The Gophers beat Illinois 195.775-195.000 in Big Ten women’s gymnastics at the Sports Pavilion led by Lindsay Mable. The senior from Aurora, Colo., scored a career-high 9.950 for first on the balance beam and won the all-around (39.550).
She also won uneven bars (9.875) and floor exercise (9.925) and tied for first in vault (9.800) with teammate Bailey Abernathy.
“I finally feel like this was much more “normal me,” Mable said. “I think that the last two weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot to make everything too perfect and trying too hard to make it happen.
“I finally stepped back and realized you just have to let it happen.
“You can’t try too hard because that never brings the outcome that you’re hoping for.”
Record score set
The No. 4 Gophers men’s gymnastics team earned its third consecutive victory, defeating No. 10 Air Force 438.500-424.950 in Colorado Springs.
The 438.500 was the program’s highest overall score ever. The previous best was set in the 2014 season against Iowa and Nebraska (437.400).
Five Gophers won individual titles.
Junior Zach Liebler took first in floor exercise (15.550), sophomore Yaroslav Pochinka won in vault (15.550), sophomore Tristan Duran won on still rings (14.650), senior Paul Montague Jr. on high bar (14.950) and freshman Justin Karstadt on parallel bars (14.600).
U falls in tennis
DePaul edged the Gophers women’s tennis team 4-3 in the semifinals of the Courtside Classic at the Baseline Tennis Center. In the deciding match, Yulia Shupenia of the Blue Demons defeated Caroline Ryba of the Gophers 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
Winning matches for the Gophers were Julia Courter (6-2, 6-4) at No. 2 singles, Paula Rincon-Otero (6-1, 6-1) at No. 3 and Jessika Mozia at No. 5 (6-2, 0-6, 6-3).
The Gophers (4-2) will play New Mexico at noon Sunday.
Triple jumper second
Shanique Wright of the Gophers finished second in the triple jump at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Wright, a freshman from Mandeville, Jamaica, went 41 feet, 8¾ inches, a career best.
Junior Titania Markland won the 600-meter run for the Gophers on Friday in a career-best 1 minutes, 28.51 seconds, the third-best time in program history. Liz Berkholtz won the 5,000 in 16:37.77.
The Gophers’ distance medley relay placed third in 11:28.26.
U diving mark set
Matt Barnard of the Gophers broke his own school record in 3-meter diving in the Minnesota Challenge at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. He won the event with a score of 450.95.
During the two day men’s and women’s meet, Gophers set 35 personal records. John Bushman lowered his 400 individual medley time to a 3:50.08 to take the gold, finishing over 23 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Erin Buck won the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke with career bests.