Gymnastics Hosts No. 9 Florida; Welcome Back Alumnae Saturday
Feb. 11, 2009
The Michigan State gymnastics team returns home after three-straight road contests to host No. 9 Florida on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Jenison Field House. The meet is also MSU's annual Alumni Appreciation Day, with former gymnasts being honored afterwards.
MSU sits just outside the top 25, with a 193.920 average. Junior Rochelle Robinson is ranked 10th regionally and is tied for fifth in the Big Ten on uneven bars. She is also ranked on vault, tying for 16th in the regional and is sixth in the conference. Senior Katlyn Roggensack also ranks on vault. She is tied for 12th in the region and third in the Big Ten with a 9.815 average.
The Spartans finished third with a 194.400 at the IGI Chicago Style Invitational last weekend, behind No. 14 Illinois (195.100) and No. 24 Boise State (194.775). Illinois-Chicago rounded out the quad meet with a 193.275. MSU claimed event titles on three of the five events for the first time this season, and three Spartans set career-highs.
Robinson led the Spartans, posting a career-high 9.900 on the uneven bars, finishing first overall on the event. MSU recorded a season-high 48.825 on floor exercise, with junior Emily Lopatofsky notching a season-high 9.875 to finish first overall on the event, and Roggensack tied her career-high (9.825) on floor to finish second overall. The Spartans also finished with a season-high 49.025 on vault. Roggensack set a new career-high on the apparatus, recording a 9.925 and finishing first overall for the second time in her career. Sophomore Nicole Argiros also set a career-high on vault with a 9.875 while Robinson posted a 9.850.
Florida is coming off a 196.800-195.825 loss to conference-foe LSU. Junior Amanda Castillo and classmate Maranda Smith both earned 9.900 on uneven bars, while senior Corey Hartung posted a 9.900 on balance beam and floor exercise. Hartung, junior Melanie Sinclair and freshman Elizabeth Mahlich all rank in the top 20 in the all-around, while Smith is ranked nationally on vault (seventh), uneven bars (13th) and floor exercise (fourth).
Saturday will mark the 13th meeting of the two squads, and Florida holds a 12-0 record all-time against the Spartans. The two last met in 2007 at Florida, with MSU falling to the second-ranked Gators, 197.675-195.375. Nicole Curler finished third in the all-around and Rochelle Robinson posted a 9.900 on vault.
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