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When senior Kristen 'Kiki' Petzold comes to practice, her older sister’s banner hangs in the gymnastics practice room in the Rose Center as a reminder of her contribution to the program.Brittany and Kiki Petzold created a lasting legacy in the Central Michigan gymnastics program during the last five years. Brittany graduated from the program in 2014, leading the team to the NCAA Regional Championships in all four seasons. Kiki continued the Petzold legacy, competing in regionals in her first three seasons. Her senior season and career unexpectedly ended early when she suffered a lower-body injury warming up for the first meet of the season against Temple in January.
After coming off their first loss of the season to Eastern Michigan last Friday, the Chippewas finished first on Friday at the IGI Chicago Style Meet at Navy Pier with a 195.125.Central Michigan faced Alaska Anchorage, Temple and Northern Illinois.The Chippewas placed first in three of four events as a team, falling .5-points short to NIU on the balance beam. Individually, CMU placed first in all four events.
The balance beam is one of the most challenging events in gymnastics. Only nine teams in the country average a score of 49 out of 50 or higher on the event, fewer than all of the other three events.
After a nail-biting meet in Ypsilanti, the Central Michigan Chippewas fall short to the Eastern Michigan Eagles 195.400 to 195.600 creating the first loss of the season for the Chippewas.
Only three Mid-American Conference gymnastics teams still stand undefeated in conference play, and come Friday it will shrink to two.
The Central Michigan gymnastics team continues their undefeated season moving to 7-0 after a close matchup with the Ball State Cardinals (3-4, 0-3 Mid American Conference) in their third home meet this season.
The Central Michigan gymnastics improved their conference record to 2-0 with a 195.175 to 194.575 win over Ball State Sunday.Freshman Kasey Janowicz won the all-around for the fifth straight meet.
With losing seniors Kirsten Petzold and Miranda Wieczorek to
season-ending injuries, the Central Michigan gymnastics team faced a setback
going into the 2016 season.
The Central Michigan gymnastics team earned its highest score of the season in the Mid-American Conference opener against Northern Illinois, beating the Huskies 195.25 to 194.675.The Chippewas improve to 6-0 coming off a win against Brigham Young University last week.Freshman Kasey Janowicz won her fourth all-around event of the season with a season-high score of 39.125 and won the vault with a season-high 9.875.CMU beat NIU in three of four events and earned season-high results on vault (48.825), bars (49.075) and beam (48.925).The team's best event of the night was bars — CMU's first event — with a 49.075.
Central Michigan senior Taylor Bolender was honored as this week's Mid-American Conference Specialist of the Week in gymnastics.Bolender, the defending MAC floor exercise champion, scored CMU's first 9.9 of the season in her routine during Friday's victory against Brigham Young. The 9.9 is .25-points away from her career best on floor.
Gymnastics head coach Jerry Reighard had one quote to sum up this evenings clash against BYU, "In a joking fashion, if I could chew my gum any harder, I would." In front of a spirited crowd of 1,182, the Chippewas closely defeated BYU with a score of 194.775 to 193.575, hopefully giving Reighard some much needed rest to his jaw.It is the first time the Chippewas have crossed the 194 point threshold this season.
What's nextCMU begins its Mid-American Conference schedule at 8 p.m. next Friday at Northern Illinois.
It has been a solid start to the season for the Central Michigan gymnastics team. With two wins back to back, the Chippewas are on their way to contending for their fifth straight Mid-American Conference championship.
During the winter break, the Central Michigan gymnastics team began its 30th season under Head Coach Jerry Reighard. The Chippewas won both of their meets and showed large improvements over the course of the two weeks.
Following last week’s season opening win against Temple, the
gymnastics team recorded their second victory on the road at the UW-Eau Claire
Invitational with a total score of 193.600.
Despite losing senior Kiki Petzold to an injury, the Chippewas topped the Temple Owls in the season opener 193.425-188.9.
Central Michigan gymnastics had its first chance to perform in front of an audience this season at Friday's Excite Night at McGuirk Arena.
Central Michigan gymnastics is still more than a month away from beginning its season, fans can get a glimpse of the team at 7 p.m.