The Minnesota Golden Gophers performed solidly at their home meet, hitting 24 for 24 routines for a team total of 196.725. The Michigan State Spartans put up a good fight, finishing with a 194.450 with an impressive floor rotation but dealing with falls on bars and beam.
Lexy Ramler of Minnesota was the top all-arounder of the night with a total of 39.600, earning first place on balance beam and uneven bars. Ramler also debuted a new vault, tying for first with teammate Ona Loper, scoring a 9.850.
The Gophers took the lead after the first rotation and didn’t look back. Starting off with a total of 49.000 on vault, featuring two Yurchenko one-and-a-halfs from Loper and Ramler. Paige Williams competed a beautiful flared Yurchenko full, placing second on the event with a 9.825. On the uneven bars, the Spartans hit five routines for a 48.675. After an unfortunate fall in the leadoff spot, Michigan State was able to count four scores of 9.700 or higher. Jessica Ling anchored the lineup, scoring a 9.850 and tying for second on the event.
In the second rotation, Michigan State performed solidly on vault for a total of 48.800. Ashley Beatty nearly stuck her Yurchenko full and posted the highest score for the Spartans with a 9.825, placing third on vault. Without any vaults starting from a 10.0, Michigan State will need to focus on clean landings and maintaining good body positions to get their vaults scoring at a 9.800 or above. On the uneven bars, Minnesota’s lineup counted four scores of at least a 9.800, including four stuck dismounts and huge releases. Ramler won the event with a 9.925, showing beautiful execution and difficult releases. Ivy Lu put up a strong performance in the anchor position, placing second with a 9.850.
Minnesota continued to improve their team totals throughout the night, scoring a 49.250 on beam. With steady routines and nearly-stuck dismounts, the Golden Gophers showed their high scoring potential. Ramler and Lu placed first and second on the event, scoring a 9.950 and a 9.900, respectively. Tiarra Sales took third with a 9.875 and a stuck gainer pike dismount. Michigan State earned a 49.150 on the floor exercise, where Gabriella Douglas tied for first on the event with a 9.900. Lea Mitchell, Tristan Brown, and Ashley Hofelich allscored at least a 9.800, combining difficult tumbling passes with entertaining choreography.
The Spartans lost a bit of momentum in the last rotation, having to count a fall on beam for a total of 47.825. This was not their best performance, as the gymnasts fought through wobbles and short landings. However, Michigan State came back strong, with Douglas anchoring the lineup for a 9.875 and tying for third. Minnesota performed excellently on floor, scoring a total of 49.275. All six gymnasts scored at least a 9.800, with Williams scoring a 9.900 in the anchor position to tie for first. Ramler and Loper tied for third, both scoring a 9.875.Tags: Ashley Beatty, Ashley Hofelich, Gabriella Douglas, Ivy Lu, Jessica Ling, Lea Mitchell, Lexy Ramler, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota, Minnesota Golden Gophers, NCAA Gymnastics, Ona Loper, Paige Williams, Tiarra Sales, Tristan Brown