Denelle Pedrick named MAC Gymnast of the Year


All-around gymnast Danelle Pedrick performs during floor exercise during Central Michigan University gymnastics' meet against Northern Illinois University March 15 in McGuirk Arena.  

Denelle Pedrick was named the Mid-American Conference Gymnast of the Year following a strong season and a strong performance at the MAC Championships in DeKalb, Illinois. 

The junior from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada, won the all-around at the MAC's with a 39.300 and took the top spot on the vault with a 9.900. 

Pedrick is the first Chippewa to win the award since Halle Moraw did in 2015. 

As for this season, Pedrick averaged a 9.706 on the vault, 9.720 on the uneven parallel bars, 9.785 on the balance beam and a 9.800 on the floor exercise. 

The Chippewas finished second behind Northern Illinois in the overall championship. The Huskies scored 195.975 while CMU followed closely behind with 195.575. 

CMU won the MAC regular season championship after being picked third behind NIU and Bowling Green. It finished the season with a 13-2, 6-0 record with the lone losses coming to Denver in an early quad meet, and Kentucky in the second-to-last meet of the season. 

The Chippewas scored a regional qualifying score of 195.655 and earned a berth into the NCAA regionals which will take place April 4-6.