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MSU gymnastics team earns No. 6 seed in Athens Regional

March 23, 2016
Freshman Drew Hendershot  preforms on the bars during the  MSU womens gymnastic's meet against Illinois on Feb. 19, 2016 at Jenison Field House.
Freshman Drew Hendershot preforms on the bars during the MSU womens gymnastic's meet against Illinois on Feb. 19, 2016 at Jenison Field House. —
Photo by Sundeep Dhanjal | and Sundeep Dhanjal The State News

The Spartans will compete against Arizona, George Washington, Georgia, LSU and Oregon State in Athens.

The Spartans are making their second-straight NCAA Regionals appearance. Last year at the Ames regional hosted by Iowa State University, MSU finished fourth out of six competing teams. The top two scoring teams at each regional earn a spot at Nationals.

The women’s gymnastics team is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Big Ten Championships hosted by the University of Nebraska last week. The Spartans finished with a 195.475 team score, their best Big Ten Championship finish in seven years, according to the release. Junior Elena Lagoski and sophomore Hailee Westney were named to the All-Big Ten Championship team.

The Spartans were led in regional qualifying score by senior Lisa Burt, who finished 11th in the Big Ten with a 39.265 score for the regular season, according to the release. Burt and teammate Lagoski were both named to the All-Big Ten Second Team for their regular-season performances.

The NCAA Regionals will take place April 2.

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