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The road to back-to-back gymnastics Mid-American Conference titles begins today in Muncie, Ind., when CMU squares off against the Ball State Cardinals. The Chippewas started the season last Friday with a first-place finish at the Sacramento State quadrangle meet, scoring a 193.575. The mark was the program’s best opening score since 2004.
Members of the gymnastics team are already dealing with injuries before even competing in its second meet of the season. Sophomore all-around competitors Emily LaFontaine and Kari Dieffenderfer are out for the rest of the season.
The Central Michigan women’s gymnastics team won the Sacramento State quadrangular meet Friday with its best opening score since 2004.
Despite a disappointing 190.825 score Friday in the CMU gymnastics intrasquad meet, sophomore Samantha Piotrowski knows that the team is taking a step in the right direction.
The Mid-American Conference champion gymnastics team will return to action on Friday with its annual intrasquad meet.
Excitement lingers in the air for the Central Michigan women’s gymnastics team since former Michigan gymnast Huneth Lor was added to the coaching staff on Aug. 27.
The No. 24 CMU gymanstics team came up short Saturday of the second-place finish it needed in the NCAA Central Regional Championships to advance to Nationals.
It placed fourth of six with a score of 195.125 in Lexington, Ky., missing out on second place by 0.85. The team finished behind No. 13 Illinois (195.425), No. 12 Nebraska (195.975) and No. 1 Alabama (197.4).
The CMU gymnastics team faces a daunting task Saturday at its NCAA Regionals tournament.
Four of the No. 24 ranked team’s five opponents also are ranked in the Top 25. The main challenge comes from No. 1 Alabama (regional qualifying score of 197.25). However, No. 12 Nebraska (196.355), No. 13 Illinois (196.255), No. 20 Kentucky (195.600) and unranked Michigan State will pose a few challenges when CMU competes in Lexington, Ky.
The CMU gymnastics team hopes to take the momentum it built from its 11th Mid-American Conference Championship toward Saturday’s NCAA Regional Championships in Lexington, Ky.
Following the MAC title, the team struggled when it returned to practice last week, said coach Jerry Reighard. However, he understood the excitement the team displayed.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Jerry Reighard peered across the floor of Anderson Arena, watching Kent State’s balance beam routines during Saturday’s Mid-American Conference gymnastics championships.
With the rest of CMU’s gymnasts in a bye round, the coach watched MAC Gymnast of the Year Christine Abou-Mitri step on the beam with a chance to keep rival KSU on track with one event remaining. The defending champions needed a 9.85 from its star to tie the Chippewas.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The winner of the Mid-American Conference gymnastics championship may be the team that can best handle the day-long mental grind.
No. 24 CMU proved it was mentally stronger than it was last year, where it struggled on the balance beam coming off a bye.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio —Jessica Suder puts an extraordinary amount of pressure on herself prior to her balance beam routines.
As the anchor in her only event, the CMU senior gymnast was needed by her team in Saturday’s Mid-American Conference Championships at Anderson Arena more than any other time this season.
Katie Simon took MAC Senior Gymnast of the Year, coach Jerry Reighard won MAC Coach of the Year and Britney Taylor was named MAC Freshman of the Year.
The pressure mounts on Jerry Reighard at this time of year as his team competes for a Mid-American Conference crown.
The long-tenured CMU gymnastics coach has won 10 conference titles, but the 11th has eluded him since the team last won in 2004.
CMU gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard considers the week of practice prior to Saturday’s Mid-American Conference Championships the most crucial of the season.
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s practices involve nearly the same amount of preparation as an actual conference championship — because that is what they are supposed to represent.
Just when the CMU gymnastics team dropped out of the nation’s top 25, it delivered a season-high 196.350 score in beating Bowling Green by nearly two points on Sunday.
The Falcons were swept entirely, losing each event as CMU won 196.350-194.375 at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.
CMU gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard said the team is seeking perfection as the season nears the Mid-American Conference Championship on March 27.
But for now, the team looks to stay healthy and confident in the regular season finale against Bowling Green. The Chippewas face the Falcons at 2 p.m. Sunday
The CMU gymnastics team was slightly disappointed after Saturday’s Rose Arena finale against Ball State.
Not because it lost — it won 194.325-193.275 — but, after clinching a GymInfo top 25 ranking (No. 23) for the first time during the middle of the season since 2005, it wanted to do better.
The CMU gymnastics team won its 11th meet on Saturday defeating MAC opponent Ball State, 194.325-192.275.
No. 23 CMU posted its fifth score of 194 or higher in its last six meets.
On a night celebrating seniors, the crowd of more than 600 honored the Katie Simon and Jessica Suder, the team’s two seniors.