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Seniors Cheryl Conlin, Andrea de la Garza and Samantha Ursch have been a constant in Central Michigan University's gymnastics room since they came to Central Michigan in 2007. With the completion of their final regular season meet last Saturday, the athletes concluded what can be considered a very successful career in the gym.
Four hundred career wins.
Gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard accomplished the milestone as his Chippewas dominated their Thursday quad meet with a final score of 194.875.
For Reighard, this achievement is something that was accomplished through the hard work of talented athletes and the support from the community.
“This is a great community which has given me great support over the years,” Reighard said.
With only three days of practice until its next meet, the women’s gymnastics team will have to cram a week's worth of training and rest before their Thursday night quad meet. The Chippewas (11-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) will compete at 7 p.m. Thursday at McGuirk arena against Alaska-Anchorage (1-8), Eastern Michigan (3-5) and Southeast Missouri State (3-5).
Another clean sweep of all events was achieved Sunday by the gymnastics team as it defeated the Western Michigan by a score of 194.375-192.200 in Kalamazoo. Solidifying their spot as the No. 1 team in the league, the Chippewas (11-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) distanced themselves even further from second place teams WMU (3-1 MAC) and Kent State (1-1 MAC). In front of a crowd of 432 people, the Chippewas got to work early, posting wins in all four events. CMU started off strong, winning the uneven bars with a final score of 48.700.
Three of the four whiteboards in the gymnastics practice room have a simple saying on them. "10.00: what can you do?" This mantra is something head coach Jerry Reighard adopted following one judge granting junior Kristin Teubner a 10.00 score in Sunday’s meet against Kent State.
Kent State gymnastics head coach Bruce Biggin was publicly reprimanded Tuesday by the Mid-American Conference for public remarks critical of judging following Saturday's meet against CMU.
According to a statement by the conference, "The criticism is in violation of the Mid-American Conference's sportsmanship bylaws."
The Central Michigan women’s gymnastics program accomplished something on Saturday that it hasn’t in more than four years — a regular season win against rival Kent State. Winning by a score of 195.100-194.875 against the No. 14 ranked Kent State, the Chippewas put an end to the Golden Flashes conference winning streak that dated back to February 2007.
The game circled on the calendars for most Central Michigan athletics teams all year is usually against Western Michigan. But for the women’s gymnastics team, the one meet that stands out among the others is Kent State. This weekend the Chippewas will renew that rivalry when they take on the Golden Flashes at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kent, Ohio.
Lukewarm is alright for coffee or for reheating leftover pizza, but a lukewarm performance in a gymnastics meet doesn’t work out so well.
For the Central Michigan gymnastics team, its second place finish on Saturday was not what head coach Jerry Reighard had hoped for going into the weekend. He said the team’s “lukewarm” showing in certain events cost them an overall victory.
Following the record-setting event scores last weekend in their home-opening win, the women’s gymnastics team will look to match that against two of the nation’s top teams.
The CMU wrestling team took the mat yesterday in a different atmosphere than ever before. The Chippewas dual meet against Old Dominion wasn’t the only event going on at McGuirk arena on Sunday afternoon. The wrestling team shared the arena with the gymnastics team in the inaugural Royal Rumble and Tumble.
Sunday’s gymnastics meet was the culmination of a team’s ability to fix mistakes and reach goals. Not only did the Central Michigan gymnastics team meet its desired 195 score, it was able to fix mistakes in order to make Sunday’s meet, which head coach Jerry Reighard called an “undeniable performance.”
A look of surprise on Jerry Reighard’s face is not something that many have seen in his more than 20 years as head gymnastics coach at Central Michigan.
But when the comment of nearing his 400th career victory as coach arose, Reighard was understandably astounded.
“I didn’t even know that, where am I?” Reighard said.
As half of the “Royal Rumble & Tumble” this weekend, the CMU women’s gymnastics team will take on league rival Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both the gymnastics team and the wrestling team will take part in a dual-team meet. The event will be the home opener for the gymnastics team.
Central Michigan University students looking to attend this weekend's dual wrestling-gymnastics event at McGuirk Arena must pick up a ticket first. The CMU athletics department announced Monday that, because of an anticipated sellout, 2,000 student tickets have been allocated for Sunday's Royal Rumble & Tumble event.
In the first annual Michigan-Illinois showdown on Sunday, the Central Michigan gymnastics team routed all three opponents to win the meet with a final score of 193.375. Facing off against Illinois State (192.025), Illinois-Chicago (189.975) and Eastern Michigan (188.975) the Chippewas jumped out to wins in three of the four individual events and in the all-around.
The Central Michigan gymnastics program looks to build upon its 4-0 record this weekend when it travels to Normal, Ill. to take on Illinois State at 3 p.m. Sunday. CMU has been successful against the Redbirds the past four seasons, going 3-1. Head coach Jerry Reighard said the key in practice last week and for upcoming meets is to perfect small aspects of the events in order to increase point totals, something the team strives to improve all year.