Minneapolis – The Gustavus Adolphus gymnastics team scored over a 177.000 for the second straight meet on Saturday night, finishing fourth out of four competing teams with a score of 177.450 at the annual Best of Minnesota competition held at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The Gophers won the meet with a score of 196.000, while Winona State placed second with a 184.975, and Hamline finished third with a 184.675.
The Gusties posted individual event scores of 46.050 on the vault, 40.975 on the uneven parallel bars, 44.750 on the balance beam, and 45.675 on the floor exercise. Gustavus’s score on the floor is a season-best, topping the team’s performance from its dual against Winona State on Feb. 3.
Opsahl’s top performance of the meet came on the balance beam where she recorded a season-best score of 9.625 to take ninth place. The senior also placed 14th on the floor with a 9.225 and 15th on the vault with a 9.275.
Zeinert turned in three of her best performances of the season on Saturday night. She came in ninth on the bars with a season-high 9.200, 15th on the vault with a season-high 9.275, 20th on the floor with a season-high 9.050, and rounded out the competition with a 8.250 on the beam for a 23rd place finish. Zeinert scored a 35.775 to finish fourth in the all-around.
Jamie Ries was also at her best in several events tonight, registering season-high scores on the floor with a 9.250 (13th) and the beam with a 9.000 (15th).
Individual event winners included Minnesota’s Kayla Slechta on the vault (9.925), Janell Campbell on the bars (9.875), Dusti Russell on the beam (9.875), and Lindsay Mable on the floor (9.925). Gopher Jenny Covers was the all-around champion with a score of 39.125.
The Gustavus gymnastics team will be back on the mats Friday, Feb. 22 when it travels to Eau Claire, Wis. to take on UW-Eau Claire at 6:30 p.m.