Jan. 19, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – Michigan State gymnastics was unable to hold off Nebraska in its first Big Ten meet of the season. The Spartans scored 192.100, while Nebraska tallied 196.700.
“We started the meet on bars and really struggled and never quite recovered,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “Lisa Burt did a great job on bars in the all around and Alina Cartwright hit all three of her events very well. Nicola Deans really showed some competitive fire tonight scoring high on bars and floor. Next week we will get back in the gym and focus on correcting our mistakes.”
Alina Cartwright and Lisa Burt led the Spartans on vault, both scoring 9.750 and part of a three-way tie for fourth place. Nicola Deans posted 9.725 followed by Dani Levy who scored 9.650. Emily Wong led the Cornhuskers scoring 9.900 to win on vault. Nebraska took the event with a score of 49.050, while Michigan State tallied a score of 48.450.
Deans led MSU, scoring 9.825 on the uneven bars, placing her sixth in the event. Burt and Cartwright followed in seventh and eighth, scoring 9.800 and 9.750, respectively. Wong led Nebraska again as she scored 9.950 and placed first. The Cornhuskers topped the Spartans with a 49.450-47.650 differential.
Taking third on the balance beam was Burt as she tallied a 9.825. Ashley Noll picked up fifth place with a score of 9.725. Levy posted a 9.675 while Cartwright produced a 9.625. Nebraska’s Wong took home first with 9.925 as they edged Michigan State 49.150-48.150 on the event.
In impressive fashion, Deans scored the highest of the night for MSU on floor, notching 9.850 to place third in the competition. Burt tied for fifth place scoring 9.750 and Holmes tied for seventh as she notched a score of 9.725. Jodi Andrews recorded a 9.625 to tie her for ninth place in the event. The Cornhuskers topped the Green and White 49.050-47.850, with Hollie Blanske earning a mark of 9.900 to finish first.
Competing in the all around were Burt and Deans. Burt compiled a score of 39.125 and Deans registered a 38.700.
Michigan State will continue its away meets as it faces Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. ET.