March 18, 2014
Big Ten Release
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Five members of the Minnesota women’s gymnastics team were named to All-Big teams Tuesday afternoon, the conference office announced. Lindsay Mable received the team’s lone first-team all-conference honor, while Madie Hanley, Hanna Nordquist, Kylie Schermann, and Cierra Tomson were all named to the second team.
Mable’s First-Team All-Big Ten honor is the second of her career after she had a breakout freshman campaign in 2013 that also included All-American accolades. Mable, who has the second-best all-around Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) in the conference, has 22 event wins on the year and has won all-around titles in eight of the team’s 12 meets.
The Aurora, Colo. native is ranked first in the Big Ten on the floor exercise and is third on the vault, sixth on the beam, and tied for 16th on the uneven bars. Mable was a two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and set had the school’s best-ever all-around score with a 39.625 March 1 against Iowa State.
Second-year college gymnast Hanley has competed exclusively on the uneven bars this season and is tied for ninth in the conference with a 9.855 RQS on the event, having won two titles. The all-conference selection was the first for the native of Danielsville, Pa.
Nordquist, a sophomore, was not an All-Big Ten selection last season, but was a First-Team All-American on the balance beam and has specialized on the event in her second season. The Otsego, Minn. native is tied with Mable for sixth on the beam with a 9.865 RQS and has won the event five times. She has averaged a 9.625 in four appearances on the floor exercise in 2014.
Schermann was a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree as a sophomore last season and won the league’s Event Specialist of the Week Award Feb. 17. The junior has won four events on the season and ranks eight in the conference in vault, ninth on the balance beam, and tied for 10th on the floor.
Tomson, who earned the first all-league award of her career, has competed in all four events in all but one meet for the Gophers this season. The junior from Jacksonville, Fla. is ranked 33rd or higher within the conference in all four events, including a 9.875 RQS on the floor exercise, which ties her for eighth. She has won four titles on the uneven bars, one on the floor, and is ranked 10th in the conference in the all around. She won the all-around title Jan. 13 at Washington.
The Gophers will enter this weekend’s Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships at Penn State fresh off clinching a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. A quad-meet win at Michigan over the Wolverines, Penn State, and Iowa gave Minnesota a share of its second-straight league championship with a 6-1 conference ledger and a 19-2 mark overall.
Minnesota will compete in the second session at 4 p.m. CT with Nebraska, Penn State, and Illinois in the conference championships at University Park Pa. Saturday.
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