Senior Spartan gymnast Alina Cartwright is no exception to the wave of highs and lows
The Spartans earned a No. 5 seed in the Iowa State Region of the 2015 Regional Championships
Senior Alina Cartwright led the Spartans on vault, bars and beam at the 2015 Big Ten Championships
This marks the first time MSU has had two gymnasts named to the First Team since Rhiannon Banda-Scott and assistant coach Nicole Curler were in 2007-08
The Spartans tied for third with a 195.250 team score in Lincoln, Nebraska
2014: Voted First-Team All-Big Ten...Placed in the top three in the all-around competition in seven meet, winning the title on three occasions... Matched a career high of 9.950 on vault against Penn State (Jan. 25)... Notched a season-high bars score of 9.800 at Southeast Miss. State (Mar. 7) and at the B1G Quad Meet (Mar. 15)...Matched a career best of 9.900 on beam at the B1G Quad Meet (Mar. 15)... Compiled a career-high score of 9.875 on floor against Penn State (Jan. 25) and at Texas Woman's Tri-meet (Mar. 9)... Earned an all-around career high of 39.375 at the B1G Quad Meet (Mar. 15)... Finished eighth in the region and tied for fifth in the conference on vault... Tied for 31st in the nation for all-around...Named Big Ten Gymnast to Watch.
2013: Placed top three in an event 13 times on the season...Earned first place on vault against Western Michigan (Jan. 12) after posting a 9.900...Marked a season-best of 9.825 on bars against Minnesota (Feb. 1)...Tied for first on vault posting a 9.825 against Iowa/UIC (Feb. 8)...Took first in the all-around competition, compiling a 39.075 against Ohio State (Feb. 16)...Posted a career-best of 9.850 on the balance beam against Michigan (March 2)...Registered a career-high 9.950 to tie for second on vault at Denver (March 16) and to tie for third place in the MSU all-time record book...Earned a career-high of 39.125 in the all-around competition at Big Ten Championships (March 23).
2012: Made her collegiate debut in a scrimmage against Western Michigan, competing in the all-around...Recorded a personal-best 9.775 score on the bars on six different occasions this year, including at the 2012 NCAA Auburn Regional...Posted career and season-high scores on the vault (9.800) at UAA and on the beam (9.775) vs. Western Michigan...Earned her first uneven bars title with a 9.775 vs. Illinois State...Earned her first top-three placement on the vault with a 9.725 at Iowa.
Prior to Michigan State: Attended Neuqua Valley High School with an expected graduation date of June 2011 ... Competed at Legacy Elite under the direction of Jiani and Yuejiu Wu ... Competed Level 10 in 2010 ... Finished eighth in the all-around, third on the floor and sixth on the vault at the 2010 Junior Olympic Nationals ... Won the vault at the 2010 regionals, to originally earn an alternate spot for the Junior Olympic Nationals ... Placed first on the vault and third on the floor at the 2010 state championships ... Competed Level 9 in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... Finished first on the vault and third in the all-around at the 2009 state championships ... At the 2009 regionals, placed first on the beam, floor and in the all-around ... Won the vault and the all-around crown at Level 9 Easterns.
Personal: Born July 9, 1993 in Naperville, Ill. ... Daughter of Lavada & Marc Cartwright ... Majoring in advertising.