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Deans, Frederick Earn All-Big Ten Honors

March 13, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State seniors Nicola Deans and Kira Frederick have each been named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

Deans has done it all for the Spartans in her senior year and is having a career-year in the Green in White, as she has set career highs on the vault (9.900), floor (9.950) and in the all-around competition (39.375). The standout has taken home five floor titles – the first five of her career – and is the ninth best all-arounder in the Big Ten with an RQS of 39.135. On top of her five all-around and three floor titles, Deans has also won the vault at five meets this season and ranks 12th in the Big Ten with an RQS of 9.830. On Senior Day, Deans earned a 9.950 on the floor exercise, which ties the fifth best individual floor score in school history.

“Nicola is having the most consistent season of her career and you could see it taking form throughout her pre-season training,” said interim head coach Mike Rowe. “I believe her confidence has grown immensely, as she now believes in her own capabilities towards being successful without training the numbers that she was accustomed to in the past. We always knew that Nic had an abundance of talent, but it was us coming together as a staff with Nic and devising a day-to-day plan that would work best for her needs. She has also grown in her leadership qualities this year, contributing to the growth of our underclassmen. It’s been great seeing Nicola competing in the all-around and finishing her career as a Spartan on such a high note!”

Frederick entered the season as one of the Big Ten’s ‘Gymnasts to Watch’ and has been an anchor on floor for the Spartans this year, tallying three event titles. She owns an RQS of 9.865 to rank tied for 12th in the Big Ten and scored a career-high 9.925 vs. No. 21 Arkansas (2/25) earlier this season.

 

 

“Kira has been a machine this year and has demonstrated great leadership, along with an amazing work ethic that makes her the one that you can always rely on,” said Rowe. “Not only extremely athletic, Kira is known for her beautiful lines and presentation which has led to her consistency and high-achievement on floor. Kira has also been a regular contributor on bars and beam, complementing our line-up while dealing with shoulder issues. Kira attacks every assignment with intent and quality on every turn, making it also difficult to see her career as a Spartan coming to an end. We are so happy for both Nic and Kira on being selected to Second-Team All Big Ten.”

Both athletes earned All-Big Ten honors for the first time in their careers.

Up next, MSU will head to Piscataway, N.J. for the Big Ten Championships on March 18 on the campus of Rutgers and will compete in the noon session of the meet.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
Mary Jane Horth, ILL
Lizzy LeDuc, ILL
Mollie Drenth, IOWA
Angel Metcalf, IOWA
Nicole Artz, MICH
Talia Chiarelli, MICH
Olivia Karas, MICH
Emma McLean, MICH
Paige Zaziski, MICH
Bailie Holst, MINN
Taylor Houchin, NEB
Jennie Laeng, NEB
Ashley Lambert, NEB
Alexis Mattern, OSU
Sabrina Garcia, PSU
Briannah Tsang, PSU

SECOND-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
Bridget Hodan, ILL
Brielle Nguyen, ILL
Clair Kaji, IOWA
Lanie Snyder, IOWA
Melissa Zurawski, IOWA
Emily Brauckmiller, MD
Lauren Marinez, MICH
Nicola Deans, MSU
Kira Frederick, MSU

Bailey Abernathy, MINN
Ciara Gardner, MINN
Danielle Breen, NEB
Sienna Crouse, NEB
Megan Schweihofer, NEB
Kaitlyn Hofland, OSU
Nicole Medvitz, PSU
Kristen Politz, PSU
Libby Groden, RU

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