Team Average Rises, Gophers Ranked No. 12 in GymInfo Top 25

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Senior captain Janell Campbell on Floor Exercise.

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Senior captain Janell Campbell on Floor Exercise.
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Feb. 18, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's women's gymnastics team is ranked 12th in the most recent GymInfo Top 25 Rankings, which are based on teams' average scores. The Gophers fell one spot, despite having their team average rise after scoring 196.000 points at the Best of Minnesota/Always Dreaming Invitational on Saturday.

Minnesota (12-0, 4-0 Big Ten) and No. 2 Oklahoma are the only undefeated teams remaining among the Top 25, as No. 5 UCLA lost its first meet of the season at Oregon State over the weekend. The Beavers scored 196.725 points to defeat the Bruins, and snuck just ahead of the Gophers in the rankings at No. 11.

The Gophers were ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll, but debuted at No. 11 in the first regular season poll on Jan. 14, were ranked 12th on Jan. 21, moved up to 10th on Jan. 28, were tied for 13th on Feb. 4, and had moved to No. 11 last week.

Penn State moved into the Top 25 this week, giving the Big Ten six ranked teams in the poll. Michigan tops the list at No. 3, while defending champion Nebraska is ninth, Minnesota is No. 12, Illinois jumps from 21st to No. 18, Ohio State is 20th, and Penn State is 24th.

The Gophers hit the road for their next three meets, beginning with a pair of dual meets this weekend in the state of Iowa. Minnesota will travel to Iowa City for a Big Ten dual meet against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before heading to Ames to face the Iowa State Cyclones at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday night's meet at Iowa will be tape-delayed on the Big Ten Network, with the broadcast set to run at 5:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 23. Jim Kelly and Kylee Kolarik will provide the commentary on the meet with the Hawkeyes.

Minnesota's next home meet is Saturday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m., with the Gophers welcoming No. 9 Nebraska, No. 19 Arkansas and Centenary to the Sports Pavilion. Tickets can be ordered by phone (612.624.8080 | 800.UGOPHER) or online at www.mygophersports.com.

GymInfo National Rankings (February 18, 2013)
Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Team Avg. HighScore RQS Date vs. Gophers/Result
1. Florida 197.296 198.100 197.280 March 1 -- Away
2. Oklahoma 197.171 197.625 197.225
3. Michigan 196.839 197.375 196.905 W 196.800-196.775
4. Alabama 196.842 197.650 196.680
5. UCLA 196.650 197.425 196.495
6. LSU 196.507 197.275 196.550
7. Utah 196.383 197.050 196.250
8. Georgia 196.369 197.500 196.395
9. Nebraska 196.283 197.175 196.105 March 9 -- Home
10. Stanford 196.129 197.275 195.900
11. Oregon State 195.832 196.825 196.080
12. Minnesota 195.829 196.800 --
13. Denver 195.796 196.600 195.855
14. Auburn 195.746 196.725 195.850
15. Arizona 195.586 196.075 195.640
16. Boise State 195.555 196.325 --
17. Maryland 195.396 196.175 195.240
18. Illinois 195.342 196.350 195.140 W 196.775-196.350
19. Arkansas 195.296 196.175 195.120 March 9 -- Home
20. Ohio State 195.286 196.250 195.230 March 16 -- Home
21. Kent State 195.204 196.050 195.035 W 195.525-195.450
22. Washington 195.188 196.025 195.020 W 195.550-193.500
23. Kentucky 195.182 195.825 195.240
24. Penn State 195.014 196.700 194.935 W 195.525-194.300
25. West Virginia 194.988 196.150 194.755