Mable, Nordquist Set for NCAA Nationals

April 17, 2014

Logo   Minnesota at NCAA Nationals
Dates/Times NCAA Semifinals
Friday, April 18, 2014 • 1 p.m. CT (Session I)
NCAA Individual Finals
Sunday, April 20, 2014 • 2 p.m. CT
Location Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (Birmingham, Ala.)
Notes Minnesota's Full Notes
Friday Rotation Schedule
Live Stream Friday: NCAA.com
Sunday: ESPN3.com

Minnesota women's gymnasts Lindsay Mable (all around) and Hanna Nordquist (balance beam) will compete as individuals at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Ala. The duo will join Illinois in Friday's first semifinal session at 1 p.m. CT.

The top four individuals on each event from both semifinal sessions, including ties, will advance to the individual event finals at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Last year, both Gophers reached the NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals. Nordquist tied for second place on balance beam and Mable placed fourth on the floor exercise and tied for fifth on vault at to earn First Team All-America honors.

Joining the Illini, the Gophers will begin with a bye before Mable starts on the uneven bars. 

Last Team Meet: NCAA Regional
The No. 14  Minnesota finished third in its six-team NCAA Regional competition at the Sports Pavilion April 5, scoring a 196.350. Lindsay Mable won the all-around competition with a 39.400 score and she and Hanna Nordquist tied for first on the balance beam with 9.900 tallies. Both gymnasts qualified for the NCAA Individual Event Finals. 

The Gophers finished behind NCAA Championship qualifiers Oklahoma and Illinois, the top two seeds entering the competition, and topped California, Southern Utah, and San Jose State. Their final record on the season was 27-6.

Minnesota began the evening on the vault, scoring a 49.225, the second-best mark at the meet. Senior Kayla Slechta led the way for the Maroon and Gold in her final meet, posting a 9.900 that tied her for fifth place.

Following a bye on the second rotation, the Gophers got back to work on the uneven bars, putting up a 48.700 score that would eventually hold up as the fourth-best at the meet. Cierra Tomson was the team's best performer in the event. She tied for fourth with a 9.875.

The balance beam was Minnesota's third event. Mable and Nordquist tied for the event win with the Sooners' Chayse Capps and Illinois' Sarah Fiedler, who also posted 9.900 scores. The Gophers' team score of 49.125 placed them third behind OU and the Fighting Illini's 49.150.

In the team's final event of the night, Minnesota tried to rally on the floor exercise. The Gophers finished with a 49.300 to place second, but they fell 0.25 points shy of Illinois' final team score. Mable won the event, registering a 9.950.

Mable, who now has 25 event wins and 10 all-around titles on the season in 14 meets, was named the NACGC/W North Central Region Gymnast of the Year following the meet. She will compete individually in the all around at the NCAA Championships at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. April 20. She will be joined by fellow sophomore Nordquist, who qualified on the beam.

Gophers Honored
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 and the North Central Region Gymnast of the Year Award. 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. 

More on Mable in 2014
• NACGC/W North Central Region Gymnast of the Year
• Big Ten All-Around champion with a school-record 39.650 score; Minnesota's first all-around champion since 2009
• First Team All-American all-around and on floor exercise and second team on vault
• Big Ten vault champion with a perfect 10 score, the third 10 in school history and first since 2002
• First Team All-Big Ten for the second time in as many seasons
• First in the region and tied for fifth in the nation with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 39.565.
• Tied for third in the region and 11th in the nation with a 9.925 vault RQS
• First in the region and tied for 18th in the country on the balance beam with a 9.885 RQS
• Second in the region and tied for fifth in the country on the floor with a 9.94 RQS
• Two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week winner, Minnesota's first winner since 2009
• Tied or broke Minnesota's all-time all-around record of 39.600 four times this season
• Has 25 events wins and 10 all-around titles in 14 meets this season entering the weekend
• Academic All-Big Ten

More on Nordquist in 2014
• Tied for 32nd in the nation and sixth in the Big Ten with a Regional Qualifying Score of 9.865
• Second Team All-Big Ten
• Competed in nine meets and won the beam competition five times
• Tied the second-best balance beam score in school history Feb. 15 against Michigan State with a 9.950
• Tied for the Minneapolis NCAA Regional beam title after missing the team's previous five meets

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