March 23, 2013
EAST LANSING, MICH. – Minnesota freshman Lindsay Mable was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and head coach Meg Stephenson was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year at the awards ceremony following tonight’s Big Ten Championships.
Mable, who was named First-Team All-Big Ten earlier this week, was the favorite to win the award after earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week six times this season. She becomes the first Minnesota gymnast to earn the award since Gena Palm was Big Ten Freshman of the Year during 1989.
Mable 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).
A graduate of Eaglecreast High School in Aurora, Colo., who trained at Colorado Gymnastics Institute, 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.
It’s the third time Meg Stephenson has received Coach of the Year accolades, but the first time since 2002. Minnesota (21-5) capped one of its finest regular seasons in the program’s history last weekend, as it defeated No. 20 Ohio State to clinch a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular season title. The Gophers captured third place at the Big Ten Championships for the second year in a row.
The Golden Gophers will now wait to see where they’ll be sent for an NCAA Regional. Those assignments will be announced on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. CT on NCAA.com.
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