Gymnastics Tops Alaska-Anchorage
March 11, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Spartan gymnasts wrapped up competition in Alaska with a 195.425-192.625 win over Alaska-Anchorage on Sunday (March 11). MSU posted season-high scores on the vault and beam and ten Spartans tied or beat their career-best marks.
Michigan State started the night on the uneven bars and earned a team score of 48.825. Senior Jackie Berg notched a 9.850, which proved to be the top score of the night. UAA's Emily Peterson finished in second place with a 9.775 mark while senior Selina Rodriguez, senior Daneen Haba and redshirt sophomore Taira Neal tied for third with 9.750 score.
In the next rotation, MSU posted a 49.175 team score on the vault. Freshman Ashley Noll tabbed a new career-high in the event with a 9.875 to tie with Neal for first place. Haba also beat her personal-best with a 9.825 on the vault and third place finish.
Sophomore Sarena Bumbarger led the Spartans on the balance beam with a career-high 9.925 and first place finish. Neal and Noll posted personal-best scores of 9.850 to tie for second place. Michigan State finished with a 49.225 on the beam, which is tied for sixth highest beam score in school history.
In the floor exercise, the Spartans earned a 48.200 team score and took home the top two awards. Berg tied her personal-best 9.850 score in the rotation to place first. Senior Alyssa Brennan also tied her career-high score of 9.800 for a second place finish. Morgan Cook was the third-place gymnast with a 9.775 mark.
Sophomore Dani Levy was the top gymnast in the all-around category with a 38.900 score. Sariaye Jenson and Cook competed in the all-round for UAA, scoring 38.400 and 38.175, respectively.
Michigan State will conclude the regular season next week when they face intra-state rival Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Action will begin on Friday (March 16) at 6 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.