March 10, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Spartan gymnasts competed in the first of two contests against Alaska-Anchorage on Friday (March 9) and defeated the SeaWolves 194.175-190.850.
MSU earned a 48.425 on the vault while two Spartans placed in the event. Redshirt sophomore Taira Neal tied her career-high score of 9.925 for the third time this year to win the event. Sophomore Dani Levy notched a 9.700 score for a second place finish. Senior Daneen Habascored a 9.625 on the vault to tie UAA's Shakea Sanders for third.
On the uneven bars, senior Jackie Bergwas the top gymnast with a 9.825 mark. Levy followed behind with a 9.775 score to finish in second place. SeaWolf Sariaye Jensen earned a 9.750 on the bars, which was good enough for third. The Spartans finished with a 48.575 team score in the event.
As a team, MSU scored 48.475 points and swept the awards in the floor exercise. Freshman Ashley Noll led Michigan State in the floor routine with a 9.725 score. Sophomore Gillian Carr, sophomore Sarena Bumbargerand Levy all posted 9.700 scores for a three-way tie for second place on the floor.
Sophomore Alex Pacewas the top gymnast of the night on the balance beam with a personal-best score of 9.900. Neal earned second place on the beam with a 9.800 score and UAA's Kaelei Spoor finished third with a 9.750 mark. Michigan State had the highest event score of the night on the beam with a 48.700.
For the all-arounders, Levy was the top gymnast with a 38.850 score. Three SeaWolves competed in the all-around and Kathleen Mantell had the highest all-around score for UAA with a 38.075 mark.
Michigan State will conclude competition with Alaska-Anchorage on Sunday (March 11) at 6 p.m. (ET). Fans can catch all the action through a live scoring link and a free live video stream provided by UAA.