NCAA Championship Trip on the Line at Norman Regional

Gymnastics | 3/27/2022 9:23:00 PM

the no. 8 University of Minnesota gymnastics team will compete at the Norman Regional on March 30 – April 2.

The Norman Regional will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma and is one of four regional meets held nationally. Competition will take place at the Lloyd Noble Center and in addition to Minnesota, the regional will feature No. 1 Oklahoma, no. 9 California, no. 16 Arizona State, Boise State, Utah State, Arkansas, West Virginia and Arizona.

Minnesota will compete in session one of the second round on March 31 against California, Boise State and Utah State. Session two features Oklahoma, Arizona State, Arkansas and the winner of West Virginia and Arizona.

The top two teams from each second round session will advance to the Regional Final on April 2. The top two teams will advance to NCAA Championships April 14-16 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Last Time Out
Minnesota competed in the Big Ten Championships on March 19 at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Gophers ended the meet with a 196,725, which placed fourth behind Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa. Lexy Ramler tied for first on the bars and beam, while Mya Hooten tied for first on the floor to win Big Ten event titles.

Ramler tied for first on the bars (9,950) and beam (9,950) to win her sixth and seventh Big Ten event championships. Her seven individual Big Ten championship event titles ranks tied for fourth in conference history and tied for first in school history. Ramler won two Big Ten titles in 2019 (co-all around and balance beam) and three in 2021 (all-around, bars and balance beam). Former Gopher Marie Roethlisberger won seven Big Ten event titles in her career.

Last Time At Regionals
the no. 8 Gophers placed second at the 2021 Athens Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2016. The Gophers posted a 197,425 and finished second to Florida who had a team score of 197,700.

All four of Ramler’s routines earned a 9,900 or above from the judges. Ramler had a 9,950 on beam, 9,925 on bars and a 9,900 on both vault and floor. Then-freshman Hooten had a huge performance for the Maroon and Gold, posting a 9,950 on floor and vault. She also recorded a 9,800 on bars.

Gophers In The Rankings
Minnesota comes in at No. 8 overall in the national rankings. The Gophers are ranked second in the nation on floor, tied for seventh on bars, eighth on vault and tied for 22nd on beam.

Ramler is ranked No. 5 in the all-around, while Ona Loper is no. 7. Ramler is tied for fifth on the beam, tied for No. 11 on the bars and tied for 30th on the floor. Bishop is tied for fourth on the vault and tied for 23rd on the floor.

Hooten is ranked second on the floor and tied for 13th on the vault. Halle Remlinger is tied for no. 30 on the floor with Ramler.

WCGA All Americans
The Regular Season All-America Award winners for the 2022 season were recently announced by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) and Minnesota had three representatives – Hooten, Loper and Ramler – on the list.

Ramler earned First Team All-American honors in the all-around and beam and was named to the Second Team on bars. Loper was named to the First Team in the all-around and vault, while Hooten was named to the First Team on floor and Second Team on vault.

Student-athletes with the top eight National Qualifying Scores (NQS) for the regular season, including ties, for each event plus the all-around earned All-America honors. Second team All-America honors were earned by student athletes ranked. No 9-16, with ties, in the NQS.

All Big Ten Honors
Ramler and Loper were both named to the First Team, while Hooten and Remlinger were named to the Second Team. Minnesota’s Sportsmanship Honoree was Abbie Nylin

Ramler and Loper have defined Minnesota gymnastics excellence and during the last several years and this is the fifth time (every season since 2018) that Ramler has been First Team All-Big Ten and it is the fourth time (every season since 2019) that Loper has been honored.

Ramler has set or tied career highs this year on the beam (10,000), bars (9.975) and floor (9.975). She has one perfect 10 this year, which came on the beam at home against Iowa.

Loper has set or tied career highs this year on vault (10,000), bars (9,950), beam (9,925), floor (9,950) and the all-around (39,750). She has two perfect 10s this year, which came on the vault at home against Michigan and on the road in a tri-meet at Maryland.

Hooten has three perfect 10s on the floor this year and is the only Gopher gymnast in program history to record a perfect 10 on the floor. Hooten also set a career high on vault (9.975) and tied her career high on bars with a 9,875 multiple times. This is the second time that Hooten has been named to an all-conference team, as she was named First Team All-Big Ten last season.

Remlinger has been a constant on bars and floor this year. She has set career highs in both with a 9,875 on bars and a 9,950 on the floor. This is the first time that Remlinger was named to an all-conference team.

AAI Finalist
Loper was named a finalist for the AAI Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding senior. Her teammate Ramler won the award last year.

Loper is one of six finalists for the prestigious award and is joined by Kyla Bryant (Stanford), Derrian Gobourne (Auburn), Lexi Graber (Alabama), Trinity Thomas (Florida) and Natalie Wojcik (Michigan).

AAI has been awarding this honor for more than 30 years. NCAA head coaches were asked to submit a nomination for the candidate or candidates of their choice. In February, 31 nominees were announced and now there are six finalists. Coaches will now cast their vote for who they feel is the top female gymnast in the country and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Championships in April.

Club 198
Minnesota eclipsed the 198 mark earlier this season when it scored a program-record 198,025 in a home meet against Iowa. Minnesota’s three highest team scores in school history have all come this year, as the Gophers also recorded a 197,850 at Utah and in a home quad meet against LIU, Temple and Utah State.

Floor Success
Minnesota’s five highest team floor scores in program history have all come this year. Minnesota set a program record with a 49,750 in a home quad-meet with LIU, Temple and Utah State. Minnesota also recorded a 49,725 (vs. Michigan), 49,700 (vs. Ohio State), 49,650 (vs. Iowa) and a 49,575 (at Big Ten Championships) this year.

Perfect 10s
Minnesota has recorded six perfect 10s this year, coming from three different student-athletes on three different events. Hooten leads the way with three perfect 10s on the floor and is followed by Loper who has two perfect 10s on the vault. Ramler has one perfect 10 on the beam this year.

Hooten has four perfect 10s (three in 2022 and one in 2021) on the floor, while Loper has five perfect 10s (two in 2022, two in 2021 and one in 2020) on the vault. Runner recorded a perfect 10 on the vault last year at the NCAA Regionals. Ramler has five perfect 10s in her career, as she has four on the beam (1 in 2022, 1 in 2021 and 2 in 2020) and one on the vault (2021).

Minnesota has never had a perfect 10 on the bars, as the program record is a 9.975 (Ramler has five 9.975s in her career).

B1G Weekly Honors
Minnesota had a gymnast recognized by the Big Ten nine different times this year, as Ramler, Loper and Hooten were all honored three times. Ramler and Loper were recognized as Big Ten Gymnast of the Week three times and Hooten was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week three times.

Ramler has been named a conference-record Big Ten Gymnast of the Week 21 times in her career, while Loper has received the honor six times. Hooten has been named Event Specialist of the Week four times in her career.

2022 B1G Weekly Awards
Mya Hooten: B1G Specialist of the Week – (3/14/22)
Ona Loper: B1G Gymnast of the Week – (3/8/22)
Lexy Ramler: B1G Gymnast of the Week – (3/1/22)
Mya Hooten: B1G Specialist of the Week – (3/1/22)
Lexy Ramler: B1G Gymnast of the Week – (2/22/22)
Ona Loper: B1G Gymnast of the Week – (2/15/22)
Mya Hooten: B1G Specialist of the Week – (1/25/22)
Ona Loper: B1G Gymnast of the Week – (1/25/22)
Lexy Ramler: B1G Gymnast of the Week – (1/18/22)

Up Next
The top two teams from the Norman Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held April 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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