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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Central Michigan scored a season-high 49.025 on the uneven bars Sunday at the Sacramento State quad, but struggles on the beam cost CMU as it finished third with an overall team score of 192.725.
Sacramento State won the meet with a 194.400, UC Davis finished second with a 194.025 and Seattle Pacfic rounded out the quad with a 191.750.
The Chippewas (13-6), who were competing in their second meet of the weekend, topped their season-best mark of 49.000 from Friday night as all five gymnasts who scored finished in the top six. Sophomore Brittany Petzold finished first with a 9.850, freshman Halle Moraw scored a 9.825 for second, senior Kristin Teubner came in third with a 9.8 and juniors Kari Dieffenderfer and Emily LaFontaine finished tied for fourth with 9.775 each.
Freshman Kylie Fagan finished in a tie for sixth with UC Davis' Katie Yamamura with a 9.750.
Petzold also scored 9.850 on the vault and floor exercise in the meet to lead the Chippewas in each respective event, finishing tied for second on the vault with Teubner and tied for third on the floor with the Hornets' Kailey Hansen.
The beam was ultimately the demise of the Chippewas Sunday evening as freshman Taylor Noonan was the only gymnast not to fall in the competition, forcing the Maroon and Gold to count four falls in their team score en route to a season-low 46.300.
The Chippewas now return home for their final regular-season meet of the season next Saturday when they host in-state foe Western Michigan. With a victory over the Broncos, CMU would clinch the outright regular season Mid-American Conference championship and have first selection of rotation at the MAC Championships in DeKalb, Ill., on March 24.
Saturday will also mark the final home meet of seniors Kristin Teubner and Samantha Piotrowski. A special recognition will take place inside McGuirk Arena to recognize their efforts and accomplishments during their time at CMU. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.