Gophers Host Gold Out at Saturday Meet
Feb. 14, 2014
This Week: Michigan State
About the Gophers
Averaging a 195.825 score, the Gophers' best event has been the floor exercise, where they average a 49.288, the fifth-best mark in the nation. Minnesota checks in at No. 13 on vault with a 49.100 and is also a top-25 team on the uneven parallel bars (48.788 for 25th) and the balance beam (48.650 for 18th).
Over the last five meets, the Gophers have averaged a 196.100 team score.
About the Spartans
The Spartans average between a 48 and 49 on all four events: 48.280 on the vault, 48.025 on the bars, 48.545 on the beam, and 48.645 on the floor. The team's balance beam average is ranked 25th in the nation.
Alina Cartwright has led the way for MSU by registering a 39.169 all-around average, good for fifth-best in the Big Ten.
Last Meet Recap: at Ohio State
The night began with Minnesota on the uneven parallel bars, where it received a 48.775, its lowest score of the evening. Victoria Aepli of OSU won the event with a 9.875 and she was followed by five gymnasts who scored a 9.825, including the Gophers' Jenny Covers, Bailie Holst, and Kayla Slechta.
On vault, Minnesota narrowed the gap with an event win, registering a 49.075. Lindsay Mable led the way for the Gophers and tied Ohio State's Melanie Shaffer for first place with a 9.900. Slechta and Covers also finished with scores of 9.800 or better.
The third rotation gave the Maroon and Gold the lead, as the sixth-ranked floor exercise unit in the nation posted a 49.300 and had four of the top-five performers. Mable placed second on the event with a 9.925, and was accompanied by 9.875 scores by Slechta and Kylie Schermann, while Justine Cherwink scored a 9.85 in her season debut.
Ohio State's Sarah Miller won the balance beam competition as an individual with a 9.900, but Schermann (9.825), Mable (9.800), and Hanna Nordquist (9.800) helped guide the Gophers to a third event win with a 48.875 score.
Shaffer won the all around with a 39.400 score, edging Mable for the top spot in the meet. The sophomore All-American finished with a 39.175, passing 39 for the fifth time this season. Cierra Tomson finished the night with a 39.025.
Mable Earns B1G Honor
Next Meet: at Iowa State