The Golden Gophers earned their best score of the 2007 season with a 195.350 to take first place in a tri-meet against Iowa and Iowa State. No. 10 Iowa State finished second with a mark of 195.325, while host Iowa, ranked No. 24, was third with a 194.275.
Minnesota competed on the beam in the first rotation and earned a 48.725. Minnesota’s top finisher was junior Angela Walker, who earned a 9.800 to tie for third place. Ashley Mutchler earned her best beam score of the season with a 9.775 to tie for fifth place. The Gophers were in first place after the opening event.
Minnesota tallied its second-best floor score this year with a 49.050. Sophomore Carmelina Carabajal was the top scorer for the Gophers with a 9.875 to place third. Freshman Alexis Russell matched her personal best floor score with a 9.825 to place fourth. Angela Walker tied her season-best score with a 9.800 to tie for fifth place. The team’s running score after two rotations was 97.775, and kept the Gophers in first place.
Minnesota moved to the vault in the third rotation, where the Gophers earned their best vault score of the season, a 48.900. Alexis Russell earned the team’s best vault score of the year with a 9.875 to tie for second place. Carmelina Carabajal earned a 9.850, her best vault score in 2007, and placed sixth. Ashley Mutchler earned her best vault score of the season with a 9.750. The Gophers tallied a running score of 146.675, and stayed in first place.
In the final event, Minnesota tallied a 48.675 on the bars, led by Angela Walker, who earned a 9.825 to place second. Alexis Russell earned a mark of 9.775 to tie her best score of the season and tie for sixth place. Rehana Russell scored a 9.675, her best bars score this season, while Carmelina Carabajal tied her personal best with a 9.625.
Carmelina Carabajal was Minnesota’s lone all around competitor, and earned a personal-best 39.075 to tie for third place.
Minnesota returns home to host Washington on March 10. The competition will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.