NCAA Championships Loom for Golden Gophers
April 18, 2013
The Top 10.0 Things You Need to Know...
1.0 - Big Ten regular season co-champion and No. 8 Minnesota (25-6) will take part in the 2013 NCAA Championships at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion during April 19-21. The Golden Gophers will take part in Semifinal #1 on Friday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. CT. The top three teams in each semifinal will advance to Saturday's "Super Six" Team Finals at 6:00 p.m. CT. In addition, the top four gymnasts on each event in both semifinals will qualify for the Individual Event Finals on Sunday at 3:00 p.m CT. The semifinals will be streamed live on NCAA.com, and the Team and Individual Finals will be available on ESPN3, with Bart Connor and Kathy Johnson-Clarke calling the action.
2.0 - Minnesota clinched a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular season title and then finished third at the 2013 Big Ten Championships on March 23 with a team score of 196.775. The Gophers were second at the Gainesville Regional on April 6 with a score of 197.100. Minnesota is making its third appearance at an NCAA Championships (1997, 2002) and its first since finishing ninth during 2002.
3.0 - Minnesota had three gymnasts named to the All-Big Ten First Team -- senior Shannon Golich, sophomore Kylie Schermann and freshman Lindsay Mable. It's the first time Minnesota has had a gymnast on the First Team since 2010, and it's the most Gophers on the team since 2004. Mable and senior Janell Campbell also earned spots on the Big Ten's All-Championships Team.
4.0 - Lindsay Mable earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year after being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week six times this season. Mable joined Nebraska's Jessie DeZiel (9 times during 2012), Ohio State's Sarah Miller (6 during 2011) and Michigan's Natalie Bellstein (6 during 2010) as the lone recipients of six or more Freshman of the Week awards. DeZiel will rotate with the Gophers on Friday.
5.0 - Lindsay Mable tied Minnesota's school record score on floor with a 9.975 on March 9, and then scored a 9.950 on March 16. Her school-record score tied MaryAnne Kelley's 9.975 versus North Carolina on March 9, 2002, and Carolyn Yernberg's score versus Arkansas on January 8, 2005. Mable also tied Kelley's school record with a 39.600 in the all-around to finish fourth at Regionals. Mable earned regular season Second-Team All-America honors from the NACGC/W on both events.
6.0 - The Gophers won all four quad meets they competed in this season, including a Jan. 26 victory against then-No. 1 Michigan in which the Gophers scored 196.800 points. The Golden Gophers own a mark of 14-4 against teams ranked among the GymInfo Top 25 this season, and Minnesota had a perfect 12-0 record against teams it faced at the Sports Pavilion.
7.0 - Lindsay Mable has won a total of 19 events this season, including a tie for first on beam at the Big Ten Championships and a tie with sophomore Jenny Covers on vault at the Gainesville Regional. Senior Janell Campbell and junior Kayla Slechta have each won five event titles.
8.0 - Five different gymnasts scored 9.925's at Florida on March 1. Sophomore Kylie Schermann scored 9.925 on floor to tie for fourth, while Lindsay Mable and sophomore Jenny Covers each had 9.925 on vault to tie for second, and senior Shannon Golich and freshman Hanna Nordquist tied for third on beam. Each of the scores either tied a career-high at the time, or established a new one.
9.0 - Minnesota was ranked eighth nationally on floor exercise with an RQS of 49.320, while ranking 11th on vault (49.290), 11th on beam (49.150), and 29th on bars (48.910).
10.0 - Minnesota scored its second-best all-time vault score of 49.525 to help it pass No. 12 Auburn in the final rotation at the Gainesville Regional on April 6, earning a spot at the NCAA Championships. The Gophers' all-time best vault score of 49.600 took place at UCLA on March 3, 2002.
(For the full set of this week's Meet Notes, click the link in the box at the top of the page.)