Dec. 20, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - - The gymnastics team held its final exhibition prior to the 2013 season on Friday evening at Jenison Field House. MSU hosted Western Michigan, giving the Spartans their first taste of external competition this season. The Spartans defeated their intra-state rival by a 192.525 - 188.350 margin, giving MSU a good foundation to build on before the Big Ten season begins.
"It was really nice to be in a competitive arena, against another team. I thought that this was a great start to the season for us," said head coach Kathie Klages. "Like all scrimmages are designed to do, it identified some of the things that we need to work on going forward. I think with the work that we will put in, combined with a little more consistency, we will be ready to go for our first meet in January."
In the opening rotation, the Spartans were led by Alina Cartwright and Dani Levy, who each scored a 9.850 on the vault to lead all competitors. Both Holly Ryan and Elena Lagoski scored 9.675 to tie for third, while Ashley Noll was fifth (9.6) and Kate Filosi was tied for sixth with Kayla Weber and Lauren Vandenberg of WMU, as all scored a 9.575.
WMU's Shelby MacDonald took first in the bars with a 9.775, the best score of the night from either team. Lisa Burt was second with MSU's team-best 9.70, followed by Kira Frederick (9.675) in third and Brittany Holmes of MSU and Jessie Peszek of WMU tied for fourth, each with a 9.650.
On the beam, the Spartans placed six athletes in the top seven. Cartwright finished first when she turned in a 9.775, and Burt took second with a 9.750. McDonald took third place for WMU with her 9.725, while Holmes ( 9.75) was fourth and Ryan and Noll tied for fifth with a 9.675.
MSU's final rotation came on the floor, and MSU again took four of the top five places. Cartwright scored a 9.725, followed by Burt and WMU's Audry Merritt, tied for second with a 9.7. Holmes and Kira Frederick tied for fourth for the Spartans, both with a 9.675.
Cartwright finished the all-around competition with a 38.425, while Weber was WMU's all-around competitior; she finished with a 37.025.
The Spartans officially open the 2014 season on January 10 when they host Illinois at Jenison Field House.