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Spartans Set for Big Ten Championships

March 23, 2018

Michigan State at Big Ten Championships
 Date Saturday, March 24
 Time 3 p.m. ET
 Location Champaign, Ill. | State Farm Center
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State gymnastics hits the road to Champaign, Illinois for the Big Ten Championships hosted by the University of Illinois on Saturday.

The Championships will be split into two sessions, with the Spartans competing at 3 p.m. with Penn State, Rutgers and Nebraska. The second session will feature Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland, Iowa, Ohio State and Illinois, and will begin at 8 p.m.

Both sessions of the 2018 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and streamed through BTN2Go.

Big Ten Championship Info  . . .
Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Fans can purchase tickets for the championships online via the Big Ten website at  Prices for tickets are as follows – Single Session – Adult: $10, Student: $7; All Sessions – Adult: $15, Student: $10.

Michigan State’s Championship Rotation:
Bars – Beam – Floor – Vault

The Spartans average a team score of 193.816 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.

Senior Hailee Westney was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, as announced by the conference on Monday.

She becomes the 55th Michigan State gymnast to earn All-Big Ten accolades, as MSU has had at least one gymnast earn All-Big Ten recognition every season since 2002.

Westney has been a staple for the Spartan squad this season, competing in every meet and recording the most podium finishes for the Green and White with 12 including nine first-place finishes. The Milton, Ontario native took the bars competition seven times and garnered a first-place finish twice on beam.

The senior posted a career high on bars at the B1G Five meet, earning a 9.925 in her final home meet at Jenison Field House. She also registered a career-high 9.900 on beam on Feb. 4 against Penn State.

Last Time Out  . . .
Michigan State gymnastics tied the fourth-best bars score in program history on the way to a 192.825 final score at the Big Five meet on Saturday afternoon at Jenison Field House.

The B1G Five meet was the final meet before this week’s Big Ten Championships where the teams competed against conference opponents they did not face in the regular season schedule.
Illinois won the meet with a 196.850, followed by Maryland with a 195.700. Ohio State was third with a 195.150, while Nebraska was fourth with a 194.900.
The Spartans posted a 49.300 on bars, winning the bars competition on the day and tying the fourth-highest score in program history, and the highest score on the apparatus since a 49.325 in 2007.
After a bye for the first rotation, the Spartans were on floor for the second stanza, with freshman Lea Mitchell bringing home a 9.800 in the final spot in the lineup. Junior Molly Hoerner O’Malley added a 9.500.
Moving to vault for the third rotation, senior Tessa Jaranowski logged a season-high and tied a career-best with a 9.700. Freshman Anne Maxim later notched a 9.800, tying a season-high, and Mitchell rounded out the rotation, also scoring a 9.800, her second-highest score of the season.
For the fourth rotation, the Spartans were on bars, with Mitchell leading off with a season-high tying 9.850. Jaranowski followed with a career-best 9.775, her fifth score of 9.700 or higher this season. After a 9.700 by freshman Tristan Brown, junior Jessica Ling logged a personal-best tying 9.875.

Maxim matched that 9.875, her fourth score of 9.800 or better. Westney then rounded out the rotation with her top honor tying 9.925, for her career-best score in her final bars performance in Jenison Field House.

Westney’s 9.925 also ties for fifth-highest score in Spartan gymnastics history, the highest score since Lisa Burt tallied a 9.925 on bars at Illinois State on Feb. 28, 2016.

MSU completed the meet on beam for the fifth rotation, with Brown notching a new personal-best with 9.700.  In her final home routine as a Spartan, Westney logged a 9.775, her eighth score of 9.700 or higher.

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 193.816 on the season.

• Over the past six meets the Spartans have faced six top-25 opponents with No. 11 Nebraska and No. 24 Ohio State coming to East Lansing on March 17. The Spartans faced then-No.11-ranked Oregon State on Saturday, March 10. 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 49th in the Road to Nationals rankings, dropping three spots from last week’s rankings. MSU’s best event remains the uneven bars, ranking 39th in the nation. The Spartans are 52nd on floor, 53rd on vault and 54th on beam. 

• MSU has battled many injuries this season, only being able to put up five gymnasts on select events the past four meets.

• In the B1G Five meet on March 17 in East Lansing, the Spartan squad posted the fourth-best bars score in school history, tallying a 49.300 and winning the bars competition. The 49.300 was the highest score on the apparatus since the team earned a 49.325 in 2007.

• Senior Hailee Westney earned a 9.925 on bars on March 17 in the B1G Five meet, tying for the fifth-highest score in school history. The last Spartan to score a 9.925 was Lisa Burt on Feb. 28, 2016.

• 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 team-high 12 podium finishes, including nine first place nods. The Milton, Ontario native won the bars competition seven times and garnered a first-place finish twice on beam.

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.

Big Ten Championships  . . .
At the Big Ten Championships last season, the Michigan State women’s gymnastics team won the first session, and finished tied for sixth overall with a team score of 195.200. The 2017 championships was MSU’s best team finish since 2010 when the Spartans finished fourth.

The highlight of the meet came on the floor, where Michigan State tied the best team score in program history and had the best score of the meet with a 49.475, including the three Big Ten Champions who tied atop the event in Elena Lagoski, Kira Frederick and Nicola Deans, who recorded 9.925’s.

The three are the first Big Ten Champions from MSU since Chayla Hill in 2006, and first floor champions since Michelle Ingalls in 1988.  

MSU has only recorded a 49.475 on floor five other times in school history and last year was the first time since March 7, 2004.

Four Spartans were named to the All-Championship Team, tied with Michigan for the most representatives from any school. Hailee Westney joined Lagoski, Frederick and Deans as the MSU representatives for her 9.850 beam score that was tied for first in session one and finished 10th in the meet.

Quotable with Coach Rowe  . . .
On Hailee Westney’s All-Big Ten honor...
“Hailee Westney was able to post the fourth-highest bars score in because she has been setting personal goals since she’s been here at Michigan State,” said head coach Mike Rowe. “The difficulty she’s packed into this year’s bar routine has been challenging to clean up the little half-tenths and get the scores we’re all looking for. I’ve said it before, she really didn’t want to settle for an easier routine and we all stood by her. She has been consistent this past week in maintaining the quality she demonstrated at B1G Five’s, and we’re excited to see how it all plays out on Saturday. This team is always focusing on having each other’s backs and trying to set the next in line up for success.”

On MSU’s lineups for the B1G Championships...
“Once again, we continued to focus on details in all areas this week. We might possibly be bringing a couple of more recently absent Spartans to this weekend’s line-ups.  Practice day on Friday will help
us determine a whether they return to the line-ups or not.  Look for familiar faces potentially returning to the Vault and Floor line-ups.”



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