Gymnastics Hits Road For Dual Meet With Penn State
Jan. 22, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team hits the road for the first time this season after hosting two quad meets to begin 2009. The Spartans travel to Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 24 for a 7 p.m. meet. It will be the fourth time this season the Spartans have faced a Big Ten team.
MSU posted a second place finish at the Flip for a Cure meet, finishing with a team score of 194.200, just behind Iowa (194.350). Five gymnasts earned individual titles for the Spartans, with junior Nicole Curler leading the way with top honors on uneven bars and balance beam. Senior Katlyn Roggensack tallied a career-high 9.825 on vault and earned top honors on the apparatus for the first time in her career, while classmate Dani Fanning and sophomore Nicole Argiros both tied their career high on floor exercise with a 9.775. The duo took third place honors on the event, placing for the first time in their collegiate careers. Sophomore Kelsey Morley also placed on balance beam, tying Nicole Curler for first with a 9.850.
The Spartans sit just outside the top 25 with a 193.262 average, behind 25th ranked University of Washington with a 193.400 team average. Penn State currently ranks 22nd with a 193.862 average. Numerous Michigan State gymnasts are ranked nationally, regionally and in the Big Ten. Curler is ranked 78th nationally on bars, 14th in the Central region and 12th in the conference with a 9.762 average. She also ranks in the all-around. Argiros and Fanning are ranked in floor exercise and junior Rochelle Robinson is a leader on vault.
Penn State leads the all-time series 28-6 and have won the last three meets against the Spartans. Last season, the two teams did not meet in the regular season. At the Big Ten Championships, the Nittany Lions edged the Spartans, taking third with a 195.625, while MSU was fourth with a 195.050 team score. The meet with be the first time the two teams face off in the regular season since 1995.
The Nittany Lions have started the season with two dual meets, winning the season opener against Pittsburgh 194.800-191.675, and falling to Illinois last weekend. Two gymnasts earned their first career event titles against Illinois, with freshman Whitney Bencsko earning honors on vault with a 9.900, and junior Allie Southard tying her career-high on beam with a 9.850. Penn State is led by junior Brandi Personett. She finished second on floor exercise and third in the all-around against Illinois. Personett took top honors on vault, floor exercise and all-around in Penn State's season opening meet against Pittsburgh and was second on the uneven bars and balance beam.
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