Gophers finish in second place against Ohio State, Illinois State

Minnesota posted its highest score on the floor event since 2004.

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

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Once again, Lexy Ramler earned a first place finish for Minnesota.

Ramler won her third-consecutive all-around title in Minnesota’s meet against Ohio State and Illinois State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Her single meet score of 39.600 is the eighth-highest in University of Minnesota history.

While Ramler triumphed, Minnesota finished in second place for the first time this season, earning a score of 195.755.

The team had multiple falls on the bars. However, head coach Jenny Hansen said the team was able to recover.

“That was [a] pretty tough way to start the meet. We have a lot of confidence in our bar team,” Hansen said. “They came back strong. The next four people on bars did awesome.”

Sophomore Ivy Lu posted a score of 9.950 on bars, which is a career-high for her. Ramler tied for first in the floor exercise, earning a score of 9.950.

Minnesota finished first in the beam event, earning a score of 49.100. Ramler had the top score of 9.900.

In wake of the Michigan State scandal involving former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, Minnesota gymnasts wore teal pins to honor sexual assault victims. These pins will be on the uniforms for the remainder of the season. Hansen said she supports the women who have come forward to say they are survivors of sexual assault.

“We want to show our support for those who have gone through really unfortunate things,” Hansen said.

Minnesota will face Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday. The team will return home for a meet against Illinois on Feb. 9. Hansen said there wasn’t much of a difference between competing on the road and at home.

“Being on the road is certainly a little bit different than what they’re used to,” Hansen said. “I’m proud of how they responded.”