Gymnastics Places Second at Michigan Classic
Feb. 7, 2010
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Competing in its last quad meet of the season, the No. 21 Michigan State gymnastics team (8-3, 3-2 Big Ten) traveled to Western Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 7, for the Michigan Classic. As a team, the Spartans finished the event in second with a score of 194.550. Senior Rochelle Robinson sparked MSU on the uneven bars with her first-place score of 9.800.
"I thought the girls performed well today here at the Michigan Classic," said head coach Kathie Klages. "It was nice to once again not have to count a fall in our scores today. But, credit goes out to Central Michigan for such strong performances from all of their girls in their win. I though Nicole Curler and Shanthi Teike both preformed well for us in the all-around. Nicole Argiros competed in the all-around for the first time in her career, so we are extremely proud of her for stepping up for us. "
Central Michigan placed first as a team with a score of 194.975, followed by MSU. Eastern Michigan was third with a score of 191.250, with Western Michigan rounding up the competition in fourth with a 190.875.
On the vault, junior Nicole Argiros placed second with her vault of 9.825. Junior Kelsey Morley finished in a three-way tie for third with a 9.800. Joining Morley in third was Erin Grigg and Nikole Viltz, both of Eastern Michigan. Kristin Teubner of Central Michigan finished first with a score of 9.875. The Chippewas led all teams on the event with a score of 48.875, followed by the Spartans' 48.750. The Eagles placed third with a 48.225, while the Broncos finishing in fourth with a 47.775.
On the bars, Robinson finished first ahead of Meghan Donovan of Western Michigan and Katie Simon of Central Michigan, who each tied for second with scores of 9.775. MSU was the top team on the bars with its score of 48.625. CMU followed in second with a 48.475 mark. The Broncos placed third (47.750) while EMU was fourth (47.125).
Senior Nicole Curler's score of 9.725 on the beam was the top score for MSU today. CMU's Simon earned first-place honors with a 9.800. Finishing in a three-way tie for second with a 9.775 mark was Kaylyn Millick of Eastern Michigan, and Andrea de la Garza and Britney Taylor of CMU. Central Michigan was the top team as it posted a score of 48.775. The Spartans finished second (48.200) while EMU placed third (47.825). WMU rounded up the competition in fourth with a 46.525.
Senior Emily Lopatofsky performed a floor routine that earned her a score of 9.850, good enough for third-place. Kristine Garbarino of Western Michigan and Teubner of CMU finished tied for first with a 9.875 mark. The Green and White was the top team on the floor as it recorded a score of 48.975. The Broncos placed second with a 48.875, while CMU was third with 48.850. The Eagles finished fourth with a 48.075 score.
In the all-around, Katie Simon of CMU placed first with a score of 39.175. Curler placed second with a 39.075 mark, while Britney Taylor of Central Michigan rounded out the top-three finishers in third with a 38.950 score.
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 14, when they travel to Champaign, Ill. for a meet against Illinois at 3 p.m. ET. This meet will also mark the debut of "The Victory Plank", a trophy presented to the annual winner between the two schools.
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