March 9, 2014
DENTON, Texas – Sophomore Lisa Burt took first-place honors in the all-around competition, and though the Spartans posted season-high scores on vault and floor exercise, MSU finished fourth in a quad meet at Kitty Magee Arena on Sunday. No. 3 Oklahoma won the meet with a score of 198.150, 12th-ranked Minnesota posted a score of 196.275 to finish in second place, host Texas Women’s University placed third with a score of 194.775 and Michigan State finished fourth with a score of 194.350.
“It was nice to see Lisa (Burt) and Alina (Cartwright) go one-and-two in the all around,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “I thought they handled the weekend well, especially being able to pull off our top floor score on the second day of a two-meet weekend. We started on floor with a really good performance and were very excited. We managed to get through vault with another season high, so we were really pleased with how the meet had started. With bars, it was a little bit tougher with the scoring, but still hit five-out-of-six routines and felt like things were rolling pretty nicely.
“We felt like we had been doing so well on beam this year that there was really no need for concern from the coaching staff that we were finishing on beam. We finished on beam so many times this season at away meets. But they fell apart. Three stayed on the beam and three fell off the beam, so it was not a good performance for us to finish the competition.”
Earning a total of 39.225 in the all-around competition, Lisa Burt won the all-around crown for the third time this season, third of her career. Teammate Alina Cartwright tied for second place as she posted a total of 39.200.
MSU started strong on the floor exercise with a 49.275, improving its season-high score for the second meet in-a-row. Freshman Elena Lagoski paced the Spartans by scoring a 9.900 for the second-straight meet, tying for sixth in the event. She was followed by Cartwright, who tied her career-high score of 9.875 to tie for eighth overall. Senior Dani Levy posted a season-high on the event, earning a 9.850 to place 11th. Oklahoma’s Maile’ana Kanewa took first-place with a score of 9.950 to lead her team to a win in the event with a score of 49.575.
The Spartans continued their momentum on vault, posting another season-high score of 48.950. Posting a 9.900 for the fourth time this season, Cartwright led the Spartans on the event with a sixth-place finish. Levy and junior Ashley Noll each earned a score of 9.800, while Lisa Burt recorded a score of 9.750 on the event. With a score of 49.625, Oklahoma again took first place on the event led by another 9.950 from Kanewa.
Moving on to the uneven bars, Michigan State earned a total of 48.575 led by Burt’s score of 9.825 for a seventh-place finish. Earning a score of 9.700 each, Noll and Levy tied again for 10th place on the event. Taylor Spears of Oklahoma won the event with a score of 9.975, leading her team to another event title with a score of 49.525.
After committing two falls, the Spartans couldn’t recover on the balance beam and earned a team total of 47.550. Leading MSU again was Burt, who recorded a 9.800 to tie for eighth. Cartwright earned a score of 9.750 to place 13th, while sophomore Brittany Holmes rounded out the Spartans in the top 20 with a score of 9.625. Oklahoma took home the win on beam with a score of 49. 425, led by a 9.925 from Chayse Capps.
The Spartans will return home to host a Big Ten quad-meet on Saturday, March 15 with Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State. First rotation is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. at Jenison Field House.