The Golden Gopher women’s gymnastics team earned its best score at an away meet this season when it tallied a 195.20 at Iowa State. The No. 13 Cyclones won the meet with a 195.475.
Kendra Elm was the team’s best performer on vault, earning a 9.875 to win the event and set a personal-best score. Elm’s vault score is the best by a Gopher gymnast this season. Lucy Ennis placed fifth with a 9.75. As a team, the Gophers scored 48.65.
Minnesota tied its best bars score this season with a 49.025. Kristin Furukawa was the team’s top scorer, earning a 9.85 to finish in third place. Furukawa’s score was her best this season. Kendra Elm, Alexis Russell and Lucy Ennis all earned scores of 9.80 or higher.
On beam, the Gophers tallied their best score of the season with a 49.10. Furukawa was again the team leader, earning a 9.90 to tie her personal best score and win the event. Her score ties the best beam score for the Gophers this season, after she also earned a 9.90 at home against Illinois last weekend. Alexis Russell earned her best beam score of the season with a 9.85 to place fourth. Kendra Elm and Ana Balboa each earned marks of 9.80.
Alexis Russell was the team’s best performer on floor, earning a 9.825 to place fourth. As a team, the Gophers tallied 48.425 on the floor.
Russell finished second in the all around with a total of 39.20, while Elm was third with a 39.00. It was the first time this season that two Gopher gymnasts score 39 or better at an away meet.
The Golden Gophers compete again on Sunday afternoon at Iowa.