April 4, 2014
|| Minnesota at NCAA Regional (Minneapolis)
The Minnesota women’s gymnastics team will host its first NCAA Regional Competition since 2008 at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers will compete against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 11 Illinois, California, Southern Utah, and San Jose State. The top two teams will move on to nationals in Birmingham, Ala. April 18-20.
Last Year’s NCAA Regional
In 2013 at the Gainesville, Fla. regional, the Gophers finished second with a score of 197.100 to qualify as a team for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2002.
Gophers’ Rotations at the 2014 Regional
Rotation 1: Vault
Rotation 2: Bye
Rotation 3: Uneven Parallel Bars
Rotation 4: Balance Beam
Rotation 5: Bye
Rotation 6: Floor Exercise
Last Meet: Big Ten Championships
Gopher sophomore Lindsay Mable broke her own school record with a 39.650 all-around score to win the conference title as the Gophers finished the Big Ten Championships with a 196.675 score, placing third for the second-straight year at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.
Freshman Bailie Holst joined Mable on the All-Championship team, while head coach Meg Stephenson was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. Dusti Russell was a Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Mable also posted a perfect 10 score in the vault, becoming the third Minnesota gymnast to ever register a perfect score in any event. Carolyn Yernberg and Courtney Norman were the only other student-athletes in program history to do it when they both accomplished the feat on vault in 2002.
The Gophers finished behind champion Michigan and Nebraska and ahead of Illinois, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, and Michigan State.
Fresh off its second Big Ten regular-season title in as many years, the Gophers put up a 48.975 on the balance beam, led by a Mable 9.900 that tied for second on the day. Dusti Russell tied for seventh with a 9.850.
All six Minnesota gymnasts competing on the floor exercise in the team’s second rotation notched scores of 9.825 or higher en route to a 49.350 score. Kayla Slechta paced the team with a solid 9.900 score.
The meet continued on vault for the Gophers, who tied the sixth-best score in school history with a 49.375. Mable won the event with a 10 and was followed by solid contributions by Jenny Covers, who had a 9.900, and freshmen Holst and Rachel Haines, who each received a 9.850 to tie for 12th.
The final rotation saw the Gophers score a 48.975. Mable and Holst each scored 9.900 to tie for second on the day.
Oklahoma is the highest-seeded team at the Minneapolis Regional at No. 2. The Sooners are ranked third or higher on all four events and average a 197.513 team score.
The second-seeded team in the regional, Illinois’ highest-ranked event is the beam, where it averages a 49.025 and ranks ninth. The team’s average is 196.204.
The Golden Bears are ranked 19th in the nation with an average score of 195.684. The team’s strongest event is the vault. Cal ranks 17th with a 49.160 average.
About Southern Utah
Making its sixth NCAA Regional appearance in seven years, the SUU enter the Saturday as the nation’s 26th ranked team, averaging a 195.132, including a 48.873 on vault.
About San Jose State
San Jose State ranks 31st nationally and averages a 195.000 score coming into Saturday. The Spartans’ highest-scoring event is the floor, where they average a 48.914.
Against the Field
Minnesota enters the competition with a 2-1 mark against teams that will be competing at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers downed Illinois in its first conference meet of the season at home, 196.225-195.350, Jan. 25 and narrowly edged the Fighting Illini for third place a the Big Ten Championships, 196.675-196.625. Oklahoma handed Minnesota its lone non-conference loss of the season to this point, scoring a 198.150 to win a quad meet at Texas Woman’s. The Maroon and Gold placed second with a 196.275.
Minnesota’s Lindsay Mable was named an NACGC/W First Team Regular-Season All-American in the all around and floor and was a second team honoree on vault. She was also named First Team All-Big as well as Academic All-Big Ten. Madie Hanley, Hanna Nordquist, Kylie Schermann, and Cierra Tomson were all named to the all-conference second team, while Schermann, Tomson, Hanley, Justine Cherwink and Kayla Slechta joined Mable on the Academic all-league roster.