Gymnastics prepares for ninth straight NCAA Regionals appearance


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Senior all-around Caroline Fitzpatrick performs a balance beam routine on Mar. 5 at McGuirk Arena.

The Central Michigan gymnastics team is heading to NCAA regionals for the ninth consecutive year. 

The Chippewas will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas and will be joined by Utah, Denver, California Berkley, Auburn and host Arkansas. The meet will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.

CMU is coming off a third place finish in the Mid-American Champions Championships and went three consecutive meets scoring above a 196. These are the only 196 plus scores the Chippewas have posted this season. They were .4 points away from winning the Mid-American Championships.

Head coach Jerry Reighard is treating Regionals like a normal meet.

“We have been (to Regionals) enough to where we know what to expect and what is expected of us,” Reinhard said.

CMU will start on the floor, which is the Chippewas' strongest event.

“We're optimistic that starting on our best event will help us," Reighard said. "We know we're going to have our highest quality routines. The scoring won’t depend on us. It will depend on how the judges score."

At the MAC Championships, the CMU took home the floor routine title.

The Chippewas are looking for individual and team qualifying scores for nationals.

"There are two things on our mind this week and they are to win individual titles and (finish with) a high team placement,” Reinhard said.

The NCAA Regionals will be broadcasted through the NCAA website.

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