March 2, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team celebrated Senior Night with a season-high score to defeat Illinois-Chicago 195.550-195.175. Senior Alyssa Brennan had a career performance as she tied her personal-best in both events she competed in.
Michigan State began Senior Night on the vault and two Spartans tied career-best marks to take first and third place. Freshman Ashley Noll scored her personal-high 9.825 in the event to tie UIC's Chantel Turk for the top spot. Brennan posted a season-best 9.775 to tie her career-high and a take share of third place with redshirt sophomore Taira Neal. Sophomore Dani Levy tabbed a 9.750 score, which is her best of the year. MSU earned a 48.875 overall score on the vault.
On the uneven bars, Levy earned a 9.875 to tie her personal-best and finish as the top gymnast on the event. Senior Jackie Berg also placed on the bars with a 9.850, she tied with two UIC gymnasts for second place. Freshman Alina Cartwright has proved to be a consistent performer as she notched a 9.775 score on the bars for the fifth time this season. The Spartans finished with a season-high 49.075 overall score.
In the next rotation, Michigan State notched a team score of 48.700 on the balance beam. Freshman Ashley Noll was the only Spartan to place in the event. She tied her career-high 9.800 on the beam to split second place with two Flames.
The Spartans had one of their best floor performances of the year as two gymnasts tied their personal-high scores. Sophomore Sarena Bumbarger and Brennan tabbed identical marks of 9.800 to tied two UIC gymnasts for a four-way second place tie. As a team, MSU posted a 48.900 in the floor exercise.
For the all-arounders, Levy was the top gymnasts of the night with a personal-best 39.125 all around score. Andrea Skala performed in the all-around for UIC and earned a 39.100 mark.
Next up, Michigan State will hit the road to face Alaska-Anchorage in a two-meet weekend series. Action between the Spartans and the Seawolves will begin on Friday (March 9) at 11 p.m. (ET) and continue on Sunday (March 11) at 6 p.m. (ET).