Last season, Duran was an All-American on two events: parallel bars and high bar. He tied for eighth on both events at the 2017 NCAA Championships in West Point, New York. His parallel bar score was 14.500 and his high bar score was 14.350. Duran suffered a shoulder injury last summer and he needed to have surgery. He chose not to, though, so he could compete at the 2017 University Games in Taiwan.
Since he was about 11 years old, junior Bowen Becker could only compete in swimming. Becker couldn't play any other sports because of rheumatoid arthritis in his knees. He said his condition does not make life for him more difficult, except when training for his Division I sport.
For the second straight meet, sophomore Ivy Lu entered Minnesota's record book. Lu scored a perfect 10.000 on beam on Friday at the GymQuarters Invitational in St. Louis. She became the second Minnesota gymnast to achieve that feat. The other was Hanna Nordquist on March 12, 2016.
Senior Danielle Nack didn't have the results she wanted at past Big Ten Championships. This year was different. Nack won six silver medals in the conference's postseason. She earned a second place finish in the 200-meter butterfly. Nack qualified for the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships in March.
Wiskus was named to the U.S. Senior National Team and will compete at the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston Aug. 16-19.
The Gophers (3-2) found their stride behind home supporters, defeating Illinois (3-2) 196.100-195.100. Sophomore Ivy Lu tied a Minnesota record on bars, earning a score of 9.975.
The Gophers (3-1, 2-1 Big Ten) defeated Illinois (4-1, 3-1 Big Ten) 408.00-406.50, ending the Fighting Illini's winning streak.
As a child, Paige Williams wanted to inspire. Now that she's a gymnast on a Big Ten team, Williams hopes to inspire other African-Americans to follow their dreams.
Nebraska (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten) beat Minnesota (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) in a close meet 196.850-196.375 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The meet marked Minnesota's second consecutive road loss.
After losing the Windy City Invitational, Minnesota (2-1, 2-1 Big Ten) looked for its first victory in an away meet on Saturday. They won and in the process, the Gophers posted the second-highest score in the NCAA, including the best vault score.