Minnesota gymnastics team falls to Denver on the road

The women went to Colorado while some men’s athletes competed in Vegas.

Rachel Culter competes on the balance beam during a meet at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 11, 2017.

Ellen Schmidt, Daily File Photo

Rachel Culter competes on the balance beam during a meet at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 11, 2017.

by Jack White

The second-highest score of the season from the Gophers wasn’t enough for a win on Saturday.

Minnesota fell 197.150-196.075 on the road to No. 11 Denver on Feb. 18.

“We went in with the goal to hit 24-of-24 routines and we did that,” said head coach Jenny Hansen. “I was really proud of the team. That was the first time we had done that all year long.”

Minnesota’s best event of the night was the uneven bars. The Gophers posted a 49.050 on the bars, but the team still fell to Denver 49.150-49.050 in the event.

Senior Bailie Holst tied for first place on the uneven bars. She was first among Gophers gymnasts in that event.

“She showed why she’s last up for us there,” Hansen said. “She did a really nice job and it was a great routine.

Denver’s Julia Ross was the only gymnast to best Holst in all-around competition. Ross tallied a 39.475 to Holst’s 39.350.

Holst also earned fifth place in the vault.

Senior Baily Abernathy finished first among Minnesota gymnasts with a 9.850 and a second-place finish. Abernathy was also first among Minnesota gymnasts in the floor, placing in a tie for third place with a 9.850.

The Pioneers bested the Gophers in the vault, bars and floor routines.

Junior Abby DeMuse suffered an injury with two events remaining. Sophomore Rachel Cutler filled in for DeMuse on the last two events after not being in the meet until then. Cutler tallied a 9.700 in the bars and a 9.775 in the floor.

Stillwater, Minnesota native Maddie Karr earned a perfect score on the vault for the Pioneers.

Minnesota scored 48.125 in the beam last meet against the Cornhuskers. The Gophers earned 48.975 on Saturday, and beat Denver in the beam.

“[The beam] was definitely better,” Hansen said. “We stayed on, which is huge.”