Feb. 28, 2014
| No. 12 Minnesota vs. Iowa State
|Date||Saturday, March 1, 2014|
|Times||4:00 p.m. CT|
|Locations||Sports Pavilion (5,840)|
|Last Meetings||Won 196.525-194.700 (Feb. 21, 2014)|
|Notes||Minnesota | Iowa State|
|Live Steam||Gopher All-Access|
The No. 12 Minnesota women’s gymnastics team will conclude its home season and celebrate Senior Night Saturday with a 4 p.m. meet against Iowa State. It will be the final regular-season home meet for the team’s three seniors: Dusti Russell, Kayla Slechta, and Justine Cherwink.
About the Gophers
Twelfth-ranked Minnesota will compete in its fifth and final home meet of the season Saturday. Thus far, the Gophers own a 7-0 record at the Sports Pavilion.
Minnesota enters its Senior Night with the 12th-best Regional Qualifying score in the nation at 196.155—the team’s average score on the season is a shade under 196 at 195.961.
The Gophers, who are 13-1 with a 3-1 mark in the Big Ten, rank first in the conference and fifth in the nation with a 49.335 RQS on the floor exercise. They rank 10th in the country on the balance beam at 49.030 and are also in the top 20 on the vault (11th at 49.210) and uneven bars (22nd at 48.910).
All-American sophomore Lindsay Mable has led the Gophers in 2014. She is tied for eighth in the country and second in the Big Ten with Michigan’s Joanna Sampson with a 39.440 RQS on the all around.
About the Cyclones
Iowa State will come to the Sports Pavilion after hosting the then No.-15 Gophers last week in Ames. The Cyclones, just under a month removed from posting their best score of the season with a 196.025 against West Virginia, registered a 194.700.
The Cyclones dropped the vault, balance beam, and floor exercise at the meet, but tied Minnesota, which posted a season-best 196.525 team score, on the bars. In that event, Camille Santerre-Gervais led the way to win the title with a 9.925. ISU’s Henrietta Green also took first place in an event, tying four Gophers on the floor with a 9.850.
The loss dropped Iowa State’s record on the season to 3-7 and moved the team’s average score to 194.221 with a Regional Qualifying Score of 193.995, 33rd-best in the nation.
Last Meet Recap: Best of Minnesota
No. 15 Minnesota capped a perfect 4-0 weekend and improved its record to 13-1 this season by winning the Always Dreaming Best of Minnesota Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion.
The Golden Gophers finished with a team total of 196.150, surpassing 196 points for the seventh time this season, and outdistancing Winona State (184.675), Hamline (183.850) and Gustavus Adolphus (175.700).
Sophomore All-American Lindsay Mable, who celebrated her birthday earlier this weekend, either won or shared first place on all four events to win the all-around title with a score of 39.450. Mable won vault (9.875), beam (9.875) and floor (9.900), while tying with junior Cierra Tomson on bars (9.800).
In addition to her winning bars score, Tomson turned in scores of 9.825 on floor, 9.800 on beam and 9.775 on vault to finish second in the all-around with a total of 39.200.
Minnesota finished with 14 scores greater than 9.800 on its way to its second team total greater than 196 points this weekend. The Gophers opened the weekend by defeating Iowa State on Friday night in Ames, finishing with a season-best team score of 196.525.
On the Docket
Next Sunday, Minnesota will head to Denton, Texas to take on Texas Woman’s University along with No. 2 Oklahoma and fellow Big Ten school Michigan State.
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