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Spartans Fall To Big Ten Rival Illinois

March 12, 2006

Final Stats

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Michigan State gymnastics team dropped a narrow, 194.275-193.375, decision to the University of Illinois on Saturday, March 11, and saw its overall record fall to 11-6. Spartan captains, senior Sarah Alexander (Kernersville, N.C.) and junior Chalya Hill (Hudson, Ohio) paced the Green and White, tying for first-place on beam with identical scores of 9.750. Junior Kristen Coleman's all-around score of 38.275 placed her third overall for MSU, who was competing in its third-straight road meet.

The Spartans and Illini opened the competition in a dead heat, with MSU posting a 48.500 on bars and Illinois following suit on the vault. Junior Victoria Iakounina (Dumfries, Va.) garnered a 9.750, good for a fourth-place finish, to lead Michigan State in the event.

Freshman Briana Dicus (Rochelle, Ill.) and junior Hill kept the Green and White close after the second rotation, capturing vault scores of 9.725 to tie for second-place honors in the event. Overall the Spartans netted a 48.450 during rotation number two.

The Spartans posted a 48.225 on floor exercise to pull ahead of Illinois after the third rotation. Coleman and Alexander each boasted 9.750 scores to tie for fourth-place in the event. The Illini struggled on beam, accumulating just a 48.225, allowing MSU to inch ahead in the competition.

Hill and Alexander's 9.750 scores, captured first-place honors on beam for the Michigan State duo, but a team score of 48.400 was not good enough to hold of the charging Illini. Illinois torched the floor exercise to the tune of a 49.925 and claimed the dual meet victory. Spartan Katlyn Roggensack chipped in with a 9.725 to earn a third-place finish in the event.



Michigan State will wrap up the regular-season schedule with a March 17 meet at arch-rival Michigan. The Spartans will then host the Big Ten Championships at Jenison Field House, March 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

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