For the first time in program history, which dates back to 1974, the Gophers gymnastics team posted a team score of over 198.
Fifth-year gymnast Lexy Ramler scored a perfect 10 on balance beam and sophomore gymnast Mya Hooten scored a perfect 10 on floor as Minnesota recorded a program-best 198.025 to beat border rival Iowa last Friday at the Maturi Pavilion. Minnesota’s previous team-high score was a 197.750 set last season at the Big Ten Championships, which the Gophers won.
KSTP Sports’ Chris Long stopped by Gophers practice earlier this week to catch Ramler, Hooten and fifth-year star Ona Loper – all of whom have scored perfect tens this season.
***Click the video box above to watch interviews with Ramler, Loper and Hooten, and to see each in action***
Ramler’s perfect 10 on beam was the fourth of his career and his first this year. Hooten’s perfect 10 on the ground was the third of his career and the second this year.
Minnesota is ranked No. 9 overall in the national rankings. They are ranked third in the nation on floor, seventh on vault, 11th on bars and 33rd on balance beam.
Ramler is ranked the No. 2 ranked gymnast in the all-around and is also tied for fifth on bars and beam.
Loper is tied for 12th in the all-around and is tied for 18th on floor and 28th on bars.
The Gophers are at No. 4 in Utah on Friday night. The Utes feature Grace McCallum, an American Olympian and native of Cambridge, Minnesota.
Gopher Sports Information contributed to this report