Feb. 17, 2014
Big Ten Release
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Minnesota women’s gymnastics sophomore Lindsay Mable and junior Kylie Schermann both earned Big Ten weekly awards, the conference office announced Monday. Mable received Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, while Schermann took home the Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award following a 196.025-193.700 victory over Michigan State Saturday night at the Sports Pavilion.
It is the first time two Gophers have collected conference awards in the same week.
Mable earned the accolade by winning the meet’s all-around competition with a 39.550 final score, tying the fifth-best score in school history. She registered a 9.875 on vault, followed by a 9.825 on bars and scored a 9.875 on beam before tying a personal record and Minnesota record with a 9.975 on the floor exercise.
The Aurora, Colo. native now has a conference-leading 9.929 average on the floor, tying her for third-best in the nation. Saturday, she was a top-three finisher on all four events. Mable won Big Ten Freshman of the Week six times in 2013.
The Gymnast of the Week honor was the second of the season for Mable, who became the first Gopher gymnast to receive the laurel since 2009 when she won it Jan. 27. It is Minnesota’s 20th Gymnast of the Week of the award since 1999 when the award began being handed out on a weekly basis. Mable is the ninth different Gopher to earn it.
Schermann, who competed on the vault, balance beam, and floor exercise, won her first-career weekly award and became the first Minnesota gymnast to earn Event Specialist of the Week since current senior Kayla Slechta won it as a junior Jan. 14, 2013.
After tying for fourth on vault with a 9.825, Schermann tied the second-best balance beam mark in school history with a 9.950. The score was matched by teammate Hanna Nordquist, who shared the event title with the Lakeville, Minn. native. Schermann finished her night with a 9.850 on the floor.
No. 15 Minnesota travels to Iowa State for a 6:30 p.m. Meet next Friday, before returning home for the Always Dreaming Best of Minnesota meet with Hamline, Gustavus and Winona State on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
Gophers Top Spartans
The Golden Gophers edged out Michigan State 193.875 to 193.000 on Friday night at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich.
Meet Preview: Gophers Travel to Michigan State
The No. 21 Golden Gophers will face Michigan State this Friday, Jan. 20 at 6:00 p.m. on the road.
Gophers Place First in Quad Meet
Minnesota placed first with a score of 194.900 at a quad meet against Arizona (193.225), Maryland (192.350) and Alaska Anchorage (188.175).