Nov. 19, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages has announced the schedule for the 2013 season. The Spartans will host the Big Ten Championships as well as four dual meets at Jenison Field House. The 2013 season will be the first with Big Ten Conference scheduling; MSU will face seven Big Ten teams this season.
“We passed the Big Ten schedule in 2009 and this is the first year of conference scheduling,” said Klages. “I’m excited to host our Big Ten schools and thrilled to go to their campuses. This year we will meet every Big Ten gymnastics program in a dual meet. I think crowning a regular season Big Ten champion will bring another level of excitement to Big Ten women’s gymnastics.”
MSU will begin its season with two scrimmages in December. The first will be the Green and White Scrimmage on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Jenison. Later in the week, MSU will face Michigan in a scrimmage in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday, Dec. 7.
MSU will open its regular-season at home against non-conference opponent Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 12.
The Spartans will begin Big Ten meets on the road at Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 19 and at Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 26. Upon returning home, the Spartans will compete against Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 1 in the Jan Howard Memorial Breast Cancer Awareness Meet. Michigan State will then head to Iowa on Friday, Feb. 8. Ohio State will travel to East Lansing, for a Big Ten Network televised meet on Saturday, Feb. 16. The dual meet versus the Buckeyes will also serve as the Third Annual Autism Awareness Meet. On Saturday, Feb. 23, MSU will travel to Penn State for a dual meet. To close out Big Ten opponents, the Spartans will face Michigan on Saturday, March 2, during Alumni and Senior Day.
In another non-conference event, the Green and White will head to Pittsburgh for a matchup on Friday, March 8. The last meet of the season will be against Denver and Ball State in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, March 16.
“Our non-conference opponents include past regulars of Western Michigan University at home and a road trip to the University of Pittsburgh,” said Klages. “This year we have added Denver and Ball State in a meet at Denver. Denver will be a worthy opponent as they have finished in the top 20 over the past several years. We welcome the challenge of this very difficult schedule this season. “
MSU will host the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday, March 23, with two sessions, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The last time the Spartans hosted the tournament was in 2006.
“We are very excited about hosting the Big Ten Championships in our home arena,” said Klages. “It will be great to have the hometown advantage this season with a young team. We are looking forward to providing a class act experience for all of the gymnasts in the Big Ten.”
The Big Ten Network will televise the meet against Ohio State and the Big Ten Championships.