East Lansing, Mich. - Despite improving upon its team score for the third-straight week this season, the No. 23 Michigan State gymnastics team lost to No. 6 Michigan tonight, 196.750-194.550, at Crisler Arena.
Senior Rhiannon Banda-Scott posted the highest finish for the Spartans on the night, tying for second on the vault with a 9.850 with Michigan's Kari Pearce. It was her best placement in her career in any event and was the second highest score on the vault in her three years in Green and White. Kylee Botterman of Michigan won the event with a 9.925. Michigan totaled a 49.150 on the vault, while MSU had 48.875.
The Wolverines occupied the top five finishes on the bars, led by Becky Bernard's 9.900. Junior Katlyn Roggensack and sophomore Rochelle Robinson was part of a three-way tie for fifth with scores of 9.800. The tally was a season-high for Roggensack and matched a season-best for Robinson. As a team on the bars, Michigan had a 49.225, while the Spartans posted a 48.550.
Kelsey Knutson won the beam with a 9.925, just ahead of a pair of teammates - Becky Bernard and Lindsey Bruck - who tied for second (9.875). Sophomore Nicole Curler was the top Spartan on the beam with a 9.850 to finish fourth and tie her season-best. For the second-consecutive event, the Wolverines had a 49.225 and MSU had 48.850.
Curler had her lone medalist finish of the night on the floor, placing third with a 9.850, close behind Nellie Kippley and Lindsey Bruck who tied for first with a 9.875. Michigan topped the Spartans on the floor to close out the night, 49.150-48.275.
Bruck and Curler were the lone all-arounders, and the Wolverine came out on top 39.325-37.900.
The Spartans remain on the road, but stay within the state, for the State of Michigan Classic on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Michigan State will look to defend its 2007 title, when they travel to Ypsilanti.