Chippewas Take First in Season-Opener with a 192.525
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Sophomore all-arounder Brittany Petzold approaches the vault during Sunday's quad meet inside McGuirk Arena. Petzold scored a 9.725 on the vault and took first in the all-around with a 38.625.

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MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan performed impressively in its season opener Sunday, claiming a quad meet victory over Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Centenary.

The Chippewas (3-0), who featured five freshmen in their opening-meet lineup, scored a 192.525 to easily surpass the Ladies' (0-2) 187.500, the Eagles' (2-1) 182.375 and the Blugolds' (0-1) 178.00.

"This is one of the better moments for CMU gymnastics," head coach Jerry Reighard said. "I was very happy with (our score). If you knew anything about what we've gone through in the last month in terms of injuries, we really did well today. We are really pleased to start out the season like this."

The Maroon and Gold claimed all four events and got things rolling right away in rotation one with a strong performance on the vault. After missing all of last season with an injury, junior Kari Dieffenderfer capped the Chippewas' 48.525 with a career-high 9.900. The Chippewas claimed the top four spots on the vault, as Kristin Teubner (9.750), Brittany Petzold (9.725) and Meaghan McWhorter (9.650) followed Dieffenderfer.

The junior followed up her vault performance with a 9.700 on the uneven bars to keep things rolling for the Chippewas, who were led by Petzold's 9.825 on the bars in the second rotation.

A pair of freshmen led the Chippewas in rotation three, as Kylie Fagan and Taylor Noonan each scored a 9.775 to post the top spot on the balance beam among the four programs.

McWhorter, a sophomore, posted the top score for the Chippewas on floor, scoring a 9.650 to take second behind Centenary's Meg Crowley, who scored a 9.700.

The Chippewas also posted the top two all-around scores on the day with Petzold taking first with a 38.625 and freshman Rebecca Druien scoring a 38.225 in her collegiate debut.

CMU will be back in action next Saturday, beginning defense of its 2011 regular season and MAC Championships crowns, at Bowling Green. The meet is set to start at 6 p.m.

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