Feb. 15, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's gymnastics team traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete against the 14th-ranked Golden Gophers on Saturday. Though the Spartans fought on the road, MSU fell to Minnesota 193.700-196.025.
"I was proud of the team that they kept fighting through the errors that we made throughout the competition," said head coach Kathie Klages. "They responded and never gave up. When an error is made, it's easy to let the wind out of the sails, but they kept on fighting through. They came back with a great beam performance in our final event. There were a lot of things that went awry; nothing is coming easy this year. That's what I think is so frustrating and disappointing, not just of the coaching staff but also for the team."
MSU started the meet off on the uneven bars, an event that has plagued the team all season. However, Mackenzie Smith earned a career-best score for the second-straight meet with a 9.750. She tied teammate Dani Levy, who competed on bars for the first time this season, for fourth place overall in the event. MSU posted a team score of 48.550 win the event over Minnesota's total of 48.150.
Alina Cartwright led the Spartans on vault, posting a score of 9.900 to place second overall in the event. Elena Lagoski followed with 9.725, while Lisa Burt scored a 9.650. The team tallied a score of 48.475, trailing the Golden Gophers total of 49.250 on the event.
The Spartans struggled on the floor exercise, averaging the lowest score of the season with a total of 47.950. Levy led MSU on the event, scoring a 9.750. She was followed by Pace and Cartwright, both of which posted scores of 9.700. Minnesota again took the win in the event with a score of 49.350.
Concluding on to balance beam, the Spartans best event on the season, Cartwright again paced MSU with a score of 9.825 to place fourth overall. Alex Pace and Holly Ryan tied for the second-straight meet with a score of 9.775 to place fifth, while Brittany Holmes and Ashley Noll also tied as both gymnasts posted a score of 9.675. Minnesota outscored the Spartans on the event, 48.725-49.275.
In the all-around competition, Cartwright finished in third place with a total score of 38.325. With a all-around score of 38.000, Burt placed fourth overall in her first time competing in the event since Jan. 25 against Penn State. Earning the win in the event was Minnesota's Lindsay Mable with a score of 39.500.
The Spartans will continue on the road as the team travels in-state to take on Western Michigan on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.