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Gymnastics Heads West For Final Road Meet of Regular Season

March 9, 2018

Michigan State at No. 11 Oregon State
 Date Saturday, March 10
 Time 5:30 p.m. ET
 Location Corvallis, Ore. 
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 Meet Notes Michigan State | Oregon State
 Statistics Michigan State | Oregon State
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State gymnastics hits the road for its final meet of the regular season, heading west to meet No. 11 Oregon State for its third top-25 opponent in the last two meets.

The meet is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET inside Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon.  

Live results and a video stream will be available. Links to both may be found at

The Spartans enter the weekend with a record of 5-8-0 overall after defeating the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago last weekend. MSU is 0-5-0 in Big Ten action.

Last Time Out  . . .
Michigan State gymnastics defeated UIC by a final score of 194.275-194.075 last Sunday afternoon in Chicago on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Spartan victory was highlighted by first-place finishes on three events: including vault, bars and beam. Freshman Lea Mitchell and senior Hailee Westney led the Spartan squad, tying for first on beam with a score of 9.825.

Mitchell was the lone competitor in the all-around competition for the Green and White, placing second with a score of 39.000.
Along with Westney’s first-place finish on beam, the Milton, Ontario native won the bars competition, tallying a score of 9.825.
Michigan State started the afternoon on bars where it earned a 48.675 on the event. Freshman Anne Maxim earned a 9.775, good for second and her highest podium finish as a Spartan. Junior Jessica Ling finished third on bars with a score of 9.750 and placing a Spartan in the top three spots on bars.
Next MSU headed to vault with junior Drew Hendershot and Maxim both tying for first with scores of 9.800. Hendershot’s first-place finish on vault was her highest finish of 2018 and in just her second time competing on vault in 2018. Senior Anna Gamelo finished fifth in the event for the Green and White, who totaled a score of 48.700.

Hendershot and Mitchell were the top two scorers for the Spartans on floor, tying for second with 9.775’s.

The Spartans compiled a score of 48.675 on the floor.
The Spartans final rotation came on beam, where they scored a 48.225 led by first place finishes from Westney and Mitchell. Senior Victoria Huehn finished in fourth place on the event, with a score of 9.750.

Spartan Notes  . . .  
• The Green and White posted its season-high score of 195.525 against Penn State on Feb. 4.

• MSU is averaging a score of 194.423 on the season.

• Over the past four meets the Spartans have faced three top-25 opponents and are set to meet No. 11-ranked Oregon State Saturday. On Feb. 10 the Green and White met No. 7 Michigan at Michigan before facing No. 19 Minnesota and No. 25 Iowa State on Feb. 23 in a quad meet at Iowa State.

• The Spartans currently rank 43rd in the Road to Nationals rankings, moving up two spots from last week’s rankings. MSU’s best event remains on the uneven bars, ranking 36th in the nation. The Spartans are 46th on floor (moving up 11 spots), 47th on beam and 48th on vault (moving up five spots). 

• MSU has battled many injuries this season, only being able to put up five gymnasts on select events the past two meets.

• 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.

• On Jan. 27 in a quad meet against Rutgers, EMU and Pitt the Spartan squad posted a 49.250 on floor, tying for the 23rd-highest 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 the bars competition seven of nine meets this season and has recorded a podium finish eight out of nine meets. 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), against Penn State (2/4, 9.900), at Michigan (2/10, 9.875) and against Illinois (2/17, 9.825), and at UIC (3/4, 9.825). Westney registered a third place finish at Iowa State with a score of 9.872 on Feb. 23 in a quad meet with No. 25 Iowa State, No. 19 Minnesota and UW Stout.

Lea Mitchell has put together a dominant freshman campaign, winning the all-around competition three times. The Boynton Beach, Florida native has finished in the top three in the all-around six out of nine meets this season with her highest score being a 39.325 in a quad meet against Eastern Michigan, Pitt and Rutgers on Jan. 27.

• 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.

Beavers Notes  . . .
Oregon State ranks No. 11 in the Road to Nationals rankings, ranking in the top 25 in all four events.

The No. 11 Beavers are the second-highest ranking team the Spartans have met this season, with the highest being No. 7 Michigan.

The Beavers average 196.454 points per meet.

Floor is Oregon State’s best event where they rank seventh in the nation, followed by 15th on vault, 17th on bars and 22nd on beam.

Head coach Tanya Chaplin is in her 21st season at the helm of the Beavers’ program. 

Quotable with Coach Rowe  . . .  
“I am so proud of this team for focusing in and staying on task at what our objectives have been from the beginning of this season,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “Basically, it came down to changing the culture of this program. They have worked so hard at not only bettering themselves as student-athletes, but understanding how core values, communication and being your true self really contribute to the success of what we’re trying to accomplish. We do have a lot of injuries and week by week we’ve only been able to progress at a certain pace which each athlete. Fortunately, others have stepped up and filled some pretty big shoes when needed. We have taken it one day at a time, setting key milestones for the team, each event and each individual.”

“It’s always exciting and a great feeling witnessing one of them break into a line-up, set a career high, nail a routine with a stuck dismount and getting to share their reactions, glory and celebrations at the moment it occurs. Without a doubt, we are so proud of their accomplishments up to this point in the season,” added Rowe. “The confidence that has developed and the pride they take in their performances has continued to grow week by week. This team feels like they’ve still got something to prove. We are right there with them. Our mantra for this season has been ‘Inspire’, and this team has accomplished it in so many ways. They’re Just. Not. Done.”



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