March 29, 2003
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Michigan State gymnastics team finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, March 29, with a team score of 193.425. Freshman Sarah Alexander (Kernersville, N.C.) led the Spartans, tying for fourth on the floor exercise with a score of 9.900 - the third best score of the night on that event.
Alexander performed well in her first Big Ten Championship. Along with her mark on the floor exercise, Alexander finished seventh on the balance beam with a 9.875 and tied for 11th on the uneven bars with a 9.850. Alexander, the only Spartan to compete in the all-around, finished in eighth with a 39.325.
Michigan State's best event was the floor exercise, as the team posted a 49.125 to finish fourth. In her final conference championship competition, senior Julie Devaty (North Olmstead, Ohio) posted a 9.825 on the floor to finish in a tie for 14th. It was the fifth best score of the night on the event. Diana Crea (Beaver Falls, Pa.), Jennifer Yarbrough (Williamston, Mich.) and Nicole Anderson (Kenosha, Wis.) alll scored a 9.800, to finish 20th. The trio's score was the sixth highest mark on the floor.
On the uneven bars, Crea teamed up with Yarbrough again to tie for the seventh best score of the night (9.800). MSU received high finishes from Devaty and sophomore Kristin Merritt (Racine, Wis.) on the balance beam, as Devaty scored a 9.775 and Merritt posted a 9.750. As a team, MSU scored a 48.450 and 48.050 on the bars and beam, respectively.
The Spartans' highest score on the vault came from sophomore Anna Hunsinger (Elizabethtown, Ky.), who posted a 9.725, as MSU tallied a 47.800 on the event as a team.
The Spartans will find out where their season will continue next week, when the NCAA announces the regional pairings. The NCAA Regional Championships are set for April 12 at a to-be-determined site.