Chippewas sweep Broncos as gymnastics claims regular season MAC title


Colorado junior Karlee Teet performs on the uneven bars during the Chippewas meet on March 15 at Western Michigan University.

Central Michigan University's gymnastics team clinched its first Mid-American Conference regular season championship since the 2011-12 season with a win over Western Michigan University Sunday in Kalamazoo.

CMU's seniors, nicknamed ‘The Super Six,' ended their final season the way they started their CMU careers: With a win. 

Coach Jerry Reighard’s squad scored another 49.3 on floor, highlighted by a nearly perfect score from senior Halle Moraw of 9.925.

“It’s about time I got higher than a 9.9,” Moraw said. “It was cool I did it in the same place I won MAC on the same floor.”

Although the No. 23 team in the nation showed a bit of a wobble on the beam rotation, the Chippewas continued their winning culture and gained momentum heading into the MAC Championships this weekend.

“We had some great performances but we have some work to do,” Reighard said. “We’re not necessarily looking forward to practice tomorrow but I think (we are) anxious.”

Beam has been the inconsistent event for CMU all season. Yet beam specialist senior Taylor Noonan never skipped a beat in her eight-week injury off the mat, scoring another 9.9 against WMU.

No. 5 in the nation on even bars, senior Kylie Fagan sealed her spot as the favorite for MAC Champion scoring a 9.9.

CMU swept the Broncos in every event, taking first place in every routine. 

Senior Becca Druien scored a 9.9 on floor and a 9.825 on beam during CMU's win.