Gymnastics to Face the Fighting Illini
Jan. 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team travels to Champaign, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 26, to take on Illinois at 5 p.m. ET. The Spartans and Fighting Illini are both 0-2 on the season.
“We are focusing on the importance of hitting the routine to produce a good score,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “We are enhancing their belief in hitting a routine on call and adding pressure to practice. With the added pressure, we will see the team focus more in practice and that can carry into the competition.”
On vault, sophomore Alina Cartwright and freshman Lisa Burt scored 9.750 as part of a three-way tie for fourth place. Finishing sixth on uneven bars was freshman Nicola Deans with a 9.825, later leading the Spartans on floor notching a 9.850 to take third. Burt compiled a score of 9.825 on the balance beam, placing third for the event.
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The Victory Plank
Three years ago, Illinois and Michigan State added a trophy to their rivalry, The Victory Plank. The first two years the Fighting Illini edged out the Spartans by .100 in 2010 and .225 in 2011. Last season the Green and White took the trophy back after a tie in score, 195.175.
“We have a very intense competition with Illinois and the Victory Plank adds a little bit of fun,” said Klages. “Last year they brought the Victory Plank home to East Lansing, the team wants to keep it here and we are prepared for a great competition to do so.”
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