Gophers Host Gold Out at Saturday Meet

Logo  No. 14 Minnesota vs. Michigan State
DateSaturday, February 15
Time6:00 p.m. CT
LocationSports Pavilion (5,840)
Last MeetingWin 194.325-192.625 (Feb. 1, 2013)
Previews/NotesMinnesota | Michigan State
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Feb. 14, 2014

This Week: Michigan State
Coming off its eighth win of the year, No. 14-ranked Minnesota hosts Michigan State at the Sports Pavilion Saturday at 6 p.m. The Gophers will be celebrating Hanna Nordquist (Otsego, Minn.) Community Night with a Gold Out at the meet. Go to z.umn.edu/hncn and use the code "Hanna" to get a special deal on tickets. The meet will be streamed live on Gopher All-Access.

About the Gophers
The Gophers enter this weekend's meet with a No. 14 ranking, and 8-1 record, and a 2-1 mark against Big Ten opponents. Minnesota will compete at its third home meet of the season and first since Jan. 25. At the Sports Pavilion, the Gophers won a tri-meet against Air Force and Lindenwood and earned a conference victory over then-No. 11 Illinois.

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
Michigan State came up short in its first three meets of the season against tough opponents in Illinois, Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Iowa, but finally got in the win column by tying a season-high score with a 194.150 competition against Iowa last week. This week's meet will mark the second time MSU has competed away from home in 2014.

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 No. 15 Minnesota women's gymnastics team got back on track after dropping its first dual meet decision a week ago, taking down No. 21 Ohio State, 196.025-195.900 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio Friday night. The Gophers are now 8-1 overall with a 2-1 mark in Big Ten competition and scored above a 196.000 for the fourth time in their last five meets.

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
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.

National Rankings
After posting a 196.025 score and a meet win against Ohio State in Columbus, Minnesota is ranked 14th in the nation. 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: at Iowa State
Minnesota will hit the road next week for its first of two meets on the season against Iowa State. After facing the Cyclones, the Gophers will come back home for the Best of Minnesota/Always Dreaming meet, featuring Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, and Winona State.