Gophers Earn Season-Best 196.125 at Best of Minnesota The Gophers tallied season-high marks on vault, bars and beam in route to their highest team score since the 2009 season.
The Golden Gopher women’s gymnastics team earned its best score of the 2011 season with a 196.125 at the Best of Minnesota Meet. Winona State was second with a 183.550, Hamline was second with a 179.450, and Gustavus was fourth with a 175.525. Minnesota had season-best scores on vault, bars and beam in route to their highest team score since the 2009 season.
Minnesota started the meet with a vault performance for the record books. The Gophers tallied a 49.175 to tie the fifth-best vault score all-time and mark the best vault score for the Gophers since the 2004 season. Four Gophers scored 9.80 or better. Kayla Slechta led the way with a personal best 9.925, marking the best individual score by a Gopher gymnast on any event this season. Slechta’s vault score ties for fourth-best all-time in Minnesota gymnastics history. Lucy Ennis also earned a personal-best score, earning a 9.875, a nearly perfect score on a vault with a start value of 9.90. Janell Campbell and Kendra Elm each earned scores of 9.80, Campbell’s score was a career high. Yuri Nagai and Shannon Golich each scored 9.775. Golich’s score tied her personal best, and Nagai’s score was her best this season.
In the second rotation, the Gophers moved to bars where they had a season-best score of 49.075. Lucy Ennis and Kristin Furukawa were the top scorers for the Gophers on the unevens, each earning scores of 9.85. Janell Campbell earned a 9.825 to mark her personal best score. Kendra Elm matched her best bars score of the season with a 9.80. Yuri Nagai had a season-best mark of 9.75, while Kayla Slechta earned a 9.70.
The Gophers continued strong in the third rotation, earning another season-high score. Minnesota’s tally on beam was a 49.025, led by team captain Kristin Furukawa’s score of 9.925. The score ties her personal best, and ties for the sixth-best beam score in Minnesota history. Shannon Golich and Kendra Elm each earned marks of 9.80. Both Golich and Elm tied their best scores this season. Amber Hammerschmidt tied her personal best beam score with a 9.775. Ana Balboa score 9.725 while Alex Feeken earned a 9.65.
The Gophers compiled a 48.850 on floor, led by Shannon Golich. Golich earned a 9.85 to win the event. Janell Campbell was close behind with a 9.825 to place second. Kayle Slechta rounded out the top three with a 9.80.
Kendra Elm had her second all around score over 39 this season, earning a 39.075 to win the all around competition.
Minnesota is home against next weekend, hosting Iowa State in a rare Sunday afternoon meet. The dual competition will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Sports Pavilion.