Gymnastics to Face Penn State in Nationally Televised Meet
|Michigan State vs. Penn State
|Date||Sunday, Feb. 4|
|Time||1 p.m. ET|
|Location||East Lansing, Mich. | Jenison Field House|
|Tickets||Click To Purchase|
|Television||Big Ten Network (Tape Delay)|
|Meet Notes||Michigan State | Penn State|
|Statistics||Michigan State | Penn State|
|Social Media||@MSUGymnastics | Facebook | Instagram|
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State gymnastics returns to action Sunday afternoon to host Penn State for the 3rd Annual Tumbles and Takedowns event featuring both the gymnastics and wrestling teams.
The wrestling team will welcome No. 15 Nebraska and both teams will compete simultaneously inside Jenison Field House. All of the action kicks off at 1 p.m.
The gymnastics portion of the event will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network on tape delay at 4 p.m.
Video streaming and live results links for the meet will also be available for fans at msuspartans.com
Last Time Out . . .
The Spartans celebrated their 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Meet with a season-high score of 195.525 in a quad meet at Jenison Field House last Saturday.
Eastern Michigan finished second with a score of 194.950, while the Spartans B1G rival Rutgers was third with a score of 194.225. Pittsburgh rounded out the quad, finishing fourth with a 193.125.
For the second time in three meets freshman Lea Mitchell captured the all-around the title with a season-high 39.325. Her previous high was a 39.000 at Minnesota on Jan. 20.
The Spartans started out the quad meet on vault, scoring a season-high 48.850. Junior Roya Shirley and freshman Lea Mitchell came out strong scoring matching 9.825 scores to finish first. Both scores were career highs.
Senior Anna Gamelo and freshman Michelina Lupinetti both scored season-high scores 9.75, which was tied for seventh.
Michigan State followed with a strong showing on bars with another season-high score of 48.875. MSU finished 1-3 on bars.
Senior Hailee Westney tied her career high with a 9.90, reaching that mark twice last season. Westney earned her first bar win of the season. Junior Jessica Ling finished second with a 9.850, which was her best mark of the season. With a personal-best score of 9.825, Mitchell finished tied for third.
MSU moved to beam, earning a 48.550. Mitchell finished third with a season-best score of 9.800. Lupinetti finished seventh with a score of 9.775, while senior Victoria Huehn was tied for ninth, earning a 9.725.
The Spartans sealed the victory with a season-high score of 49.250 on floor, which was tied for the 23rd-best score in school history. At the N.C. State Invitational in 2000, MSU also achieved a score of 49.250. Junior Brittni Chappell, junior Drew Hendershot and Mitchell all finished tied for second with scores of 9.875.
Spartan Notes . . .
The Green and White improved its season-high score for the third consecutive meet, topping 195 for the first time this season, by tallying a 195.525. The previous season high was 194.925 set at Minnesota on Jan. 20.
The Spartans currently rank 43rd in the Road to Nationals rankings, moving up two spots from last week’s ranking. MSU is 25th in the nation on bars, 30th on floor, 49th on beam and 50th on vault.
Sophomore Gabriella Douglas and freshman Lea Mitchell were named as the Spartans’ 2018 Gymnasts to Watch in the Big Ten, while the team has been picked to finish eighth in the conference.
Mitchell took the all-around title for the second time in three meets on Saturday, Jan. 27, tallying a season-high 39.325 in the event.
MSU improved its season record to 3-3-0 with the wins last weekend and improved to 1-2-0 in the Big Ten.
MSU welcomes seven freshmen to this year’s squad in Ashley Beatty, Isabelle Wittebort, Lea Mitchell, Madison McHale, Anne Maxim, Michelina Lupinetti and Tristan Brown.
Scouting the Nittany Lions . . .
Penn State currently ranks No. 30 in the country in the Road to Nationals rankings.
PSU’s best routine comes on bars, where they rank 20th. Their squad also sits at 27th on vault, 39th on beam and 45th in the country on floor.
The Nittany Lions are ninth in the Big Ten, producing a record of 0-3-0 in the conference and 1-3-0 overall.
PSU is coached by first year head coach Sarah Brown.
Quotable with Coach Rowe . . .
“This is the third year for this event and it has generated a lot of fan interest from the success we have had in the past. There is continuous action going on and both sports bring great enthusiasm and energy into Jenison Field House,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “Penn State and Nebraska are both great opponents coming in on Sunday and that will enhance the fans experience even more.”
“We have been making great strides in the gym on a weekly basis and that, along with last weekend’s crowd, had a tremendous effect on our girls confidence and purpose,” said Rowe.
“It was amazing having all of the Michigan State student-athlete’s support, along with our traditional ‘die hard’ fans, and for that we couldn’t be more grateful. The energy was electric and everyone had a blast! The girls started strong and used the energy in Jenison to ride the wave. Our depth is beginning to develop on a couple events and you might see a new face or two back into the line-ups on Sunday.”
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