Aug. 12, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team announced its 2014 competition schedule. The Golden Gophers will host five regular-season home meets at the Sports Pavilion before hosting the NCAA Regionals on April 5.
The Big Ten Conference continues to be one of the best leagues in the nation, with six teams finishing the 2013 season ranked nationally in the Top 25. Minnesota will face each of its Big Ten opponents on March 22 at the Big Ten Championships, which will be hosted by Penn State. The Gophers will also face all seven league opponents in regular-season meets throughout the year.
Minnesota finished with a record-setting 2013 season, ranked eighth nationally after placing eighth at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. The Golden Gophers will kick off their 2014 campaign hosting their first meet of the season at the Sports Pavillion on Jan. 11. The Hall of Fame Meet will feature Air Force Academy and Lindenwood beginning at 6 pm.
Minnesota's first road meet of the season will be in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 13 against Washington. The Huskies finished the 2013 season ranked 19th in the national poll.
The Gophers will continue on the road, traveling to Durham, N.H., to face the New Hampshire Wildcats on Jan. 19, before hosting Illinois on Jan. 25. The Fighting Illini finished 11th last season in the national poll.
Heading into February, the Golden Gophers will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Huskers on Feb. 1 to continue a Big Ten competition stint. Minnesota then will travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 7 to face Ohio State.
The Gophers will return home to host Michigan State on Feb. 15 at the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers will hit the road, traveling to Ames, Iowa, to face the Iowa State Cyclones on Feb. 21.
On Feb. 23, the Gophers will host the annual Always Dreaming Best of Minnesota Meet. This meet features all four of the collegiate women's gymnastics teams in the state of Minnesota: Gustavus, Hamline, Winona State and the Gophers. The Best of Minnesota is one of the best-attended competitions each season. The meet is named Always Dreaming in honor of former Minnesota athletics compliance director Frank Kara, and will serve as a fundraising and awareness campaign for cancer research.
The Gophers will host Iowa State on March 14 for the team's second meeting in 2014. The team will then head south to Texas to compete in a quad-meet at Texas Women's University with Oklahoma and Michigan State on March 9. The Sooners finished second in the 2013 GymInfo rankings.
Minnesota will cap off its regular season by traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in another quad-meet on March 15. Minnesota will have the chance to face Big Ten opponents Iowa and Penn State before traveling to University Park, Penn., to compete at the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
The Golden Gophers will be one of six schools hosting the 2014 regional championships. If the Golden Gophers finish the regular season among the Top 36 teams in the national rankings, they will advance to the NCAA Regional Championships at the Sports Pavilion on April 5. It would be their 19th straight season qualifying for a Regional. The top two teams from each region will earn a berth in the 2014 NCAA Championships, which will be hosted by Alabama April 19-21.
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