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Spartans Set to Meet UIC Sunday

March 2, 2018

Michigan State at University of Illinois at Chicago 
 Date Sunday, March 4
 Time 3 p.m. ET
 Location Chicago, Ill.
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 Meet Notes Michigan State | UIC
 Statistics Michigan State | UIC
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State gymnastics is back on the road this weekend, traveling to the University of Illinois at Chicago to square off with the Flames for a dual meet on Sunday inside the UIC Pavilion.

The meet is slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET and live results can be found at No live stream will be available for the event.

The Spartans enter the weekend with an overall record of 4-8-0 and 1-6-0 in conference action, sitting at ninth in the Big Ten.  

Last Time Out  . . . 
Michigan State gymnastics registered a 191.775, finishing third in a quad meet competing against No. 19 Minnesota, No. 25 Iowa State and UW Stout last Friday night at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
Host No. 25 Iowa State finished first with a score of 195.775, while No. 19 Minnesota placed second recording a 194.425. UW Stout finished fourth with a score of 185.550.
The Spartans started out the meet on beam earning a team score of 48.275. Senior Hailee Westney led the way for the Green and White, tallying a 9.825 and tying for fourth on the event. Freshman Lea Mitchell recorded a 9.750 (tied for seventh) while classmate Michelina Lupinetti tallied a 9.625 (13th) rounding out the top three finishers for the Spartans.
MSU followed up beam by heading to floor, posting a 47.200 anchored by Mitchell’s 9.800, marking the fifth time this season the freshman has earned a 9.800 or better on floor and tying for fifth place. Junior Brittini Chappell was right behind Mitchell in seventh place with a 9.775 while junior Drew Hendershot finished tied for eighth, recording a 9.750 for the Spartans.
The Spartans earned a score of 47.750 on vault, led once again by Mitchell’s score of 9.775, tying for sixth place. Lupinetti tallied a 9.750 on vault (tied for ninth), the fifth-straight meet the freshman has scored a 9.750 or better on the event.
MSU saved its best event for last, collecting a 48.550 on bars for its highest score of the night. Westney earned a 9.875 on the apparatus, tying for third place and bringing home the highest finish of the night for the Spartans. Mitchell earned a 9.775 on bars (tied for sixth) while freshman Anne Maxim grabbed a 9.750 (tied for eighth), rounding out the top three for the Green and White.
Mitchell was the lone competitor in the all-around for the Spartans, recording a 39.100 and earning a fourth-place finish.

Spartan Notes  . . . 
• The Green and White has improved its season-high score four of the last seven meets with the season-high  195.525 coming against Penn State on Feb. 4.

• MSU is averaging a score of 194.191 on the season.

• The Spartans currently rank 45th in the Road to Nationals rankings, dropping four spots from last week’s rankings. MSU’s best event remains on the uneven bars, ranking 33rd in the nation. The Spartans are 43rd on beam (moving up five spots), 53rd on vault and 57th on floor. 

• Against Illinois on Feb. 17, the Spartans tallied a season-high 49.050 on beam, tying for the 20th-best beam score in school history.

• 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).

• 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.

• 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.

Flames Notes  . . . 
UIC ranks 54th overall in the Road to Nationals rankings, with its best event coming on vault ranking 48th.

The Flames sit at 50th on bars, 55th on floor and 57th on beam.

Peter and Mary Jansson serve as co-head coaches for the Flames and are in their 26th season at the helm of the program.

UIC has an overall record of 1-3-0 this season.

Quotable with Coach Rowe . . . 
“We’re still coming back from a few injuries in an attempt to field full line-ups, which was a huge factor in our results last weekend. We weren’t happy with the results, but accepted that it was what it was under those circumstances,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “The girls are fighters so they came back into the gym hungry to make sure it never happens again. We have made some progress this week with some rest and healing and should be closer to full strength for UIC.”

“Lea and Hailee have been great at consistency this season, which has made them good leaders in practice and competition. We have also had many other individual contributors that have stepped up when needed and are working on continually having each other’s back in any case. It is always a total team effort and they know that every member of this team is invaluable.”

“We are doing our best at working on details and consistency which is quite a challenge when events and numbers are modified for one reason or the other. We will continue to emphasize that throughout the remainder of the season. The half-tenths are the hardest deductions to fix consistently, but that is the daily objective,” added Rowe.



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