Women’s gymnastics falls hard to rival Iowa State

Falls on floor, beam account for Minnesota’s lowest score of season

Gopher’s women’s gymnastics fell hard last night, literally. It’s a meet the women will learn from, but probably do not want to think about at all. After already winning their first rival match at home, Minnesota lost this time to a Iowa State at their home in Ames, Iowa, recording their lowest score of the season (191.475). The meet, which has come to be known as the Beauty and the Beast competition because it hosts a wrestling meet between the same two teams, wasn’t like any other meet. Coach Jim Stephenson knew the event would draw large crowds and would be a competitive environment, but he probably didn’t expect the results at the end of the meet. Stephenson and the Gophers had high hopes of recording their highest score yet, but it turned out to be the worst. Things all started to go wrong on the floor. The team had to count two falls on the floor exercise and then 4 more on the beam. This led to the lowest beam score yet for the women, a 46.925. Even though the score and loss were due in large part to these two events, captain Carmelina Carabajal, who was the all-around champion, won the beam (4th beam title), and was the Gopher’s top floor performer. Carabajal also won the vault event, her 2nd of the season. Whether it was distractions, minor mistakes, or just an off-day overall, Minnesota will have to bounce back quickly as they face even tougher competition tomorrow at the Master’s Classic in Lincoln, NE.