Gymnastics lands meaningful win over rival Kent State


Fellow teammates congratulate sophomore all-around Kailey Miller after she performs on the uneven bars on Feb. 19 in the Kent State Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

KENT, OHIO — Gymnastics knocked off Mid-American Conference rival Kent State on Sunday 195.775 to 195.675, posting its highest score of the season.

“This is such a big rivalry, its going to mean a tremendous amount for us,” said head coach Jerry Reighard.

The Chippewas improved to 7-3 overall and 2-2 in the MAC.

“None of us were sure of the results until (Kent State's) final floor competitor finished,” Reighard said. “Mentally, this was really good for us. It’s really what we needed. Our landings were so important today with the score being as close as it was.”

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Junior all-around Katy Clements performs her routine on the vault on Feb. 19 in the Kent State Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

The Chippewas started the meet off strong on uneven bars recording a season high 49.150. Sophomore Kasey Janowicz and junior Bryttany Kaplan both scored a 9.875 to lead the Chippewas.

“We were ready for bars today," Reighard said. "We’ve been working hard and had no excuses.

CMU finished the vault with a score of 48.975. Freshman Denelle Pedrick led the Chippewas with a 9.875. Kent State finished the uneven bars with a 49.05. CMU led after the second rotation 98.125 to 97.975.

CMU scored a 49.225 on the floor and was led by junior Katy Clements' 9.9 score. Kent State finished balance beam with a 48.55.

Going into the third and final rotation, the Chippewas led 147.35 to 146.525.

CMU scored a 48.425 on the balance beam. Clements led the way for the Chippewas, scoring a 9.925.

The close meet came down to sticking finishes on the final event — beam. 

“Landings are what the meet came down to with it being that close,” Reighard said.

CMU takes on Bowling Green at 1 p.m. next Sunday at McGuirk Arena. 


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