EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State Gymnastics makes its 2022 season debut on Sunday, Jan. 9, in a three-way meeting at UC Davis with Sacramento State. The action starts in Davis, California at 5pm (ET) at the University Credit Union Center.

The Spartans are competing for the first time since February 2021 after a shortened season due to COVID-19. Fans are not allowed at the UC Davis meeting, but will be welcomed back to Jenison Field House on Jan. 15 under the Michigan State Spectator Vaccination Policy.

Check out live and live links to results from UC Davis will be available at MSUSpartans.com and full results will be posted after the meeting.

The state of Michigan was ranked 36th in the WCGA Pre-Seasonal Survey and was projected to finish eighth in the Tenth Grand Conference Pre-Seasonal Survey. The 2022 squad features six newcomers and 12 returning gymnasts.

RETURN TO ACTION
The Spartans suffered from health complications and injuries in the spring of 2021, closing the season with just two meetings under their belt. In the season opener on Jan. 30 against Nebraska and Ohio State, MSU took the crown with a team score of 195,775, the highest opening score in program history. Then the first student Baleigh Garcia won in the beam and sweeping, earning her Big Ten Freshist of the Week honors. In their second and final meeting of the season, the Spartans finished in third place in a three-game meeting with Illinois and Ohio State. Having recorded a team score of 194,500, MSU was again led by Garcia with a thorough sweep.

Citation of ROWE TRAIN
“This team has worked extremely hard, putting in numbers and following every detail with a vengeance this pre-season. After last season was cut short for us, we have been relentless in getting the most out of every practice. The plan is to get where we left, we meet one by one, not missing any opportunity.We will set up three comprehensive contestants this weekend with Skyla Schulte, Gabi Stephen and Delanie Harkness, they all make their versatile debut for the Spartans. We are excited to get out of the gym and on the street and leave everything on the floor! ”

SKYLA SCHULTE AND GABI STEPHEN NAME TEN BIG GYMNASTICS TO WATCH
The pair of beginners Skyla Schulte AND Gabrielle Stephen were selected as the big gymnasts to be seen by the Big Ten earlier this week.

Schulte enters its first year of competition for the state of Michigan. She is a Level 10 five-year-old gymnast from Elgin, Illinois and was rated a five-star recruiter in the top 15 by College Gym News in 2020. By training with the Phenom Gymnastics Club, Schulte earned four top-five career finishes in NO Level 10 national championships. Both of her parents are Michigan state alumni.

“Skyla’s signature is showing her strength as a natural and ruthless competitor. Combined with her artistic attributes and performance, her catchy personality attracts you, proving her passion and love for Spartan gymnastics.”

Stephen is a native of Elgin, Illinois and trained at the Elite Midwest Gymnastics Academy. She spent four years as a level 10 gymnast and won six races in her two meetings in 2020. She won all five Stars Circle titles in spring 2020 and won first place in the vault at the Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy Spring Invitational.
“Gab’s power and explosiveness in foot events along with her dynamic approach to all four events demonstrate that she has what it takes to be a strong and consistently inclusive player,” Rowe said. “Gabi will also be a fan favorite and we are excited to see what both gymnasts want to try this season and next.”

NEXT
The Spartans expect consecutive meetings starting next week. The opening of the house will take place Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the form of a trio meeting with Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. The Big Ten race will start at home against Iowa on January 22, also at 19:00