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March 27, 2024

One night, two championships

Gymnastics, hockey win Big Ten titles at home in front of sold-out crowds

The day began with promise, a unique opportunity for Michigan State: hosting two Big Ten Championship events by the regular-season champion of both sports – gymnastics and hockey – across the street from each other at Jenison Field House and then Munn Ice Arena.

And after more than five consecutive hours of competition at the historic sold-out venues on a chilly Saturday evening that stretched into the night, Michigan State came out victorious on the last second in back-to-back fashion – first on a 9.875 off the beam by junior anchor Gabrielle Stephen at 7:10 p.m. that clinched the gymnastics title, followed by a game-winning goal in overtime from freshman Patrick Geary at 10:51 p.m. – sending Spartan fans into a frenzy.

Two sports making history winning Big Ten Championships on the same night, side by side.

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