MOUNT PLEASANT - Despite season-best performances on vault and floor, the Central Michigan gymnastics program suffered its first loss of the season Sunday afternoon, falling to Texas Woman's University, 192.925-192.225.
The Chippewas (7-1) claimed first place in all four events individually in the meet, as sophomore Brittany Petzold claimed the uneven bars and floor exercise and senior Kristin Teubner the vault and balance beam, but it wasn't enough to secure the team win. Petzold also scored a team season-best and career-high 39.300, claiming first in the all-around.
"We didn't have our best meet, but I know if we practice even harder in the gym and compete like we practice, we can do really well," Petzold said.
CMU claimed the top three spots, including ties, on the vault to begin the meet, compiling a season-high 48.900. Teubner led the way with a season-high 9.875, while Petzold finished second with a season-high 9.825. Freshman Becca Druien and sophomore Meaghan McWhorter finished tied for third with the Pioneers' (4-2) Kayla Jones, scoring 9.775 respectively.
The Chippewas' lone setback of the day came in the second rotation on bars where they were forced to count three falls and scored a season-low 46.175. One of the falls deemed costly, as Druien was unable to complete her routine or return for the rest of the day, forcing CMU into an adverse situation.
Despite the season-low team score on bars, Petzold was able score a 9.850 for the second-straight meet. The sophomore finished first but was the only Chippewa to finish in the top five in the event.
CMU was just .025 off its season-best on the balance beam, getting a 9.800 from Teubner and a season-best 9.750 from Petzold. Freshman Kylie Fagan finished tied for third with Petzold, also scoring a 9.750.
On the floor, Petzold and a pair of freshmen each scored 9.8 or higher to help the Maroon and Gold post their highest total of the season with a 48.775. Petzold hit a career-best 9.875 to claim first place while Halle Moraw and Taylor Noonan each scored career bests, scoring 9.825 and 9.8. Fagan, who was filling in for the injured Druien, competed on the floor for the first time this season, scoring a 9.650 to finish tied for sixth.
"We had some positive things happen today," head coach Jerry Reighard said. "We are having a hard time putting 24 positives together in a meet and that's my job to get corrected."
The loss marks the first inside McGuirk Arena for the Chippewas since they opened it January 30, 2011. The Maroon and Gold had outscored 15 straight opponents at home during the stretch.
CMU is back in action next Friday when it travels to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the Michigan/Illinois Invite. The quad meet is set to begin at 7 p.m.