CMU gymnastics earns first win of the season


CMU senior Sydney Williams sticks a landing off the parallel uneven bars against Western Michigan on Feb. 28 in McGuirk Arena. 

CMU's gymnastics team found its momentum from 2020, while smiling and putting on a show for the judges and crowd.

The Chippewas had a dominant performance over Bowling Green 195.050 -179.250 in Mid-American Conference action Friday at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio.

After dropping the first two duals of the season -- heartbreakers at Ball State and Western Michigan -- the Chippewas (1-2) looked sharp, focused and determined to win over the Falcons (0-4).

Throughout the meet, Central looked sharp, focused and determined to win. Confidence was exuberated on the faces on the Chippewas while they outshined and outperformed the opposing squad.

BGSU was only able to carry four scores on the floor exercise due to a lack of depth and struggled to find success in the event. 

Impact moments

In the first rotation, the Chippewas were off to a strong start on the bars with a score of 48.950 versus the Falcons 48.100 on vault. Sophomore Hannah Demers led the way for the Chippewas with a 9.925 posting while BGSU senior Elena Lawson scored a season-high 9.725 on vault.

The Chippewas built upon their lead in the second rotation on vault scoring a 48.800 versus the Falcons 45.750 on bars. Freshman Katie Kowalski had the team high and a career high on vault with a score on 9.850. BGSU senior Alexandra Fochler had a season-high 9.775 on bars.

In the third rotation, CMU posted a 48.875 on floor, and Bowling Green posted a 47.725 on the beam. CMU sophomore Taylor Pitchell recorded her season-high of 9.825 on the floor event. 

To finish the meet, the Chippewas recorded their highest team score on the beam this season with a 48.425, led by junior Morgan Tong tying her career-best of 9.900. Due to a lack of depth in the lineup the Falcons only posted a 37.725 on the floor, they only had four scores counted compared to the usual five scores.

Chippewas leaders

Kowalski had the game high of 9.850 on the vault.

Demers had the game high of 9.925 on bars.  

Tong led the way with a 9.900 for the game high on the beam.

Junior Sierra Demarinis had a match-high of 9.850 on the floor. She also dominated the all-around, posting a 38.950. 

Bowling Green leaders

Lawson had a team high of 9.725 on the vault.

Fochler had the team high 9.775 on bars.

Sophomore Taylor Jensen had a team high 9.750 on the beam.

Jensen also led her team on the floor with a 9.800 and finished with a 34.900 in the all-around.

Up next

CMU is set to host Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. Thursday in McGuirk Arena. NIU nipped the Chippewas, 195.075-194.550 in DeKalb, Illinois.