Feb. 9, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Michigan State gymnastics team recorded a season-high score of 194.850 against Iowa and UIC on Friday, Feb. 8. Overall, MSU placed second as a team in the tri-meet, while Iowa posted a 195.875 to claim the win and UIC finished with a score of 193.225.
"I'm thrilled that the team was able to put together a competitive performance," said head coach Kathie Klages. "We saw confidence in the athletes and I think this will be a huge confidence booster for them. This puts them in a comfortable place before we go back home to compete against Ohio State. They've worked so hard and it's good to see the effort is paying off. We still have room for improvement, but I thought that on bars and beam we had some great landings on the dismount. I'm really pleased that they won two out of the four events tonight."
Senior captain Taira Neal and sophomore Alina Cartwright both earned a 9.825 to tie for first place on vault. Recording a 9.725 on the event to tie for ninth was freshman Nicola Deans. The Spartans took first on vault with a score of 48.775. The Flames followed with a 48.675 and the Hawkeyes were close behind with a 48.650.
Leading MSU on the uneven bars was freshman Lisa Burt who tied for fifth. Earning a 9.800, Burt tied her career-high on uneven bars for the third time this season. Taking eighth in the competition was Neal with a 9.775. Freshman Kate Filosi tallied a 9.700 to place eleventh in the event. Iowa's Emma Willis posted the high-score of the night on bars (9.875) to contribute to a 49.175 overall score for the Hawkeys. UIC finished the event recording 48.550 to edge out MSU's 48.450.
Cartwright paced the Spartans on the balance beam, registering a career-high 9.825 giving her second place in the event. Sophomore Ashley Noll and Neal both notched a 9.800 to be part of a four-way tie for third place on the event. Neal's 9.800 set a career-high and also marked her first time participating on beam this season. Placing first on the event was Hawkeye Jessica Morreale with a score of 9.875. Michigan State took home team honors on beam, scoring a 48.850. Iowa followed with a 48.775 and UIC rounded out the competition with a 47.475.
Earning a 9.775 on floor were Burt, Deans and Noll as they led the Green and White. Matching her career-high of 9.750, junior Alex Pace tied for eleventh place. Iowa's Willis posted a 9.900 to take first. The Hawkeyes swept the next four places to record a 49.275 and win the crown on floor. MSU was second (48.775) and UIC finished third (48.525).
In the all-around competition, Burt tied for second with a compiled score of 38.925. Iowa's Allie Glover took the lead in the competition, finishing the evening with an all-around score of 39.050.
The Spartans will return home next weekend to compete against Ohio State in their annual Autism Awareness meet that will air on the Big Ten Network. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.