Gymnastics Readies for No. 24 Penn State
Feb. 21, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State gymnastics team will face No. 24 Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. The Spartans fell last Saturday to Ohio State, 195.575-194.250, at the annual Autism Awareness Meet in Jension Field House.
“The gymnasts are focusing in on the technique that are needed to hit routines and they are performing better,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “I think it’s really important for us not to count a fall, we’ve only done that once this season. I am looking forward to seeing the improvements in the teams form and their landings. It’s a little bit more of a business trip when we are on the road. We are more focused with what we need to do, so I hope that shows in the scores this weekend.”
Senior captain Taira Neal notched a season-best of 9.875 on vault to take first, while sophomore Alina Cartwright (9.850) was second. On uneven bars, Cartwright led the Spartans notching a score of 9.725. With a career-high 9.800, freshman Brittany Holmes set the high score on beam. Taking second overall on floor exercise was freshman Lisa Burt marking a 9.850. In the all-around competition, Cartwright earned a career-best and tied for first-place with a 39.075.
Notes on the Nittany Lions
No. 24 Penn State scored a season-best against Michigan last weekend as they registered a 196.700. The Nittany Lions average a 195.014 to rank sixth in the Big Ten and 24th in the nation.
Sharaya Musser leads the Nittany Lions on vault (9.868), uneven bars (9.857), balance beam (9.771) and all-around (39.136). On floor exercise, Lindsay Musgrove averages a 9.792 to sit atop Penn State’s lineup.
Penn State averages a score of 49.054 on vault to take fourth in the Big Ten and 17th in the nation. At third in the conference and 10th in the nation, the Nittany Lions post an average of 48.971 on the uneven bars. On the balance beam, Penn State takes sixth in the Big Ten and 27th in the nation as it posts an average of 48.514. In floor exercise competition, PSU registers a 48.475 on average for eighth in the conference and 47th in the nation.
Michigan State and Penn State last faced off in a quad meet in 2012. MSU took third with a 192.875, while PSU notched a 196.100 for second.
Spartans in the Rankings
Leading the Spartans on vault is sophomore Alina Cartwright, averaging a score of 9.813. Freshman Lisa Burt fronts MSU on uneven bars (9.658) and all-around (38.575). Senior captain Taira Neal takes 41st in the nation on the balance beam with a 9.800 average. Freshman Nicola Deans posts a 9.810 on average to lead MSU on floor.
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