Gophers Rank Amongst Best in Attendance for 2012 Season

Go Gophers!
Jenny Covers

Go Gophers!
Jenny Covers
Go Gophers!

July 2, 2012

The University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team landed No. 16 in the GymInfo national attendance rankings. The Golden Gophers averaged a crowd of 1,683 at the Sports Pavilion during the 2012 season.

The No. 16 ranking marks the highest ranking for the Gophers since 2006 when they also came in 16th with 1,811 average fans. In 2011, Minnesota came in at No. 20 with an average crowd of 1,556. The Maroon & Gold have now ranked nationally in the Top 20 the last 10 seasons. The highest team ranking was in 2004 when they came in at No. 13.

Minnesota sits second in the Big Ten Conference in average attendance behind Penn State, who came in at No. 10 with 2,249 fans. Michigan and Nebraska were the only other Big Ten schools to crack the Top 25 list as they rank 18th and 19th, respectively.

The Gophers’ highest attended meet was the annual Best of Minnesota meet, which was viewed by 2,290 fans.

In 2012, the Maroon & Gold reached their 17th-straight NCAA Regional competition while qualifying two gymnasts for the national meet. Both sophomores Dusti Russell and Kayla Slechta qualified in the all around competition.

The Golden Gophers graduated three seniors from last season’s squad but bring in a highly decorated quartet of freshmen for the 2013 season. Currently, all 12 gymnasts are participating in volunteer workouts this summer.

2012 National Attendance Rankings
Rank Team Avg. Attendance
1 Utah 14,352.00
2 Alabama 12,826.80
3 Georgia 8,768.33
4 Florida 6,200.40
5 Auburn 4,519.60
6 Oregon State 4,097.20
7 LSU 3,697.60
8 Arkansas 3,080.83
9 Southern Utah 3,069.75
10 Penn State 2,249.75
11 North Carolina 2,033.60
12 N.C. State 2,025.50
13 Oklahoma 2,022.25
14 Kentucky 1,988.40
15 UCLA 1,821.80
16 Minnesota 1,683.50
17 Washington 1,676.00
18 Michigan 1,633.83
19 Nebraska 1,561.40
20 Denver 1,497.50
21 Iowa State 1,493.75
22 Missouri 1,322.33
23 Utah State 1,277.20
24 Kent State 1,262.50
25 Boise State 1,224.67