The excitement is high as Michigan State gymnastics makes its comeback for the 2022 season. After a year at rest due to the COVID-19, the team has come back stronger than ever as one unit and support system.
Performing at a high level early on has earned the Spartans a No.15 ranking that shows there was no need to knock the rust off.
One aspect of MSU's gymnastics program that sets it apart from others is its sense of community and unity with one another. This is portrayed by the team, coaching staff, families and fans.
"We’ve got a very talented bunch of kids that are very excited," MSU gymnastics Head Coach Mike Rowe said. "They bonded really well and got tons of energy and they're crazier than anything, but it’s a pleasure to coach them and we have a lot of fun."
After each Spartan performs, their entire team and coaching staff rush to exchange hugs and high-fives. Spectators can feel the love and encouragement throughout the gymnasium.
"We had each other's back which is the most important thing and the way that we care for each other and want the best for each other is really what makes us the best team," freshman Skyla Schulte said.
Schulte was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week. She expressed gratitude towards her entire support system within the team and credited them for this accomplishment.
"It feels really good," Schulte said. "It only goes up from here for us. ... (This award) was not just a reflection of me but a reflection of the entire team, my support system, coaches, friends, everyone."
Not only does the team bring their energy, but their fans secure it. The crowd goes wild from the moment each gymnast steps up to their event, leading up to the final landing.
"This group tonight, for as small as it was, had a lot of energy and enthusiasm and we really do appreciate that," Rowe said.
As the season progresses, the Spartans will continue to motivate and assist one another in achieving their goals — that much is clear. Expectations are high for this team as well with a group of talented youngsters like Schulte and veterans like senior Lea Mitchell.
The Spartans will look to build off that energy on Jan. 22 in an early-season in-conference matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes in East Lansing.
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