Spartans Post a 194.275 at Big Ten Championships
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Michigan State gymnastics finished 10th, tallying a score of 194.275 at the 2018 Big Ten Championships hosted by the University of Illinois Saturday in Champaign, Illinois.
The Spartans competed in the first session of the championships Saturday afternoon against Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. The second session featured Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Ohio State and Minnesota in the evening session.
Michigan won the Big Ten Championships, recording a score of 197.200 and Nebraska finished second with a score of 196.950, while Illinois placed third with 196.625. Rounding out the championships was Iowa (196.400) at fourth, Ohio State (196.375) at fifth, Minnesota (196.225) at sixth, Penn State (195.500) at seventh, Maryland (195.250) at eighth and Rutgers (194.400) at ninth.
Freshman Lea Mitchell was the lone all-around contender for the Green and White, posting a 39.000 and placing 14th against stiff competition.
Nebraska’s Megan Schweihofer won the all-around competition with a 39.525.
The Spartans’ strongest event on the day once again came on bars where they tallied a 49.100, the second-highest score this season and tying for the 19th highest score in Spartan gymnastics history.
Senior Hailee Westney once again led the way for the Green and White on the apparatus, recording a 9.900, her second-highest score of the season. With the 9.9, Westney finished tied for sixth place.
Freshman Anne Maxim also had a strong day on bars, tallying a 9.850 (t-16th), while junior Jessica Ling posted a 9.825 (t-20th), her third-highest score of the season.
“We are thrilled with how the team finished this afternoon in that they started out great on bars with our second-highest score of the season! They went to beam and even though we weren’t our best, we didn’t have to count a fall and got over the 48.000 hump,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “We found our stride again on floor with a 48.800 and tried to carry that momentum on vault but had a couple of issues. Overall, it was nice to finish our season with a more respectable score considering our injuries over the majority of the season.”
Following bars, the Spartans headed to the beam for the second rotation posting a 48.175. Westney continued her solid day, registering the high score for MSU with a 9.850, her second-highest score of the year and finishing tied for sixth place. Senior Victoria Huehn earned a 9.675 while Mitchell recorded at 9.650 for the Green and White.
The third rotation found the Spartans on floor where they logged a 48.800. Mitchell had the high score for the Spartans on floor with a 9.825. Juniors Drew Hendershot and Molly Hoerner O’Malley each posted a 9.775 on floor for MSU. Hoerner O’Malley tied a career high with her score.
MSU rounded out the day on vault with a 48.200. Maxim posted a 9.775, her second-highest score of the season, while Mitchell tallied a 9.750.
With team competition complete for the Spartans, they now await NCAA Regional Championship selections for any individuals qualifying.
Fourteen students were named to the All-Championships Team. The complete list of the conference’s All-Championships team and Sportsmanship Award honorees can be found below.
Co-Gymnasts of the Year: Briannah Tsang, Penn State/ Paige Zaziski, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Lexy Ramler, Minnesota
Coach of the Year: Brett Nelligan, Maryland
Bridget Hodan, Illinois
Charlotte Sullivan, Iowa
Brianna Brown, Michigan
Lauren Marinez, Michigan
Paige Zaziski, Michigan
Ivy lu, Minnesota
Sienna Crouse, Nebraska
Taylor Houchin, Nebraska
Megan Schweihofer, Nebraska
Grace Williams, Nebraska
Olivia Aepli, Ohio State
Alexis Mattern, Ohio State
Jamie Stone, Ohio State
Briannah Tsang, Penn State
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Jordyn Givens, Illinois
Eugenia Leal, Iowa
Deanna Magro, Maryland
Olivia Karas, Michigan
Victoria (Tori) Huehn, Michigan State
Abby DeMuse, Minnesota
Kelli Chung, Nebraska
Stefanie Merkle, Ohio State
Sabrina Garcia, Penn State
Elizabeth Groden, Rutgers