Gophers fall to Nebraska in tight meet

Freshman Lexy Ramler won her fourth consecutive all-around title.

Sophomore Ivy Lu performs her bars routine at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Gophers defeated the Michigan State Spartans 196.075 to 194.925.

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Sophomore Ivy Lu performs her bars routine at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Gophers defeated the Michigan State Spartans 196.075 to 194.925.

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For the fourth consecutive meet, freshman Lexy Ramler heard her name called as the winner of the all-around title. 

However, her performance wasn’t enough to secure a win for Minnesota overall.

Nebraska (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten) beat Minnesota (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) in a close meet 196.850-196.375 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The meet marked Minnesota’s second consecutive road loss.

Ramler said she wants to do well in individual meets and tries to not distract herself about the final results.

“If it results in a win each meet, that’s great, but that’s not going to be my focus,” Ramler said.

The floor event was Minnesota’s best of the night. The Gophers earned a score of 49.325. Senior Ciara Gardner achieved a score of 9.900 on her routine. 

Gardner said she did well on the floor event even though Minnesota didn’t win the meet.

“I definitely didn’t score as high as I did last weekend, but that’s OK,” Gardner said. “I’m still improving each and every week, and I’m happy that I did the routine I wanted to do tonight.”

Sophomore Ivy Lu won the bars event, receiving a score of 9.925. She has not earned a score of lower than 9.900 on bars this season. Freshman Ona Loper finished second in vault, earning a score of 9.850. Ramler finished second on beam with a score of 9.900.

Head coach Jenny Hansen said she knew the score was going to be close.

“It was a very exciting meet. We’re kind of neck-and-neck at the end of every rotation,” Hansen said.

There has been a Big Ten team in each of the team’s events so far. Heading into the meet, Minnesota averaged 195.350, which it surpassed in the matchup versus Nebraska.

Gardner said it’s fun to compete against Big Ten rivals.

“It’s fun to go against each other. It’s like a friendly competition,” Gardner said. “There’s never any animosity or anything between us.”

Minnesota’s next meet will be on Friday against Illinois (4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) at Maturi Pavilion. The meet starts at 7 p.m. It will be the first Friday night home meet in Minnesota history. The matchup is on student night.

Hansen said she wants the team to become more consistent in the Gophers’ routines and have more confidence in themselves.

“Beam was good, but we can be really great on that event,” Hansen said. “The details are our point of emphasis right now.”