Paige Williams and Gophers peaking at the right time

first_imgPaige Williams and Gophers peaking at the right timeTony SaundersJunior Paige Williams performs her floor routine at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb 15. Paul HodowanicMarch 14, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn just two months, the Gophers’ women’s gymnastics team has gone from the No. 22 ranked team in the country to No. 9.The Gophers have climbed the rankings steadily each week and have put together their best two performances in back-to-back weeks to vault them into the top-10 nationally and second among all Big Ten teams, trailing only No.7 Michigan.Against Pittsburgh on March 2, Minnesota put up the second-highest team score in program history with a 197.500. Minnesota followed up that performance with a 197.025 at the Elevate the Stage event, the ninth-highest in team history.“I’ve been really proud of the team,” said head coach Jenny Hansen. “They are always searching for more and are never satisfied. … Their expectations keep rising, and I think it has been able to show them what they are capable of.”Paige Williams has led the charge for the Gophers, posting back-to-back career meets. On March 2 against Pittsburgh, Williams finished with a career-high 9.900 on vault, winning the event title. She was also crowned the floor exercise champion for the event with a 9.925. Following the meet, Williams was announced as the Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week for the first time in her career.Williams continued her superior form on March 8 at the Elevate the Stage competition. The Wylie, Texas native finished with another career-high, this time on the floor exercise with a 9.975. The score is tied for the highest in program history; Lindsay Mable, MaryAnne Kelley and Carolyn Yernberg are the only other gymnasts to achieve it.“All her landings were spot-on,” Hansen said. “She’s got great amplitude, but even the little things were done so well that day. I knew it was going to be a great score. I didn’t know what she was going to get but I knew it was going to be a good one.” Her performance aided in posting the one of the highest team floor scores in Gopher history with a 49.475. On Tuesday, the Big Ten announced Williams as the Specialist of the Week for the second consecutive week.“I was pretty excited,” Williams said of the awards. “It just shows that all of my hard work in the gym is paying off.”Williams is currently ranked No.17 in the country on the floor exercise, a huge jump from her No. 40 position at the beginning of the season. Floor exercise wasn’t always Williams’ focus, who came to the University with a passion and focus for the vault. However, with a new routine this year, Williams has been able to show off more of her personality and flare, which has resulted in higher scores.On vault, Williams relies on her explosiveness, something coach Hansen said she and the team are in awe of during practice.“I don’t work on it so much; I think it just happens,” Williams said. “It just seems to come with my gymnastics.”Williams and the Gophers look to continue recent success in their final regular-season meet of the year Friday March 15, taking on No. 7 Michigan, No. 19 Missouri and Centenary in Columbia, Missouri. before heading to Pennsylvania for the Big Ten championships.“I want them to keep doing what they are doing; I don’t want to change anything,” Hansen said. “Our consistency has been great; we are just trying to do the little things well. That’s the theme of the week: Everything matters [and] little things lead to big moments, so that’s what we are trying to do.”last_img read more

Live updates: MSU at Texas A&M

first_imgFollow along with Saturday’s game:MSU at Texas A&MMSU at Texas A&MLive Blog Live updates: MSU at Texas A&M window.cilAsyncInit = function() {cilEmbedManager.init()};(function() {if (window.cilVwRand === undefined) { window.cilVwRand = Math.floor(Math.random()*10000000); }var e = document.createElement(‘script’);e.async = true;var domain = (document.location.protocol == ‘http:’ || document.location.protocol == ‘file:’) ? ‘http://cdnsl.coveritlive.com’ : ‘https://cdnslssl.coveritlive.com’;e.src = domain + ‘/vw.js?v=’ + window.cilVwRand;e.id = ‘cilScript-45635ae886’;document.getElementById(‘cil-root-stream-45635ae886’).appendChild(e);}());last_img read more

Two more positive coronavirus tests in Premier League

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Two people from two Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after a second batch of testing, the Premier League said yesterday. Since the players returned to limited group training on Tuesday, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England’s top-flight clubs.“The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs,” the statement said.“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. “Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.”The Premier League said it would not be providing details of the identities of the two new positive tests.A total of 748 tests of players and club staff made up the initial round of testing on May 17-18. Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and two members of the club’s non-playing staff and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan were among six positive tests. They are all still in their seven-day isolation period.Two other Watford players are also self-isolating after coming into close contact with people who tested positive, according to manager Nigel Pearson.No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the government has given the green light for elite sport to resume from June 1, including the top-flight football. The Premier League’s “Project Restart” hopes to resume action in June, although no date has been fixed.Another round of tests are scheduled to take place tomorrow and Tuesday. All 20 clubs will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether they can move to phase two of the restart and allow full-contact training.Chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday the Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about a resumption of the top flight and that the remaining 92 games would be completed. “We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players,” he said.Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is the highest in Europe with an official figure of 36,675 as of yesterday.Germany’s Bundesliga returned to action last week with matches in empty stadiums and strict safety protocols.Spain’s government yesterday gave the go-ahead for La Liga to resume from June 8.last_img read more