Gymnastics Falls To Illinois, 194.200-193.275.
Feb. 19, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's gymnastics fell to Illinois, 194.200-193.275, on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Jenison Field House, as the Illini snapped the Spartans' undefeated home record.
"We worked hard today," Michigan State head coach Kathie Klages said. "We're disappointed about the loss to Illinois, but you have to give them kudos because they got it done. Now, we're just going to focus on improving throughout the remainder of the season. We have a lot of meets ahead of us, so we're looking forward to the challenge."
In the first rotation, Michigan State posted 47.775 on vault, an event in which the Spartans have struggled in recent weeks, due to injuries limiting its lineup. But State managed a solid showing, led by sophomores Victoria Iakounina and Kristen Coleman, as well as junior Leia Langhoff, who all posted 9.700 in the event.
The Spartans moved on to bars next, and recorded 48.250 as a team, led by sophomore Kristen Coleman (9.725).
After that, MSU took the beam, where it produced a 48.300, led by Sarah Alexander's 9.775 performance.
State closed out competition on the floor, where the Spartans had their best showing of the day, and posted 48.950 as a team. Chayla Hill and Jennifer Yarbrough had standout performances on the floor, posting 9.850 and 9.825, respectively.
"The highlight of my day was watching Chayla and Jennifer perform so well on the floor," senior Kristin Merritt said. "It was out best event of the meet and they really helped to turn things around for us."
"I'm pleased with my performance," Hill said. "Any time that I can contribute to the team and help us out, I'm happy. That's always my main goal."
Up next, the Spartans head East on Saturday, Feb. 26 to take on Pittsburgh, Bowling Green and James Madison. The meet, hosted by Pittsburgh, is set for 8 p.m.
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