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Gymnastics Set for Big Ten Opener Saturday

Jan. 12, 2018

Michigan State (0-1, 0-0 B1G) vs. Iowa (0-3, 0-0)
 Date Saturday, Jan. 13
 Time 7 p.m. ET
 Location East Lansing, Mich. | Jenison Field House | Bag Policy
 Tickets Click To Purchase
 Television BTN Plus 
 Meet Notes Michigan State | Iowa
 Statistics Michigan State | Iowa
 Internet Coverage Live Results
 Promotions Free Admission, $1 Hot Dogs, T-shirt Toss and Post-Meet Autographs From Freshmen Gymnasts
 Social Media @MSUGymnastics   |  Facebook  |   Instagram


EAST LANSING, Mich. --
Michigan State gymnastics will host Iowa in MSU’s Big Ten Conference opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Jenison Field House.

The meet will be streamed live on BTN Plus, and fans can follow along with live results at msuspartans.com.

Friday’s concession stand special will be $1 popcorn. Following the meet, the freshmen gymnasts will be available for autographs. There will also be a t-shirt toss for every individual scoring a 9.800 or above for the Spartans.

Last Time Out  . . .
The Spartans are coming off a loss in the season opener, falling to Bowling Green by a final score of 194.00 – 193.350. Junior Roya Shirley was a bright spot for the Green and White, capturing the all-around title in her first time competing in all four events. Freshman Lea Mitchell took second in the all-around, leading the way on vault for the Spartans collecting a score of 9.700 in her collegiate debut.

Senior Hailee Westney took the bars title, tallying a score of 9.850, which was just shy of her career-best score of 9.900.

Shirley and Mitchell tied for first on floor with matching scores of 9.850, both earning them personal bests.

MSU was dominant on bars, landing the top four spots on the event with Westney leading the way. Mitchell took second with a score of 9.825 and Shirley and freshman Anne Maxim tied for third with a score of 9.800.

Four different Spartans – Ashley Beatty, Tristan Brown, Anne Maxim and Lea Mitchell – competed for the first time for the Green and White.

Spartan Notes  . . .
The Spartans put together a solid 2017 campaign, qualifying five individuals to the NCAA Regionals in Champaign, Illinois.

MSU is currently 32nd in the Road to Nationals rankings, sitting at ninth on bars, 15th on floor, 38th on beam and 39th on vault.

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.

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.

Scouting the Hawkeyes  . . .
Iowa comes into the meet with a 2018 record of 0-3-0 after placing fourth at Arizona State with Iowa State and Auburn. The Hawkeyes currently sit 10th in the Big Ten standings and rank 34th in the Road to Nationals rankings.

The Hawkeyes rank 14th on floor, 18th on vault, 31st on beam and 39th on bars. Iowa is coached by Larissa Libby who is in her 14th year as the head coach of the Hawkeyes.

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.

Quotable  . . .
“We’re really excited to be hosting the University of Iowa to open our Big Ten season. The Hawkeyes are always great competition and Larissa Libby and her staff hav ebeen having great success the past few seasons,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “The Hawkeyes placed third at last year’s Big Ten Championships and third at the NCAA Central Regional. It will be great competition for us and exciting for the fans as well.”

 

 

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