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By David F.P.
The Spartans of Michigan State made their way to Durham, and came up with a win over the New Hampshire Wildcats, 195.675 to 195.35 on a day when UNH honored their seniors and was battling for rankings position in the hopes of making it to regionals.
Some quick highlights before the full report is finished: For visiting MSU no gymnast scored lower than 9.725 on Vault including Katlyn Roggensack’s 9.925. On the Bars, the Spartans five counted scores were 9.7 or above and Rochelle Robinson topped the team with a 9.875. On the Beam, Kelsey Morley posted a 9.95 and Nicole Curler a 9.9 on ironically the team’s lowest scoring event. On Floor, no counted score was below 9.8 including Kathryn Mahoney’s 9.875. Curler added a 39.275 all around score and Roggensack a 38.925. Of the four events, Michigan State had the top finisher in all but Floor.
For the home Wildcats, Justine Turner anchored the vault with a 9.9. On the Bars, Helena Diodati led the team with a 9.850 and no score was counted below 9.7. On Beam, Keeley smith and Chelsea Steinberg both had 9.85s. Finally on Floor, Smith scored a 9.9 and Taryn LaFountain a 9.875. No UNH gymnast scored less than 9.725 on that event.
A close finish and UNH is keeping themselves in the running for a regionals slot.