Sept. 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State University gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages has announced the schedule for the 2014 season. The Spartans will host six meets at Jenison Field House, including a quad-meet prior to the Big Ten Championships at Penn State. MSU will face seven Big Ten teams this season and four teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Michigan State will begin its season with two scrimmages in December, both in East Lansing. The first will be the Green and White Scrimmage on Sunday, Dec. 8. Later in the month, MSU will face Western Michigan in a scrimmage. on Friday, Dec. 20.
Opening the new year, MSU will host a 'Meet The Spartans' event on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. To kick off Big Ten competition, the Spartans will open the regular season against Illinois on Friday, Jan. 10 in East Lansing. They will host Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 28 for Alumni Day, before returning to conference action against Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Jenison Field House. The competition against the Nittany Lions will also be the 4th annual Autism Awareness Meet.
The Spartans will hit the road for the first time as they travel to face in-state rival Michigan, who finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Championships, on Friday, Jan. 31 in Ann Arbor. Heading back to East Lansing, MSU will host Iowa on Friday, Feb. 7, for the eighth annual Jan Howard Memorial Breast Cancer Awareness Meet. The Spartans will then head on the road for two weekend meets at Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Western Michigan on Friday, Feb. 21 in nearby Kalamazoo, Mich.
In another non-conference event, the Green and White will host Denver on Friday, Feb. 28. for Senior Night. Michigan State will cap off the regular-season portion of the schedule with two back-to-back quad-meets beginning with a trip to Denton, Texas to compete with Texas Women’s University, 2013 NCAA runner-up Oklahoma and Minnesota on Sunday, March 9. In the last home competition, the Spartans will face 2013 Big Ten Champions Nebraska as well as Illinois and Ohio State in a quad-meet on Saturday, March 15.
Michigan State’s post-season will begin with the Big Ten Championships in State College, Pa., on the campus of Penn State on Saturday, March 22.