EMU gymnastics team takes down MSU

The Eastern Michigan women’s gymnastics team placed third in the Michigan State quad meet Friday. The Eagles finished with 195.225 score to defeat Michigan State at its home meet.

This is the second time in program history EMU has defeated MSU. Michigan State held a 35-1 record over the Eagles before the meet.

The meet also featured the University of Arizona, who finished first, and Bowling Green State University, who finished second.

“We had a tough rotation tonight; starting on beam can be a little nerve racking but they did a great job of fighting for everything and got us off to a great start and we built off that momentum to hit four solid events,” Head Coach Jay Santos said. “This team continues to impress me with their ability to finish strong at meets. Our last two events really stepped it up capped off another strong meet for us.”

Senior Anna Willette placed second in the all-around competition with a 39.150 including two season-best marks. Willete met her career high and grabbed a season-best 9.875 on the vault and ended the meet with a season-best 9.800 on the bars.

The Eagles started the night on beam led by sophomore Natalie Gervais who scored a 9.825 and finished second overall in the meet.

The Eagles then moved over to their floor routines with redshirt senior Chantelle Loehner leading the way with a 9.800 score.

Next the Eagles moved to vault where seniors Anna Willette and Polly Miller and freshman Julia Schwartz all had career best days with 9.875, 9.750 and 9.825 scores respectively.

The Eagles ended the night with four girls finishing with a 9.8 or better on the uneven bars with sophomore Lacey Rubin and freshman Kendall Valentin scoring a 9.850 and freshman Catie Conrad and senior Anna Willette scoring a 9.800. They were career-high scores for Rubin, Valentin and Conrad.

The Eastern Michigan gymnastics team ends its regular season as it heads to DeKalb, Ill. for its final Mid-American Conference meet against the Huskies of Northern Illinois University. The meet is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

Results (* indicates a career-high) Beam 2. Gervais, Natalie 9.825 8. Rubin, Lacey 9.775 12. Lo Bello, Carrina 9.725 12. Willette, Anna 9.725 17. Ebeyer, Kimberly 9.625 21. Conrad, Catie 9.225 Floor 7. Loehner, Chantelle 9.800 15. Willette, Anna 9.750 17. McEachern, Sydney 9.700 17. Slocum, Rachel 9.700 20. Young, Taylor 9.675 23. Lo Bello, Carrina 9.525 Vault 3. Willette, Anna 9.875 * 5. Schwartz, Julia 9.825 * 15. Miller, Paulina 9.750 * 17. McEachern, Sydney 9.725 17. Lo Bello, Carrina 9.725 21. Conrad, Catie 9.650 Bars 3. Rubin, Lacey 9.850 * 3. Valentin, Kendall 9.850 * 8. Conrad, Catie 9.800 * 8. Willette, Anna 9.800 19. Lo Bello, Carinna 9.725 21. Paterson, Nikki 9.400 All-Around 2. Willette, Anna 39.150

4. Lo Bello, Carrina 38.700

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