March 14, 2014
|| No. 13 Minnesota at No. 8 Michigan (with No. 15 Penn State and Iowa)
||Saturday, March 15
||12:30 p.m. CT
||Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
||Minnesota | Michigan | Iowa | Penn State
||Big Ten Network (Live)
Lisa Byington (play-by-play)/Shawn Johnson (analyst)
The No. 13 Minnesota women’s gymnastics team will complete its regular-season schedule Saturday when it heads to Ann Arbor, Mich. to compete in a Big Ten quad meet against Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa.
About the Gophers
The Gophers are chasing their second Big Ten regular-season title in as many seasons this week. After going 6-1 last season to share the championship with Michigan, the Gophers enter the weekend at 3-1 in the conference and 6-2 overall. The Maroon and Gold is tied for second with Nebraska and Penn State and is behind 4-0 Michigan.
The No. 13 Gophers enter the weekend with a 16-2 record and a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 196.305. Minnesota ranks No. 6 on the floor with a 49.390 RQS and is No. 9 on the vault with a 49.315 and No. 12 on the balance beam with a 49.070.
Individually, Lindsay Mable leads the Gophers and is ninth in the nation with a 39.470all-around RQS. She is No. 13 in vault 9.915 and No. 6 on the floor at 9.945.
About the Wolverines
Michigan enters Saturday’s meet as the only unbeaten team in Big Ten competition and as the eighth-ranked team in the nation and the only team unbeaten in Big Ten action.
The Wolverines average a 196.792 and are ranked No. 6 on the vault with a 49.350 RQS, are ninth on the bars at 49.265, and are No. 5 on the floor with a 49.415.
Joanna Sampson leads the team and the Big Ten with a 39.469 all-around average.
About the Nittany Lions
PSU has a conference-best 18 wins on the season and is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation (196.280 RQS). The Nittany Lions are coming off their third-highest score in program history, a 197.200 last Saturday in a quad meet win at New Hampshire.
Penn State is led by all-arounders Sidney Sanabria-Robles, Kassidy Stauder, Krystal Welsh, and Randi Lau.
About the Hawkeyes
Iowa is 1-9 on the year and is seeking its first Big Ten win on the season. The Hawkeyes are currently last in the Big Ten in scoring average with a 193.558. This Saturday’s meet will be the third road meet for Iowa and first this season with multiple teams. The Hawkeyes scored 192.775 n a loss to Iowa State last Friday.
Last Meet Recap: at Texas Woman’s
The No. 12 University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team scored a 196.275 to place second of four teams in a quad meet at Kitty Magee Arena in Denton, Texas Sunday afternoon. The Gophers fell to third-ranked Oklahoma, which scored a 198.150, and defeated meet host Texas Woman’s (194.775) and fellow Big Ten School Michigan State (194.350).
OU’s score was the second-highest on the season by any team in the nation in 2014. The Sooners posted a 198.175 Feb. 15. The finish for Minnesota left the Maroon and Gold with a 16-2 record on the season.
The meet started on the balance beam for Minnesota. The Gophers put up a 48.850 to tie the Pioneers for second in the meet. Oklahoma had the top four finishers in the event, but Rachel Haines and Dusti Russell both scored 9.825 to tie OU’s Rebecca Clark for fifth.
Minnesota picked up with the floor exercise where it tied the fifth-best team score in program history with a 49.450. The Sooners, as they did on every event, picked up the win. Lindsay Mable and Kayla Slechta tied for third on the floor individually, registering 9.925 scores. Cierra Tomson tied for sixth with a 9.900.
The third rotation put Minnesota on the vault. The Gophers placed second again, but finished tying the third-best score in school history with a 49,450. Mable tied for the event win and tied the second-best mark the team has ever seen with a 9.950.
The Gophers struggled on the uneven bars, finishing third with a 48.525. Madie Hanley placed the highest on the team at seventh with a 9.825.
Tomson’s 39.200 all-around score was the highest on Minnesota and placed her second in the meet. Jenny Covers finished with a 39.075 and Mable completed the day with a 38.900.
On the Docket
This weekend’s meet at Michigan will be the last for the Gophers of the regular season. The Big Ten championships, hosted by Penn State will take place next Saturday.