneven bars (48.790). 

About the Buckeyes
Ohio State will enter Saturday’s meet as the 21st ranked team in the nation, coming off a season-best 195.625 team score in a loss to Penn State. The Buckeyes, who have hosted three of their four meets in 2014, are 1-4 with an 0-2 mark in the Big Ten.

OSU checks in at No. 21 in the vault with a 48.925 average, tied for 20th in the uneven parallel bars with a 48.819, and tied for 18th on the balance beam with a 48.681 average. 

Against Ohio State
The last time the Gophers competed against Ohio State, Minnesota posted its second-highest team score in school history to defeat OSU, 197.225-195.050, at the Sports Pavilion. 

Last Meet Recap: at Nebraska
The No. 14 Minnesota women's gymnastics fell to eighth-ranked Nebraska, 196.975-195.900, Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb. The 195.900 score snapped a streak of three consecutive meets with a score of 196 or higher for the Gophers, who were competing for the second time on the road and for the second time in conference action after winning the Big Ten regular-season title a year ago.

The loss dropped the Minnesota to 7-1 on the season with a 1-1 mark in league action.

Nebraska started strong, registering a 49.250 on the vault and a 49.325 on the uneven parallel bars. Emily Wong led the vault with a 9.925 and also won the bars with a 9.950 performance. The Huskers' leader in the all around won earned the meet title, finishing with a 39.525.

Minnesota's top finisher in the vault competition was Kylie Schermann, who placed third with a 9.850. Kayla Slechta's 9.825 tied her for fourth as the Gophers finished with a 48.950 team score.

Two Nebraska gymansts followed Wong on the uneven bars leaderboard, finishing with 9.900 scores. Madie Hanley led the Gophers with a 9.875 as the team went on to put up a 48.900.

The Gophers picked up a win in the balance beam, an event which Nebraska entered the evening ranked fourth in the nation. Minnesota scored a season-best 49.075 as Gopher All-American Hanna Nordquist racked up a 9.875 to tie the Huskers' Jennifer Lauer for first place. Jessie DeZiel of Nebraska came in third, but Rachel Haines, Schermann, and Dusti Russell each scored a 9.800 or higher to lift the Maroon and Gold.

Wong, the second-ranked all-around gymnast in the nation, scored a 9.950 to claim her third event win of the night on the floor. Schermann led the Gophers and tied for third with a 9.85 performance. 

Mable Earns B1G Honor
Minnesota sophomore Lindsay Mable became the first Gopher since 2009 to earn Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors after her school record-tying 39.600 all-around performance Jan 26 in a win over Illinois. The Aurora, Colo. native won six Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards in 2013. 

National Rankings
After snapping a three-meet string of meet with a score of 196 or higher, the Gophers are ranked 15th nationally. Minnesota is one of six Big Ten teams in the top-25 and is 2-1 against ranked foes with three more ranked opponents on the schedule. 

Next Meet: Michigan State
After two road meets in a row, Minnesota will return home to take on Michigan State at home Feb. 15.