March 15, 2014
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State used a season-best score on the uneven bars and career days from all-arounders Lisa Burt and Alina Cartwright to post a season-best 196.200 and finish third at the Big Ten Quad Meet on Saturday afternoon at Jenison Field House. Both athletes set new personal career bests (Burt in the vault, Cartwright on the beam) in posting their career-best all-around scores on the day.
"This really was an excellent day for us," said head coach Kathie Klages. "We got exceptional performances from Lisa Burt and Alina Cartwright. Lisa was just absolutely in the zone today, and she and Alina pushed one another in such a positive way today with their performances. We really had such strong performances across the board, and it was a really good time for us to compete at the level we did today."
Nebraska won the meet with a 197.050, which was good enough to win a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. Illinois finished second (196.875), followed by the Spartans (196.200) and Ohio State (195.675).
Perhaps MSU's strongest event was the beam, where Burt and Cartwright (along with Husker standout Jessie DeZiel) tied for the event win, each with a 9.90. It was a career best for Cartwright and a season best for Burt. Alex Pace was tied for ninth with a 9.825, followed by Brittany Holmes (17th, 9.75) Ashley Noll (9.675) and Holly Ryan (9.65). As a team, MSU scored a 49.050, tied with its performance on bars for its best of the day.
MSU's season-best 49.050 on the bars was a huge shot in the arm for the team, paced by Burt - she finished third with her 9.875, a season best for the sophomore. Mackenzie Smith was tied for 11th with her 9.825, followed by Cartwright (T-15th, 9.8), Ashley Noll (T-19th, 9.75), and Brittany Holmes (9.72). Emily Wong of Nebraska won the event with a 9.925.
Michigan State opened on the floor, where Dani Levy had a season best 9.875 (tying her career best set last March against Michigan) to lead the Spartans, finishing in third. Elena Lagosk was MSU's second-hghest finisher, where she posted a sixth-place 9.85. Lisa Burt matched her season-best 9.825, tied with Cartwright and Kira Frederick for 8th place. Wong won the floor in addition to her win on the bars, posting a 9.95, followed by Amber See of Illinois (9.925) and Levy.
On vault, Dani Levy was MSU's top finisher with a 9.85, tied with teammate Cartwright and five others for ninth. Lisa Burt posted a 9.8, while Gillian Carr and Ashley Noll each posted a 9.7. Buckeye Tenille Funches and Illini Amber See and Erin Buchanan finished in a three-way tie for first, each with a 9.9.
In the all-around competition, Burt and Cartwright took third and fourth, respectively, behind the duo of Emily Wong (39.625) and Jessie DeZiel (39.425) of Nebraska. W
MSU now turns its attention to the Big Ten Championships, which will be contested next weekend in State College, Penn.