Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Senior Brittany Petzold led the Chippewas, finishing first in all-around with a 39.225.
Record Day Leads CMU Gymnastics Past Bowling Green
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – No. 19 Central Michigan gymnastics made history in its victory at Bowling Green on Sunday as CMU posted the best team score at a regular season away meet in program history with a 196.500.

The Falcons did make it interesting with a 195.550, their best team score in nine years, but CMU captured the victory to move to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference.

Central Michigan also continued its streak of having a gymnast finish in sole possession of or tied for first place on every event this season (28-of-28). Halle Moraw, Brittany Petzold, Kirsten Petzold, Kylie Fagan and Taylor Noonan all captured at least a share of first place against the Falcons.

Senior Brittany Petzold led the Chippewas, finishing first in all-around with a 39.225. Becca Druien also had a strong showing in the all-around with a career-best 39.150.

Central Michigan started the meet off on bars, where Fagan and Brittany Petzold tied for first with a 9.850. Karlee Teet and Druien were not far behind, sweeping the third and fourth place spots for Central Michigan. The Chippewas finished their first rotation with a 49.050 on bars but were behind for the first time this season as BGSU tallied a 49.125 on vault.

Next up for CMU was vault, where the team finished with a season-best 49.250. Their was a five-way tie for first as Central Michigan’s Moraw, Brittany Petzold, Kirsten Petzold and Bowling Green’s Amanda Lievendag and Lauren Feely all scored a 9.875. The second rotation was also where CMU took controlled of the as BGSU had a 48.300 on bars to give CMU a 98.300-97.425 lead midway through the contest.

The third rotation had CMU on floor and Bowling Green on beam. Junior Halle Moraw finished in first place with a 9.925 while Taylor Bolender and Preslee Harrald tied Bowling Green’s Gina Locigno and Alyssa Nocella for second place (9.850). The Chippewas wrapped up their third rotation on floor with a final score of 49.200 compared to a 49.050 on beam by BGSU.

Central Michigan finished the meet on beam with Noonan placing first with a 9.900. Druien, Brittany Petzold, Moraw and Heinz all tied for fifth place with a 9.775. The Chippewas completed their final rotation with a 49.000 to secure the victory.

The Chippewas are back at home in McGuirk Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, against No. 25 Kent State. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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