The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s gymnastics team heads into the start of their postseason this weekend and they are being carried by a freshman. Lexi Ramler from St. Michael, Minnesota was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the fourth time this season last weekend to go along with her four Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards.
Ramler has been one of if not the best gymnast in the Big Ten this season. She has the best all-around score in the conference with 39.600, which also ranks her tenth nationally. She currently is ranked fourth nationally in the beam.
Last weekend at the Sacramento State Quad Meet, Ramler finished on the podium in three events and won her seventh all-around title of the season. Her all-around score of 39.575 ranked only behind her season high of 39.600 giving her the two best scores in the Big Ten this season.
Ramler scored a 9.850 on the vault to finish in a six-way tie for first place. She set her career high score on the bars with a 9.95 and helped Minnesota set a school record with a team score of 49.450. She only finished second on the beam with a score of 9.25, and would finish fourth on floor with a 9.850.
The Gophers are currently ranked #22 in the nation as a team and are in third place in the Big Ten standings. They will complete this weekend in one of two Big Five meets in the Big Ten. Minnesota will compete at Rutgers along with Iowa, Michigan and Penn State. Another Big Five meet will run simultaneously with Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan State. The meet results will determine the seeding for the Big Ten Championship Meet the following weekend in Champaign, Illinois.
Minnesota will then compete in the NCAA Regionals which will be held at the Maturi Pavillion in April.