Mable, Nordquist Set for NCAA Nationals
April 17, 2014
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.
Last Team Meet: NCAA Regional
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.
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