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.

Lexy Ramler performs on the balance beam for the Minnesota Golden Gophers against the Michigan State Spartans in Minneapolis, Minnesota/Minnesota Athletics

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.

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