Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Three Chippewas Earn All-MAC Honors

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan junior Brittany Petzold and sophomores Taylor Noonan and Halle Moraw were recognized with All-MAC gymnastics honors, the conference office announced on Friday. Petzold was named to the first team while Noonan and Moraw received second team recognition.

CMU was the only school to place three gymnasts on the All-MAC teams.

The 12-member All-MAC Team was voted on by the conference head coaches based on student-athletes regular season performance.

Petzold is the MAC’s No. 1-ranked all-arounder and owns the conference’s second highest all-around score in 2013, a 39.400. She has won the all-around in five of the seven meets in which she competed this season and in four of five competitions versus MAC opponents.  Petzold is also ranked in the top 10 in the MAC in three individual events, the vault, uneven bars, and the floor exercise. After battling injuries early in the season, Petzold has recorded 18 top three finishes, including 13 title wins, since February 8 when she began competing in the all-around.

Noonan has excelled as the anchor of the CMU balance beam line-up this season. She is ranked No. 1 in the MAC and No. 5 in the Central Region in the balance beam and owns the conference’s top score in the event in 2013, a 9.925. Noonan has won five balance beam titles, four of which came against MAC opponents, and recorded nine top three finishes in the balance beam this season. She is also a key member of the CMU uneven bars and balance beam line-ups.

Moraw is ranked in the top five in the MAC and top 20 regionally in two events, the balance beam and the floor exercise. She has earned six top three finishes in the floor exercise in 2013, including two titles, and registered four top three finishes in the floor exercise with one title. Moraw twice tied a career high in the balance beam in 2013 (9.850) and has scored an 9.800 or above in the floor exercise in 10 meets and in the balance beam in six meets.

CMU will seek its fourth consecutive conference title and the program’s 14th overall on Saturday when it competes at the 2013 MAC Championships. Hosted by Western Michigan University, the annual conference 

event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at University Arena in Read Fieldhouse in Kalamazoo. Petzold will defend her 2012 all-around title while Noonan will look to repeat as MAC champion on the balance beam.