March 17, 2001
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's gymnastics team defeated Missouri 195.000-194.125 during its final home meet of the 2001 season on Sat., March 17 at Jenison Field House.
MSU said goodbye to its senior class of Toni Duce (Rochester Hills), Elisabeth Forshier (South St. Paul, Minn.), Melissa Green (East Lansing) and Lori Ruane (Granger, Ind.). During her career, Forshier became one of the most acclaimed vaulters in MSU history, setting the second highest score in school history (9.900) three times on that event. Green also tied school records on the uneven bars and floor during her career, while Ruane, who competed in every meet during her career, posted consistent scores on both the vault and floor.
As a team, the Spartans earned their highest score of the season on the floor with a 49.200.
"Senior Day is always emotional because we have such great team camaraderie," MSU head coach Kathie Klages said. "I am very pleased and proud of what the team was able to pull off tonight under the emotional distress that we all go through on Senior Day."
Forshier finished her final home meet with a win on the vault, scoring a 9.750. On the uneven bars, Green was victorious while tying her season high of 9.900.
Ruane won the floor competition during her last home meet with a career-high tying 9.900. She also finished third on the vault with a 9.725 and fourth on the balance beam, where she set a career high 9.800.
"Green and Ruane are extremely talented and have really helped the program out during their last four years, so we are very, very happy to be able to send them out with 9.900's," Klages said.
Sophomore Christy Linder (Fremont, Ohio) won the all-around competition with a 39.225. She earned the highest MSU score on the balance beam, placing second with a career-high 9.875. Linder also took fourth on the vault (9.700) and tied for second on the bars (9.800) and floor (9.850).
The Spartans will return to action on Saturday, March 24 at the Big Ten Championships, hosted by the University of Michigan. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m.
MSU vs. Missouri
Vault Bars Beam Floor Total Michigan State 48.500 48.875 48.425 49.200 195.000 Missouri 48.100 48.600 48.650 48.775 194.125