Gymnastics looks to remain consistent against Illinois State


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All-Around freshman Denelle Pedrick performs on the balance beam on Jan. 20 at McGuirk Arena.

The Central Michigan gymnastics team looks to build off a second place performance from the Metroplex Challenge in Texas last month at home on Sunday. 

The Chippewas will face Illinois State at 1 p.m. at McGuirk Arena. CMU is 1-1 in dual meets and have a 1st and 2nd place finish in tournaments this season. 

“We had a good meet in Texas at the Metroplex," said head coach Jerry Reighard. "It wasn’t our best, but we really drilled this week and I feel like we are in a really good place when it come to confidence."

Though the second place finish was good, Reighard said he felt more can be done and there is room for improvement.

“It gave us more grit,” he said. “We were happy with some of the performances and the second place was great, but it doesn't matter who we are going against, I feel that we can do better.”

Reighard said the message this week for the Chippewas was to win and not let a high score evade them. 

“We had a few times last week where we had a high score in the palm of our hands and let it slip away. That is what we are trying to guard against,” Reighard said.

Reighard also noted that the team has worked very hard this week, especially on their landings.

“We know we can score much better if we do a cleaner job of landing,” he said. “The true message to the team is being more (like) a machine this week. We need to move as one and have clean routines.”

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