EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State gymnastics senior Nicole Curler will become the 14th Spartan to qualify individually for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships when she competes in Gainesville, Fla. on Thursday-Saturday (April 22-24) at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Curler qualified in the all-around after finishing fourth at the NCAA Kentucky Regional with a score of 39.175.
Curler has been a consistent force in the Spartan line-up, competing on every event at every competition this season. On Feb. 26, against then-ranked No. 1 Oklahoma, Curler posted a career high vault of 9.925.
This season, twice has Curler achieved a season-best score of 9.900 on the beam, most recently against the Sooners. Curler capped off her stellar night against OU with a 39.325 score in the all-around.
Curler's career highs include a 9.900 mark on the uneven bars against Arizona her rookie season. Curler also posted a career-high score of 9.950 on the floor exercise at Florida during her freshman campaign. Curler's sophomore season saw her post a career-best score of 39.525 in the all-around against LSU on Feb. 29, 2008.
â€¢ Leads the team in the all-around, earning second-place finishes six times and first two times.
â€¢ Posted a season-high score of 39.325 in the all-around against Oklahoma.
â€¢ Recorded season-high score of 9.875 on the floor twice, most recently at the NCAA Kentucky Regionals.
â€¢ Tallied a 9.900 on the beam and 9.925 on vault against Oklahoma, marking season-best scores in each.
â€¢ Posted her 11th career balance beam title against Pittsburgh when she recorded a 9.850.
â€¢ Only Spartan to compete in the all-around in every competition this season.
â€¢ Has nine first-place finishes on the season - vault: one, bars: two, beam: three, floor: one and all-around: two.
â€¢ Has finished second 14 times this season - vault: one, bars: two, beam: two, floor: three and all-around: six.
Curler's Season Highs...
Vault - 9.925 (vs. Oklahoma, 2/26)
Uneven Bars - 9.850 (two times, last at Big Ten Championships, 3/27)
Balance Beam - 9.900 (two times, last vs. Oklahoma, 2/26)
Floor Exercise - 9.875 (two times, last at NCAA Regionals, 4/10)
All-Around - 39.325 (vs. Oklahoma, 2/26)
â€¢ Ranks second all-time in school history in the all-around with a score of 39.525 which was set at LSU in 2008.
â€¢ Her score of 9.925 set in 2008 at LSU ranks sixth all-time on the balance beam in school history.
â€¢ Has posted six first-place finishes in the all-around and on the floor, 20 top-three all-round finishes and 11 top-three finishes on the floor.
â€¢ Three individual crowns in the bars, tallying 12 top-three scores.
â€¢ Finished first on the beam 11 times, 23 top-three finishes.
â€¢ Has finished in the top-three 10 times on the vault in her career.
â€¢ Vault score of 9.925 set against Oklahoma is tied for fifth all-time in program history.
Curler's Career Highs...
Vault - 9.925 (vs. Oklahoma, 2/26/10)
Uneven Bars - 9.900 (vs. Arizona, 1/12/07)
Balance Beam - 9.925 (four times, last at Cat Classic, 2/27/09)
Floor Exercise - 9.950 (at Florida, 3/16/07)
All-Around - 39.525 (at LSU, 2/29/08)
Head Coach Kathie Klages...
Head coach Kathie Klages is in her 20th season at the helm of the Michigan State gymnastics program. Klages has instilled a winning mentality to the Spartans, having posted a winning record in each of her 20 seasons leading the Green and White. A three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, she has been named Central Region Coach of the Year four times.
In 2010, the Spartans finished the year with a record of 14-8-1, tying for fourth at the Big Ten Championships. MSU also qualified for its fourth-consecutive NCAA Regionals where it placed sixth. Seniors Nicole Curler and Rochelle Robinson left their mark on the program as they became the first two four-time All-Big Ten honorees in program history. Eight members of the 2010 team received Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Klages In The NCAA Championships...
All of MSU's 14 individual NCAA qualifiers have competed on the national stage under Klages. In just Klages' third season at the helm of the Spartans, Jodi Blotcher finished 35th at the NCAA Championships with a score of 38.225 in the all-around. Two years later, in 1995, Klages accompanied two student-athletes to the championships in Siri Larsen and Wendy Minch. Larsen finished the all-around competition in 40th (38.225), while Minch placed 15th on the beam (9.800). Carolyn Hecht placed 42nd in the all-around with a score of 38.150 at the 1996 championships. In 1997, MSU sent an individual qualifier for the third-consecutive season to the NCAA Championships. In the all-around, Jamie Elwell placed 36th (38.625), while Kristin Peugeot was 44th (37.925). Kristen Coleman became MSU's first non-alternate NCAA representative since 1997 when she placed 23rd in the all-around with a school NCAA record of 39.525. Current Spartan Rochelle Robinson would be the most recent Spartan to qualify for the NCAAs as an individual in both 2007 and 2008, the only two-time NCAA qualifier. In 2007, Robinson posted the best individual performance with a 22nd-place finish (38.400), while in 2008 Robinson was 33rd (38.775). Nicole Curler will become the 10th non-alternate to compete at the NCAA Championships.