Carabajal crowned Big Ten all-around champion

Once again, senior Carmelina Carabajal stole the spotlight for the University of Minnesota womenâÄôs gymnastics team, and she couldnâÄôt have picked a better time to do so. Carabajal became the Big TenâÄôs newest all-around champion, netting a score of 39.50 âÄî a career best âÄî during the Big Ten championships over the weekend. SheâÄôs the first Gophers gymnast to bring home the crown since Marie Roethlisberger won it in 1989. In the process, Carabajal, an Albuquerque, N.M., native and Minnesota captain, also snagged a Big Ten championship on the beam with a score of 9.90. She, along with teammate Alexis Russell, earned All-Big Ten honors for their performances. As a team, Minnesota didnâÄôt fare as well, finishing fourth out of the seven competing teams. The GophersâÄô score of 196.00 is the fourth-best in school history at a conference championship meet. Michigan took the top spot in the meet with a score of 197.075. Men drop meet to Illinois The University of Minnesota menâÄôs gymnastics team finished its home regular season schedule on a rough note Saturday night, dropping a 353.600-347.700 decision to Illinois at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers opened up strong with an event-winning score of 15.450 from Adam Reichow on the floor, which in turn led to a 59.820 team score. But the pommel horse gave Minnesota problems as they posted a rough score of 54.800 in the event. Despite a good performance on the rings, the Illini were able to hold on to their advantage and leave with an important road victory.