'One event at a time': CMU gymnastics wins two-straight meets

Senior Taylor Pitchell performs on the balance beam for the CMU Women’s Gymnastics Meet against Bowling Green with her team cheering her on Friday, Jan 27 in McGuirk Arena. This performance earned her a score of 9.625.

Central Michigan gymnastics went into its third rotation with a slim lead against Bowling Green State University however, after some costly falls on beam for the Chippewas, the Falcons were able to take the lead, 146.350-145.050.

As the meet came down to the final rotation, the Chippewas had to out-perform the Falcons in their floor routines to secure the win. 

Senior Taylor Pitchell had the final floor routine of the night and led the team to a 194.100-193.775 victory on Friday following her score of 9.875. 

“I put my head down, I let my training do the work,” Pitchell said. “I don’t think, I just do.”

With the win, the Chippewas secured their second-straight Mid-American Conference victory to move to 2-0 in conference play. 

“There’s no defense in gymnastics so we just go in there and do our gameplan and you know at the end of the day, our hope is that you come out on top,” head coach Christine MacDonald said. 

Freshman Luciana Alvarado-Reid tied for first place with BGSU's senior Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso in the all-around category with a score of 38.800. 

CMU senior Hannah DeMers won uneven bars with a score of 9.900 while Pitchell and senior Ashley Veglucci tied for first in floor. 

“Floor is one of our best rotations," Pitchell said. "We leave everything behind us and just focus on that and the outcome was good.” 

The Chippewas return to McGuirk Arena on Friday against Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. 

“We take it one weekend at a time and obviously we’re going to learn from today,” MacDonald said.