Gophers Head to PSU for B1G Championships

March 21, 2014

Logo   Minnesota at the Big Ten Championships
Date Saturday, March 22
Time 4 p.m. CT (Session II)
Location Rec Hall (University Park, Pa.)
Previews/Notes Big Ten Release
Session I: Michigan | Iowa | Michigan State | Ohio State
Session II: Minnesota | NebraskaPenn State | Illinois
Live Stats Tournament Central
TV Big Ten Network (Live)

The Minnesota women’s gymnastics, fresh off its second-straight Big Ten regular-season title, will look for its sixth Big Ten Championships win and first since 2006 Saturday at Rec Hall on the Penn State campus in University Park, Pa. The eight conference teams will compete in one of two sessions, and the team with the highest score, regardless of the session, will win the Big Ten Championship. Both sessions will be broadcast live on BTN.

The Gophers will compete in the second session starting at 4 p.m. CT along with co-conference champion Nebraska, host Penn State, and Illinois. Minnesota will begin on the balance beam and will follow that with the floor exercise, vault, and uneven bars, in that order.

Last Meet: Big Ten Quad
The No. 13th-ranked Minnesota women’s gymnastics team claimed a share of its second Big Ten regular-season title Saturday by posting a 196.700 score to place first at its quad meet against No. 8 Michigan, No. 15 Penn State, and Iowa in Ann Arbor Michigan. The Gophers capped their regular season with a 19-2 record that included a 6-1 mark in league action, tying Nebraska for the league’s top mark.

The 6-1 ledger equaled last year’s mark that tied Minnesota for the conference’s inaugural regular-season title with the Wolverines.

Lindsay Mable tied for the best score in the all-around on the day by posting a 39.600, tying the second-best score in school history. It the third 39.600 of Mable’s career and second of the season. Michigan’s Joanna Sampson finished with the same tally.

Minnesota got off to a strong start on the day with a 49.075 on the uneven bars, cracking the 49-point threshold for the fourth time in 2014 with a 49.075. The Gophers finished third on the event and were lead by Mable’s 9.875, a score that tied her for fifth.

The second rotation gave Minnesota a chance to separate itself from the host Wolverines, who went on to 48.075. The Maroon and Gold tied PSU for the win a 49.225, led by a meet-best 9.925 by Mable. Freshman Rachel Haines tied for second with a 9.900.

The Gophers continued the day on its best event, the floor exercise, on which they placed second behind Michigan with a 49.200. Mable again led the team by tying for second with a 9.900, while Kayla Slechta and Cierra Tomson both tied for sixth with 9.850 scores.

On the cusp of victory with a lead after three rotations, the Gophers won the vault outright with a 49.200 to polish off the team win. The Wolverines’ Austin Sheppard won the event individually with a 9.950, but Minnesota had the next three highest finishers as Mable registered a 9.900 and juniors Jenny Covers and Kylie Schermann shared third place with a pair of 9.850 scores.

The 196.700 score was the team’s second best of the season.

Five Gophers Named All-Big Ten
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.

Looking for Six
Minnesota leads the Big Ten with two regular-season titles after winning the inaugural championship last season along with Michigan and repeating this season by sharing the trophy with Nebraska. The Gophers have won five Big Ten Championships, tied with Ohio State for the second-most. Michigan has the most with 19 and Nebraska has won the last two in its only two seasons since joining the league.

In addition to five league titles, the Gophers have had 33 individual champions, 27 individual event champions, and six all-around championship

On the Docket
Minnesota will host a six-team NCAA Regional competition at the Sports Pavilion April 5 at 6 p.m. CT.