Gymnastics Begins Big Ten Competition
Jan. 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team will kick off Big Ten competition on the road at No. 7 Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. Michigan State and Nebraska both enter the weekend with a 0-1 record.
“We need to improve upon our performance and stay a bit more focused,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “Nebraska is extremely talented and more than capable of hitting their routines. Our focus is not our competition but instead on our team and building confidence from success. This week in practice we have been concentrating on the little details, hand stands and our landings.”
Sophomore Alina Cartwright placed first on vault with a 9.900, while senior Taira Neal posted 9.800. Leading again on uneven bars were Cartwright and Neal, both tied for sixth with a score of 9.675. Freshman Lisa Burt posted a score of 9.750 to place third on beam before she tied for first on the floor exercise (9.775).
Competing against the Cornhuskers
Nebraska reigned as Big Ten Champions last season in their first year as part of the conference. The Spartans and Cornhuskers have never competed in a dual meet and prior to Big Ten Championships have only seen each other twice at the Masters Classic Invitational in the 1990’s.
Big Ten Season
The Spartans will begin Big Ten meets this weekend at Nebraska and continue at Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 26. Upon returning home, the Spartans will compete against Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 1 in the Jan Howard Memorial Breast Cancer Awareness Meet. Michigan State will then head to Iowa on Friday, Feb. 8. Ohio State will travel to East Lansing for a Big Ten Network televised meet on Saturday, Feb. 16. The dual meet versus the Buckeyes will also serve as the Third Annual Autism Awareness Meet. On Saturday, Feb. 23, MSU will travel to Penn State for a dual meet. To close out Big Ten opponents, the Spartans will face Michigan on Saturday, March 2, during Alumni and Senior Day.
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