March 18, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior Alina Cartwright was voted to the All-Big Ten First-Team, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. It is the first All-Big Ten recognition for the Naperville, Ill., native as she is the first Spartan to be named to the first team since assistant coach Nicole Curler in 2010.
“She is extremely deserving,” said head coach Kathie Klages. “It just proves that the focus and hard work that she has put in all summer and fall has truly paid off. I think that the fact that she has had such a great season, though it has had some errors and flaws, has been really exciting. I’m thrilled with the season she has had and it certainly sets this team up for even better things throughout her senior year.”
Named a Big Ten Gymnast to Watch for 2014, Cartwright has been a leader for the Spartans throughout the season. She won the all-around crown in three meets in 2014, and recently notched a career-high score of 39.375 to place fourth at the Big Ten Quad Meet on Saturday. Cartwright has also posted four individual wins on the vault, recording a career-best score of 9.950 against Penn State to tie for third all-time in the MSU record books. Her personal-best score of 9.900 on beam at the Big Ten Quad Meet on Saturday also gave her first-place honors on the event for the third time this season.
Cartwright owns the seventh-best all-around RQS (39.275) in the Big Ten, while her RQS of 9.895 on vault is tied for No. 5 in the conference.
The Spartans will travel to State College, Pa., to take on conference foes in the 2014 Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 22. Michigan State will compete in the first session at 12 p.m. and the meet will air live on the Big Ten Network.