Dec. 2, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Green narrowly edged the White team at the annual Michigan State Gymnastics Green and White Scrimmage. In a close finish, the White team fell to the Green squad, 115.65-115.50.
“I think they did extremely well,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “Because I judge them often in practice, I can see that they were nervous and made mistakes that were a little unusual. I think it was awesome to get these student-athletes out in front of an audience because they perform differently with an audience than they do in practice; there’s a little bit more nerves, they are trying to make sure they stay on or hit every handstand. So sometimes they are holding back and sometimes they give a little more. It’s a really good test of where we are. I think overall, the team did a really good job and we are pleased with their performance today.”
Sunday's meet was judged by Klages, Perfect 10.0 Booster Club President Harriett Dean and Spartan Fund development assistant Otis Wiley. The scoring for the competition took the top three scores in each event to cumulate the final team totals.
The winning Green team included Jodi Andrews, Lisa Burt, Gillian Carr, Alina Cartwright, Kate Filosi, Dani Levy, Kelsey Mazur and Ashley Noll. Making up the White team was Nicola Deans, Taylor Gantz, Brittany Holmes, Taira Neal, Alex Pace, Ashley Stevenson, Carson Tabiolo, Kelsey Thomas and Christine Wilson.
Burt led the Green team by winning the all-around title with a combined score of 38.95. She also claimed the individual title in the balance beam with a score of 9.75 and tied for first on the floor exercise with a 9.85. Sharing the floor exercise title with a 9.85 score was Cartwright. There was a three-way tie on the vault with Filosi, Neal and Noll each earning a score of 9.8. Claiming the title on the uneven bars outright was Stevenson with a score of 9.8.
The Spartans will be back in action as they travel to Ann Arbor for a scrimmage with Michigan on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.