Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Taylor Bolender posted career highs on three events including a 9.900 on floor to help CMU defeat Ball State on Sunday.
Gymnastics Posts Season Highs in Victory Over Ball State
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan gymnastics dominated their Mid-American Conference season opener as the Chippewas had an individual score a 9.90 or higher on every event.

The Chippewas finished with a 195.800, the highest team score in the MAC this season, while Ball State posted a 192.350.

CMU started the meet on vault where sophomore Kirsten Petzold earned a first place finish with a 9.925, a career-high. Her sister, Brittany Petzold, finished right behind her in second with a 9.825, allowing the Chippewas to post a 48.650. Ball State keep things close with a 48.325 on bars.

In the second rotation, the Chippewas began to pull away with a 49.125 on bars as the Cardinals moved to vault, posting a 48.275. Junior Kylie Fagan finished first with a 9.900 while tying for second place where sophomore Taylor Bolender and Brittany Petzold with a 9.850.

Next for CMU was beam where senior Emily Heinz capped off the rotation with a first place finish of 9.925. Fellow teammate Halle Moraw scored a 9.825, which landed her in second. Heinz and Moraw led the Chippewas to an overall beam finish of 48.900.

The Chippewas moved to floor for the final rotation. Taylor Bolender’s spectacular floor performance put her in first place with a 9.900 while junior Halle Moraw took second on the event with a 9.850. CMU’s impressive floor performances lead the Chippewas to a 49.125 on the event.

Central Michigan gymnastics hosts the Illinois/Michigan Invite Saturday, Feb. 1, in McGuirk Arena at 2 p.m. Taking part in the event will be Eastern Michigan, Illinois State and UIC.