The Michigan State gymnastics team took third place in a quad meet at Pittsburgh on Friday night featuring the host Panthers along with West Virginia and Towson. The Spartans finished third with a score of 194.600, while West Virginia tallied a 195.700 to take first. Pitt was the runner up with a score of 195.285, while Towson registered a 194.400.
MSU’s best event of the night came on beam where it finished with a team score of 48.850. Freshman Gabriella Douglas led the Spartans and finished second overall in the event with a 9.875. Hailee Westney scored a 9.825 to finish sixth and Alexandra Hoyer and Roya Shirley each tallied a 9.750.
“Ella Douglas shined in her second-place performance and Hailee had an excellent performance to finish tied for sixth with a 9.825,” said interim head coach Mike Rowe. “We’re so proud that we started out decent on beam. Of course, we realize what we need to do to fix our little issues back in the gym. We were fired up and ready to move and rock floor. We had a few landing issues on floor and we have to continue working on regrouping and not letting one event carry over to the next if it doesn’t go as expected.”
Michigan State tied West Virginia for the top score of the night on bars with a 48.825. Nicola Deans and Lindsey Lemke led the way for MSU and finished tied for third with a 9.850. The mark tied Deans’ season high on the apparatus. Elena Lagoski finished tied for ninth with a 9.750.
“We rallied the team together going into bars to instill in them that the meet was not over and that we could still finish strong and change the results,” said Rowe. “Nicola and Lindsey tied for third with 9.85’s and it was great getting Kira Frederick back into the lineup and finishing with a 9.725 and Elena Lagoski is beginning to show some consistency with her 9.75.”
Deans and Kira Frederick were the top Spartan scorers on the floor exercise and finished tied for sixth with a 9.775. The Spartans finished with a team score of 48.500. On the vault, MSU recorded a team score of 48.425, led by Deans who finished sixth with a 9.775 and Anna Gamelo who finished 10th with a 9.750 .
The Spartans return home this weekend and will host Bowling Green for Senior Day on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jenison Field House.