MSU Gymnastics Defeats UIC, 194.275-194.075
The Spartan victory was highlighted by several first-place finishes for the Green and White.
CHICAGO – Michigan State gymnastics defeated UIC by a final score of 194.275-194.075 on Sunday afternoon in Chicago on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Spartan victory was highlighted by first-place finishes on three events: including vault, bars and beam. Freshman Lea Mitchell and senior Hailee Westney led the Spartan squad, tying for first on beam with a score of 9.825.
Mitchell was the lone competitor in the all-around competition for the Green and White, placing second with a score of 39.000.
Along with Westney’s first-place finish on beam, the Milton, Ontario native won the bars competition, tallying a score of 9.825.
Michigan State started the afternoon on bars where it earned a 48.675 on the event. Freshman Anne Maxim earned a 9.775, good for second and her highest podium finish as a Spartan. Junior Jessica Ling finished third on bars with a score of 9.750 and placing a Spartan in the top three spots on bars.
“Bars started out with some missed handstands and a few with missed stuck landings that ended up leaving us at 48.675. Hailee Westney won the bar title with a 9.825, with Anne Maxim at 9.775 and Jessica Ling at 9.75,” said head coach Mike Rowe of the performance on bars.
Next MSU headed to vault with junior Drew Hendershot and Maxim both tying for first with scores of 9.800. Hendershot’s first-place finish on vault was her highest finish of 2018 and in just her second time competing on vault in 2018. Senior Anna Gamelo finished fifth in the event for the Green and White, who totaled a score of 48.700.
“We had Anna Gamelo and Drew Hendershot back to twisting their Yurchenko fulls and Anne Maxim returned to the lineup tying Drew for first with 9.8’s. Unfortunately, Michelina Lupinetti went down landing short and had to be pulled from beam. Vault was our high event with a 48.700,” added Rowe.
Hendershot and Mitchell were the top two scorers for the Spartans on floor, tying for second with 9.775’s. The Spartans compiled a score of 48.675 on the floor.
“We’re still in a position of only being able to put up five on floor, but they all hit tonight with Lea and Drew tying for second at 9.775.”
The Spartans final rotation came on beam, where they scored a 48.225 led by first place finishes from Westney and Mitchell. Senior Victoria Huehn finished in fourth place on the event, with a score of 9.750.
“We were disappointed tonight, as we didn’t transfer the details we needed to pick up the small half-tenths as we had been all week in the gym and know that we’re a better team than what showed up today. A few great performances can’t carry the team to qualify to postseason, everyone has to do their part. That will be the focus for three days this week as we hit the road to Oregon State next weekend,” said Rowe.
MSU wraps up the regular season next weekend when it travels to Oregon State on Saturday, March 10 for a meet slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.
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