EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State gymnastics put on an impressive performance on Senior Day and defeated Bowling Green, 195.600-193.600. It was the Spartans second-highest score of the season, while senior Elena Lagoski (vault), junior Lindsey Lemke (bars) and senior Nicola Deans (floor) all took home event titles to lead the Spartans, including Deans' career-high 9.950 on the floor which is tied for the fifth best individual floor exercise score in school history.
"Senior Day is a unique situation because it's bittersweet," said interim head coach Mike Rowe. "Obviously, the kids are graduating and this is their last meet in Jenison Field House, but it's sweet because we have one more opportunity to achieve the goals we have been working so hard at. Our word for the day coming into the meet was `resilience', because we knew we needed to bounce back after Friday and today we stepped up."
"Watching them grow so much over the years as they continued to raise the bar and upgrade ever year through hard work and then stepping up to where the expectations we had for them as leaders was more than we could ask for," said Rowe. "It has been a blessing and a pleasure to coach this class."
Michigan State started strong on vault with season-high 48.975. The Spartans previous high was a 48.750 at Penn State on Feb. 4. Senior Elena Lagoski led the way with a career-high score of 9.875 to take the event title. Senior Nicola Deans finished third with a score of 9.850. Junior Anna Gamelo finished tied for seventh with a 9.775.
The Spartans also captured bars with a season-high score of 49.075. MSU's previous high was 49.025 in the season opener against UIC on Jan.6. Michigan State finished 1-5 on bars led by a career-high 9.990 by junior Lindsey Lemke. Deans was second with a 9.850, while junior Hailee Westney was third with a 9.775. Sophomore Roya Shirley also added a career high with a 9.625.
Bowling Green took the top three spots on beam and MSU was led by Hailee Westney (9.825) and Victorie Huehn (9.800), who took fourth and fifth, respectively.
MSU closed out strong on with a 48.925 on floor and took the top three spots in the event. Deans has had a career year in the Green and White and nailed her last routine inside of Jenison Field House with a career-best 9.950, which is tied for the fifth best individual floor exercise score in school history. Fellow senior Elena Lagoski finished second with a 9.900 and freshman Gabriella Douglas tied for third with a 9.850.
Deans defeated Bowling Green's Lauren Feely in the all-around competition with a 39.250.
Michigan State will conclude the regular season at the Big Five Meet on Saturday, March 11, hosted by the University of Illinois. Nebraska, Maryland and Ohio State join the Spartans and the Illini at the Big Five Meet set to start at 3 p.m. (ET) on the Big Ten Network.