Gymnastics team rolls past Utah State

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.

Freshman Britney Taylor helped pace CMU in the first event scoring a 9.825 on the vault. The mark of a 9.7 was reached by three other CMU vaulters, totaling a score of 48.3 points.

Coach Jerry Reighard said he was pleased with the freshman in her second collegiate appearance.

“(Britney) is a diamond in the rough, and she doesn’t have too many rough edges,” he said. “Were going to see her blossom very soon.”

The balance beam was an issue for the team. Three CMU gymnasts fell during their routines, and CMU scored a 47.3 as a team. Utah State had its own troubles, however, and scored nearly two points less than CMU (45.5).

Taylor scored a 9.175 on the balance beam, but rebounded in the other events and posted the second-highest all-around score of the meet (38.35).

“I just fell (on the beam); I have to forget about it," she said. "You have to erase it from your memory and keep going."

Despite some mistakes during the routines Reighard said he was pleased with the effort during the first home meet and aware of the issues that need to be addressed in practice.

“I really see huge potential, and the struggles were with the freshmen who have never been in this environment in their life,” he said.

The night ended with Central performing on the floor exercise event, which brought the crowd of 772 to its feet. With high-scoring routines by Katie Simon (9.8), and Andrea de la Garza (9.75), CMU completed its rout of the Aggies, and reached the 192-point plateau.

Other Notes

Senior Jessica Suder remained out because of an injury. She is expected to return in two weeks.