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[caption id="attachment_100004" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Junior all-arounder Samantha Piotrowski center, reacted as she screamed joyously with teammates after she saw the overall score, putting CMU in the lead after the first event of four at the gymnastics meet Sunday at McGuirk Arena.
The Central Michigan gymnastics team defeated Bowling Green 193.050 to 191.950 on Saturday night.
The victory marks the 23rd consecutive victory for CMU (4-0, 1-0) over Mid-American Conference opponents.
[caption id="attachment_74125" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Freshman all-around Brittany Petzold earned her second-straight first-place finish Saturday against Bowling Green.
At five-years old Kristin Tuebner's back flips and stunts off the back of the couch weren't amusing to her mother.
So Kristin's mother Connie Tuebner decided it would be after to put her daughter into a gymnastics program.
“My mom thought that it wasn’t very safe, so she stuck me in a program at the local Y,” Teubner said.
Now a senior at Central Michigan, Teubner hasn’t stopped doing flips.
Last year she was the Mid-American Conference co-gymnast of the year, following a season she was named to the MAC all-academic team.
Gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard is entering his 28th season with Central Michigan and he has seen plenty of change during his tenure.
“Recruiting was almost non-existent when I came here.” Reighard said.
Gymnastics is different than most college sports teams that rely heavily on seniors and upperclassmen.
In gymnastics, youth rules since athletes put such a strain on joints it ends up taking a toll.
Collegiate teams all across the country are heavily filled with freshman talent.
Gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard isn't looking forward to the four hour bus ride awaiting his team Saturday.
The Central Michigan gymnastics team will travel to Bowling Green to compete in its first Mid-American Conference meet at 6 p.m.
“In our sport, away means we get on the bus early Saturday morning," Reighard said. "We travel, we eat on the road, more importantly we get off the bus and we compete."
Sitting on the bus is more detrimental to gymnasts than in most other sports.
“That’s a big hindrance,” Reighard said.
[caption id="attachment_95480" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Sophomore setter Kelly Maxwell celebrates with teammates after winning 3-2 over NIU at the MAC Championships Nov.
On the day Central Michigan gymnastics returning athletes received their Mid-American Conference title rings from last year they opened this year’s season by dominating the competition.
The Chippewas won events early and often, finishing with a final score of 192.525.
Central Michigan gymnastics begins its season by hosting Centenary College, Wisconsin-La Crosse and Wisconsin Eau Claire 1 p.m.
The Central Michigan gymnastics team will be hosting the first ever “tumble craze” event on Sunday Nov.
In his 20th season as head coach, Tom Borrelli led the Central Michigan wrestling team to its tenth consecutive Mid-American Conference Championship, winning CM Life’s Coach of the Year award.
All-around gymnast Andrea de la Garza made her impact on the squad quickly upon arriving on campus. She won the all-around competition in the Mid-American Conference championships (39.125), de la Garza, would be CMU’s top scorer in 21 events throughout the year. Her efforts would win her both the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All-MAC award.
Small mistakes cost the No. 25 ranked Central Michigan gymnastics team on Saturday as it finished sixth in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., region, failing to qualify for the NCAA nationals. Ending the meet with a 195.075, the Chippewas, the fifth seed in the meet, finished in last behind No. 1 Alabama (197.275), No. 14 Illinois (195.925), No. 11 Penn State (195.850), No. 22 Auburn(195.600) and unranked Kentucky (195.600).
After 240 individual runs, 23 wins and countless hours in the gymnasium, the 2011 season boils down to possibly one more meet for the women’s gymnastics team. With all of that emphasis on their upcoming NCAA regional meet, one would think that the team would reflect that kind of pressure. But head coach Jerry Reighard said that couldn’t be father from the truth. “We haven’t had to be stressed about anything,” Reighard said. “Everybody feels very comfortable and the nice thing for me is that we have had absolutely no panic.”
The Central Michigan gymnastics program for a third consecutive season will compete in the NCAA Regional Tournament. The NCAA announced pairings Monday afternoon, sending the 25th-ranked Chippewas to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 2 for a regional that features three Top-25 teams. CMU, a No. 5 seed in the tournament, will face No. 2 Alabama, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Illinois, No. 22 Auburn and Kentucky. The Chippewas lone loss this season came to Illinois by a score of 195.750-194.525 on Feb. 5.
The 25th-ranked Central Michigan gymnastics team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 2 to compete at the NCAA Regional Championships, the NCAA announced Monday. Awarded the No. 5 seed, the Chippewas will compete against No. 2 Alabama, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Illinois, No. 22 Auburn and Kentucky.
She's always the first to enter the practice gym and the last one to leave. CMU gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard raves about junior gymnast Kristin Teubner. That dedication to improvement is what Reighard said was the catalyst behind Teubner’s three Mid-American Conference Championship titles Saturday at the conference tournament. “She has really put her nose to the grindstone," Reighard said. "She has really spent the extra time and extra effort (in the gym)."
Back-to-back champions. That’s the title the Central Michigan gymnastics team can tout around the Mid-American Conference and nation as it completed a rare repeat on Saturday at McGuirk Arena. Posting a season-high 195.600, the Chippewas made their mark on this season's MAC tournament title, winning their 12th conference title, and claimed individual winners in the balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars and the all-around categories.
CM Life Staff Reporter Nick Conklin breaks down the Central Michigan gymnastics team's competition when they host the Mid-American Conference tournament at 2 p.m.