Chippewas to Compete in Michigan/Illinois Invite
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Freshman Halle Moraw performs a balance beam routine earlier this season in McGuirk Arena. Moraw and the Chippewas are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season at the Michigan/Illinois Invite Friday.

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MOUNT PLEASANT - Coming off its first loss of the season, Central Michigan will look to bounce back when it travels to Ypsilanti Friday for the Michigan/Illinois Invite.

The quad meet will feature the host Eagles (0-2), Illinois State (2-2) and Illinois-Chicago (1-3) and is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside Bowen Field House.

The Maroon and Gold suffered its first loss of the season Sunday versus Texas Woman's University despite posting season-best marks on vault, but defeated Eastern Michigan two days prior, 193.325-192.725.

Be sure to check CMUChippewas.com Friday evening for a complete recap, including photos and a post-meet interview with coach Reighard.

Meet Notes

Follow the Action
Fans can follow all of Friday night's action with live in-meet updates by following the Chippewas' official Twitter account @CMUGymnastics.

All-Time Against
CMU has a combined 78 wins versus the three opponents, posting records of 54-35 versus EMU, 17-4 versus Illinois State and 7-4 versus Illinois Chicago.

25 and Counting
Winners of the last two Mid-American Conference Championships and last season's regular season crown, the Chippewas have outscored MAC opponents in 25 straight meets counted toward MAC standings. CMU has reeled off 13-straight regular season victories and claimed 12 postseason wins in the process. It's last loss to a conference opponent came on Feb. 13, 2010, against Kent State, 194.250-193.925.

Petzold Sets Bar High
Sophomore Brittany Petzold posted the highest all-around score in the MAC this season, tallying a 39.300 Sunday versus Texas Woman's University to earn her second MAC Gymnast of the Week honor this season. Petzold set or tied season-best marks in all four events, while setting a new career high on the floor with a 9.875. The sophomore's all-around score is also tied for the fourth highest mark in the Central Region this year.

Perfect McGuirk Arena Record Over
CMU saw its perfect record inside McGuirk Arena come to an end Sunday, falling to Texas Woman's University, 192.925-192.225. The Chippewas, who competed for the first time inside McGuirk on Jan. 30, 2011, had won 15 straight contests during the stretch.

Looking Ahead
Following the Michigan/Illinois Invite, CMU returns home for two-straight contests versus MAC rival Kent State on Feb. 11 and George Washington on Feb. 19. The Chippewas are currently tied for first in the MAC with Western Michigan with a perfect 3-0 record, while the Golden Flashes are a meet back at 2-1. CMU and KSU have combined to claim the last four MAC Championships and seven of the last nine.
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