Schulte earns All-American honors on balance beam at NCAA championships

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FORT WORTH, TX- Michigan State Gymnast Skyla Schulte concluded his first season on Thursday night, competing as an individual balance beam qualifier in the NCAA Championship Semifinals. Schulte scored 9.9125 to finish tied for seventh and earn NCAA All-American second-team honors.

Schulte is only the third Spartan gymnast of all time to be named an All-American, and the first in program history on the balance beam. Pam Steckroat was a two-time All-American in 1977 and 1978, while Wendy Minch received the honor in 1995. All three women were All-Americans on uneven bars.

Representing the Greens and Whites as an individual gymnast at the NCAA Championships, Schulte rotated alongside Alabama, who competed on balance beam in the second rotation. Schulte scored a 9.9125 from the six-judge panel, good for a tie for seventh place. She equaled the third-highest score of the day on balance beam, with five gymnasts tied for first place, one in sixth and four in seventh.

“To participate in the championships, in this area, was very exciting,” commented Schulte. “I was a bit speechless when I first walked in, thinking, ‘Wow, I’m really here.

“I felt very confident today, knowing that I could trust my training and go out there and do what I’ve been doing all season,” added Schulte. “When I get back to East Lansing, I can’t wait to share with the team what it’s like to be at the Championships. It was all adrenaline and no nerves. I knew I could do it, for the team and for everyone out there supporting me.”

Schulte was the first Spartan to compete individually at the NCAA championships since Lisa Burt in 2016 and the 16and individual all the time. Schulte’s accomplishments on Thursday add to a number of accolades she received during her rookie season, including First Team All-Big Ten and 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Thursday’s session officially closed the year for MSU gymnastics, which finished the season ranked ninth in the nation. The Spartans capped off a storied season with their best-ever team score at the NCAA Regional Finals on April 2.

Michigan State restored the program’s record score a total of three times, eclipsing the 197,000 mark five times in addition to setting new program highs on vault, bars (49.500), beam (49.500 ) and ground (49.675). Six Spartans have been named to the All-Big Ten team, while the head coach mike rowe received 2022 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. Rowe and the coaching staff also received Regional Head Coach and Coaching Staff of the Year honors from the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association.

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