Spartan Gymnastics Falls to No. 11 Oregon State
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michigan State gymnastics battled against No. 11 Oregon State, falling by a final score of 196.800-191.350 Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon.
Freshman Lea Mitchell once again had a strong meet, placing second in the all-around competition with a score of 39.075 and posting her third-highest score of the season in the all-around.
“We have the highest respect and pride for this team and how they typically deal with adversity. We encountered it once again today and were heading for having to count a zero on the floor. Ashley Beatty stepped up and completed a two-pass routine to fill the spot. When you’re putting up only five routines on two events, you’re counting what you get,” said head coach Mike Rowe.
“There’s no doubt we had trouble shaking the lower-scoring routines and getting back on track today, which is something we haven’t had a problem with this season.”
Oregon State’s McKenna Singley won the all-around competition with a score of 39.300.
The Spartans opened on bars, posting a 48.625 to kick off the competition in their strongest event of the night. Senior Hailee Westney earned a 9.850 on the apparatus, tying for second and earned her second-highest score of the season. Mitchell posted a 9.800 finishing sixth, while junior Jessica Ling recorded a 9.725, good enough for eighth place to round out the top three competitors for the Green and White.
Westney’s second-place finish marks the ninth time this season the Milton, Ontario native has finished atop the podium.
The Beavers’ Dani Dessaints finished just ahead of Westney with a 9.900.
Following the bars, MSU moved onto vault where the team tallied a score of 48.350. Freshman Anne Maxim led the way for the Spartans on vault, posting a 9.775, earning a fourth-place finish. Mitchell was right behind classmate Maxim with a 9.750 (seventh place), while senior Tessa Jaranowski earned a 9.700 (ninth place) on the event.
MSU put up a season-low on beam with a 46.900, recording uncharacteristic falls on the event. Mitchell was the highest finisher for the Green and White, finishing in seventh place with a score of 9.775.
“Lea was Lea today and stayed in her zone, producing some really good scores. She’s really great on shutting out potential distractions and getting the job done. Hailee Westney did the same on bars and Anne Maxim hit her stride on vault. We’ll be back in the gym on Tuesday, focusing on a much more successful effort at B1G Five’s.”
The Spartans moved onto floor for the final event of the night, registering a 47.475. Mitchell once again was the high score on floor with a 9.750, finishing seventh. Freshman Tristan Brown and junior Brittini Chappell put up 9.725’s on floor, tying for eighth.
Next up for the Spartans is the B1G Five meet Saturday, March 17 in East Lansing. The meet will be held inside Jenison Field House and is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.