March 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State gymnastics posted a 195.600 to defeat Pittsburgh, 195.175 on the road Friday evening. The Spartans outlasted the Panthers on vault, beam and floor.
"We are thrilled with the effort put forth tonight," said head coach Kathie Klages. "Hitting 23 for 24 routines certainly helps the total team score. Ever team member contributed to this win."
On vault, senior captain Taira Neal tied her career-high for the second consecutive week, 9.925, to earn the vault crown. Tying for second was sophomore Alina Cartwright, earning a mark of 9.825, while freshman Nicola Deans took fifth tallying a 9.800. Michigan State totaled a 49.000 on the event to edge out Pittsburgh’s score of 48.850.
Freshman Kate Filosi led the Spartans on the uneven bars, taking third with a mark of 9.825. In fourth place, freshman Lisa Burt posted a 9.800. In a three-way tie for fifth place, sophomore Ashley Stevenson registered a score of 9.750. Taking first on bars was Pittsburgh’s Brittney Harris with a 9.900. The Panthers earned a 49.000 to take the event, while the Spartans tallied a 48.775.
Leading MSU on the balance beam was Deans, notching a career-best 9.875 to take first. Next for the Spartans was Dani Levy at fifth place with a 9.750. Burt and sophomore Ashley Noll shared sixth place, each earning a mark of 9.700. Michigan State led the event 48.675-48.275.
Pacing the Spartans on floor exercise was Levy in a three-way tie for first place. Levy registered a score of 9.875 to tie her career-high score. Noll tied her career-best of 9.850 to take fourth, while Burt and Deans each recorded a score of 9.825 to tie for fifth. MSU tallied a season-high on floor with a 49.150 to push past the Panther's score of 49.050.
The Spartans head to Colorado next weekend to face Denver on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m.