Gymnastics loses at Eastern Michigan by .2, is no longer undefeated

CMU loses despite scoring season-high team score

The Central Michigan gymnastics team fell two-tenths of a point short Friday of staying undefeated this season, despite earning its best team score of the season.

Eastern Michigan topped CMU 195.6-195.4.

The Chippewas remained close to EMU with consistency, but couldn't come out on top against the 26th-best team in the nation. CMU scored between a 48.8 and 48.9 on all four events.

Despite the loss, CMU still remains 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The meet was originally intended to be part of the Michigan-Illinois Challenge before the two Illinois teams backed out. EMU and CMU's conference matchup is March 10. 

Central Michigan (7-1 overall) won one of four events as a team — the uneven bars — with sophomore Bryttany Kaplan and senior Karlee Teet tying for second with a 9.85. It tied a season high for Kaplan.

CMU gymnasts claimed the individual top spots on all of the events except the uneven bars.

Despite distractions from seven shirtless men in the crowd, the Chippewas performed their best event of the night on the balance beam. Freshman Kasey Janowicz won the event with a 9.875 and Katy Clements placed second with a 9.825. Overall, the beam team scored a 48.9.

Janowicz won the all-around event with a season-best of 39.275, reaching closer to the CMU all-around record of 39.625. She won her sixth straight all-around title. She also claimed the vault and balance beam events.

The Chippewas travel to Chicago for the IGI Chicago Style Meet at Navy Pier next Friday.