The Golden Gophers finished the 2007 season with a score of 192.900 to finish fifth at the NCAA North Central Region Championships, hosted by the University of Denver. Angela Walker was Minnesota’s top scorer in all three events in which she competed, earning marks of 9.8 on bars and beam, and scoring a 9.725 on floor. Walker placed in the top 10 on both bars and beam.
Georgia, the defending national champion, ran away with the meet, finishing in the top spot with a mark of 197.275. Host Denver finished in second place with a mark of 195.825. Both Georgia and Denver earned trips to the NCAA Championships. Penn State finished in third with a score of 195.775, and BYU was fourth with a 193.300. Minnesota came in fifth with a 192.900, and Utah State finished sixth with a 192.525.
Minnesota’s first event of the evening was the floor exercise, where the Gophers tallied a 48.5. Juniors Ashley Stanton and Angela Walker were the highest scorers for the team, each earning a 9.725 to tie for 17th place. Freshman Alexis Russell earned a mark of 9.7. Junior Andy Cornelius and sophomore Carmelina Carabajal each scored a 9.675. Junior Amanda Miles earned a 9.175. Minnesota’s floor score was the lowest at an away meet this season.
The Gophers moved to vault in the second rotation, and were led by freshman Alexis Russell. Russell earned a 9.825 to lead Minnesota to a team score of 48.675, the Gophers’ highest event score of the competition. Russell’s score was good enough to tie for eighth place on vault. Senior Kelly Ganchan earned the team’s second-highest score with a 9.75. Sophomore Jade Beattie tallied a 9.725, while Ashley Stanton scored a 9.7. Junior Ashley Mutchler earned a mark of 9.675, and Carmelina Carabajal scored a 9.65. Minnesota’s vault score was its second-best of the season at an away competition.
The Gophers tallied a 47.85 on bars, led by Angela Walker, who earned a 9.8 to tie for ninth place. Walker has led the Gophers on bars at six meets this season. Alexis Russell was the team’s second-highest scorer with a 9.75. Andy Cornelius tallied a 9.7, while junior Rehana Russell scored 9.575. Carmelina Carabajal had a mark of 9.025, while Jade Beattie scored 8.8.
Minnesota finished the meet on beam, where the Gophers earned a 47.875. In similar fashion to the Big Ten Championship, the Gophers recorded three falls on beam. Minnesota’s top performer was Angela Walker, who earned a 9.8 to tie for 10th place. Ashley Stanton earned a 9.75, and was followed in scoring by Amanda Miles with a 9.725. Carmelina Carabajal earned a 9.325, Ashley Mutchler had a mark of 9.250, while Alexis Russell had a 8.825.
Minnesota had two all around competitors, Alexis Russell and Carmelina Carabajal. Russell earned a total score of 38.1, while Carabajal scored a 37.675 in the all around.