Michigan State Gymnastics Readies for Big Ten Championships
March 28, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team enters the championship portion of its schedule this weekend with the Big Ten Championships held inside Crisler Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Spartans dropped two spots to No. 17 in the latest GymInfo national ranking with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 195.560 and a team average of 194.815. The numbers also rank MSU fourth in the Central region (trailing No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Alabama and No. 13 Auburn).
MSU, enters the weekend ranked second in the Big Ten with a 195.560 RQS, trailing Michigan (196.825). Following the Michigan schools are Iowa (195.200), Penn State (195.045), Minnesota (194.885), Illinois (194.810) and Ohio State (194.405).
Michigan State is in the top 25 nationally in each event. The Spartans have their highest RQS on the vault with a 49.065 to stand in 14th and are 15th on the beam with a 49.000 RQS. They are tied for 17th on the bars with a 48.880 and currently are 27th on the floor at 48.865. Among Big Ten foes, the Spartans are second on the vault, beam and bars, while in the region, they are third on bars and fourth on both the vault and beam. MSU is fifth in the Big Ten and sixth in the Central on the floor.
Each one of the 13 Spartans who have appeared in the competitive lineup this season have placed among the top-three in at least one event. MSU has totaled 95 top-three individual finishes so far, with 63 coming from the talented sophomore class. Sophomore Nicole Curler leads the way with 24 podium finishes, followed by sophomore Rochelle Robinson (21) and junior Katlyn Roggensack (11).
The Spartans have also seen seven student-athletes win or share an individual title in 2008. MSU has 34 individual finish place finishes, led by 12 from Robinson and nine from Curler. Again, the sophomore class accounts for 26 of the 34 wins.
The Spartans have never won the Big Ten Championships, but had finished second on eight occasions, most recently in 2006. In the 26 year history of the championship, the Spartans have 14 top-three team finishes. Their best team score came in 2004, when they tallied a 196.025, only one of two times that the Spartans have topped 195 at Big Tens.
In addition to the team success, nine Spartans have been crowned Big Ten champions, since the conference began recognizing the sport in 1982. Most recently, Chayla Hill won the vault in 2006, the lone MSU champion since 1996.
MSU finished seventh at last year's championships with a score of 192.650. Rochelle Robinson tied for second on vault, as the top individual finisher for the Spartans. Michigan won its 15th championship with a team score of 196.575.
Live results will be available on the Michigan athletic web site, by clicking here.
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