Lexi Ramler had one of the best performances even in Minnesota Golden Gophers gymnastics history on Friday. The sophomore from St. Michael, Minnesota finished in second place in the All-around competition and in the uneven bars at the 2019 NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. She recorded four All-American honors and is the first woman in program history to earn four first team All-American honors at one NCAA Championship.
The two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the year and the 2019 North Central Region Gymnast of the Year began her meet on the beam. She recorded a 9.9125 which would be good enough for fourth place in the country and the first of her All-American honors.
Ramler then rotated over to the floor exercise. She would score her “worst” score the the meet on that even with a 9.8875 that would put her in 20th place in the nation.
Next up was the vault. Ramler stuck a perfect landing on her Yurchenko 1.5 vault and ended up with a score of 9.925. That score placed her in a tie for fifth place and added a second All-American honor to her tally.
She would finish with her best even—the uneven bars. Ramler was masterful, earning a 9.9375 and a tie for second place just 1.025 behind Sarah Finnegan of LSU.
There are no words. Lexy Ramler is Just. That. Good.— Minnesota Women’s Gym (@GopherWGym) April 20, 2019
This 9.9375-earning routine brings the #Gophers gymnast to an incredible All-Around score of 39.6625!! That's how you #LoveTheBattle pic.twitter.com/CB1Jg1yk9O
Add up all her scores and Ramler ended with a final All-around score of 39.6625 which tied her for second in the nation with Kyla Ross of UCLA. They both finished just behind two-time defending NCAA Champion Maggie Nichols from Oklahoma by .0500 points. Nichols is a Little Canada, MN native.
Nichols would have been a US Olympian in 2016 had she not gotten hurt in the qualifying process, and Ross was a gold medalist on the 2012 US Olympic Team. Pretty good peer group there for Ramler. Her all-around, bars, and beams scores are the highest scores at NCAA Championships of any Gophers gymnast in program history—though she shares the beam honor with Hanna Nordquist who recorded her score in 2016.
Ramler has two more season to try and improve upon these marks, and become the second Gopher to win an NCAA Championship alongside Marie Roethlisberger who won the uneven bars in 1990.