Spartan Gymnasts Defeat Illinois State
Jan. 28, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State Gymnastics team earned its second win of the season as they defeated Illinois State 194.400-193.625 on Saturday (Jan. 28). The Spartans notched season-high scores on the bars, beam and floor exercise in the sixth annual Jan Howard Memorial Flip for the Cure Meet.
MSU began the event on the vault and took the top two spots and tied for third. Redshirt sophomore Taira Neal led the Spartans with a 9.850 score and first place finish, while freshman Ashley Noll earned a 9.775, good enough for second. Senior Daneen Habascored 9.750, which tied her for third place with Illinois State's Elise Gray.
Michigan State then took to the uneven bars, where the Spartans swept the event with two career-best performances. Sophomore Dani Levy scored a personal-best 9.875 and placed first. Senior Jackie Bergfollowed up with a 9.825 performance, finishing in second place. Neal also posted career-best numbers on the bars with a 9.775.
Sarena Bumbargerwas the only Spartan to place in the balance beam rotation. The sophomore tallied a 9.775 score and finished in second place. Illinois State's Melissa Mann was first in the event with a 9.825 score and Tori Sarantakis was third with a 9.725 score.
MSU dominated again in the floor exercise, taking the top five spots. Levy led the Spartans in the rotation with a 9.850 tally, while Noll earned a 9.825 score for second place. Senior Alyssa Brennanscored a personal-best of 9.775 to tie with Berg for third place.
In the all-around category Levy earned a 38.675 mark to top Illinois State's Samantha King.
Michigan State will be back in action next Saturday (Feb. 5) to host Southeast Missouri State in the annual Alumni Meet at 7pm in Jenison Field House. The Spartans will welcome back several former members of both the men's and women's squads to the floor following the meet to be introduced to the crowd.
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