May 4, 2014
The University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team celebrated its 2014 season with its annual awards banquet at TCF Bank Stadium’s University Club Room Sunday.
The Gophers were Big Ten co-champions in the regular season for the second-consecutive year and came in third at the ensuing Big Ten championships. Minnesota placed third at the Minneapolis Regional at the Sports Pavilion to finish the season with a team record of 27-6.
At the banquet, sophomore Lindsay Mable received the team’s Most Valuable Performer Award for the second season in a row. Rachel Haines earned the Freshman of the Year Award, while fellow first-year gymnast Bailie Holst earned the Most Improved Award. Junior Kylie Schermann took home the Mariam Award after sharing the honor with classmate Cierra Tomson in 2013.
Mable picked up in 2014 as a sophomore where she left off after an impressive freshman campaign. The Aurora, Colo. native was the NACGC/W North Central Region Gymnast of the Year, became Minnesota’s first Big Ten All-Around champion since 2009 with a school-record 39.650 score that included the school’s third perfect 10 score, and was a five time All-American.
In the regular season, she was a First Team All-American all-around and on floor exercise and was second team on vault. She then earned first-team honors on vault—going on to place fifth at the national event finals—and scored second-team honors on the floor at the NCAA Nationals. She notched 25 events wins and 10 all-around titles in 14 meets this season.
Haines was a mainstay in the Gophers’ lineup on both vault and on the balance beam in her first season, competing in 13 meets. She averaged a 9.706 on the beam and excelled on the vault with an average of 9.779. On the vault, she scored as high as 9.850 two times, including at the Big Ten Championships. She notched a 9.900 on the beam in the previous week in a quad meet at Texas Woman’s University.
Holst competed in all 14 Minnesota meets on the uneven bars, averaging a 9.698 and registering a career-best 9.900 score at the Big Ten Championships. After competing exclusively on the bars in her first six meets, she went on to appear four times on vault and twice on the floor—she scored a 9.825 or higher in all three events at the Big Ten Championships.
Schermann garnered the Mariam Award, named for former Minnesota gymnast Mariam Pourshoushtari given annually to the gymnast who does everything possible to be the best gymnast and person she can be. Schermann had another standout season as a junior, winning the league’s Event Specialist of the Week Award Feb. 17. The Lakeville, Minn. native won four events on the season and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors after ranking eighth in the conference in vault, ninth on the balance beam, and tied for 10th on the floor.
Schermann was one of five all-conference honorees on the team. Mable was a first-team member, while Hannah Nordquist, Madie Hanley, and Tomson were also named to the second team. Nordquist went on to receive First Team All-America honors on the balance beam for the second-straight season.
In addition to the five all-conference selections, Mable, Hanley, Schermann, Tomson, and seniors Justine Cherwink and Kayla Slechta were named to the Big Ten Academic All-Conference team.
The successful season earned head coach Meg Stephenson her second-consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year honor.