Minnesota Heads to Denver for Final Regular Season Meet

Go Gophers! Dusti Russell is ranked No. 28 in the all around.
Go Gophers!
Dusti Russell is ranked No. 28 in the all around.
Go Gophers!

March 15, 2012

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The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team heads to Denver, Colo. for a quadrangular meet, which will be hosted by Denver. It will be the Gophers' final meet before postseason begins, and it may be the team's most competitive meet yet with Iowa and No. 25 Arizona State joining in on the contest.

The meet begins at 7 p.m. in Hamilton Gymnasium.

Last Weekend: Iowa State
On Senior Night, the Gophers put together one of its best performances of the season by scoring a 196.125 in front of a crowd of 1,417. The high scores was good enough for the Gophers to defeat Iowa State, who tallied a 195.375, in their final home contest of the 2012 season.

Minnesota began the night with a bang as they scored a 49.025 on vault and posted the top four scores on the event. Junior Shannon Golich and freshman Jenny Covers headed the charge as they each tallied a 9.850 to share first place. Sophomore Kayla Slechta came in third, respectively, with a 9.825 while sophomore Dusti Russell rounded out the top four scores on the apparatus with a 9.775.

The Gophers carried their momentum over to bars as they tallied four scores of 9.800 or better. Freshman Cierra Tomson came in second with a score of 9.825 while Russell, Slechta and junior Janell Campbell each tied for third with a 9.800.

Sophomore Justine Cherwink checked into the lineup for the first time this season after being sidelined due to an Achilles injury she suffered back in October. Cherwink posted a 9.700 for her first routine of the season.

In the third rotation, Golich claimed a share of her second crown of the night with scoring a 9.825 on beam and guiding Minnesota to a 48.850. Senior Amber Hammerschmidt was the highest scoring Gopher with a 9.775, which garnered a tie for fourth, respectively.

Minnesota capped off the night with a season-best score on floor of 49.325. Campbell stole the show as she capped off the event with a 9.900, which tied for first with Celine Paulus from ISU. Golich and Russell shared third place with a score of 9.875. The Gophers had five gymnasts score a 9.800 or better in the final rotation.

Russell snagged a share of the all around crown with Browning as they both tallied a 39.225. Tomson also competed in the all around and scored a 39.000.

Gophers in the Rankings
Despite recording one of their top scores of the 2012 season, the Gophers dropped one spot in the rankings to No. 19 with an RQS of 195.665. As a team, Minnesota is ranked in to Top 20 in three events: vault (18th), beam (17th) and floor (14th).

For individuals, Shannon Golich sits tied for 32nd in the nation on the beam while Dusti Russell is tied for 33rd on floor. Russell is also ranked 28th in the all around with an RQS of 39.160.

Going Against the Best
The Gophers have faced eight ranked opponents heading into this weekend. With No. 17 Denver and No. 25 Arizona State competing this weekend, Minnesota will now have face 10 nationally ranked teams.

Flooring It
Minnesota tallied a season-high score on floor exercise last weekend on Senior Night as they scored a 49.325. Five Gophers scored over a 9.800 while junior Janell Campbell led the way with a 9.900.

The Return of Cherwink: Part II
After suffering a torn Achilles in October, sophomore Justine Cherwink made her return to the Gopher lineup for the first time last weekend in the bars rotation. Cherwink scored a 9.700 on the routine with her score counting in the Gophers’ score.

Cherwink suffered the same injury before the 2011 season as well but on the opposite leg. She also made a return last spring after rehabbing.

Next Week: Big Ten Championships
The Gophers postseason run begins next week as they to the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. Minnesota currently has the fourth best RQS in the conference.

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All home meets except the Nebraska meet can be watched live by signing up for Gopher All-Access. Each web stream will be accompanied with live commentary from former gymnasts Jamie Bullock and Jade Beattie DeSmidt. Live scoring updates can also be found on the schedule page at GopherSports.com.

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