“Anna, Lindsey and Jessica were selected as tri-captains by their teammates unanimously, as no surprise to us. They are without a doubt, great leaders by example in the gym. Individually, they each possess and can contribute valuable insight, motivation and advice to their teammates and have experience having the go to capabilities that are desired in becoming great leaders,” Rowe said. “We are excited to have been given the opportunity in developing these talents and look forward to their growth as individuals and in leading this year's team.”
All three of the Spartan tri-captains were Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2017 season, marking Gamelo’s second-straight academic all-conference accolade, while Lemke and Ling earned their first. Additionally, both Gamelo and Ling were named Scholar All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).
“The best thing about these three young women being chosen as tri-captains is that they all share the same vision for our program, but have different personalities and strengths that can help move us in the direction we want to go. They have all shown great leadership qualities since they’ve stepped on campus, but really made a valiant effort this past summer, being upperclassmen, to lead the way. They will be a great asset to not only our returners, but our seven freshmen, as we start this new era of Michigan State Gymnastics,” MSU associate coach Nicole Curler said.
Gamelo, a senior from Toronto, Ontario, competed in 11 meets last season, primarily as a vault specialist. She posted a season-high of 9.775 in a dual with Bowling Green before tallying a 9.725 in both the B1G Big Five meet and the Big Ten Championships, finishing 11th on vault.
A senior from Holt, Michigan, Lemke qualified for the NCAA Regionals as an alternate on bars, and posted a 9.725, placing tied for 28th. Lemke logged her season-best 9.900 on bars in a dual vs. Bowling Green. She also tallied her career-high on floor with a 9.875 at the Big Ten Championships, leading MSU and finishing 12th overall.
Ling is a junior from Walled Lake, Michigan, who missed last season with an injury. As a freshman bars specialist in 2016, she posted a season-best 9.875 vs. Illinois.
The Spartan gymnastics team will begin scrimmages in early December and regular-season meets in early January. Stay tuned to MSUSpartans.com for more information.