After five rotations on Friday, the outcome looked bleak for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team. The Gophers trailed No. 7 Ohio State by eight points with one rotation left.
The Gophers beat Michigan on Friday 3-2 and have a chance to take the best-of-three series with a victory on Saturday to move on to the Big Ten tournament semifinals.
After finishing the 2018 season strong, the Gophers are already looking to next year as they prepare for spring practice.
Junior starting pitcher Amber Fiser began the season for the second consecutive year as the team's ace and first option. She has certainly pitched up to the responsibility so far.
Freshman Eric Nakamura was sitting in Spanish class his senior year of high school when he got a life-changing phone call. On the other end was Gophers men's gymnastics head coach Mike Burns. Nakamura left class to answer Burns' call and for the next hour the two chatted. By the end of the conversation, Nakamura had the spot.
The seniors were key to Minnesota's four-point upset over No. 11 Purdue on Tuesday. The four seniors on the court combined for 36 points and 30 rebounds in the victory.
Minnesota has two gymnasts up for the Nissen-Emery award, the most prestigious individual award in collegiate gymnastics. The Gophers have never had two nominees in the same season prior to 2019.
Minnesota scored a season-high and second-best in program history team score, beating Pittsburgh 197.500-193.400 on Saturday at Maturi Pavilion.
Transferring from school to school has become a common trend throughout college sports nationwide. However, some programs haven't emphasized it during recruiting, including the Gophers women's gymnastics team.
After a week off, the men's gymnastics team traveled to Nebraska for a tri-meet against No. 8 Nebraska and No. 18 University of Illinois-Chicago. They finished second behind Nebraska, losing 404.650-403.600.