Spartans score in Saturday’s win over Maryland

EAST LANSING, Michigan– Michigan State Gymnastics posted its season high for the second straight meeting with 196.875, beating Maryland’s 195.950 Saturday night at Jenison Field House. MSU celebrated both Alumni Night and National Girls and Women In Sports Night, honoring several alumni who attended after the reunion.

The 196.875 beats the Spartans’ previous season best of 196.775, which was just set last time out on January 30 at defending champion Michigan.

After Saturday night’s first rotation, MSU recognized the Spartan field hockey, rowing, softball, and volleyball teams for National Girls and Women In Sports Night. These teams, along with the MSU Club Fencing Team, were on site prior to the meeting for demonstrations and meet-and-greets with fans.

The Spartans collected all four event titles, with senior Ashley Hofelich Opening the Nightly Victory Vault wins the first of your two event wins during the night. Junior followed Jori Jackard She captured the pole crown and performed a 1-2-3 Spartan sweep for her second pole win of the season. student in the first year Gabrielle Stephen posted her second 9,950 of her freshman campaign, this time on beam to achieve the second best score in program history on device. Stephen collected her third event title of the season, but first on beam while the previous two came on vault, including her 9,950 to perfectly match her seed against Iowa on Jan. 22. Hofelich finished the night securing the win for MSU a 9.925 to anchor bottom, which tied their career-high for the second straight and third this season and led a second Spartan event sweep with the top 3 marks.

Audrey Barber of Maryland collected with 39,300 all-around honors while Spartan was a freshman Skyla Schulte He finished second with 38.950, just ahead of Stephen in third place with 38.850.

Michigan State started on vault, with Hofelich posting a career-high 9.925, her first score of 9.900 or higher in her career. Stephen finished second as a sophomore with a 9.875 Baleigh Garcia tied for fourth, with a 9,850 to tie their season and career high for the second straight week. With a team total of 49,275, the Spartans recorded the second-highest vault score in program history.

On parallel bars for the second rotation, Jackard recorded a career-high 9.925 for her second score of 9.900 or higher in the last three weeks, after a final 9.900 home game of last season on Jan. 22 against Iowa. Jackard’s second win of the season on parallel bars joined her 9,850 to win the Bowling Green/Illinois State tri-meet.

Stephen and Garcia switched to beam for the third rotation and went 1-2, with Stephen posting their 9,950 in third position for their second 9,900 or higher of the year. Garcia anchored the lineup at her 9,900 as she has now had a 9,900 or better in all five matches this season.

Closing the night on the floor, senior Sydney Ewing started at 9,850 followed by the fifth year Leah Mitchell with 9.875 good for second place. second grader Delanie Harkness was in third place on the lineup and posted a 9.850 to match Ewing in scoring and take third place. Hofelich completed MSU’s official floor roster with her 9,925 victory point total, for her third event title of the year and sixth of her Spartan career.

Michigan State Gymnastics will have a busy weekend next week with two meets opening on the road at 7 p.m. next Friday, February 11 in a tri-meet with Western Michigan at Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant. After Friday’s meeting, the Spartans return home to the Jenison Field House for the Illinois welcome on Sunday, February 13 at 4:00 p.m

Fans are welcome back to Spartan Gymnastics as part of Michigan State’s spectator vaccination policy.

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