Gymnastics seeks first MAC Championship since 2014


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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.

After scoring a season-high 196.575 in the last meet of the season, the Central Michigan gymnastics team will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships Saturday.

The Chippewas have won 15 MAC titles which is the most in the history of the conference. Their last title came in 2014.

Last week on senior day for the Chippewas, the team scored a Mid-American conference season best 196.575.

Head coach Jerry Reighard said there's a lot on the line for his squad heading into the competition.

“There are two things on my mind and one is securing the spot at the NCAA tournament," he said. "The other is to win the MAC Championship.” 

Going into the MAC championships, CMU has bounced back from a loss to Bowling Green by a tenth of a point earlier in the season by posting over a 196 in the last two meets, which were both top scores in the conference.

“I truly believe we have enough talent and think we can make a statement and surprise some people," Reighard said. "I think we’re capable of winning this tournament.” 

Winning the tournament does not secure a spot in the NCAA regionals. The Chippewas can make it to the regionals by placing among the top 36 teams in the country. 

To qualify for regionals, the Chippewas have one of the top six scores in their respective  region. There are six regions total.

The championship meet begins at 2 pm. Saturday and can be seen on ESPN3.

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