It was an easy victory for the Michigan Wolverines as they knocked off the Penn State Nittany Lions with their highest road score of the season in a key Big 10 conference duel.
In the first rotation, Penn State was solid and consistent on vault for a score of 48.900. The team was able to drop a 9.700 from Melissa Astarita in the leadoff spot. Sophomore Lauren Bridgens posted the team’s highest score with a 9.825. On bars, Michigan fought hard after a fall from freshman Maddie Mariani in the leadoff position. The rest of the team rallied to post a 49.175 with sophomore Lauren Farley posting a career high 9.875.
Penn State headed to bars in the second rotation where they struggled to keep up the momentum. Senior Sabrina Garcia brought in a team high 9.825. Over on vault, Michigan posted a season high 49.400. Senior Olivia Karas competed a Yurchenko one-and-a-half for the first time this season and nailed the landing. Her vault was good for a 9.950. Freshman phenom Natalie Wojcik followed with a stick of her own and another 9.950 to close out the event for the Wolverines.
In the third rotation, Penn State took to the beam. Nittany Lion Mason Hosek was solid for a team high 9.850 while for Michigan, Wojcik scored a 9.900 on floor.
In the final rotation, Penn State posted some respectable scores, however it was not enough to fend off the Wolverines. Lauren Farleyled off for Michigan on beam with a 9.9. Natalie Wojcik capped off the event with a 9.925.
In the end, Michigan posted a 197.075 to defeat Penn State 194.750 and push their Big 10 record this season to 5-0.Tags: Big 10, Lauren Bridgens, Lauren Farley, Maddie Mariani, Mason Hosek, Melissa Astarita, Michigan, Michigan Wolverines, Natalie Wojcik, NCAA Gymnastics, Olivia Karas, Penn State, Penn State Nittany Lions, Sabrina Garcia