Jan. 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Spartan gymnastics team kicked off the 2013 regular season in Jenison Field House on Saturday against Western Michigan. Michigan State fell to the Broncos, 193.500-192.725.
“I think they are better than what they did out on the floor tonight,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “From a coaching standpoint, they should at least be able to hit five out of six routines. I think Alina Carwright had an outstanding meet. There are some very positive things that happened during the competition, so it’s not all negative. But when you look at the big picture, I think we are a much better team than a 192 score.”
Michigan State was led on vault by sophomore Alina Cartwright, who was the individual winner with a score of 9.90. Senior and team captain Taira Neal posted a score of 9.80 to tie for fourth, while junior Dani Levy tied for seventh-place with a score of 9.725. Rounding out the Spartans was freshman Nicola Deans posting a 9.65 in 10th-place, followed by freshman Lisa Burt and sophomore Ashley Noll tied for 11th-place with a score of 9.5. Western Michigan edged MSU by a score of 49.000 to 48.575.
On bars, Neal and Cartwright led the Spartans, tying with a score of 9.675 for fourth-place. Freshman Brittany Holmes placed eighth with a mark of 9.575, followed by Burt with a score of 9.250 for ninth. Deans and sophomore Ashley Stevenson wrapped up competition for MSU as they tied for 11th-place, both turning in a 9.05. The Broncos took the event with a team score of 48.80, while Michigan State finished with a team score of 47.225.
Burt was the top Spartan on the balance beam with a score of 9.75 to place third. MSU then claimed the fourth through seventh-place finishes with Cartwright (9.70) in fourth, Holmes (9.675) in fifth, Levy (9.65) in sixth and Noll (9.625) in seventh. Deans rounded out the Spartans with a score of 9.225 for 10th-place. MSU took the lead on the beam, edging out Western Michigan, 48.40 to 47.675.
MSU closed the night with a bang on the floor exercise as Burt tied for first with a score of 9.775, followed by Deans in third-place with a 9.725. Noll was close behind in fourth-place, posting a 9.70. Tying for fifth-place was Cartwright with a score of 9.675, while freshman Jodi Andrews (9.65) placed seventh and Holmes (9.575) finished ninth. The Spartans took a team win on the floor with a score of 48.525, while the Broncos finished with a score of 48.025.
Cartwright earned top honors for the Spartans in the all-around competition with a score of 38.95. She was followed by Burt, posting a score of 38.275 and Deans who scored a 37.65.
The Spartans are back in action as they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the Cornhuskers on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.