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MSU Set to Host B1G Five Meet in Nationally Televised Event Saturday

March 14, 2018

Michigan State in B1G Five Meet w/Illinois, Maryland, Ohio State and Nebraska
 Date Saturday, March 17
 Time 2 p.m. ET
 Location East Lansing, Mich. | Jenison Field House | Bag Policy
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 Meet Notes

Michigan State | Illinois | Maryland | Ohio State | Nebraska

 Statistics Michigan State | Illinois | Maryland | Ohio State | Nebraska
Live Results | BTN
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-- Michigan State gymnastics returns home for the final time in 2018 to host No. 11 Nebraska, No. 28 Maryland, No. 24 Ohio State and No. 30 Illinois Saturday afternoon in the B1G Five meet which will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

The meet, slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET, will be the final home meet of the 2018 season for the Spartans.

Live results will be available for fans to follow along and can be found at

The seeding of the meet is determined by the team’s RQS scores. Nebraska will come in with the No. 1 seed, with Ohio State at No. 2, Maryland at No. 3, Illinois at No. 4 and Michigan State at No. 5.

MSU enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-9-0 and sits at 1-4-0 in Big Ten action.

The Spartans average a team score of 193.915 and own an RQS of 194.845. MSU’s best score of the season was a 195.550 that came against Penn State on Feb. 4 in East Lansing.

The B1G Five meet is the final meet before the Big Ten Championships where the teams will compete against conference opponents they did not face in the regular season schedule.

Last Time Out . . .
Michigan State gymnastics battled against No. 11 Oregon State last Saturday, but ultimately fell by a final score of 196.800-191.350 in Corvallis, Oregon.

Freshman Lea Mitchell once again had a strong meet, placing second in the all-around competition with a score of 39.075 and posting her third-highest score of the season in the all-around.

Oregon State’s McKenna Singley won the all-around competition with a score of 39.300.
The Spartans opened on bars, posting a 48.625 to kick off the competition in their strongest event of the night. Senior Hailee Westney earned a 9.850 on the apparatus, tying for second and earned her second-highest score of the season. Mitchell posted a 9.800 finishing sixth, while junior Jessica Ling recorded a 9.725, good enough for eighth place to round out the top three competitors for the Green and White.  
Westney’s second-place finish marks the ninth time this season the Milton, Ontario native has finished atop the podium.
The Beavers’ Dani Dessaints finished just ahead of Westney with a 9.900.

Following the bars, MSU moved onto vault where the team tallied a score of 48.350. Freshman Anne Maxim led the way for the Spartans on vault, posting a 9.775, earning a fourth-place finish. Mitchell was right behind classmate Maxim with a 9.750 (seventh place), while senior Tessa Jaranowski earned a 9.700 (ninth place) on the event.
MSU put up a season-low on beam with a 46.900, recording uncharacteristic falls on the event. Mitchell was the highest finisher for the Green and White, finishing in seventh place with a score of 9.775.

The Spartans moved onto floor for the final event of the night, registering a 47.475. Mitchell once again was the high score on floor with a 9.750, finishing seventh. Freshman Tristan Brown and junior Brittini Chappell put up 9.725’s on floor, tying for eighth.

Spartan Notes  . . .
• The Green and White posted its season-high score of 195.525 against Penn State on Feb. 4. The second-highest score for the Spartans came on Jan. 27 in a quad meet against Rutgers, Pitt and Eastern Michigan. MSU won that meet with a score of 195.525.

• MSU is averaging a score of 193.915 on the season.

• Over the past five meets the Spartans have faced four top-25 opponents with No. 11-ranked Oregon State being last 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 46th in the Road to Nationals rankings, dropping three spots from last week’s rankings. MSU’s best event remains the uneven bars, ranking 37th in the nation. The Spartans are 50th on floor, 51st on beam and 53rd on vault. 

• MSU has battled many injuries this season, only being able to put up five gymnasts on select events the past three 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 nine out of 10 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 and wrapped up the regular season with a second place finish at Oregon State on March 10 with a score of 9.850.

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 welcomed seven freshmen to this year’s squad in Ashley Beatty, Isabelle Wittebort, Lea Mitchell, Madison McHale, Anne Maxim, Michelina Lupinetti and Tristan Brown.

Fighting Illini Notes  . . .
Illinois currently ranks tied for 30th in the Road to Nationals rankings, with its top event coming on beam ranking 17th.

The Fighting Illini average a 195.498 on the season and hold an RQS score of 195.745. Their highest score of 196.700 came in a tri-meet against Bowling Green and Lindenwood.

The squad is currently fourth in the Big Ten with a record of 3-2-0 and an overall record of 13-5-0.

Beam is the Illini’s best event followed by bars where they rank 22nd, vault where they are 34th and floor where they are 38th in the nation.

Head coach Nadalie Walsh is in her first year at the helm of the program.

Terrapins Notes  . . .
No. 28 Maryland comes to East Lansing averaging a 195.400 on the season.

The Terrapins claim an RQS score of 195.900 in 2018 with their highest score of 196.575 coming in a quad meet against Brown, Rutgers and William & Mary on Feb. 11.

Maryland ranks seventh in the Big Ten standings, holding an overall record of 18-7-0 and a conference record of 2-3-0.

The strongest event for the Terps comes on bars where they rank 11th in the nation followed by a vault ranking of 31st, a beam ranking of 32nd, and a floor ranking of 33rd.

Brett Nelligan is in his ninth season as head coach of the Terrapins’ program.

Buckeyes Notes  . . . 
Ohio State enters the weekend ranked No. 24 in the Road to Nationals rankings.

OSU is averaging a 195.635 on the season with an RQS score of 196.085.

A 196.775 is their highest score of the season which came at home against Illinois State and Minnesota on Jan. 27.

The Buckeyes sit at fifth in the Big Ten with a conference record of 3-2-0 and an overall season record of 10-5-0.

The Buckeyes’ strongest event comes on floor where they rank 21st in the nation followed by a vault ranking of 25th, a bars ranking of 26th and a beam ranking of 35th.

OSU is coached by Meredith Paulicivic who is in her first season with the Buckeyes.

Cornhuskers Notes  . . .
No. 11 Nebraska comes to East Lansing as the No. 1 seed in the B1G Five meet.

The Huskers are averaging a 196.443 on the season and hold an RQS score of 196.660.

The highest score of the season came 197.175 in a quad meet in Nebraska against Iowa State, Kent State and UCLA on March 4.

Nebraska sits alone atop the Big Ten conference with a record of 5-0-0 and owns an 11-3-0 record this season.

The Huskers’ strongest event comes on vault where they rank sixth in the nation. They rank 16th on bars, 20th on beam and 23rd on floor.

Dan Kendig is in his 25th season with Nebraska.

Quotable with Coach Rowe  . . .
“The Spartans are looking forward to hosting four Big Ten teams for our B1G 5 qualifier into next week’s Championships in Champaign, Illinois,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “We are excited and honored to be this year’s host and about having the opportunity to show our fans some amazing gymnastics! Nebraska, Ohio State, Illinois and Maryland will be joining us to see who qualifies into what session of next week’s Championships." 

“Details are the key throughout the season and this week is not any different. A couple of our line-ups have changed due to injuries, but we’ve been working hard at minimizing the transition and making gains where we need them. We’re expecting to have a great local turnout for our final meet in Jenison Field House for 2018!”




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