Minnesota qualifies for second Big Ten Championship session

by Brad Bobel

After a rough first event, Minnesota rallied back to earn a spot in the second session of the Big Ten Championship finishing third out of five teams Saturday.

The Gophers started the competition shaky after some uncharacterstic falls on the balance beam and found themselves in a hole early. Junior Hanna Nordquist earned the second highest score of the team on the beam after missing the past couple meets due to injury.

Because there were five teams in the meet, one team had to sit for each rotation. Minnesota's break was after their event, which gave them a chance to rebound after their uncanny balance beam routine.

Minnesota bounced back on the floor, as junior Lindsay Mable led the team posting a 9.925 for her first event title of the night. To keep up the momentum of the last event, the Gophers notched their highest team score of the season on the vault. All six vaulter tallied a 9.8 or higher, with Mable leading with a season-high 9.95.

Going into the final rotation, the Gophers found itself in fourth and needed a solid performance on the uneven bars to win a spot in the second session of the Big Ten Championship.

Seniors came to play for Minnesota as Cierra Tomson and Jenny Covers both tallied a 9.925 to win the event title on the uneven bars. The Gophers narrowly edged Iowa by 0.025 to claim a spot in the second session.

Mable won two event titles on the night, taking her season total to 27, breaking her record-setting 25 titles she earned last year. She and the rest of Minnesota will compete in the evening session of the Big Ten Championship next Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.