Feb. 21, 2014
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team made the short trip to Kalamazoo, Mich., on Friday to take on Western Michigan. Though the Spartans posted their highest team total of the season, MSU dropped a close 194.775-195.00 decision to the Broncos.
"We did better," said head coach Kathie Klages. "We posted the highest score of the season, so that was definitely an improvement. We came in very flat in warms up without a lot of energy, so I was concerned about that. But they did come back with some focus and energy during the competition. We just need to make some changes, there's no doubt about that. We struggled on floor again. The team posted four strong routines and then our last two gymnasts fell, so we had to count a fall on floor, which is unusual. It's disappointing. It felt like a fight again instead of enjoying the competition and that's what is too bad. It's just a battle week after week. However, it was nice to Lisa Burt win the all-around and put together a really good meet."
Starting off the meet on the uneven bars, the Spartans won the event with a season-best average of 48.850. Dani Levy led MSU as she improved her season-best score to earn a 9.850 for a runner-up finish. Lisa Burt placed third overall with her season-best score of 9.825, while Ashley Noll posted a career-best 9.775 to finish fourth.
MSU then moved to the vault, where Alina Cartwright posted her second-straight 9.900 to win the event. With a career-best score of 9.800, Elena Lagoski finished fourth overall. Tying her career-best score of 9.750 was Lisa Burt, who placed sixth on the event. The Spartans were outscored by the Broncos on the event, 48.775-48.850.
The Spartans continued to struggle on the floor exercise, having to count a fall to post a score 48.225. Leading MSU on the event was Burt who earned a season-best score of 9.825 to tie for second place. Cartwright finished fourth in the event with a score of 9.800, while Alex Pace tied her season-best score of 9.725 to place fifth overall.
Ending the meet with a bang, Michigan State posted a 48.925, its highest team average on the balance beam this season to win the event. Earning an individual win in the event, Burt again paced the Spartans with a season-best score of 9.850. Brittany Holmes turned in a runner-up finish with a career-best score of 9.825, while Cartwright tied for fourth with a score of 9.775.
Burt took home her second win of the season in the all-around competition, earning a season-best total score of 39.250. Cartwright and Holmes tied for third place as both tallied a score of 38.750. It was Holmes first time competing in the all-around in her Spartan career.
The Spartans will return home to host Denver at Jenison Field House for Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.