Gophers Gear Up for Two Weekend Meets

Feb. 20, 2014

Logo   No. 15 Minnesota at Iowa State/Best of Minnesota
Dates Friday, February 21, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014 
Times Friday: 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. CT 
Locations Friday: Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Sunday: Sports Pavilion (5,840)
Last Meetings Iowa State: Lost 195.550-195.025 (Feb. 24, 2013)
Best of Minnesota: 196.000, 1st of 4 (Feb. 16, 2013)
Opponent Previews

Friday: Iowa State
Sunday: Winona State | Hamline | Gustavus Adolphus

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This Week: Iowa State, Best of Minnesota/Always Dreaming
Coming off its ninth win of the year, No. 15-ranked Minnesota will travel to Iowa State for a 6:30 p.m. before hosting the Best of Minnesota meet with Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, and Winona State Sunday at 2 pm. at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers will be celebrating Kayla Slechta (Shakopee, Minn.) Community Night. The Sunday meet will be streamed live on Gopher All-Access.

About the Gophers
The Gophers enter this weekend’s meet with a No. 15 ranking, a 9-1 record, and a 3-1 mark against Big Ten opponents. Minnesota will hit the road for the fifth time this season before competing in its fourth of five home meets on the season.

Averaging a 195.854 score, the Gophers’ best event has been the floor exercise, where they average a 49.296, the fifth-best mark in the nation. Minnesota checks in at No. 15 on vault with a 49.121 average and is also a top-25 team on the balance beam (48.739, 17th).

Lindsay Mable, who tied a school and personal record earlier in the season with a 39.600 all-around score, averages a 9.929 on the floor exercise, slotting her at third in the country.

About the Cyclones
Minnesota head coach Meg Stephenson will face her alma mater for the first of two times this season in Friday’s meet. ISU is 3-6 on the year with a 1-1 Big 12 ledger. The Cyclones defeated West Virginia 196.025-194.175 in their last home meet, tying a season-best score. Senior Camille Santerre-Gervais tied a school record on uneven bars with a score of 9.950.

Iowa State’s 194.133 average score puts it at No. 33 in the nation and its 48.792 floor exercise average cracks the nation’s top-25.

About the Warriors
Winona State will come to the Sports Pavilion Sunday touting a 6-6 record and a 181.082 average score that ranked the Warriors 77th in the country. Leading the way for WSU is Jade Donaldson, who has competed in all four events in six of the team’s eight meets and has put up an average all-around score of 36.575.

About the Pipers
Hamline has a 3-7 record, but earned a win in its last time out over Winona State on the road. HU has a 179.863 average score and has scored as high as 182.275 in 2014. Courtney Benson in the lone Piper to compete in the all-around this year. She averages a 36.990 score and put together a season-best score of 37.925 Jan. 19.
 
About the Gusties
Gustavus Adolphus comes into the weekend with an 0-7 record, averaging a 169.650. The Gusties are averaging a 44.083 on the vault, a 40.200 on the uneven bars, a 42.192 on the balance beam, and a 43.175 on the floor exercise. Jamie Ries leads the team with a 35.006 all-around average.

Last Meet Recap: Michigan State
No. 14 Minnesota improved its record to 9-1 overall and kept pace at 3-1 in the Big Ten by defeatin Michigan State, 196.025-193.700, on Saturday evening at the Sports Pavilion.

The Gophers overcame a rough performance on uneven bars, with a season-best total of 49.275 on beam, and reached 196 or more points for the fifth time this season.

Sophomore Hanna Nordquist and junior Kylie Schermann each established career-high scores of 9.950 on beam for the Gophers, while sophomore Lindsay Mable closed the competition by tying her career-best of 9.975 on floor exercise. It's the third time this season that Mable has received a 9.975 on floor.

The scores for Nordquist and Schermann tied for the second-best in school history.

Mable ran away with the all-around title, earning a score of 39.550, which is her second-best all-around total this season and just shy of her career-high of 39.600. Mable opened with a 9.875 on vault, followed with a 9.825 on bars and scored a 9.875 on beam before her floor performance.

Senior Kayla Slechta won the vault with a season-best 9.925 and equaled her season-high with a 9.875 on floor. Sophomore Madie Hanley recorded a career-high to win bars for the Gophers, while freshman Kaitlin Rahon scored a 9.450 on the event in her Gopher debut.

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 2:00 p.m.

Mable, Schermann Honored
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 and won the award again this week with a 39.550 score against Michigan State at the Sports Pavilion. Junior Kylie Schermann, who starred on the vault, beam, and floor exercise in the meet, won the conference’s Event Specialist of the Week honor.

National Rankings
After posting a 196.025 for the third time this season and topping 196 for the fifth time in its last six meets in a win over Michigan State, Minnesota is ranked 15th in the nation. Minnesota is one of six Big Ten teams in the top-25 and is 3-1 against ranked foes with two more ranked opponents on the schedule.

Next Meet: Iowa State
Minnesota will conclude its regular-season home schedule next Saturday by hosting Iowa State in a rematch of Friday’s meet. The meet will the Gophers’ Senior Night and will serve as the last regular-season home meet for four-year Gophers Dusti Russell, Kayla Slechta, and Justine Cherwink.