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Trip To Northern Illinois Up Next for Gymnastics
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — No. 16 Central Michigan gymnastics heads to Northern Illinois on Sunday, March 2, for its final Mid-American Conference road meet this season at 3 p.m.

The Chippewas are currently 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the MAC while NIU is 5-6 overall and 2-2 in conference action. Last year, CMU defeated the Huskies in Mount Pleasant, 194.800-194.025.

As a team, Northern Illinois ranks No. 4 in the MAC and No. 47 nationally in regional qualifying score. NIU holds the MAC's No. 4 ranking on vault, bars and beam, and is fifth on floor. The Huskies scored a team season high at a quad meet against Texas Woman’s, Iowa State and Wisconsin-Whitewater with a 193.825.

Northern Illinois senior Kimberly Gotlund ranks No. 4 in the MAC and No. 52 nationally in the all-around. Gotlund also holds the No. 11 ranking on beam and is 10th on bars in the conference. Sophomore Jaelyn Olson ranks No. 4 in the MAC on vault, tying with Kent State’s Marie Case.

Central Michigan Notes:
• Central Michigan currently has a 196.030 regional qualifying score, the highest in program history. CMU’s previous high was in 2004 when it had a 195.800 RQS. The Chippewas’ No. 16 national ranking is the highest since 2005 when CMU reached as high was 12th in the nation midway through the season. Central Michigan finished that regular season the No. 14 seed in the NCAA Regional Championships; the only time CMU has been a top 18 seed at regionals.
• Along with being ranked 16th in the nation in total team score, CMU ranks No. 11 on floor (49.195) and No. 12 on beam (48.965) nationally. The Chippewas are also ranked No. 14 on bars (49.005), while they are tied with Illinois on vault (48.970) for the No. 20 spot. A pair of CMU gymnasts rank in the top 20 nationally as Taylor Noonan is 9th on beam (9.865) and Halle Moraw is 16th on floor (9.885).
• Central Michigan is ranked No. 1 on every team event in the Mid-American Conference in terms of regional qualifying score. Individually, CMU’s Kirsten Petzold ranks No. 1 on vault (9.870) followed by her sister Brittany (9.830). Junior Kylie Fagan ranks No. 1 on the bars (9.835) while Karlee Teet is second (9.815). Junior Taylor Noonan still holds onto the No. 1 ranking on beam with a RQS of 9.865.  Central Michigan junior Halle Moraw ranks first on floor (9.885), followed closely by Taylor Bolender (9.860) who shares the No. 2 ranking with Kent State’s Marie Case.