Grace McCalluma freshman from Isanti, Minnesota, took first place in the all-around and set off a record-breaking bar that would lead the No. 4 Utah ahead of the No. 9 Gophers 198.475-197.850 in a women’s gymnastics at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
The Utes’ score was a season-high for them. They had three 10s, two on beam and a third on beam. The Gophers’ score was their second-best in program history — their best was a week earlier, 198,025 in a home win over Iowa.
But in that encounter, the Gophers met the highly motivated Utes, who suffered a loss and are now 10-2. McCallum finished second for Utah on parallel bars, posting a 9.975.
“Grace set the tone with this routine,” says Ute’s coach tom farden was quoted by the Salt Lake City Tribune. “She changed the meeting.”
teammates Sage Thompson and Maile O’Keefe followed McCallum with consecutive 10s. The Utes’ team score on parallel bars was a program record of 49.8.
O’Keefe, a junior, also had a 10 on beam.
McCallum, who won a silver medal for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics, had a total score of 39.675 – same as the Gophers. Ona Löper.
Minnesota only won one event. Mya Hooten, a sophomore from Woodbury, took first place in vault (9.975).
Senior Night, the Utes’ final home game of the season, drew an announced audience of 12,253.
“It was so much fun,” Gopher’s coach said Jenny Hansen called. “This is an environment we were really looking forward to. Utah is a perennial powerhouse and the energy and setting was amazing.
“I’m just so proud of how the team has risen to this opportunity. … We feel like everything is starting to click. Over the last two weeks our Beam team has been amazing and just as we’d hoped We had some new guys coming into the vault and stepping up so we’re just really proud and we feel like we’re in a great place heading into the postseason.
Minnesota has just one meeting left in the regular season. The Gophers host Long Island University, Temple and the State of Utah at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, March 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Steveson favors in Big Ten meeting
Gopher’s heavyweight Gable Steveson will be attempting to win his third consecutive title at the two-day Big Ten Wrestling Championships beginning Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Steveson, No. 1 by his weight, is 10-0 this season and has scored bonus points in every game. He is also the NCAA champion and was the nation’s No. 1 all season after winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Three teammates are in the top eight seeded: Jacob Bergeland is fifth at 141 pounds, Bailiff O’Reilly sixth at 174 and Patrick McKee Eighth at 125. Finishing at least as high as their seed will all qualify for the national meet.
The NCAA awarded the conference 88 automatic qualifications for the national meeting — the most of any conference — in 10 weights.
Bergeland is among six Minnesota wrestlers competing in the Big Ten for the first time — the most since 2016.
Among other state-raised wrestlers at the meet are Penn State’s Greg Kerkvlieta sophomore who graduated from Simley, the third heavyweight seed, and Nebraska wrestlers Taylor Venza senior from Farmington, the fourth seed at 184, and Peyton Robba sophomore from Owatonna, the fifth seed at 157.
Open football practice
The Gophers football team will open two spring practices to the public for free to attend. The first will take place on April 5th at 4:00 p.m. and the second on April 16th at 11:00 a.m. The location of the exercises will be announced later. The team’s spring game will be on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. at Huntington Bank Stadium.
Gophers baseball loses
Easton Bertrand hit an inside-the-park homer and Chad Stanke hit a solo shot and doubled and scored a run, but the Gophers baseball team lost to No. 25 West Virginia 5-4 at the Cambria College Classic at US Bank Stadium.
The Gophers (9-6) softball team will play six games over five days in three Oklahoma cities beginning with two games Saturday at the Oklahoma State/Tulsa Invitational. Minnesota meets DePaul in Tulsa at 11 a.m. and then stays there to play the home team at 4 p.m
The Lynx will have four nationally televised games this season, the WNBA announced. Three home games – May 8 against Washington, June 14 against Seattle and June 28 against Dallas – will be broadcast on ESPN2. A street game in Connecticut on August 14 will be televised by ABC.