Gymnastics Falls in Home Opener to No. 16 Washington, 193.175-191.875
Taira Neal places first on vault with 9.850 mark.
Jan. 6, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State gymnastics team kicked off the regular season at Jenison Field House against No. 16 Washington on Friday, Jan. 6. The Spartans fought hard but were unable to come away with a victory, falling to the Huskies 193.175-191.875.
"We did really well on three events and we struggled on the balance beam," said head coach Kathie Klages. "What's frustrating from a coaching aspect is we think that may be our strongest event. It is the first meet, we had some wonderful performances, we had great performances from a number of our athletes and it is good to just get out here and compete and know what we have to do to get better."
The Spartans were led on vault by sophomore Taira Neal with a score of 9.850, tying her for first place. Senior Daneen Haba and freshman Ashley Noll both posted marks of 9.725, tied for fourth. Amanda Cline led the Huskies with a 9.850 and Ruby Engreitz scored a 9.775. Washington edged the Spartans by a score of 48.500 to 48.700.
Senior Jackie Berg was the top Spartan on the uneven bars with a mark of 9.775. Berg's score placed her second in the event. Ruby Engreitz posted a 9.825 to win the event. Lauren Rogers scored a 9.775, tying Berg's mark for second place. UW took top team honors for the event with a 48.575 to a 48.475 differential.
Sophomore Dani Levi was the top Spartan on the balance beam with a 9.625 score. Paige Bixler and Megan Whitney finished first and second in the event respectively. Bixler finished with a 9.825 while Whitney posted a 9.800. MSU trailed the Huskies on the beam, 48.825 to 46.875.
Jackie Berg placed second on the floor exercise with a 9.775 score. McKenzie Fechter placed first for UW with a 9.800 score. The Spartans topped UW on the floor, 48.025-47.075.
Ruby Engreitz led all-arounders with a 39.000 score. Dani Levy led MSU and finished in fourth, tallying a mark of 38.000.
The Spartans return to action Friday, Jan. 13, when the travel to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 8 p.m.