March 20, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team enters the 2013 Big Ten Championships posting an RQS of 194.605. MSU enters the Championships looking for its first team championship program history. MSU's high score this season was 196.000 recorded on the road at Penn State on Feb. 23.
2013 Big Ten Championships Information
MSU will host the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 23. The meet will be divided into two sessions featuring Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State at 1 p.m. and Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota and Penn State at 6 p.m. An all session pass can be purchased for $12 for adults and $10 for students, youth and seniors, while single session tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students, youth and seniors. Both sessions will be live on Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Kylee Kolarik.
Last week, Michigan State compiled a season-high on vault of 49.075. Sophomore Alina Cartwright tied for second with a mark of 9.950 on vault to also earn a third rank in the Michigan State gymnastics all-time record book. Sophomore Ashley Stevenson tied for third after posting a 9.750 on bars. Cartwright placed fifth to lead the Spartans on beam with a 9.825. Leading the Spartans on floor was sophomore Ashley Noll at sixth place earning a mark of 9.700. In the all-around, Cartwright tallied a 38.975 to sit at second.
Michigan State posted a season-high of 49.075 on vault last weekend at Denver. The Spartans average a 48.813 on vault and have compiled a 48.930 RQS on the event. The Green and White records its highest score on the event and ranks 32nd in the nation. Michigan leads the Big Ten on the event notching a 49.390 RQS.
Senior captain Taira Neal is leading the Spartans on the vault this season. Neal is 34th in the nation and 10th in the Big Ten with a 9.890 average. The senior has posted a 9.925 career-high twice this season, tying her previous record and ranks fifth in the all-time record book. Leading the conference are Wolverine Jessica Sampson and Cornhusker Jessie DeZiel, averaging a 9.910 and marking season-highs of 9.950.
The Spartans rank 56th in the nation on bars, averaging a 48.330 and earning a season-high of 49.050 at Penn State on Feb. 23. Michigan tops the competition on bars in the conference recording an average of 49.355.
Freshman Lisa Burt paces MSU on bars, marking a career-high of 9.900 at Penn State earlier this year. Burt averages a 9.720 and has earned an RQS of 9.805 to sit at 23rd in the conference. Michigan's Joanna Sampson and Nebraska's Emily Wong take first in the Big Ten with an RQS of 9.900.
MSU sits at 32nd in the nation and seventh in the Big Ten on the beam. The Spartans posted their highest team score on beam of 49.050 at Penn State on Feb. 23. The team averages a 48.770 on the event, while Nebraska and Michigan tie for first in the conference averaging a score of 49.185.
Sophomore Alina Cartwright leads MSU on the beam, tying for 19th. Cartwright averages a 9.800 RQS and posted a career-high of 9.850 against Michigan on March 2. Leading the conference is Nittany Lion Sharaya Musser, registering a 9.895 RQS.
The Spartans take 40th in the nation with an RQS on floor of 48.905. A season-high of 49.150 was recorded at Pittsburgh on March 8. Michigan holds a 49.450 mark to lead the conference on the year.
Freshman Nicola Deans boasts a 9.820 RQS on floor and tallied a season-high of 9.875 at Illinois on January 26. Wolverine Joanna Sampson leads the league on floor, notching an RQS of 9.945.
Freshman Lisa Burt tops the Spartans on floor, ranking 78th in the nation and 15th in the Big Ten, compiling a score of 38.705. Nebraska's Emily Wong and Michigan's Joanna Sampson tie for first in the all around competition with a 39.550 RQS.
Neal Named to Second Team All-Big Ten
Michigan State senior captain Taira Neal earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for the second time in her career. Neal is posting a 9.890 RQS on vault and has led the Spartans in the event, earning top honors six times this season. The senior has won first place on vault 15 times in her career, second place twice, and third place once. On beam, Neal has been honored twice for second place in her career and twice for third place this season.
2012 Big Ten Championships Recap
MSU travelled to Iowa last season and earned a team score of 194.675 to finish in 8th place. The Spartans posted a score of 48.800 on vault as Taira Neal led the team notching a 9.850. On uneven bars, Jackie Berg led the Spartans with a 9.825 and MSU finished with a 48.700. Sarena Bumbarger took the lead on beam for MSU tallying 9.800 and the Spartans earned a 48.375. The Spartans finished the evening with a 48.800 on floor exercise. Dani Levy paced the team with a 9.850 on the event.
Next Up For MSU
The Spartans wait to see if they qualify for the NCAA Regionals.