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Gymnastics Hosts Bowling Green in Season Opener Friday

Jan. 4, 2018



Michigan State (0-0, 0-0 B1G) vs. Bowling Green (0-0, 0-0)
 Date Friday, Jan. 5
 Time 6 p.m. ET
 Location East Lansing, Mich. | Jenison Field House | Bag Policy
 Tickets Click To Purchase
 Television BTN Plus 
 Game Notes Michigan State | Bowling Green
 Statistics Michigan State | Bowling Green
 Internet Coverage Live Results
 Promotions Free Admission, $1 Hotdogs, T-shirt Toss and Post-Meet Autographs
 Social Media @MSUGymnastics   |  Facebook  |   Instagram


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What you need to know about the Spartans

Michigan State gymnastics opens up its season on Friday, playing host to Bowling Green in a 6 p.m. meet inside Jenison Field House.

Live stats and live streaming links for the event can be found on msuspartans.com.

Friday's concession stand special will be $1 hot  dogs. Following the meet, the team will be available for autographs.  

"We are really excited about the potential for this team's success this season. They've worked extremely hard throughout the preseason. We've worked a lot on details from the beginning and have seen amazing progress along the way," said first-year head coach Mike Rowe. "We will probably only put up 11 athletes on the floor Friday, as a few of our contributors are being sidelined for a week or two, progressing back from injuries. We have an enthusiastic bunch that have stepped up to fill their shoes and are ready to go for what we expect to be a really exciting meet, ready to inspire!"

Coming off a successful 2017, the Spartans look to pick up where they left off after qualifying five individuals to the NCAA Regionals in Champaign, Illinois.

Highlighting the returning squad is senior Hailee Westney who qualified for an appearance at the NCAA Regionals, earning a 9.800 on bars at the event. Westney was an All-Big Ten Championship team selection last season and tied a career-high 9.900 on bars against Iowa on Jan. 13.

Recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, junior Molly Hoerner O'Malley also will be a part of the 2018 Spartan lineup. Hoerner O'Malley was a 2017 Academic All-Big Ten selection and recorded a career-high score of 9.775 on the floor at the B1G FIVE meet.

Senior Anna Gamelo will begin her senior campaign Friday for the Spartans, after a successful junior campaign, highlighted by a 9.725 score on vault at the B1G Championships.

Seniors Victoria Huehn and Tessa Jaranowski will also compete for the Green and White this season.
Aside from the returners, MSU welcomes seven freshmen to this year's squad in Ashley Beatty, Isabelle Wittebort, Lea Mitchell, Madison McHale, Anne Maxim, Michelina Lupinetti and Tristan Brown.
Big Ten Preseason...
Sophomore Gabriella Douglas and freshman Lea Mitchell have been named as the Spartans' 2018 Gymnasts to Watch in the Big Ten, while the team has been picked to finish eighth in the conference.

Sophomore Gabriella Douglas shone in her debut season as a Spartan, placing first on beam against Arkansas on Feb. 25, scoring a 9.900 and earning a 9.525 on vault at the Big Ten Championships. Douglas also tallied a 9.800 on beam at Illinois on Feb. 17 and finished third in the all-around in her Spartan debut with a score of 38.325 against Bowling Green on Jan. 6.

Freshman Lea Mitchell joins the Spartans in 2018, coming from American Twisters out of Boynton Beach, Florida. Mitchell was the 2016 Level 10 Regional All-Around Champion, placing second on floor and vault and third on bars and beam. The Florida native was the 2017 Florida State Bar Champion and won the silver medal in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in the All-Around at the Florida State meet and is a seven-time level 10 Regional qualifier.

Friday marks the 2018 season opener for the Spartans.

Spartan Coaching Staff...
Michigan State head coach Mike Rowe enters his first season at the helm of the gymnastics program. Rowe served as the interim head coach beginning February, 2017 before being named head coach on July 1, 2017. Rowe, a Spartan graduate, spent the previous three seasons as assistant coach.

Nicole Curler was promoted to associate head coach when Rowe was announced as head coach.
Curler is also an MSU alum and a former Spartan standout gymnast, and has been an assistant coach for six seasons after serving as MSU's volunteer assistant in 2011.

Brittney Harris is in her first season as assistant coach, joining the Spartan staff in August. Harris came to MSU after coaching for one season at her hometown club, Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the same club that she competed for prior to competing as a standout gymnast at Pittsburgh.

 

 

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