Spartans Post Fourth-Best Bars Score In School History At B1G Five
Westney shares bars title in final performance at Jenison.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State gymnastics tied the fourth-best bars score in program history on the way to a 192.825 final score at the Big Five meet on Saturday afternoon at Jenison Field House.
Saturday’s B1G Five meet was the final meet before next week’s Big Ten Championships where the teams competed against conference opponents they did not face in the regular season schedule.
The seeding for the Big Ten Championships will be determined after the second B1G Five meet, hosted by Rutgers, concludes Saturday night.
“As far as the meet overall, we had some really good individual performances, some career highs. Our bar score was tied for the fourth-highest in school history, and we can do that on bars,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “We can do that on all four events, but right now we’re a little unhealthy and we’ve got to get these kids back and ready to go for next weekend.”
Illinois won the meet with a 196.850, followed by Maryland with a 195.700. Ohio State was third with a 195.150, while Nebraska was fourth with a 194.900.
The Spartans posted a 49.300 on bars, winning the bars competition on the day and tying the fourth-highest score in program history, and the highest score on the apparatus since a 49.325 in 2007
After a bye for the first rotation, the Spartans were on floor for the second stanza, with freshman Lea Mitchell bringing home a 9.800 in the final spot in the lineup. Junior Molly Hoerner O’Malley added a 9.500.
Moving to vault for the third rotation, senior Tessa Jaranowski logged a season-high and tied a career-best with a 9.700. Freshman Anne Maxim later notched a 9.800, tying a season-high, and Mitchell rounded out the rotation also with a 9.800, her second-highest score of the season.
For the fourth rotation, the Spartans were on bars, with Mitchell leading off with a season-high tying 9.850. Jaranowski followed with a career-best 9.775, her fifth score of 9.700 or higher this season. After a 9.700 by freshman Tristan Brown, junior Jessica Ling logged a personal-best tying 9.875. Maxim matched that 9.875, her fourth score of 9.800 or better. Westney then rounded out the rotation with her top honor tying 9.925, for her career-best score in her final bars performance in Jenison Field House.
Westney's 9.925 also ties for fifth-highest score in Spartan gymnastics history, the highest score since Lisa Burt tallied a 9.925 on bars at Illinois State on Feb. 28,2016.
“I really wanted to focus on details and I feel like I really demonstrated that here today and I couldn’t be happier with what I did,” said Westney. “I am proud of the girls, but I know we’re better and we’re capable of much more. We still have Big Ten’s so I feel like that’s another opportunity for us to show everybody what we’re made of. I think we just need to focus on consistency, details and just trusting each other more.”
MSU completed the meet on beam for the fifth rotation, with Brown notching a new personal-best with 9.700. In her final home routine as a Spartan, Westney logged a 9.775, her eighth score of 9.700 or higher.
Michigan State now heads to the Big Ten Championships next week in Champaign, Illinois, hosted by the University of Illinois, on Saturday, March 24. The Spartans will be in the early session beginning at 12 p.m. ET.