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Remainder of MSU gymnastics season canceled due to COVID-19

March 9, 2021
<p>MSU gymnastics stands for the Pledge of Allegiance at the season-opener Pink Meet for breast cancer awareness with Ohio State and Nebraska on Jan. 30, 2021 at the Jenison Field House. The Spartans won with a score of 195.775.</p>

MSU gymnastics stands for the Pledge of Allegiance at the season-opener Pink Meet for breast cancer awareness with Ohio State and Nebraska on Jan. 30, 2021 at the Jenison Field House. The Spartans won with a score of 195.775.

Photo by Lauren Snyder | The State News

The remainder of the Michigan State gymnastics’ 2021 season has been canceled as of Tuesday evening.

Per MSU Athletics officials, the call was made based on health and safety concerns around COVID-19 in and out of training.

“It’s an extremely unfortunate situation, but due to the multiple quarantines and shut downs creating missed training time, out of concern for the health and safety of the gymnasts and their ability to safely compete, we decided this was in the best interest of our student-athletes,” MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman said in the release. “I’d like to thank Coach Mike Rowe and his team for all their efforts this season. Our student-athletes have shown relentless resiliency and grit, and I know they’ll be back stronger and better than ever.”

The Spartans have been on pause due to positive COVID-19 cases and precautionary contact tracing measures since Feb. 25.

The team only competed in two tri-meets this season. The first was against Ohio State and Nebraska and resulted in a win, while the second was against Illinois and Ohio State, resulting in a loss.

“I commend our team that they kept trying to finish the season, but ultimately, this is the right decision, based on the extreme difficulty of having enough training time to safely get ready for competition,” Rowe said in the release. “I would like to thank our medical staff, Dr. Sally Nogle and Destiny Teachnor-Hauk, for their never-ending hard work, as well as Bill Beekman and Jennifer Smith for their understanding and support during these difficult times.”

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