Meet Preview: Senior Night
March 1, 2018

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The No. 25 Gophers host No. 13 Arizona State this Saturday at 4 p.m. for Senior Night.

The top-25 battle will be the last chance to see the Gophers at home during the regular season. The Gophers have just four meets until the NCAA Regionals including the Big Five meet and the Big Ten Championships.

Speaking of Regionals
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Last Time Out
Lexy Ramler tied for a pair of event titles (beam and vault) as Gophers finished second at now No. 23 Iowa State’s quad-meet last Saturday.

The Gophers finished with a 194.425. Iowa State won with a 195.775, Michigan State took third with a 191.775 and UW-Stout rounded out the evening with a 185.550. Ramler scored a 9.900 on bars and a 9.875, new career high on vault.

Gopher Tidbits
The Gophers have a 195.620 RQS average with a season high of 196.375. They are in the top-25 on both beam (48.960) and bars (48.960) and are No. 29 on vault (48.905). Their top score of the year came on floor when they scored a 49.550, second highest in school history, at Ohio State.

Freshman Lexy Ramler ripped off five straight all-around titles to start the season and had finished second the past two weeks. She has won four Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors and three B1G Gymnast of the Week plaudits. She is No. 1 in the NCAA in all-around with a 39.360 RQS average.

Ramler is No. 5 in the entire country on beam with a 9.915 RQS average. Ivy Lu is No. 5 on bars with a 9.930 RQS average. She also made a splash across the NCAA on beam two weeks ago when she notched a perfect 10.000 on beam. Ona Loper leads the Gophers on both vault and floor.

Don't Make Us Cry 
Seniors Abby DeMuse, Ciara Gardner, Hannah Hitchcock and Rachel Rowland will all be honored at Saturday’s meet. The four have been part of some memorable moments including a Big Ten Championship and a trip to the NCAA Championships.

DeMuse competed on all four events for the Gophers in her career but has been plagued by injuries the past few years. She has hit 9.875 on vault, bars and floor in her career and has a career high 39.250 all-around score. She has won one event title and has been an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

After graduation DeMuse will be immediately occupied with planning a wedding. She then is going to look at getting into coaching and will work at retail in Minnesota.

Hitchcock and Rowland are known by teammates as the pals after becoming best friends on a recruiting visit. Hitchcock has career highs of 9.850 on vault and 9.875 on uneven bars. Rowland has been a mainstay in the Gophers bars lineup and has a career high of 9.825. She is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree and a three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American.

Rowland is going to take two and a half months to travel Europe after graduation. She will also be applying for physician’s assistant school.

Hitchcock plans to be a graduate assistant coach at Minnesota while pursuing her master’s degree. And yes, the pals plan to be living in the same area down the road.

Gardner has had a decorated collegiate career. She was a 2016 and 2017 All-Big Ten Second Team honoree and was named the 2017 Minnesota Most Valuable Performer. She has won four event titles in her career with career highs of 9.925 on floor and 9.9000 on beam. She also has a career high 39.400 on all-around.

Gardner is planning to move back to Texas to coach while pursuing a career in social media.

#LoveTheBattle
This season's theme is love the battle. The Gophers want fans to see the year-round work that goes into gymnastics. We have shared and will continue to look at those stories throughout the season.

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