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Westney, Mitchell Qualify for NCAA Regional

March 26, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State gymnastics had two individuals qualify for the NCAA Regionals, as announced during the selection show late Monday afternoon. Senior Hailee Westney will compete on bars, while freshman Lea Mitchell will compete in the all-around competition.

Both athletes will be in action in the Columbus Regional hosted by Ohio State University. The meet will start at 6 p.m. ET.

"We are thrilled that both Lea and Hailee have been honored with this opportunity that they both have worked so hard for! Their work ethic, perseverance and consistent attention to detail has made the difference and we can't wait to see what will transpire for them next weekend in Columbus," said head coach Mike Rowe. "They both make perfect ambassadors for our program and we couldn't be more proud of them!"

Westney is making her fourth consecutive trip to Regionals, her second appearance as an individual as the team qualified for regionals in her first two seasons as a Spartan. This marks Mitchell’s first trip to Regionals.

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.

Mitchell has done it all for the Spartans, entering the season as one of the Big Ten’s Gymnasts to Watch. The Boynton Beach native has been an anchor in the all-around competition for the Green and White this season, claiming 19 podium finishes in her debut season as a Spartan. Mitchell earned eight first-place crowns this season, including two all-around victories.

The top two teams from each regional, along with the top two all-around competitors not on an advancing team, will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, which will be held April 20-21 in St. Louis, Missouri hosted by the University of Missouri, Columbia and the St. Louis Sports Commission. In addition, the event winners at each regional site will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.

For a full list of teams and individuals competing in each regional, click here.



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