Jan. 13, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – After posting a 194.150, the highest score in a season opener since 2007, the Michigan State gymnastics team broke into the first GymInfo ranking of the 2014 season on Monday. The Spartans kick off the season ranked No. 25 in the nation. It marks the first time that Michigan State has been ranked in the top-25 since March 22, 2010.
“It is great to see that the hard work the team put in this fall pays off with a top-25 ranking in the first week of the season,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “We have lots of room for improvement and will continue the demanding practices to increase our chances to move up in the rankings.”
Though the Spartans fell to Illinois in their season opener on Friday, Jan. 10, they defeated the Fighting Illini on both the vault and floor exercise. MSU was led by junior Alina Cartwright, who won the all-around competition with a career-high score of 39.275 to place her No. 13 in the nation.
Michigan State’s team floor score of 49.025 is tied for 12th in the country, while the Spartans’ balance beam score of 48.650 is tied for 17th and their vault score of 48.800 ranks No. 24. Individually, freshman Elena Lagoski is tied for ninth in the country on the floor exercise with a score of 9.9.
Michigan State will be back in action as the Spartans host Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at Jenison Field House.