March 18, 2013
PARK RIDGE, ILL. – Co-Big Ten champion Minnesota has placed three gymnasts on the All-Big Ten First Team, as announced by the conference office late Monday afternoon.
Senior Shannon Golich, sophomore Kylie Schermann and freshman Lindsay Mable have all been named First Team All-Big Ten, marking the most Minnesota gymnasts on the conference’s first team since also having three during 2004. Junior Kayla Slechta was also honored by the conference, earning a spot on the Second Team.
Minnesota (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten) just capped one of its finest regular seasons in the program’s history, as it defeated No. 20 Ohio State on Saturday to clinch a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular season title.
Golich competed in all 11 meets for the Gophers, and she is tied for fifth in the Big Ten on balance beam with an RQS of 9.870. She scored a career-high of 9.925 on beam at No. 2 Florida on March 1, while also recording a career-high of 9.900 on floor at that meet.
Schermann has also been a regular in all 11 meets, and she is ranked fifth in the Big Ten on floor with an RQS of 9.895. She has twice scored a career-best of 9.925 on floor this season, most recently in the meet at Florida. Schermann ranks 15th in the Big Ten on balance beam (9.825), and is ranked 18th on vault (9.855), having scored career-highs of 9.900 on each of those events this season.
Mable is the favorite to earn the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year award later this week, as she earned the honor for the sixth time earlier this afternoon. She is ranked fourth in the Big Ten on floor (9.910 RQS), sixth in the all-around (39.410), seventh on beam (9.855), tied for eighth on vault (9.890) and is 19th on bars (9.815). Mable tied Minnesota's school record on floor with a 9.975 on March 9, and she had a personal-best 9.950 on vault during Saturday's win against Ohio State. Mable has also recorded a season-high score of 39.525 in the all-around two times this season, which is tied for the fourth-best AA score in the program's history.
Slechta is ranked sixth in the Big Ten on vault with an RQS of 9.895, while tying for 27th in the conference on uneven bars with an RQS of 9.785. She opened the season by just missing a perfect 10.0 on vault against Washington, settling for a 9.950, which ties Mable for the best score this season, and she was ranked first nationally on vault earlier this season.
It’s the first time the Gophers have had a gymnast on the All-Big Ten First Team since Alexis Russell earned the distinction during 2010.
The Golden Gophers will compete at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday at Michigan State’s Jenison Field House. Minnesota will be one of four teams taking part in the Evening Session, which will begin at 5:00 p.m. CT and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
Alina Weinstein, ILL
Brittnee Martinez, MICH
Joanna Sampson, MICH
Sachi Sugiyama, MICH
Katie Zurales, MICH
Shannon Golich, MINN
Lindsay Mable, MINN
Kylie Schermann, MINN
Jessie DeZiel, NEB
Janelle Giblin, NEB
Jennifer Lauer, NEB
Emily Wong, NEB
Sarah Miller, OSU
Madison Merriam, PSU
Sharaya Musser, PSU
SECOND-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
Sunny Kato, ILL
Gianna O’Connor, ILL
Amber See, ILL
Natalie Beilstein, MICH
Shelby Gies, MICH
Taira Neal, MSU
Kayla Slechta, MINN
Brittany Skinner, NEB
Alyssa Marohn, OSU
Melanie Shaffer, OSU
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