The No. 7 Gophers women’s gymnastics team faced off against the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers in a ranked Big Ten meet on Sunday.
The Gophers were able to pick up their fifth straight win to improve to 5-1 on the season and 5-0 in Big Ten play, topping Nebraska 197.400-195.700.
However, the win streak wasn't what head coach Jenny Hansen was thinking about after Sunday night’s win.
“It’s great, but that’s honestly not what we’re focusing on. We’re really just focusing on doing the kind of performances that really define us as a team. That’s what I thought we did tonight,” Hansen said. “That kind of a score, that kind of performance and consistency on all of our events is what we’re shooting for.”
Right off the bat, the Gophers got off to a hot start on vault. As a team they tied their season-high score with a 49.150. That was led by junior Ona Loper and redshirt freshman Maddie Quarles. Both scored a 9.875 and tied for second in the event.
On the uneven bars, the Gophers had two career nights. Senior Kristen Quaglia set a new career-high with a 9.875 and junior Lexy Ramler tied her career-high with a 9.975 winning her first event title of the night.
“It’s pretty cool, you know, I’m really proud, but there’s still more work to be done. But to accomplish those things today it means a lot,” Ramler said.
As a team, the Gophers tied their second best performance in program history while sweeping the podium.
In an event they’ve dominated in all season, coming into the night ranked second in the nation, they continued their success on beam. The Gophers again swept the podium with Ramler leading the way with a 9.975, taking home her second event title.
“It’s pretty cool, it means so much more to get them at home. To do that for my fans at home so they can see it and the energy and the Pav today was absolutely incredible,” Ramler said while reflecting on receiving two separate 10s in two events Sunday.
The Gophers ended their night on floor, and with it, secured their fifth straight win. Loper picked up her first event title, to cap off an impressive night from the junior, with a 9.900. The Gophers weren’t able to sweep the podium, but senior Paige Williams tied for second with a 9.875.
Loper was proud of how her meet individually and also with how the team performed.
“I have been trying to be more confident with everything so I’m really excited that this season I’ve been putting it all together,” Loper said. “As a team it shows how much we’ve been working and how good we are individually and as a team. We each have our little specialties but everyone can come together and hit.”
Once all events were done, the Gophers had one last podium sweep. In the all-around, Ramler, Loper and sophomore Tiarre Sales took first, second and third, respectively. Ramler tied her career-high with a 39.625 and Sales set a new career-high with a 39.375.
The Gophers have a shorter week because of the Sunday meet and the Big 5S meet that starts on Friday. Along with the Gophers, No. 9 Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State and No. 24 Maryland will be in attendance.
Looking forward in the season, Hansen really wants to keep up the consistency she’s seen all year, but has an area she wants to work on.
“Continuing to build our belief in ourselves. Landings — I think we can be a little bit stronger on floor exercise and vaulting and being a little better landings on those. Bars and beams were just amazing tonight,” Hansen said. “If we can just keep doing that the rest of the year, and the other two events can pick up a little bit, that’s exactly what we’re shooting for.”