Green And White Gymnasts Battle Denver And UIC
Jan. 28, 2006
DENVER, Co. - The Spartan gymnastics squad traveled to face No. 18 Denver and No. 23 UIC for its second consecutive weekend away from East Lansing Saturday night competing at the Burnsley Invitational hosted by Denver. MSU's Kristen Coleman would take the all-around crown with a 38.700, however MSU would finish third with a 192.550 in the competition. Denver scored a meet-best 195.250 while UIC finished in second place with a 193.025 for the night.
State began the night on the balance beam event, where Briana Dicus scored a 9.700 for MSU's top mark on the apparatus. Chayla Hill posted a 9.625 followed by Megan McNally's 9.575, as the Green and White posted a 47.725 during the first rotation of the night.
Freshman Dani Fanning and McNally posted consecutive 9.500 marks to begin the second rotation of the night on the floor exercise for MSU. Hill and freshman Katlyn Roggensack each added scores of 9.650 followed by Coleman, who posted State's highest mark on the event, with a 9.725. After the first two rotations of the night, State held a 95.950 mark heading into the vault competition.
Leading the way on the vault for MSU was the duo of Coleman and Hill who posted a 9.850 and 9.825, respectively for the Spartans. Victoria Iakouina added a 9.800 while Roggensack added a new career-best 9.700. The efforts were followed by a 9.75 effort from Sarah Alexander. MSU would enter the final rotation of the night competing on the uneven bars sitting in second place with a score of 144.875 through the first three rotations of the competition.
Roggensack tallied a 9.000 for her final mark of the night finishing the all-around competition with a 37.800. Bethany Little tallied a 9.700 for the event, while Coleman's 9.750 was MSU's highest mark of the final rotation. Denver would take the individual crown on each of the four events of the evening, however Coleman's 38.700 for the night gave her the all-around competition victory.
The Spartans return to action competing at the State of Michigan Classic hosted by Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The event begins Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
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