Gymnastics Succumbs to Illinois
 
 
 
Freshman Nicola Deans scored a high score of the night for the Spartans on floor exercise, 9.875.
 
Freshman Nicola Deans scored a high score of the night for the Spartans on floor exercise, 9.875.
 
 

Jan. 26, 2013

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill.Michigan State gymnastics fell to Illinois on the road, 196.125-193.350, on Saturday. 

“We improved our routines since last week,” said head coach Kathie Klages.  “We still have a lot of work to do though, in order to be competitive in the Big Ten.”

Senior Taira Neal placed first on vault, posting a season-high score of 9.850.  Sophomore Alina Cartwright was part of a three-way tie for second, scoring 9.825.  Recording a 9.775 to tie for fifth was freshman Nicola Deans.  Tying with Cartwright for second and leading Illinois on vault were Giana O’Connor and Alina Weinstein.  The Fighting Illini edged the Spartans on vault 48.925-48.875.

Leading the Spartans on uneven bars were Neal and freshman Lisa Burt notching a 9.700 to tie for sixth.  Deans tallied a 9.575 to take eighth.  Fighting Illini's Weinstein registered a 9.825 to take first place.  Illinois took uneven bars with 48.875, while MSU finished with 47.700. 

Sophomore Ashley Noll was part of a three-way tie for fourth on the balance beam, compiling a season-high 9.775.  Taking eighth for the Spartans was freshman Brittany Holmes, scoring a 9.650.  Taking first on the balance beam was O’Connor tallying a 9.850 and contributing to Illinois 49.250.  The Green and White recorded a 47.825 on the event. 

For the second consecutive week, Deans scored the highest score for MSU and season-high on floor posting a 9.875.  Deans tied for second place with Illinois’ Amber See.  Burt tied for sixth notching a season-high of 9.800.  The Fighting Illini topped the Spartans 49.250-48.950 as Weinstein led with a high of the night, 9.900. 

In the all-around competition, Burt notched a 38.800 and Cartwright posted a 36.875. Illinois took back the Victory Plank after it resided in East Lansing for one year.    

The Green and White will return home to Jenison Field House for a match-up against Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 1.