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The CMU Gymnastics team improved its record to 4-2 Saturday night with a 192.975-191.525 victory against Eastern Michigan.
Freshman Britney Taylor won her first meet as an all-arounder (39.025). Senior Katie Simon (38.9) and junior Cheryl Conlin (38.025) also led CMU as all-arounders.
The CMU gymnastics team’s goal to win a Mid-American Conference title has not changed since Jerry Reighard started coaching.
“They (goals) haven’t changed in 25 years,” he said. “We want to go undefeated in the conference and we want to win the regular season championship.”
Less than two tenths of a point separated the CMU gymnastics team from victory last weekend.
CMU finished with a season-high 194.025 — just .175 shy of No. 14 Denver, which scored a 194.2.
The CMU gymnastics team finished second out of three teams Saturday in Denver despite earning its highest score of the season.
The Chippewas scored a 48.55 or higher as a team in three of four events. Despite a season-high final score of 194.025, one event continued to plague the team at the Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, Colo., leading to a second-place finish behind Denver (194.2). BYU came in third, totaling 192.5.
The CMU gymnastics team will have a share of physical challenges Saturday at the Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver.
The team will compete against No. 14 Denver, Brigham Young and higher elevation in Denver the team is not accustomed to.
Juniors Cheryl Conlin and Andrea de la Garza propelled the CMU gymnastics team to victory last weekend.
Competing in her first meet in her career as an all-arounder, Conlin scored a cumulative 38.45 in her four events. Her highest score came on the vault, where she exceeded the team goal with a 9.75. She finished in third place in the vault and balance beam, and in fourth on the floor exercise.
The CMU gymnastics team honored its history by beating Utah State 192.275-187.275 for its second win of the season Friday at Rose Arena.
The Program celebrated its 20th anniversary of its first Mid-American Conference championship.
Senior Katie Simon is the CMU gymnastics team’s anchor.
At last year’s Mid-American Conference Championships, she came home with four conference championships. Simon did not win the meet with a 9.7 on balance beam, but her scores on the other three events (9.95 vault; 9.85 on the uneven bars and floor exercise) either placed or tied for first, and also earned her the best all-around score of the meet (39.35).
CMU gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard has always demanded a lot from his gymnasts.
But the 2010 season will bring a new challenge.
The first win is sometimes difficult to obtain in athletics. But to sustain success is another challenge.
After beating Illinois State 191.65-191.475 last weekend on the road, the CMU gymnastics team is looking to build upon its early momentum when it hosts Utah State at 7 p.m. Friday at Rose Arena.
The CMU gymnastics team began its season on the road, narrowly defeating Illinois State 191.65-191.47 on Sunday.
CMU scored its highest on the vault and uneven bars and edged ISU by a tenth of a point in the two categories. A team which it had beaten 15 out of the last 20 times, the meet provided an early season challenge in all the events, said coach Jerry Reighard.
Male Athlete of the year: Dan LeFevour
Following an injury-plagued 2008 season, senior quarterback Dan LeFevour said he wanted to stay healthy and lead his team back to the Mid-American Conference Championship.
CMU graduated 88 percent of scholarship athletes who attended the school between 1993-94 and 2002-03, higher than the 79 percent national average, according to the graduation success rate report released Nov. 18 by the NCAA.
Several people took a good look at Rose Arena on Saturday as the groundbreaking for the CMU Events Center took place.
Because for better or worse, the building soon will get a makeover.