Jan. 25, 2007
Beyond The Beam
Hello Spartan Gymnastics Fans,
It's Friday and our last meet feels like ancient history! But I will touch upon the competition. Our first road trip was not as successful as we had hoped! The team began on floor with a rough performance with two falls and .2 out of bounds. We continued onto vault and our first vaulter, freshman Kelly Moffitt, landed with a straight leg and had to be replaced for the bars and beam event. This was certainly not how we pictured the meet. However, the replacements stepped up and got the job done. We finished the competition on beam with five of the six routines hitting for the top beam score of the night. Highlights of the competition included a first place finish on vault and bars for freshman Rochelle Robinson. Katlyn Roggensack and Nicole Curler tied for first on beam. Robinson, Roggensack, and Coleman finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around. We learned a lot about this team and the coaching staff at this competition and plan to use that knowledge to improve our performances in the future.
On to what's happening this week! We are hosting our 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Meet on Saturday, January 27 at 7 p.m. Our guests for the evening will include Ohio State and UIC. The team has set a goal of $10,000 in fund raising for the event. We are holding a silent auction with items such as a signed football jersey from new head coach Mark Dantonio, a signed basketball by Tom Izzo and a hockey jersey signed by both Rick Comley and Ron Mason. We will also auction off the pink breast cancer leotards that we will be wearing that evening. Donations will be taken for the American Cancer Society throughout the night. You can also make donations at the team's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website:
Throughout the season we will be auctioning off a 7-by-4 foot mural of our team in the pink leotards. Check out the above website to find out how to place a bid on this awesome mural.
We will be dedicating this competition to Jan Howard, mother of alumni gymnast Angela Howard. Jan passed away from this disease in May of 1997. Angela was a gymnast at MSU from 1992-95. She currently is the Associate Director of Student Athlete Support Services. She works daily with student athletes here at MSU.
We are excited for this event to take place. Please come on out and support your Spartans as they strive to reach their fund-raising goal of $10,000. And you will see a pretty good gymnastics show too!
Until next time,
Kathie Klages Head Coach