Feb. 4, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team defeated Southeast Missouri State on Friday (Feb. 4) in its annual Alumni Meet. Former gymnasts that were in attendance witnessed MSU place in the top three spots in all four events in the 193.450-188.350 victory.
Redshirt sophomore Taira Neal earned her fourth title on the vault this season with a 9.825 score. Senior Alyssa Brennan and freshman Ashley Noll tallied identical marks of 9.750, which tied them for second place. Michigan State tallied a team score of 48.700 in the event.
On the uneven bars, senior Selina Rodriguez tied a career-best 9.775 to tie freshman Alina Cartwright for first place. It was Cartwright's personal-best on the bars as well. Neal followed up with a score of 9.700, which put her in third place on the bars. The Green and White finished the rotation with a 48.075 score.
Sophomore Alex Pace was the top Spartan on the balance beam with a 9.775 score. Sophomore Sarena Bumbargerearned a 9.725 score for second place, while Noll tallied a personal-best 9.700 for third in the event. The Spartans scored a team total of 48.000 on the beam.
On the floor exercise, Michigan State earned a 48.675 team score. Sophomore Dani Levy's 9.850 score was good enough for first in the event, while senior Jackie Bergput up a 9.800 score. Noll tied with Southeast Missouri's Emma Garrett for third place with a score of 9.700.
In the all-around category, Levy finished with a 37.000 score. Megan Fosnow and Angela Serafini earned the top two spots for the Redhawks with scores of 37.250 and 37.075, respectively.
The Spartans are back at home again next weekend (Feb. 11) as they host Pittsburgh in the second annual Autism Awareness Meet. Competition will begin at 7 p.m. (ET) in the Jenison Fieldhouse.