March 18, 2013
PARK RIDGE, ILL. – Lindsay Mable has been named this week’s Big Ten Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Mable recorded personal-bests on vault and all-around, as she helped lead Minnesota to a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular season title. Mable opened the meet with a winning score of 9.950 on vault, which is tied for the third-best score in the program’s history. She also scored a 9.950 to win floor exercise, just one week after tying the school record with a 9.975. Her winning all-around total of 39.525 ties her season-best, and ties for the fourth-best score in program history. She added scores of 9.825 on bars and 9.800 on beam.
It is the sixth time this season that Mable has been recognized by the Big Ten as its top freshman, and she joins a select group of gymnasts to have earned Freshman of the Week six times or more. Only Nebraska’s Jessie DeZiel (9 times during 2012), Ohio State’s Sarah Miller (6 during 2011), Michigan’s Natalie Bellstein (6 during 2010) and Mable have earned the award more than five times.
Mable’s total is three more than the combined number of Freshman of the Week awards Minnesota gymnasts had received since the conference began recognizing a freshman gymnast in 2010. Juniors Kayla Slechta (2) and Dusti Russell (1), who each earned awards during 2011, are the only other Minnesota gymnasts to have been recognized.
Among Big Ten gymnasts this season, Mable ranks fourth on floor exercise (9.910 RQS), sixth in the all-around (39.410), seventh on balance beam (9.855), tied for eighth on vault (9.890), and 19th on uneven bars (9.815).
Minnesota (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten) will spend this week preparing for the 2013 Big Ten Championships, which will take place on Saturday at Michigan State University’s Jenison Field House.