The Michigan Wolverines won their home meet today against the Michigan State Spartans (195.975 – 194.050). Natalie Wojcik and Olivia Karas had strong all around performances, placing first and second with a 39.325 and a 39.250 respectively. Michigan State also put up big scores, with Gabriella Douglas tying for first on floor with a 9.875. Jessica Ling also tied for second on the uneven bars with a 9.875.

Natalie Wojcik on floor for the Michigan Wolverines
Photo: Michigan Gymnastics

Michigan began the meet with a 49.150 on vault, where they counted no score lower than a 9.750. Emma McLean stuck her Yurchenko full to win the event with a 9.900. Abby Brenner and Wojcik competed Yurchenko 1.5s, but had to take steps on their landings, keeping their scores a bit lower. Michigan State put up a fight on the uneven bars, scoring a total of 48.975. Their lineup was highlighted by Ling’s 9.875 and Tristan Brown’s 9.850, a strong finish after some mid-lineup shakiness.

On the uneven bars, Michigan hit six clean routines for a total of 49.125. Wojcik won the event with a 9.900, followed by Karas, who tied for second with a 9.875. This is an impressive bars lineup that should only improve as the season goes on. On vault, Michigan State had five vaults score over a 9.700, leading them to a team total of 48.775. Unfortunately, lower start values and a fall kept their highest score at a 9.800, earned by Ashley Hofelich.

Michigan also had a fall on the balance beam in the third rotation, but came back strong to finish with a total of 48.900. Wojcik anchored the lineup, scoring a 9.950 to win the event. Michigan swept the podium, with McLean in second and Maggie O’Hara in third.  Michigan State also came back from a fall on the floor exercise to score a total of 48.750, with three scores over a 9.800. In addition to Douglas’s 9.875, Lea Mitchell scored a 9.850 to place third, and Hofelich scored a 9.825 to place fourth. With six hit routines, this lineup will put up big numbers and has a lot of potential.

On the floor exercise, Michigan secured a win in the final rotation. Though their execution was a bit lacking, they hit six routines for a 48.800. Karas won the event with a 9.875, anchoring the lineup for the Wolverines and capping off a great all-around performance. Michigan State ended the meet on beam, where they scored a 47.550. Fighting through falls and shaky routines, Madison McHale highlighted the lineup with a 9.775 and placing fourth on the event. Going forward, both teams will be looking to clean up their routines and hit consistently.

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