Gymnastics hosts Bowling Green in final home meet of season

Colorado junior Karlee Teet salutes after her dismount during the Chippewas meet against Northern Illinois on Feb. 6 in McGuirk Arena.

Coming off a season-high team score last week, the Central Michigan University gymnastics team will attempt to match the consistency of Bowling Green State University when it hosts the Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday.

BGSU has scored 195 or higher in each of its last three meets. CMU went from 196 to 194 before posting last week’s mark of 196.4.

Sunday’s meet will also serve as the annual Pink Meet for the Chippewas as they attempt to raise breast cancer awareness.

“We take that very seriously. It is a women’s health issue and one of my past gymnasts is a breast cancer survivor,” Head Coach Jerry Reighard said. “It hits home for us. We are very appreciative of everything that The Cancer Research Center does.”

Most recently, the Chippewas gained a victory against Mid-American Conference rival Kent State University.

Although, CMU has struggled at home this season, the Chippewas are still in contention for their sixth consecutive MAC Championship.

“We need to block out the external things,” Reighard said. “There’s a different type of pressure at home with all the friendly eyes.”

The Falcons bring something to the mat that the Chippewas have yet to see this season.

BGSU’s sophomore Alyssa Nocella a former First Team All-MAC selection, scored a 9.75 on bars, 9.825 on beam and 9.85 on floor in the Falcons’ last meet.

In last week’s win over Kent State, Reighard implemented a new technique to keep the gymnasts in the game and in their own bubble by nailing a nail into a board for every time they nailed a routine.