Jan. 13, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Morgantown, W. Va., on Friday (Jan. 14) and Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sunday (Jan. 16). Action begins at 7:30 p.m. against West Virginia in a "Beauty and the Beast" format alongside the WVU and MSU wrestling teams. Both wrestling and gymnastics events will be contested at the same time in the WVU Coliseum. The Spartans then travel to face Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday's match will mark the return home for freshman Gillian Carr who hails from Wexford, Pa. Prior to her arrival at MSU, Carr competed for the Pittsburgh Northstars where she was a Level 10 Junior Olympics qualifier in 2010.
The Spartans enter the upcoming weekend with an average score of 191.850, ranking them 35th in the nation. MSU is currently ranked 24th on the floor with a score of 28.425, and currently has the 31st-best score (47.750) on the beam. The Green and White rounds out its scores with a 47.700 (37th) mark on the bars and a 47.975 (39th) on the vault.
Individually, the MSU is led in each apparatus by four different individuals - Nicole Argiros, Jackie Berg, Alyssa Brennan and Shanthi Teike. Argiros leads the team on the vault (9.725 - 101st) and Berg is tops on the team on the bars (9.875), ranking seventh in the nation. Brennan takes the reins on the beam with a 9.725 mark (68th). On the floor, Teike ranks 62nd (9.775) and also leads the team in the all-around with score of 38.300 (52nd).
West Virginia enters the weekend with a score of 194.500 overall. The Mountaineers are currently 13th overall and third on the beam nationally (49.050). On the vault, WVU has a score of 48.925, while the floor currently has a mark of 48.600 (20th). West Virginia is also 36th on the bars with 47.925 total.
The Mountaineers are led individually by Amy Bieski. Bieski currently leads the team on the beam (9.850 - sixth), the floor (9.850 - 20th) and in the all-around (39.025 - 22nd). Bieski is joined by Hope Sloanhoffer on the floor with an identical score of 9.850. Sloanhoffer is also tops on the team on the vault with the nation's leading score of 9.925. Alysha Pretzello ranks 137th on the bars with a team-best mark of 9.675.
Pitt enters the weekend as the 33rd-ranked team in the nation with a score of 192.000. The Panthers are currently the 30th on the bars (48.300) and 31st on the floor (48.175). Pittsburgh also ranks 36th on the beam (47.525) and 38th on the vault (48.000).
The Panthers are led by Molly Moyer in two events as well as the all-around. Moyer ranks 57th in the nation in the all-around (38.200), 117th on the floor (9.700) and 119th on the vault (9.700). Moyer is joined by Mallory Brewer on the floor with an identical score of 9.700 (117th). Brittney Harris paces the team on the bars (9.775 - 59th) and Alicia Talucci leads the squad on the beam (9.700 - 93rd).
The Spartans return home to face Big Ten foe Minnesota on Saturday, Jan 22 at 3 p.m. The contest will be shown tape delayed by the Big Ten Network for Jan. 29th at 11 a.m.