Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Kirsten Petzold was CMU's lone event winner as she captured first on vault with a 9.925, which ties her personal best.
Gymnastics Takes Second at Illinois Tri-Meet
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The No. 19 Central Michigan gymnastics team proved its strength on the road against No. 14 Illinois and No. 23 Ohio State with the sixth-best team score in program history.

The No. 19 Chippewas posted a 196.425 as they defeated the Buckeyes (195.925) fell to the Fighting Illini (196.775). CMU is 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference.

Central Michigan gymnastics had a strong vault rotation, sweeping the top three spots. Sophomore Kirsten Petzold placed first on the event with a 9.925, tying her career high. Halle Moraw and Emily Heinz scored a 9.875, tying for second. The Chippewas finished above Illinois (48.975) and Ohio State (48.825) with a team finish of 49.225.

Kylie Fagan lead the Chippewas on bars, tying for second with Illinois’ Sarah Fielder (9.850). Sophomore Karlee Teet tied her career high to score a fourth-place finish with a score of 9.825. Illinois junior Sunny Kato finished in first, scoring a 9.900. Central Michigan finished in between the Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes on bars with a 48.875.

Central Michigan junior Taylor Noonan posted a 9.900 to lead the beam rotation, tying for second with Illinois’ Giana O’Connor. Ohio State’s Sarah Miller won the event with a 9.95. The Chippewas scored a 49.050, behind Illinois (49.300) and Ohio State (49.100).

The Chippewas had a strong floor rotation, scoring slightly below their season high and tying Illinois with a 49.275. Junior Halle Moraw and Ohio State’s Melanie Shaffer tied for second place with a 9.900. CMU senior Emily Heinz followed Moraw with a tie for fourth place against Illinois’ Erin Buchanan (9.875).

Central Michigan gymnastics travels to DeKalb, Ill. next Sunday, March 2, to compete against Northern Illinois. The meet is set to begin at 3 p.m., in the NIU Convocation Center.