Spartan Gymnastics No. 15 hosts Illinois on Sunday for inaugural ‘Erase Hate’ meet
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Following Friday night’s road meet at Central Michigan, Michigan State Gymnastics is back in action on Sunday, Feb. 13 for a conference double meet with Illinois. The game is scheduled to start inside Jenison Field House at 4 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend under the Michigan State Spectator Immunization Policy.
Sunday marks MSU Gymnastics’ inaugural “Erase Hate” meet, a celebration of inclusivity and the value that individuality can bring to society.
“We look forward to not only competing against Illinois on Sunday, but also kicking off our first-ever ‘Erase Hate!’ meet, recognizing and celebrating everyone’s individual and unique differences, providing inclusivity and equality for all.” , said the head coach. mike rowe said of the event.
LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans are on a quick turnaround after playing in a three-way Central Michigan encounter with Western Michigan on Friday, Feb. 11. Michigan State beat both MAC opponents with a final score of 196.500. Central Michigan placed second with a close score of 196.475, while Western Michigan came in third with a 195.400.
Three Spartans walked away with event titles that day, year two Giana Kalefe and freshman Gabrielle Stephane earning a share of the beam title each with a 9.925. Kalefe’s score set a new career high, while Stephen followed up with an impressive 9.950 from last weekend against Maryland.
The third and final MSU event title of the meet came from a freshman Skyla Schulte with a score of 9.875 on the uneven bars in the final rotation of the night for the Spartans.
Michigan State excelled on balance beam at the meet. With five Spartans earning a 9.800 or higher, MSU posted a 49.350 as a team, their highest score this season and good for the fourth-best beam score in program history. The team’s final score of 196.500 was the eighth best in Spartan history.
The Spartans prepare for the annual Big Five Meet in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, February 19. MSU will face fellow Big Ten teams Minnesota, Penn State, Nebraska and Rutgers inside the Huntington Center starting at 7 p.m.