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Gymnastics came out of Sunday's home opener with a victory, despite competing below head coach Jerry Reighard's expectations.
Central Michigan beat Wisconsin-Eau Claire 194.400-180.200 at McGuirk Arena, scoring highly in its season debut.
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Gymnastics got off to a rocky start Saturday at the NCAA Regionals, and it couldn't keep up with No.
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The Mid-American Conference champion gymnastics team found out Monday that it would be heading to Columbus to compete at NCAA Regionals.
“I want to go to Florida; I think we are going to Florida,” was yelled by almost every gymnast during the countdown.
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Rule books were scoured, points were recalculated, coaches paced.
And by the end of a confusing day Saturday, the Central Michigan gymnastics team left Kalamazoo as Mid-American Conference champions.
CMU took home the title for the fourth consecutive year, but this year shared the title with rival Western Michigan University.
“Four in a row is just an incredible feeling,” head coach Jerry Reighard said.
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Gymnastics marched by Eastern Michigan on Senior Day Saturday with a team goal of 196 against Eastern Michigan as a final gift for the senior’s last meet.
“Today was an outstanding day for our entire team; I couldn’t be more thrilled for our team and our seniors,” said head coach Jerry Reighard.
Gymnastics will honor its seniors during its 2 p.m. meet Saturday with rival Eastern Michigan before heading to Kalamazoo next week for the Mid-American Conference championship.
CMU has scored higher than 195 in its last four meets.
Gymnastics neared a season-high score with a 195.725 despite a short week as it defeated Alaska-Anchorage Thursday night at McGuirk Arena.
The Chippewas last performed Saturday against Bowling Green when they broke the 196 mark while the Seawolves had 19 days between meets.
“It was a good win for us, were not used to middle of the week competition,” said head gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard.
Gymnastics scored a season-high 196.125 to defeat Bowling Green at McGuirk Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Chippewas received their goal score thanks to a couple 9.9 performances by junior Emily Heinz and sophomore Taylor Noonan.
They started on the bars with Brittany Petzold leading the team where they took the lead and never lost it.
The team scored a season-high on the uneven bars with a 48.55.
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Head coach Jerry Reighard is hopes that sticking to routine will be in his team’s favor when the gymnastics team competes Sunday against Western Michigan.
CMU will face WMU in Kalamazoo Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Central Michigan gymnastics team suffered a tough loss to Kent State on Friday.
The two Mid-American Conference powerhouses went head-to-head at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center in Kent, Ohio.
The Chippewas finished with a score of 194.9 to the Golden Flashes’ 196.050.
CMU trailed KSU the entire night but came close to closing the gap in the third rotation, shrinking the deficit to just .025.
But, the Chippewas comeback was short-lived, as the team was forced to count two falls in the final rotation.
"We absolutely beat ourselves," head coach Jerry Reighard said.
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Brittany Petzold, competing in the all-around for the first time this season, entered McGuirk Arena Friday night with a mixture of nerves and confidence.
The junior, last year’s all-around Mid-American Conference champion, had only been competing in one or two events for the No.
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