Gymnastics Hits the Road to Face No. 14 Minnesota
Feb. 14, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team will head back out on the road as the Spartans prepare for another Big Ten match up against Minnesota. The meet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. Fans can tune into the live stream on Gopher All-Access (fee required).
Last Time Out
Though Michigan State struggled on vault and bars to kickoff the meet, but bounced back strong to tally a 48.900 on balance beam, the highest team score on the event this season.
The Spartans picked up four season-best performances, including Mackenzie Smith on bars (9.700) and Alex Pace (9.800), Holly Ryan (9.800) and Ashley Noll (9.775) on beam. Alina Cartwright also picked up three first-place finishes on the vault, balance beam and floor by posting 9.825 on each event. She also tied teammate Elena Lagoski for first on floor.
MSU In the Rankings
Individually, Alina Cartwright is tied for 29th in the nation with her all-around average score of 39.169 and her average score of 9.875 on the vault is tied for 25th. In the conference, her vault score is the third-best average score this season and she is No. 5 overall in the all-around rankings.
Getting to know the Golden Gophers
The Golden Gophers are led by sophomore Lindsay Marble, who was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week after trying her school record all-around score of 39.600 against Illinois on Jan. 26. At the helm, Meg Stephenson is in her fourth year as head coach, but has been on the Minnesota coaching staff for 19 seasons.
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