Spartan Gymnastics Captures Quad With A Season-High 195.525
Freshman Lea Mitchell earns her second all-around title of the season.
Final Stats | Meet Results
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State gymnastics celebrated its 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Meet with a season-high score of 195.525 in a quad meet at Jenison Field House on Saturday night.
Eastern Michigan finished second with a score of 194.950, while the Spartans B1G rival Rutgers was third with a score of 194.225. Pittsburgh rounded out the quad, finishing fourth with a 193.125.
For the second time in three meets freshman Lea Mitchell captured the all-around the title with a season-high 39.325. Her previous high was a 39.000 at Minnesota on Jan. 20.
The Spartans improved to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Big Ten action.
“I can’t be happier for our beam squad, they put it together tonight. When we got past beam I was like let’s go to floor and just do what you do,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “It was really nice. Bars is getting stronger by the week. Vault was our season-high and it was nice to start out with that 48.850 because that was a big jump for us.”
The Spartans started out the quad meet on vault, scoring a season-high 48.850. Junior Roya Shirley and freshman Lea Mitchell came out strong scoring matching 9.825 scores to finish first. Both scores were career highs. Senior Anna Gamelo and freshman Michelina Lupinetti both scored season-high scores 9.75, which was tied for seventh.
Michigan State followed with a strong showing on bars with another season-high score of 48.875. MSU finished 1-3 on bars. Senior Hailee Westney earned tied her career high with a 9.90, reaching that mark twice last season. Westney earned her first bar win of the season. Junior Jessica Ling finished second with a 9.850, which was her best mark of the season. With a personal-best score of, 9.825, Mitchell finished tied for third.
“I was really excited because we had some newbies in tonight and they all stepped up and did their job. Lea Mitchell going 39.325 and winning the all-around, that’s stellar for her. She hasn’t been happy with her performances since she’s been here – she’s her own worst enemy – so tonight had to be a big boost for her,” added Rowe.
MSU moved to beam, earning a 48.550. Mitchell finished third with a season-best score of 9.800. Lupinetti finished seventh with a score of 9.775, while senior Victoria Huehn was tied for ninth, earning a 9.725.
The Spartans sealed the victory with a season-high score of 49.250 on floor, which was tied for the 23rd-best score in school history. At the N.C. State Invitational in 2000, MSU also achieved a score of 49.250. Junior Brittni Chappell, junior Drew Hendershot and Mitchell all finished tied for second with scores of 9.875.
The Spartans will compete against Penn State in the Tumbles and Takedowns meet next Sunday at 1 p.m. inside Jenison Field House.