Gymnastics Edges Pittsburgh
Feb. 11, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team tallied its third straight win as the Spartans edged Pittsburgh 193.875-193.475 on Saturday (Feb. 11). MSU (4-4) took home first place in three events in the second annual Autism Awareness Meet.
Taira Neal was once again the top Spartan on the vault with 9.850 score. It is the redshirt sophomore's fifth win of the year, beating out opponents in every dual meet so far. Pittsburgh earned a three-way tie for second place with Haley Sedgewick, Haley Bodenheimer and Alicia Talucci's 9.825 tallies. MSU posted a team score of 48.550 on the vault.
Senior Jackie Berg notched a 9.850 on the bars, which proved to be the top score on the uneven bars. Freshman Alina Cartwright tied her personal-best in the event with a 9.775, tying with three others for third. Pittsburgh's Alyssa Adrian earned second place with a 9.825 score. The Spartans scored a 48.850 in the rotation.
On the balance beam, sophomore Alex Pace led Michigan State with a 9.750 score and a first place finish. Pittsburgh took the next two spots with identical scores of 9.700 from Lisa Taylor and Katie O'Rourke. Cartwright performed on the beam for the first time this season, she posted a 9.675 mark. Michigan State earned a 47.950 on the beam.
Senior Alyssa Brennan had a personal-best performance in the floor exercise with a 9.800 score. She tied with Bodenheimer for second and was the only Spartan to place in the event. O'Rourke was the top gymnast on the floor with a 9.825 mark. The Spartans posted a team score of 48.525 in the event.
There was no Spartan competing in the all-around as a last-minute lineup change put freshman Gillian Carr in for sophomore Dani Levy in the floor exercise.
The Spartans will be on the road next weekend when they travel to Illinois on Friday (Feb. 17). Michigan State will resume conference action at 8 p.m. (ET) at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill.
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