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Gymnastics Set for Pair of Weekend Meets, Including Sunday’s Senior Day

March 2, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women’s gymnastics closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a pair of meets this weekend, beginning with a quad meet at Pittsburgh on Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m., with the host Panthers along with West Virginia and Towson. The weekend concludes with the final home meet of the season at Jenison Field House, as the Spartans host Bowling Green on Senior Day with the meet set to start at 2 p.m.

MSU is led by four seniors who will be honored after the meet as part of the Senior Day celebrations. Michigan State will recognize Nicola Deans, Kira Frederick, Elena Lagoski and Holly Ryan for their hard work and dedication to the program and university.

“As far as leadership goes, we have had the highest expectations for this senior class and we have tried to nurture them along because we knew we would need them at this point of the game and they have really risen to the occasion,” said interim head coach Mike Rowe. “They have all complimented each other in different aspects of leadership when it comes to leading vocally or by example and it has really been an attribute to this group. We are really happy and proud of what they have become and what they have done to represent this program. It makes us feel even more confident that we can achieve the goals that we have set from the beginning of the season and where we would like to be heading into the postseason.”

The Spartans are coming off a weekend in which they defeated No. 21 Arkansas and tallied their second-highest score of the season with 195.625 to improve to 4-6 on the year. MSU won every event, with Nicola Deans scoring the All-Around and vault titles, while Kira Frederick won the floor title and tied her career high with a 9.925, and Elena Lagoski won the bars with a personal-best score of 9.875. The Spartans posted a 49.075 on the beam, tied for the 16th-best team score on the event in program history. The team score was highlighted by a pair of 9.900 performances from Westney and Douglas, which was the career high for both gymnasts.

 

 

MSU enters the weekend with an average score of 194.384 and an RQS of 194.515. MSU's best event has been the floor exercise, where the Spartans average a 48.784. Michigan State has won the floor exercise title at seven of eight competitions this season and has shown great depth in the event, with four different individuals earning titles. The Spartans are led by a pair of seniors on the floor, as both Nicola Deans and Kira Frederick average 9.855 to rank tied for ninth in the Big Ten. Freshman Gabriella Douglas and Elena Lagoski have also each earned floor titles this season.

Michigan State’s next best event this year has been on the balance beam, where it averages a 48.628. Last weekend vs. Arkansas, the 49.075 score tied for the 16th-best team score in the event in program history, while earlier this season vs. Michigan (2/11), MSU tallied a 48.975 which is tied for the 28th best score on the event in school history.

Senior Nicola Deans is having the best season of her career in the Green and White, as she has set career highs on the vault (9.900), floor (9.900) and in the all-around competition (39.375) this season. Deans has earned the first four all-around title of her career in 2017 and ranks sixth in the Big Ten. She also has tallied five event titles on vault, where she averages a 9.809 to lead the Spartans, in addition to her two floor titles.

Michigan State owns an average score of 48.566 on the uneven bars, led by junior Hailee Westney, who has tallied four event titles on the bars this season, including a season-high of 9.900. The Spartans have featured the top bars performer at six of eight meets this season. Lindsey Lemke has also won a bars title and leads MSU on the apparatus with an average score of 9.809, which is tied for 11 in the Big Ten. Lagoski earned her first career bars title last weekend with a career-best 9.875.

Senior Notes
Nicola Deans
• Career Highs: Vault - 9.900, Bars - 9.9000, Beam - 9.875, Floor - 9.900, All-Around - 39.375
• Academic Awards: Two-time Academic All-Big Ten, NACGC/Academic All-American, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• Two-time NCAA Regional Qualifier (2015-16)

Kira Frederick
• Career Highs: Bars - 9.850, Beam - 9.850, Floor - 9.925
• Academic Awards: Academic All-Big Ten
• Two-time NCAA Regional Qualifier (2015-16)
• 2015 All-Big Ten Championship Team

Elena Lagoski
• Career Highs: Vault - 9.875, Bars - 9.875, Beam - 9.825, Floor - 9.950, All-Around - 38.950
• Two-time All-Big Ten Championship Team
• First Team All-Big Ten in 2015 and Second Team All-Big Ten in 2016
• Three-time NCAA Regional Qualifier (2014-16)
• Her career-high of 9.950 on the floor exercise ranks tied for fifth all-time at Michigan State

Holly Ryan
• Career Highs: Beam - 9.875, Floor - 9.875
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten and NACGC/Academic All-American
• Two-time NCAA Regional Qualifier (2015-16)

Up next, Michigan State travels to Champaign, Ill. for the Big Five Meet on Saturday, March 11 to face off with Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Ohio State. The meet is set to start at 2 p.m. and will air live on BTN.

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