Jan. 18, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – In a meet that came down to the final routine, the Michigan State gymnastics team fought hard but dropped a 192.525-193.025 decision to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon at Jenison Field House. Lisa Burt paced the Spartans with two individual titles on the uneven bars and balance beam to win the all-around competition with a score of 38.775.
“It was an exciting meet because it did come down to the wire,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “The problem was that both teams made a lot of mistakes, so that doesn’t always feel good as a coach. We fought hard, but we just didn’t have it today. I’m really proud of what the kids had to endure. They are a lot better team than what we saw them perform today. We will just get back in the gym, working hard and hopefully see improvements this week.”
The Spartans started off the meet on the vault, led by Ashley Noll with a season-high score of 9.725 to place second overall. She was followed by Lisa Burt who tied for fourth overall with a 9.675, and Kate Filosi and Dani Levy who tied for eighth with a score of 9.625. Pittsburgh’s Brittney Harris led the Panthers on the vault who totaled a team score of 48.450 to edge the Spartans’ score of 48.250.
With a season high score of 9.8, Burt led MSU on the uneven bars to pick up an individual win in the event. Brittany Holmes tied her career-high score of 9.725 on the bars to place fourth overall. With a score of 9.625, Kate Filosi tied for sixth place. Having to count a fall, MSU compiled a team bars score of 47.400 to Pittsburgh’s 48.375.
Burt continued to pace the Spartans on the balance beam with her first-place score of 9.825. Alex Pace and Elena Lagoski tied for fourth as both scored 9.725, followed by Holmes and Holly Ryan who each scored 9.700 to tie for sixth overall. Michigan State outscored Pittsburgh on the event 48.675-47.575.
MSU concluded the meet on the floor exercise, led by a second-place overall score of 9.775 by Dani Levy. She was followed by Lagoski, who tied for fourth with a score of 9.725. In her debut on the floor, Ryan scored a 9.625 to place eighth overall. Pittsburgh earned a team total of 48.625 led by Lindsay Offutt’s 9.8 to edge out the Spartan’s floor total of 48.200.
The Spartans will be back in action as they welcome Penn State next weekend for the annual Autism Awareness Meet on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Jenison Field House.