Gophers Invade TWU for Quad-Meet

March 8, 2014

Logo   No. 12 Minnesota at Texas Woman's (with Oklahoma and Michigan State)
Date Sunday, March 1, 2014
Times 2:00 p.m. CT
Locations Kitty Magee Arena (1,800)
Notes/Previews Minnesota | Texas Woman's | Oklahoma | Michigan State
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The No. 12 Minnesota women’s gymnastics team will compete in its second-to-last regular season meet Sunday when it heads to Denton, Texas to compete against Texas Woman’s, Oklahoma, and fellow Big Ten school Michigan State. The meet begins at 2 p.m.

About the Gophers
After it’s best outing of the season this season, 12th-ranked Minnesota is has an average score of 196.010 on the year.

The Gophers are ranked fifth on the floor with a Regional Qualifying Score of 49.350 and are ninth in both vault (49.255) and balance beam (49.070). Minnesota is also a top-25 team on the bars at No. 24 (49.070).

Lindsay Mable leads the team with an all-around RQS of 39.450, which ranks her seventh.

About the Pioneers
Host team Texas Woman’s checks in to the meet at No. 46 after a season-best 194.250 score lifted the Pioneers to a victory against Bowling Green.

TWU averages a 193.139 score and the Pioneers’ Brittainy Johnson is 96th in the nation on bars with a 9.672 average score.

About the Sooners
No. 3 Oklahoma comes into this weekend’s meet with a top-five ranking on all four events. The Sooners are have the top-ranked balance  beam unit with a 49.355 RQS and are No. 3 in vault (49.445), No. 4 on the floor (49.405), and are fifth in bars (49.340).

Haley Scaman leads the team with 9.919 averages in vault and floor exercise. She ranks seventh and third in the nation in those events, respectively.

OU’s 198.175 score in a Feb. 15 quad meet was the highest score by any team in the country this season.

About the Spartans
Michigan State is currently ranked 40th in the GymInfo national rankings with an RQS of 194.135. MSU is No. 26 with a RQS on the balance beam of 48.785, while the team’s uneven bars RQS of 48.475 is tied for 40th.

Alina Cartwright is slotted at 10th in the region with her all-around RQS of 38.985 and her average score of 9.885 on the vault is tied for 27th in the nation.

Last Meet Recap: Iowa State

The No. 12 University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team scored a season-high and recorded the second-highest score in school history to cap off its regular home meet schedule with a 197.250-193.725 victory over Iowa State. The Gophers won all four events in order to improve their record to 14-1 on the season.

Sophomore Lindsay Mable was able to put together a 39.625 all-around score to break the school record and lead the Gophers to victory. Junior Cierra Tomson had an all-around score of 39.375, her best of the season, to help push the Gophers to their season-best score.

The Gophers started the meet with a 49.375 lead over Iowa State on vault as senior Kayla Slechta led the way with a 9.950, with Mable (9.900) and junior Kylie Chermann (9.875) following close behind in the first rotation.

Minnesota would go on to stretch its lead after the second rotation on bars as Madie Hanley and Cierra Tomson scored a 9.925 to lead the Golden Gophers. Bailie Holst and Lindsay Mable also posted notable scores for the Gophers as they rounded out the top three in that event.

The third rotation brought Minnesota to the balance beam where the team entered a 49.075 event score led by Mable with a 9.925 followed by Michelle Shealy of Iowa State and Minnesota senior Dusti Russell.

The final rotation, Minnesota’s strongest, would seal the deal as the Gophers would enter a 49.425 overall event score with strong performances by Mable, Schermann and Russell on floor exercise. Mable would post a 9.950 to add to her record breaking all-around score.

The Gophers would finish the meet with a season-best 197.250. 

After the meet concluded the Gophers honored seniors Russell, Slechta, and Justine Cherwink who had just completed their final regular season meet at the Sports Pavilion.

On the Docket
The Gophers will wrap up their regular season next week with a meet at Big Ten foe Michigan that also includes Penn State and Iowa.