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Sophomore Jose Mendez swings at Windsong Farm Golf Club on September 7, 2014.

Mendez caps season with NCAA berth

Published May 5, 2015

After a rousing freshman campaign, Jose Mendez continued his dominance on the course for the Gophers throughout this season.   As a result, the sophomore will be Minnesota’s lone representative...

Sophomore Jose Mendez swings at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sept. 7, 2014, at the Gopher Invitational.

Gophers tie for third at Big Tens

Published April 27, 2015

Sophomore Jose Mendez showed momentum going into the postseason Sunday, finishing in the top five for the second consecutive tournament and leading Minnesota to a tie for third in the Big Ten championship.   Minnesota...

Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays in the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sept. 8, 2013.

Gophers try to defend Big Ten title

Published April 23, 2015

No one gave Minnesota a thought going into the Big Ten championships last year, but the Gophers came away with the title anyway.   This year, the target will be on its back as Minnesota looks to defend...

Junior Lindsay Mable conducts her beam routine at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

Mable caps junior season at NCAAs

Published April 20, 2015

In an up and down season, the one constant was junior Lindsay Mable’s dominance.   In her last meet of the season Friday — the NCAA championship — her season-long domination...

Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays at the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sept. 9, 2013.

Mendez helps Gophers to fifth overall

Published April 20, 2015

After struggling in recent tournaments, the Gophers needed to put on a solid performance to build some momentum heading into the Big Ten championship next weekend.    Minnesota did just that...

Icelandic freshman becoming a team leader

Published April 16, 2015

From the bitter cold of Iceland to frigid Minnesota, the college transition weather-wise hasn’t been challenging for freshman Rúnar Arnórsson.   He experienced some difficulties...

Minnesota takes 13th in California

Published April 15, 2015

With the Big Ten Championships on the horizon, Minnesota tried to build up momentum Tuesday as the team ends its regular season and heads into the postseason.   But competition at the Silverado...

Minnesota narrowly ends season

Published April 13, 2015

One routine stood between Minnesota and a berth in the NCAA team finals Friday as senior Steve Jaciuk came to the high bar.    He scored a 14.60, tied for best on the team, but Minnesota...

Anna Laorr swings at the Minikahda Club on Sept. 16, 2014, at the second annual Minnesota Invitational.

Laorr takes leadership role in senior year

Published April 13, 2015

With one tournament left before the Big Ten championships, senior Anna Laorr’s four-year collegiate career is coming to a close.   She has been a staple on the travel team all four seasons,...

Junior Lindsay Mable poses during her floor routine performance on Feb. 28 at the Sports Pavilion.

Mable advances, team finishes fourth

Published April 6, 2015

In the biggest meet of the year, the SEC was too much for No. 17 Minnesota to overcome.   The team failed to advance in the NCAA regionals on Sunday and ended its season.   The Gophers...

Gophers take 10th in ASU Thunderbird

Published April 6, 2015

The Gophers are searching for golfers to step up.   But that didn’t happen this weekend, when a pair of freshmen golfers struggled in Arizona.   Minnesota finished 10th at the ASU Thunderbird...

Gophers head to NCAA regionals in Alabama

Published April 2, 2015

The Gophers have turned up the volume in Peik Gymnasium.   The team is playing loud music during practice this week in preparation for the NCAA Regionals this weekend.   “We’ve done...

Sophomore Jose Mendez swings at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sunday at the Gopher Invitational. Mendez tied for fifth at the tournament, and the Gophers placed fourth overall.

Young team improves with experience, upperclassmen leadership

Published April 2, 2015

With just one senior and one junior on the team, the Gophers underclassmen have seen increased pressure to perform.   Minnesota has three freshmen and five sophomores, who have made up the majority...

Anna Laorr swings at the Minikahda Club on Sept. 16, 2014, at the Minnesota Invitational.

Gophers finish 11th in midweek tournament

Published April 1, 2015

Sarinee Thitiratanakorn turned in her best performance of the season in the Intercollegiate this week. But because she competed individually, her score didn’t count toward the team’s,...

Senior Ellis Mannon competes on the pommel horse against Iowa on March 7 at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers come up short at Big Ten championships

Published March 30, 2015

The Gophers had a hold on first place for five events on Friday. But after a bye and a poor performance on the pommel horse — the Gophers’ last event — their Big Ten title hopes fell. No....

Gophers end Goodwin in 17th

Published March 30, 2015

While March Madness took over television airwaves this weekend, there was also madness on the Stanford golf course, where 24 teams met in the Goodwin. Minnesota finished in 17th place, shooting 28-over...

Freshman Joel Gagnon runs swiftly during his floor routine at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 24 against the Air Force.

Freshmen help guide Minnesota

Published March 26, 2015

Freshmen in any sport aren’t expected to be stars right away. Often they just grow and gain experience for the years after. But the Gophers buck this trend, as they have freshmen regularly filling...

Gophers head west to compete at Stanford

Published March 26, 2015

With a group of young golfers in tow, head coach John Carlson is taking his team west yet again. Less than a week after competing in Arizona, the Gophers will compete at Stanford starting Thursday, and...

Junior Lindsay Mable during her performance on the balance beam on Feb. 28 at the Sports Pavillon.

Gophers head to Auburn regional

Published March 24, 2015

While the weather in Minnesota stays cold, the Gophers will head south for a chance to qualify for nationals. The NCAA announced Monday that No. 17 Minnesota will compete in the Auburn Regional against...

Junior Lindsay Mable performs her floor routine at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday evening where the Gopher Womens Gymnastics took on Nebraska for their annual Pink Meet.

Gophers wrap up Big Tens in sixth place

Published March 23, 2015

After a comeback last week that advanced the Gophers to the second session of the Big Ten championships, their momentum faltered on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Gophers finished 6th with a team score...

Minnesota qualifies for second Big Ten Championship session

Published March 15, 2015

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...

Junior Lindsay Mable performs on the beam on Feb. 28 at the Sports Pavillon.

Mable sees success on and off the mat

Published March 12, 2015

On or off the mat, Lindsay Mable is no stranger to success. Now in her junior year, Mable is using two years’ worth of experience to vault herself to the top of the nation in the all-around, while...

Senior Ellis Mannon competes on the pommel horse against Iowa on Saturday at Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota finishes home slate strong

Published March 9, 2015

If there was a perfect way for Minnesota to send off its seniors, it happened on Saturday. The Gophers dominated Iowa 436.250-421.700 for their highest score of the season. “It was a phenomenal meet....

Anna Laorr swings at the Minikahda Club on Sept. 16, 2014, at the second annual Minnesota Invitational.

Minnesota finishes fifth in Miami Hurricane Invite

Published March 5, 2015

Minnesota moved up the leaderboard each of the three days in the Miami Hurricane Invitational. The Gophers started off in the middle of the pack but moved their way into the top five by Wednesday, shooting...

Freshman Joel Gagnon runs swiftly during his floor routine at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 24.

Freshman Gagnon vaults over border to join Gophers

Published March 5, 2015

For freshman Joel Gagnon, going from Canada’s brutal winters to Minnesota’s wasn’t that much of a change of scenery when he transitioned to college. Though Saskatchewan-native Gagnon...

Dance to the music

Published March 4, 2015

When the music starts for the women’s gymnastics floor routines, it’s hard not to groove along and feel the tune’s energy. Though the routines’ songs can’t words in them due...

Mable collects another Big Ten weekly award

Published March 2, 2015

Junior Lindsay Mable snagged her sixth weekly Gymnast of the Week award given out by the Big Ten Monday. This award marks her 14th weekly Big Ten award of her career. After last Saturday's meet against...

Freshman Celia Kuenster swings at the Minikahda Club on Sept. 16, 2014, at the Minnesota Invitational.

Gophers focus on putting

Published March 2, 2015

After their lackluster performance in the UCF Challenge, the Gophers used their three-week break to regroup and focus on the upcoming Miami Hurricane Invitational. Despite the tie for eighth place in Orlando...

Senior Cierra Tomson performs on the bars on Saturday evening at the Sports Pavillon against New Hampshire and Iowa.

Gophers men, women place second

Published March 2, 2015

Emotions were high Saturday night when Minnesota honored seniors Jenny Covers and Cierra Tomson at the end of the meet. Their families looked on as Minnesota finished second, scoring 194.725. Iowa took...

Covers, Tomson leave lasting impact

Published February 26, 2015

From a small high school in Florida where there was no gymnastics team and a large school in Illinois where gymnastics was popular, two seniors on the team have come a long way. Cierra Tomson and Jenny...

Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays at the 2013 Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club Sept. 8, 2013.

Minnesota finishes 13th

Published February 25, 2015

The weather in tropical Puerto Rico was hot this week, but the Minnesota men’s golf team was not. The Gophers finished the Puerto Rico Classic in 13th place out of 15 teams, as they shot 30-over...

Minnesota focuses in on improvements

Published February 19, 2015

Though the Gophers had some individual success at Big Ten match play, the first tournament back on the course showed the team that there are still areas for improvement. From driving off the tee to iron...

Gophers have quick turnaround

Published February 19, 2015

Facing an opponent twice in a season is tough, but adding another meet on top of that — just two days later — is tougher. Minnesota, which beat Iowa State earlier in the season, will travel...

Gophers finish seventh

Published February 17, 2015

The last time Minnesota faced the rest of the conference, it took home the Big Ten championship title. The result was different this time, as the Gophers finished seventh in Big Ten match play in Palm...

Sophomore Rachel Haines celebrates with assistant coach Rich Stenger after her vault performance at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday evening against Nebraska.

Gophers fall to Nebraska in Pink Meet

Published February 16, 2015

When the Gophers trotted onto the Sports Pavilion’s floor Saturday night in the Pink Meet against Nebraska, they sported different leotards to bring awareness to breast cancer. Despite the new look,...

Minnesota tees off spring season

Published February 12, 2015

Minnesota is back on the course this weekend as the spring season starts back up. The Gophers will head down to Palm Coast, Fla., for Big Ten match play Sunday and Monday. “We are a determined team...

Gardner goes from injury to all-around

Published February 12, 2015

Freshman Ciara Gardner came to college unable to do much because to a shoulder surgery from the year before. “This summer, all she could do was hang on the bar. She couldn’t do much more than...

Minnesota ties for eighth at UCF Challenge

Published February 11, 2015

While the cold winter blasted Minneapolis with freezing rain and snow on Tuesday, the Gophers were in Orlando, Fla., to tee it up in the UCF Challenge. Minnesota finished the tournament tied for eighth...

Gophers outshine competition at home

Published February 9, 2015

Minnesota bounced back from last week’s road loss to Illinois with a first-place finish against Nebraska and the University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. The Gophers finished the meet with 429.900...

Gophers back to business

Published February 5, 2015

The Gophers used a couple of months off between the fall and spring seasons to improve their physical game as well as their mental state. When the spring season kicks off Sunday at the UCF Challenge in...

Jaciuk brings consistency to Gophers

Published February 5, 2015

Consistency is the word teammates and coaches use to describe senior captain Steve Jaciuk. “His consistency speaks volumes, and he has always been that way,” said junior Paul Montague, a fellow...

Lindsay Mable performs on the beam at the meet against Ohio State on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers dominate OSU at home

Published February 2, 2015

Minnesota rode the momentum from last weekend’s victory at Michigan State to another solid performance, as it beat Ohio State on Saturday. The Gophers outperformed the Buckeyes in all four events,...

Senior Jenny Covers competes in the floor competition at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 17.

Jenny Covers placed third in the all-around in last weekend’s meet.

Published January 29, 2015

Senior Jenny Covers has come a long way. As a freshman, Covers specialized on the vault, leading the Gophers in the event at the Big Ten championships.  Now, as a senior, she competes in all events...

Gophers dominate Falcons for first win

Published January 26, 2015

Freshman Jack Kramer blew the doors wide open for Minnesota by scoring a 14.75 on the floor in the first routine. “What a great start, not only did he do a great routine, but he stuck his dismount,”...

Gophers look to rebound at home

Published January 22, 2015

Joel Gagnon was the star of the night for the Gophers at the Windy City Invitational last weekend. But despite Gagnon’s performance, head coach Mike Burns said the team as a whole underperformed...

Junior Lindsay Mable poses during her beam routine at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

Gophers fall to No. 1 Oklahoma

Published January 20, 2015

The early-season schedule held no favors for Minnesota, as it took on three opponents — two of which are ranked — in eight days. “We try to not think about the opponent and really just...

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