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Gymnastics Set to Face Two Top-25 Opponents in Quad Meet Friday

Feb. 22, 2018

Michigan State at Iowa State w/Minnesota and UW Stout
 Date Friday, Feb. 23
 Time 7:30 p.m. ET
 Location Ames, Iowa 
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 Television Cyclone TV 
 Meet Notes Michigan State | Iowa State | Minnesota | UW Stout
 Statistics Michigan State | Iowa State | Minnesota | UW Stout
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Michigan State gymnastics hits the road Friday for the first of a three-meet road swing heading to No. 25 Iowa State for a quad-meet with Big Ten opponent No. 19-ranked Minnesota and UW-Stout.

This is the first time the Spartans will face two Top-25 teams in the same meet. 

The meet is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed via Cyclones TV. Fans can also follow along with live results. Links for both the stream and the live results can be found at

Last Time Out  . . .
Michigan State fell to Big Ten foe Illinois last Saturday night at Jenison Field House. The Illini outscored the Spartans by a 196.350-194.550 margin and retained the Victory Plank with the win.
Highlighting the Spartans' team score was a season-high 49.050 on beam, marking the first time that MSU has topped the 49.0 mark this season on the apparatus.
Freshman Lea Mitchell won the all-around title, posting an impressive 39.175. Illinois had two all-around competitors in Nicole Biondi in second with a 39.075, and Rae Balthazor was third with a 38.975. Mitchell was the first-place finisher on the floor and had a personal best 9.850 on beam.
Illinois swept the top four positions on vault, earning a 49.075 team score and Kasey Meeks taking the event title with a 9.850. Freshman Michelina Lupinetti was MSU's top finisher, recording a 9.775 for fifth place. Mitchell recorded a 9.725, and Jaranowski followed with a personal record of 9.700. Rounding out the Spartan competitors was freshman Isabelle Wittebort (9.550) and Huehn, who stepped up in the lineup as a late addition due to an injury to junior Roya Shirley during warm-ups, and earned a 9.525. MSU had a team score of 48.275 in the first rotation.
Westney and Jessica Ling shared the bars title, each scoring a 9.825. Karen Howell and Rae Balthazor also recorded the same score for the Illini, forcing a four-way tie for first place in the event. Illinois earned the team win with a 48.975, edging out MSU, which posted a 48.925. Lea Mitchell was third for the Spartans with a 9.775, while Jaranowski posted a second consecutive personal best with a 9.750. Anne Maxim (9.750) tied for eighth with Jaranowski, and Tristan Brown rounded out the Spartan five with a 9.725.
Illinois swept the top three finishes on beam and earned a 49.300 team score. Bridget Hodan (9.925) and Karen Howell (9.900) led the way for the Illini. The Spartans had a strong effort nonetheless, scoring a season-best 49.050 and having four athletes scoring 9.8 or better. Mitchell and Westney posted identical 9.850 scores to tie for fourth, with Mitchell's score standing as her career best. Molly Hoerner-O'Malley was right behind with a 9.825 for sixth place overall. Lupinetti was fourth among Spartans with a 9.800, and Huehn earned a 9.725 to cap the MSU effort.
Mitchell's performance on the floor earned her a shared title, as she posted a 9.825 in MSU's final routine of the night.  She shared the first-place score with Kylie Noonan and Karen Howell from Illinois, which posted a 49.000 in the event. The Spartans had just five competitors due to injury, and Brittany Chappell was injured during her routine. This further handicapped the Spartans, who finished with a 48.300 in the event. Drew Hendershot was second among Spartans and fourth overall with a 9.800, and Hoerner-O'Malley was fourth for MSU and eighth overall with a 9.750.

Spartan Notes  . . .
• The Green and White has improved its season-high score four of the last six meets with the season-high  195.525 coming against Penn State on Feb. 4.
• The Spartans currently rank 41st in the Road to Nationals rankings, maintaining its position from last week's ranking. MSU is 23rd in the nation on bars (moving up two spots from last week), 40th on floor, 48th on vault and 48th on beam.
• Sophomore Gabriella Douglas and freshman Lea Mitchell were named as the Spartans' 2018 Gymnasts to Watch in the Big Ten, while the team was 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. Mitchell now has three all-around victories under her belt in her freshman season as a Spartan.
• Senior Hailee Westney has won uneven bars competition five out of seven meets this season. The Milton, Ontario native took the event against Bowling Green (1/5, 9.850), against Iowa (1/13, 9.875), in the quad against Pitt, Eastern Michigan and Rutgers (1/27, 9.875), at Michigan (2/10, 9.875) and against Illinois (2/17, 9.825). 
• MSU holds a season record of 3-6-0 and is 1-5-0 in the Big Ten, sitting at eighth in the conference.
• 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.
• The Spartans wrap up the 2018 regular season with three road meets beginning with Iowa State on Feb. 23.

Cyclones Notes  . . .
Iowa State ranks No. 25 in the Road to Nationals rankings.

The Cyclones' strongest event comes on vault where they rank 21st in the nation. Iowa State sits at 24th on beam, 30th on bars and 32nd on floor to round out its rankings.

Head coach Jay Ronayne is in his 12th season at the helm of the Cyclone program.

Golden Gophers Notes  . . .
Big Ten foe Minnesota currently sits at No. 19 in the nation.

The Golden Gophers rank 15th on bars, 17th on beam, 27th on vault and 36th on floor.

Jenny Hansen is in her fourth season as head coach of the Minnesota gymnastics team.

Blue Devils Notes  . . .
UW Stout ranks 78th in the Road to Nationals rankings.

The Blue Devils' best event comes on bars where they are 72nd in the nation followed by vault and floor where they rank 78th and beam where they are 79th.

Becky Beaulieu is in her 13th season at the helm of the Blue Devil program.   

Quotable with Coach Rowe  . . . 
"We have been working hard at details and consistency which has been successful in helping them find a .1 or better on each event," said head coach Mike Rowe. "This stretch of three road trips will help determine how that preparation has helped us, as we are looking for three good away scores for our RQS. It should also set us up for success when we return home for the B1G 5 meet on March 17th."

"Minnesota is on a roll right now sitting at 17th with an average of 195.708. We will be putting in some substitutions this week, in lieu of the loss of Roya Shirley with a season-ending injury last weekend," added Rowe. "Everyone is capable of stepping up and getting the job done and that is the expectation."




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