Gophers get record-breaking performances in win

Minnesota defeated Iowa State in its final home meet of the season.

Sophomore Lindsay Mable executes her beam exercise at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Mable had an all-around score of 39.625 to break the school record and the Gophers finished their season with a season-best score of 197.250.

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Sophomore Lindsay Mable executes her beam exercise at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Mable had an all-around score of 39.625 to break the school record and the Gophers finished their season with a season-best score of 197.250.

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Minnesota seniors Justine Cherwink, Dusti Russell and Kayla Slechta celebrated their final home meet in style Saturday night, helping the women’s gymnastics team defeat Iowa State 197.25-193.725.

“I’m so impressed with how the team rallies for the seniors every year,” head coach Meg Stephenson said.

The Gophers’ team score of 197.25 marks the second-highest overall score in program history, but the high scores didn’t stop there.

Minnesota sophomore Lindsay Mable broke the school record in the all-around with a final score of 39.625. It’s a record she’s already come close to breaking this season.

“It’s been a long-standing record,” Stephenson said. “That’s a big record to break.”

Gophers sophomore Madie Hanley also scored a career-high 9.925 on the uneven bars, and junior Cierra Tomson poured in a season-high score in the all-around.

“I am a proud senior,” Slechta said. “I couldn’t be prouder [of the underclassmen]. They did incredible, and … everyone really stepped up.”

Slechta helped the Gophers get started with a team-high 9.95 on vault and continued to energize her team on the uneven bars with a stuck landing.

Stephenson said it was the team’s best performance on bars this season.

“It felt like we just kept building from there,” Slechta said. “You could just see the excitement out there.”

That excitement peaked among an army of team supporters when the senior class was recognized at the end of the meet.

Gophers senior Dusti Russell said it meant a lot to end her home career with an emphatic win.

“We went into this meet — nothing about winning, nothing about scores — just thinking about having fun together [and] making memories,” she said. “Now we know that making memories and having fun out there works for us.”

Men’s team falls to Penn State

The Gophers men’s gymnastics team traveled to University Park, Pa., over the weekend to take on No. 7 Penn State and fell 440.2-431.5.

“It was just a frustrating night,” head coach Mike Burns said. “We couldn’t get our momentum going.”

Burns said Minnesota couldn’t cover its mistakes throughout the meet.

“You can’t count seven misses,” he said. “That’s a lot.”

While the Gophers had their mistakes, senior Zach Chase and junior Steve Jaciuk both took home event wins.

Minnesota gets a shot at redemption next weekend with its final home meet of the season against Iowa and Brockport.