The Golden Gophers earned a season-high team score, winning against the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road by a score of 195.975-193.075. Minnesota outscored Iowa on all four events in the win. Senior Laura Johnson won all four individual events, plus the all around to lead Minnesota to the victory.
The Golden Gophers started the meet on the uneven bars, and had three gymnasts place in the top three spots. Johnson won the bars title with a 9.875. Junior Stephanie Funk earned a season-best mark of 9.850 to finish second. Sophomore Ashley Mutchler tied for third place with a personal-best score of 9.775. Also earning a personal-best score on the event was frosh Jade Beattie, who tied for sixth place with a 9.750. Minnesota's team score on the vault was a 49.000.
In the second rotation, Minnesota competed on the vault, where four of six Gopher competitors earned career-best scores. Johnson won the event with a season-best 9.900. Freshman Carmelina Carabajal tied for second place with a career-best 9.850. Junior Kim Womack and senior Maria Opsahl each earned a 9.775 to set new personal-best scores and tie for fifth place in the event. Beattie also earned a career-best mark on the vault with a 9.725 to tie for eighth place. Minnesota's team score on the vault was a 49.025, the best vault score for the team in the 2006 season.
In the floor exercise, the Golden Gophers earned their best team score of the meet with a 49.125, the best floor score for Minnesota this year. Johnson was the event champion, taking first on the floor with a 9.875. Sophomore Ashley Stanton was second with a 9.850, which ties her personal-best floor score. Carabajal and Opsahl tied for third place with scores of 9.825. Carabajal's score tied her career-best mark. Sophomore Amanda Miles also earned a personal-best score on the floor with a 9.750 to tie for sixth place.
In the final rotation, Minnesota competed on the balance beam. Johnson won the event title with a 9.825 to tie her best beam score of the season. Carabajal and Stanton tied for second place with scores of 9.775. Carabajal's score set a new personal-best mark.
Laura Johnson won the all around title with a season-best score of 39.475, her best all around mark since her freshman campaign.
Minnesota returns home to host Ohio State on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m.