The Minnesota women’s gymnastics team did not fair well as a team at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday but took home some individual hardware. Lexi Ramler was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Ivy Lu tied for first place in the uneven bars to take home a Big Ten title. Minnesota finished in sixth place overall.
Ramler finished in fourth place in the all-around event but was impressive enough during the season to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award five times this season. Her 39.6 score earlier this season is still the highest score by any Big Ten gymnast so far this season.
Lu tied with Brianna Brown of Michigan and Olivia Aepli of Ohio State with a 9.95 to win the uneven bars even at the Big Ten Championships. It was Lu’s tenth meet this season that she has scored 9.9 or higher on the bars. She is the #2 ranked bars competitor in the NCAA going into the NCAA regional in two weeks. Lu’s bars title was the first for Minnesota since Annie Laatsch won in 2002.
Paige Williams took fourth place in both the vault and the floor for Minnesota.
The Gophers will be next in action April 7th when they host a NCAA Regional at the Maturi Pavilion. While the team will need to pull an upset to advance, it will be a chance for Lu and Ramler to cement their bids to the NCAA Championships in four weeks in St. Louis.