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CMU gymnastics wins Michigan-Illinois Challenge

(02/02/13 10:35pm)

No. 23 Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan gymnastics teamed up to take on Illinois State and the University of Illinois-Chicago in the Michigan-Illinois Challenge in Chicago Saturday night. Despite the Michigan against Illinois pairing, all team scores were counted separately, with the winner taking the trophy home for its state. The Chippewas outscored all teams with a score of 195.875.

Gymnastics coach Reighard says loss at Ball State 'unacceptable'

(01/18/13 11:49pm)

No. 16 gymnastics suffered its first loss by a Mid-American Conference opponent in almost three years Friday when it traveled to Ball State and fell 194.500 to 194.175. CMU lost the meet by only 0.325, but a couple key faults allowed the Cardinals to snatch the victory from the 16th-ranked Chippewas. "I don't like losing, period," head coach Jerry Reighard said.

Gymnastics team trying to stay focused for MAC opener

(01/18/13 7:00am)

No. 16 gymnastics will step outside its comfort zone today as the team competes in Ball State for the season’s first road meet. The Chippewas will take on the Cardinals in the Mid-American Conference opener at 7 p.m. Head coach Jerry Reighard said away meets bring out a different mindset for the gymnast. “Everything from the bus ride down there, to the hotel, to the meals you don’t prepare, it all plays in,” he said.

Sisterly love: Petzolds compete together on CMU gymnastics team

(01/14/13 9:00am)

Brittany and Kirsten Petzold still remember the first big decision they ever had to make. “I remember I cried so much,” Brittany said. More than a decade ago, the girls faced a choice, and the outcome each one chose ultimately impacted where they are today in their lives. At three years old, Brittany began taking gymnastics classes. “Brittany was bouncing off the walls at home and doing flips off the couch,” their mother, Sheri Petzold, said.

Gymnastics pulls off rare feat in season-opening win against Wisconsin-Eau Claire

(01/05/13 6:37pm)

Jerry Reighard has coached gymnastics for 29 years, and, for the first time ever in a season opener, his team did something it's never done. It didn’t have a fall count against them in its 194.975 to 180.150 victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday. “I gathered the team after beam and asked them if they’ve ever had this much fun before,” Reighard said.

Gymnastics selected third in MAC preseason poll

(01/02/13 6:00pm)

A preseason coaches' poll released Wednesday has the reigning Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan gymnastics teams pegged to place third in the conference this season. The poll named Kent State as the team expected to claim both the 2013 MAC regular season title and the MAC Gymnastics Championship with Western Michigan in the No.

Gold medal winner Dominique Dawes to speak at Plachta Auditorium this week

(09/09/12 5:34pm)

Olympic gold medal winner Dominique Dawes will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium. Dawes,who won multiple national championships along with her Olympic medals during her 18 year career, will be giving a motivational speech detailing her life, career, struggles and triumphs, according to a Program Board news release. She is the only U.S.