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Gymnastics Prepare for Iowa and UIC

Freshman Lisa Burt leads the Spartans on the uneven bars and floor exercise.

Feb. 7, 2013

WATCH: Gymnastics Preview

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartan gymnastics team will face Iowa and UIC in Iowa City, Iowa at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 8. This will be the first tri-meet of the season for Michigan State.

"The team is looking very good in practice and I am impressed with everybody," said head coach Kathie Klages. "We have been lighting the competitive fire in them by splitting the team up to compete during practice. They are working on landings on vault and focusing on the things that need improving.  I'm hoping to see confident women out there this weekend that do what I know they are capable of."

Looking Back
Last weekend, Michigan State fell to No. 10 Minnesota 194.325-192.625 in its 'Flip for a Cure Meet'. The Spartans compiled their best score of the night on vault, 48.600.

The Green and White took the lead after the first rotation, as senior captain Taira Neal finished first on vault scoring 9.850.  Sophomore Alina Cartwright led the Spartans as she notched a 9.825 to place second in the competition on uneven bars.  On the balance beam, freshman Brittany Holmes, sophomore Ashley Noll and Cartwright each marked a 9.725 to tie for fifth. Freshman Lisa Burt tallied the highest score on floor exercise for the Spartans, 9.775, to take fourth. Cartwright scored 38.575 in the all-around to place second. 

Inspecting Iowa
The Hawkeyes tallied a 195.200 last weekend as they fell to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Iowa recorded a season-high of 195.325 on Jan. 26 in a quad meet facing Pittsburgh, Penn State and Rutgers.

Iowa ranks seventh in the Big Ten with a team average of 194.500. On vault, Emma Willis leads the Hawkeyes averaging a score of 9.813.  Emma Stevenson and Sydney Hoerr post mark a 9.806 on average to lead on uneven bars.  At the top for Iowa on the balance beam is Kyra Trowbidge averaging a 9.613.  Stevenson averages a team-high score of 9.844 on floor exercise, while Alie Glover compiles an average of 38.769 in the all-around. 

Iowa ranks sixth in the Big Ten on vault, 28th nationally, averaging a score of 48.800.  On uneven bars and floor exercise the Hawkeyes are fourth in the conference, averaging 48.831 and 48.850, respectively.  Nationally, on uneven bars Iowa takes 15th, while on beam they rank 46th.  Iowa sits at seventh in the Big Ten on the balance beam, as it averages a score of 48.044, which is 19th in the national rankings.

In 2010, Michigan State placed first as it tallied a score of 194.425 in a tri-meet facing Iowa and UIC.  Last season, MSU fell to Iowa, 193.455-190.175. 

Fighting the Flames
The University of Illinois-Chicago posted a score of 192.800 in last week's State of Michigan vs. State of Illinois competition. The meet included Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Central Michigan as competitors. 

The Flames currently sit at 50th in the nation with an average score of 192.475.  Chantel Turk leads the team in vault (9.819), uneven bars (9.713) and all-around (38.463).  UIC's leading scorer on the beam is Erin Duggan with a 9.725, while Alyssa Cruz heads the competition on floor with a 9.663.

Registering an average score of 48.581, the Flames take 40th on vault in the nation.  On uneven bars, the team produces a 48.206 to rank 44th. At 60th on the beam, UIC earns a 47.594 and takes 54th on floor averaging 48.094. 

Spartans in the Rankings
In the national rankings, Michigan State ranks 49th with a team average of 192.700.  The Spartans have their highest team score on vault, 48.625, taking 38th in the nation. In other events, the Green and White ranks 57th on uneven bars (47.650), 47th on the balance beam (48.025) and 45th on floor exercise (48.400).

Leading the Spartans on vault is sophomore Alina Cartwright, averaging a score of 9.800.  Freshman Lisa Burt leads MSU on uneven bars (9.638) and all-around (38.488). Sophomore Ashley Noll earns a 9.713 on the beam, while freshman Nicola Deans averages a 9.817 on floor.

The Michigan State gymnastics team will host the annual Autism Awareness meet against Ohio State at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, that will air live on the Big Ten Network. To conclude BTN's gymnastics coverage, MSU will host the Big Ten Gymnastics Championships on March 23 at 1 and 6 p.m.

2013 Big Ten Gymnastics Championships
MSU will host the 2013 Big Ten Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, March 23. The meet will be divided into two sessions featuring teams ranked 5-8 at 1 p.m. and 1-4 at 6 p.m. An all session pass can be purchased for $12 for adults and $10 for students, youth and seniors, while single session tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students, youth and seniors.

Next Up
The Spartans will return home for the Autism Awareness Meet on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.  The Green and White will face Ohio State in a live BTN appearance. 



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