Gymnastics takes on rival Kent State in MAC showdown

The Central Michigan gymnastics team will take on long-time rival Kent State Sunday in a contest of Mid-American Conference elites.

“This is always a showdown meet and it's not quite the showdown that it’s been in the past,” said head coach Jerry Reighard. “Neither team has faced each other with two conference losses and for both of us to have two conference losses is a first.”

Despite the two teams struggles Reighard said he does not think that will take away from the importance of the meet.

“It won’t be any less of a dogfight because of that and I think it’s going to be our typical rivalry between us,” he said.

Reighard said a win against the team's rival will put them back on the right track.

“We will be back where we need to be going into the MAC Championship,” he said.

The Chippewas have a steep hill to climb and the team’s message this week is to "show up".

“We’ve only had our entire lineup show up once this season and that was at Western Michigan,” Reighard said. “The rest of the season it seems like only two-thirds show up and one-third doesn’t.”

Reighard said there is no key event for the team this week and the team has to show up on bars and beam in order to defeat Kent State.