In their 2019 season, the Big Five and Elevate the Stage were two separate meets on the schedule, as opposed to this year, when they are being roped together into one weekend.
During last year's Big Fives, the team recorded a season-high score of 49.100 on the vault for an overall score of 194.625, but still fell to the bottom of the Friday bracket against Iowa State (first), Nebraska (second), Penn State (third), and Maryland (fourth).
During last year's Elevate the Stage, the team tied its season-high score of 49.200 on the floor exercise in Birmingham, Alabama, but again, still fell to the bottom of the Friday bracket against Georgia (first), Minnesota (second), and Arkansas (third).
All three of the green and white opponents that night had posted an overall score of 197.000-plus, while Michigan State just barely passed 195.000.
The ladies are being given a redemption shot this season with the Nittany Lions, the Terrapins, and the Gophers in their schedule once again.
"We have a tough pod on Saturday night (at Elevate the Stage) and we've got to work on landings on every event," coach Mike Rowe said, after his team's most recent meet against No. 23 Illinois (6-4-0) Sunday.
"We're doing better, we're really consistent," Rowe said. "But, some landings on floor we gave up today. We've given up three or four on vault — which, those are probably the hardest — but ... you can pick up a point when it comes to that many."
This is Jackard's third title mark this season on bars, and it not only ties for the fifth-best individual bars score in program history, but is also the highest score since the 2018 season when former Spartan gymnast Hailee Westney also posted a 9.925.
Douglas is currently ranked as 37th in the nation for the balance beam and also one of 32 nominees for the 2020 AAI Award presented by American Athletic, Inc. Equipment.
Also standing out, for the second week in a row, is junior Lea Mitchell. Against Illinois, Mitchell tallied her fifth all-around title of the season with a score of 39.300 for top gymnast honors. She is currently ranked as 39th in the nation for the all-around.
Ramler posted a 9.975 on bars to tie both her career-high and her university's program record. Ramler also set a season-high in the all-around with a score of 39.625 to tie for eighth all-time in Minnesota's program history.
Her teammate, fellow junior Kourtney Chinnery, has been a strong leader for the blue and white this season. Chinnery captured the vault title with a season-high of 9.825, her second career vault title overall.
This bracket of Big Ten teams is desperate for a spot on that podium. The Spartans have a brutal competition ahead of them if they want to snag a medal.
"We've been trying to up our game, improve ourselves and maybe be that Cinderella team in the Big Ten that surprises people," Rowe said.
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