Best of Minnesota Meet Set for Saturday
The Top 10.0 Things You Need to Know...
1.0 - The Minnesota women's gymnastics team (9-0, 4-0 Big Ten) welcomes Gustavus, Hamline and Winona State to the Sports Pavilion for the annual Best of Minnesota/Always Dreaming Invitational on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The meet is named in honor of the late Frank Kara, former Director of Athletic Compliance at the University of Minnesota, who died of cancer in 2007. One of Kara's daughters, Alex, will serve as a guest coach for the Gophers. Last season, Minnesota won the meet with a total of 195.425.
2.0 - Minnesota (9-0) is off to the best start in the program's history, and is one of just three programs -- No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 UCLA are the others -- that started their season the weekend of Jan. 12 and remain undefeated.
3.0 - Minnesota's women's gymnastics and women's hockey (30-0-0) teams have combined for 39 wins with no losses and no ties so far this season.
4.0 - The Gophers are 11th in this week's GymInfo Top 25 Rankings after winning a home dual meet on Saturday versus No. 22 Illinois, 196.775-196.350.
5.0 - Freshman Lindsay Mable has won the all-around at three meets, with a season-high total of 39.450 points. Mable has scored better than 39.300 in each of the three all-around titles she's won, and has been honored as Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season.
6.0 - Junior Kayla Slechta is tied for 12th nationally on vault with an average score of 9.888 through the first five 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 added a 9.925 on vault at Penn State, and had another 9.950 on Jan. 26.
7.0 - 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.
8.0 - Sophomore Kylie Schermann recorded a career-best score of 9.925 on floor exercise versus Illinois with a 9.875 to tie for first place. Schermann's average floor score of 9.865 ranks 22nd nationally, while Slechta (9.863) is tied for 23rd.
9.0 - Minnesota is ranked eighth nationally on floor exercise with an average total of 49.095, while ranking 12th on both vault (49.135) and beam (48.855), and t-27th on bars (48.710).
10.0 - Dating back to 2012, 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 the win at MSU. The Gophers responded with all four scores better than 49.000 versus Illinois.
(For the full set of this week's Meet Notes, click the link in the box at the top of the page.)