Four years of hard work culminated into one last home weekend could put pressure on any senior. Minnesota softball’s veterans answered with a no-hitter, a grand slam and two additional solid performances on the mound in a weekend sweep of Purdue. “Sometimes you worry that [the seniors] are going to put a little too much emphasis on it and put too much pressure on themselves,” said head coach Jessica Allister.
A brand-new leadership core began its run for Minnesota men’s hockey Monday. The team announced its new team captain, junior Tyler Sheehy, and three alternate captains — Mike Szmatula, Leon Bristedt and Ryan Lindgren — for the 2017-2018 season.
For the 22nd year straight, Minnesota is sending athletes to an NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional. The Gophers will compete in Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday at 4 p.m. against No. 2 LSU, No. 11 Boise State, No. 14 Nebraska, No. 25 Arizona and Iowa State.
In a battle of two golden teams – the Gophers and the Knights – Clarkson outshined Minnesota for the second time in four years. The Golden Knights thwarted the Gophers out of another national championship – what would’ve been their third consecutive – with a 4-3 back-and-forth victory Friday.
Minnesota’s seniors are three-times outnumbered on this year’s women’s gymnastics team, but their impact is far from lost in the crowd. Bailie Holst, Bailey Abernathy and Kaitlin Rahon are the Gophers’ lone seniors this year to seven freshmen and two transfers, but they've managed to find a way to impact them all.
New team, new school, new country – Ivy Lu has now checked all the boxes. The freshman has flourished in her first meets with Minnesota and has quickly become a reliable asset to the team in her respective events.
Injuries and hardships can be a quick way to get an athlete down – but not Bailey Abernathy. The senior is only getting better in her final season with the Gophers, and it’s not on accident.
While one chapter continued for the Gophers on Saturday, another ended. Minnesota’s seniors played their last match at the Sports Pavilion en route to their second consecutive Final Four.
Minnesota will travel to new territory this weekend, but one familiar face will be there — this time on the opposing bench. The Gophers will go up against Ohio State this weekend where former Minnesota assistant Nadine Muzerall recently took the helm as head coach. “I’ve never experienced it before, but it’ll be a lot of fun,” said Gophers head coach Brad Frost.
Both Minnesota swim and dive teams opted to stay home over the weekend, though they were set to kick off their seasons at Florida State. The anticipation of Hurricane Matthew led the Gophers and the Duke Blue Devils to sit the meet out, and as a result, Florida State cancelled the meet. “The storm affected the travel plans of both teams,” Florida State’s head swimming and diving coach Neal Studd told the media Friday.