This episode features gymnastics 101, a recap of the Big Ten Championships, a brief gymnastics history lesson, a preview for the NCAA Regionals, and much more!
The Lady Spartans are back at Jenison Field House this weekend after returning home from a quad meet in Texas.
Last week against Oklahoma, Minnesota and Texas, the Spartans placed fourth with a total score of 194.350, even with season-high scores on vault and floor. Sophomore Lisa Burt had a standout performance, winning the all-around competition for the third time this year, with a score of 39.225. Teammate Alina Cartwright tied for second place, finishing just behind Burt with a total of 39.200.
In a close contest, MSU gymnastics lost to the Western Michigan Broncos Friday night.
Western Michigan scored a season-high 195.00 to defeat the Michigan State Spartans, who had a score of 194.775. Even though this was another loss for Michigan State, this was their highest score of the season.
Saturday evening No. 25 MSU will be hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes. In the last meeting between the conference rivals the Spartans won 82-68.
In the Spartans last game they lost to No.22 Nebraska, 76-56. Aerial Powers led the team with 17 points and seven rebounds. MSU shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) in that the game, which is below their season average of 45 percent.
MSU hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night for the eighth annual Jan Howard Breast Cancer Awareness Meet. Jenison Field House was filled with fans wearing pink to show their support. Reaching over 900 fans in attendance, this was a season high for MSU gymnastics.
“It was awesome to have so many fans sitting in the crowd in pink,” MSU coach Kathie Klages said. “It just warms my heart to see that many people out to support this cause.”
The Michigan State gymnastics team is still in search of their first victory after Friday night’s effort against No. 4 Michigan. This was the team’s first away meet of the season. The final score of the meet was 196.800 – 193.900 and was a 1.15 increase from the Spartan’s previous meet.
The Spartans started out on the uneven bars for the first time this season. It turned out to be to MSU’s advantage as they posted a 48.675, which was their highest score of the season. Spartan Lisa Burt led the event with a season-high 9.8. Also, Ashley Noll posted her career high score of 9.750 and Michigan’s Joanna Sampson won the event with a 9.975.
MSU welcomed Penn State to Jenison Field House on Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions dominated as a team with a score of 194.825-192.750. MSU is now 0-3 on the season and Penn State is 7-1.
Led by senior Kassidy Stauder, the Nittany Lions won all events except the floor and all-around. Five of the top seven performers on the bars were from PSU. Although Penn State got the victory, head coach Jeff Thompson was displeased. For the third time this season there were two falls from the beam. Thompson was also surprised by the Spartans’ performance.