Mitchell, Westney Wrap Up Competition at NCAA Regionals
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michigan State gymnastics finished the 2018 season with two individuals competing in the NCAA Regional on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. Freshman Lea Mitchell competed in the all-around, while senior Hailee Westney performed on bars.
“We’re so proud of Haliee and Lea’s accomplishments, not only tonight, but how they’ve shown consistency in thier individual talents and on the competition on floor. I think the main thing was that they both came out aggressive, yet focused and hungry,” said head coach Mike Rowe.
Mitchell, who competed in her first NCAA Regional, finished eighth overall with a score of 39.175. Mitchell had her best result of the night on bars with a score of 9.825. She followed that with a pair of 9.800s on both floor and beam. On vault, the freshman scored a 9.750.
"Lea started off strong on beam and just stayed on track one event at a time going 4-for-4 with her strongest finish on bars. She's everything and then some and has already stepped into a role as a freshman leader that will continue to raise the bar on this program from here on!"
Westney, an All-Big Ten performer this season, made her four-straight appearance at NCAA Regionals. The senior competed as an individual on bars, earning a 9.650 in her final collegiate meet.
“Hailee’s Ray was huge on bars, so she had a little difficulty on her cast out of it and unfortunately it cost her a pretty good deduction. She got right back on track and nailed her dismount and you can't ask for much more than that. We'll never fault them for aggressive errors."