EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages announced Wednesday that team will welcome five incoming freshman to the roster for the 2017-18 season. Anne Maxim (Shelby Township, Mich., Olympia Gymnastics), Madison McHale (Carol Stream, Ill., Legacy Elite Gymnastics) and Lea Mitchell (Coconut Creek, Fla., American Twisters Gymnastics) have all signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at MSU next fall, while Michelina Lupinetti (Harrisburg, Pa., Artistic Sports Academy Plus Gymnastics) and Isabelle Wittebort (Clarkston, Mich., Stars and Stripes Gymnastics) join the Spartans as a walk on.
“This class is one of the strongest we have had in Spartan history,” said Klages. “We expect them to bring a wealth of national experience that will immediately help this program raise the bar in the competitive arena. Our goals are high and this group of talented athletes will help us reach them. Welcome to the Spartan Family!”
Anne Maxim • Shelby Twp, Mich. • Olympia Gymnastics
Prior to MSU: Attends Chippewa Valley High School… Coached by Lori Koch and Deanna Sigler… Fifth year level 10 competitor… Competed at the 2013 Michigan Level 10 State meet, finishing second all-around… J.O. National qualifier in 2014, 2015 and 2016… Finished second on vault, fourth on bars, fourth on floor and fourth all-around at the 2014 Region 5 Regionals... Finished first on beam, second on vault, third on floor, fourth on bars and first all-around at the 2015 Michigan Level 10 State meet... Finished first on vault and floor, fourth on bars and first All-around at the 2015 Region 5 Regionals... 2015 J.O. National Champion on bars, placing 10th all-around… At the 2016 Michigan Level 10 State meet, finished first on vault, bars and floor and fifth all-around… Finished first on vault, bars and floor and second on beam and 1st All-around at the 2016 Region 5 Regionals... 2016 J.O. National Champion on bars, placing 9th all-around…. Member of the National Honor Society and Coalition Teen Council… Member of the 2016 Region 5 All-Star Team.
Personal: Daughter of Chris and Ruth… Plans on majoring in Bio systems Engineering at MSU.
Klages on Maxim: Anne Maxim is a member of the Region 5 All Star Team and a top gymnast in the Junior Olympic National program. She is a tenacious competitor with gorgeous lines and dynamic skills. Anne will be a super star on the collegiate competition floor.
Madison McHale • Carol Stream, Ill.. • Legacy Elite Gymnastics
Prior to MSU: Attends Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL… Coached by Jiani Wu and Yuejiu Li… Sixth year level 10 competitor… Was fourth on bars at the 2012 Region 5 Regionals … 2012 NIT qualifier: second on bars… 2013 Region 5 Regionals: fifth on bars, sixth all-around… 2013 J.O National qualifier: third on bars… Finished fourth on bars at the 2014 Region 5 Regionals… Finished second on bars at the 2015 Region 5 Regionals… 2016 Illinois Level 10 State meet: first on bars and second on beam... 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier… 2015 Region 5 Regionals: second on bars and fourth all-around… 2016 J.O. National qualifier and finished seventh on Bars… Member of the Spanish Honor Society and Student Leadership Academy.
Personal: Daughter of Will and Gigi, and has a sister, Kayla… Plans to major in Hospitality Business.
Klages on McHale: Maddie McHale has so much passion for the sport of gymnastics and Michigan State University. After her visit to MSU, she bled Green and became so loyal to MSU. Maddie was also influential in bringing her class and future Spartans together, creating a strong sense of team even prior to their arrival on campus. Maddie will be an awesome addition not only on the competition floor but also with her leadership skills.
Lea Mitchell • Coconut Creek, Fla. • American Twisters Gymnastics
Prior to MSU: Attends Boynton Beach Community High School… Coached by Gary Anderson and Christy Ramirez… Seventh year Level 10 competitor… Finished fourth on vault at the 2012 Georgia Level 10 State Championships… Finished second on vault and bars, fourth on beam and third on floor and all-around at the 2013 Georgia level 10 State Championships… 2013 NIT qualifier… 2014 Florida level 10 State Championships: second on vault, fifth on bars, second on beam and third on floor and all-around… 2014 Region 8 Regionals: second on vault and floor, third on bars and second all-around… 2014 J.O. National qualifier… 2015 Florida Level 10 State meet: first on vault and floor, fourth on bars and second all-around… Finished first on floor at the 2015 Region 8 Regionals… 2015 NIT qualifier and finished first on vault, fifth on bars and third all-around... 2016 Florida level 10 State meet: third on vault, second on beam, third on floor and all-around… 2016 Region 8 Regionals: third on vault and bars, second on beam and floor and first all-around... 2016 J.O. National qualifier… 2016 Palm Beach High School Female Athlete of the Year… A member of National Honor Society and Foreign Language National Honor Society.
Personal: Daughter of Spener and Maureen and has four brothers, Adam, Matthew, Cameron and Joshua… Plans on majoring in Communications: Sports Broadcasting and Minoring in Dance.
Klages on Mitchell: Lea Mitchell is a powerhouse style of gymnast who is also an accomplished dancer, bringing elegance and power to her gymnastics. She has a desire to win and will bring a strong competitiveness to the program. We look forward to having Lea’s gymnastics sporting a Spartan leotard!
Michelina Lupinetti • Harrisburg, Pa. • Artistic Sports Academy Plus Gymnastics
Prior to MSU: Attends Bishop McDevitt High School… Coached by Barry Mattern. Sixth year Level 10 competitor…. Finished second on beam and fourth all-around at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championships… 2014 Region 7 Regionals: fourth on vault... 2015 Pennsylvania Level 10 State meet: second on vault, fourth on Bars and fourth all-around… Finished fourth on vault and fifth on beam at the 2015 Region 7 Regionals… 2015 NIT qualifier and finished fourth on vault… 2016 Pennsylvania Level 10 State meet: first on vault, beam and all-around, while finishing second on bars... 2016 Region 7 Regionals: second on vault and all-around, third on bars, beam and floor... 2016 J.O. National qualifier, where she finished sixth on vault and fourth on bars.
Personal: Daughter of Tom and Elena… Plans on majoring in Experience Architecture.
Klages on Lupinetti: Michelina Lupinetti blossomed in her junior year with an outstanding competition season. Mic has a strong desire to be a Spartan and brings a team-player attitude with her. She will excel in all four events and we can’t wait to get her on campus.
Isabelle Wittebort • Clarkston, Mich. • Stars and Stripes Gymnastics
Prior to MSU: Attends Clarkston High School… Coached by Cassie and Mike Davis…. Third year Level 10 competitor… Finished fifth on vault at the 2015 Michigan Level 10 State meet… 2015 Region 5 Regionals: fourth on vault and second on beam... 2015 NIT qualifier, where she was fourth on beam… Missed the 2016 season due to injury.
Personal: Daughter of Tim and Karyn.
Klages on Wittebort: Isabelle Wittebort was so excited to receive an offer to be a member of the Spartan gymnastics team. She comes from a family full of Spartans. Isabelle will bring depth to the Spartan program on all four of the events. She is a very dedicated athlete and has a great work ethic.