Three Spartans Earn All-Big Ten Honors
March 21, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Three members of the Michigan State gymnastics team were honored at the Big Ten Championships banquet Friday evening as members of All-Big Ten teams. Junior Rochelle Robinson was a first team selection, while classmate Nicole Curler and sophomore Kelsey Morley were named to the second team.
Robinson garners All-Big Ten honors for the third-straight year and marks the second time she has been named to the first team. She led the Spartans on vault and uneven bars, capturing seven top-three finishes on bars, including five first place honors and setting a career-high with a 9.900. Robinson scored a 9.800 or better on vault in seven of the 10 meets she competed in, and eight of the 11 meets she competed on bars. She also tallied the team's top four scores on bars this season and registered eight of the team's 10 best scores on the event. Robinson has 54 career top-three finishes, including 10 this season and is ranked first in the Big Ten on bars.
Morley collects conference recognition for the first time in her career, after a standout season on balance beam. She set a program record with a 9.975 on beam in a meet against Florida and is one of five gymnasts in the nation to score a 9.975 or better on the apparatus this season. Morley has recorded six first place finishes on beam this season and tallied a 9.900 or better in the event in five meets. She is tied for the team-lead in career first place finishes on beam with nine, and scored a 9.800 or better in the event in eight of the 11 meets. Morley is tied for fourth nationally on beam and is ranked first nationally in the Central region and Big Ten.
Curler earns All-Big Ten recognition for the third-straight year and leads the team with 57 career top-three finishes, earning a team-high 15 this season. She registered five of the top 12 scores on beam this season and posted the top two all-around scores. Curler competed on beam all 11 meets, tying her career-high with a 9.925 at the Cat Classic. She is 17th regionally in the all-around and is tied for second on beam in the Big Ten.
It is the third-straight season the Spartans had three student-athletes honored. MSU has 42 All-Big Ten selections all-time, including 30 which have been under the guidance of 19-year head coach Kathie Klages.
Michigan State had the third most recipients, behind Illinois and Michigan, who placed five and four, respectively.
The Spartans are currently ranked 26th nationally with a Regional Qualifying Score of 194.950. MSU enters the weekend ranked sixth in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten Championships begin on Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m. ET at Huff Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois.
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