Spartans Post 194.950 In Loss At No. 7 Michigan Saturday
Westney shares bars title with season-high tying 9.875
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan State gymnastics just missed tallying its third-straight score of 195.000 or better, finishing with a 194.950 in a dual at No. 7 Michigan Saturday afternoon at the Crisler Center.
The host Wolverines posted a 197.250, winning at least a share of all four individual event titles and the all-around top honor.
Spartan senior Hailee Westney claimed a share of the uneven bars title, tying her season-high with a 9.875 for the third time this season. Westney posted a 9.800 or higher for the fifth time in six meets this season.
MSU had topped the 195.000 mark in the previous two outings, narrowly missing for the third time in row with Saturday’s performance. The Spartans tied their season-high on vault with a 48.850, while posting their second-highest bars score of the season with a 48.975. Michigan State also had a 48.475 on beam and a 48.650 on floor.
“We started out the meet great tonight, with almost bettering our season best from last week on bars. We went to vault and tied our season best. Going into floor, we had a few unexpected occurrences, and we know we’re a much better floor squad then that,” MSU head coach Mike Rowe said. “With that being said, a couple people may have had trouble leaving floor behind them, and it affected a couple of our beam performances. We have high expectations to start bringing in better scores on the road, and we’re perfectly capable of achieving that.”
Michigan’s 197.250 came from a 49.300 on vault, 49.125 on bars, 49.425 on beam and a 49.400 on floor.
Syd Townsend won the vault for the Wolverines with a 9.900, in addition to Polina Shchennikova and Brianna Brown joining Westney in sharing the bars crown, all with 9.875s. Shchennikova and Lauren Farley tied for top honors on beam, each with a 9.925, while Emma McLean won the floor with a 9.950. Brown was the top all-around gymnast with a 39.400.
For the Spartans, there were seven scores that either tied or set a season-high in the meet, including six career-bests.
Shirley tied a career high on two events, with a 9.825 on vault and a 9.800 on bars. Mitchell set a personal best with a 9.825 on beam. Fellow freshman Michelina Lupinetti set a new career high on vault with a 9.800, setting or tying her top score for the fifth-straight performance. Senior Tessa Jaranowski tied a career high on vault, logging a 9.675, for her second career-best mark in a row. Classmate Victoria Huehn also tied a career-high, posting a 9.825 on beam.
Michigan State opened on bars, with Westney’s title-tying 9.875 performance coming in the anchor position. Mitchell’s lead-off performance, Shirley in the three-spot and freshman Anne Maxim in the fourth-spot all posted a 9.800 for a three-way tie for fifth.
Moving to vault for the second rotation, Shirley tied for fourth with a 9.825 from the number four spot in the lineup. Lupinetti was seventh with a 9.800, while Mitchell and senior Anna Gamelo tied for eighth with a 9.775 apiece.
On floor for rotation three, freshman Tristan Brown was the top Spartan with a 9.800, finishing sixth from the number two spot in the rotation. Junior Brittini Chappell was seventh with 9.775 and Mitchell was eighth with a 9.750.
Finishing up the meet on beam, Huehn led off with a 9.825, which Mitchell matched at the fourth spot, while Lupinetti was eighth with a 9.775 from the second position in the lineup.
The Spartans return to the friendly confines of Jenison Field House for their final home regular-season meet, hosting Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Saturday will be Senior Night for MSU.