Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Preslee Harrald leads CMU into action against William & Mary on Friday, Jan. 17.
No. 22 Gymnastics Hosts William & Mary at the Royal Rumble & Tumble
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - No. 22 Central Michigan gymnastics hits the floor on Friday, Jan. 17, at home against William and Mary at 7 p.m.

The meet is a part of the Royal Rumble and Tumble as the CMU wrestling team will compete against Ohio at the same time as the gymnastics meet.

“This meet is always an exciting event for our team and something we look forward to each season,” CMU head coach Jerry Reighard said. “I think this is always a great test of focus and concentration because there will be a lot of other things going on while we compete. I also think it is important we continue to build on last week’s performance and eliminate the small mistakes that keep us from reaching our potential.”

This is the first meeting between the Chippewas and the Tribe. William and Mary began their season last Friday against Cortland State with their best season opening score in the last decade (190.725).

The Tribes return four gymnasts who competed individually at the 2013 NCAA Regional, including sophomore Brittany Stover who finished 13th all around and two-time team captain Jessica Pritchard.

William and Mary finished the 2013 season with a third-place finish in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference under head coach Mary Lewis.  

Central Michigan Notes:
• Last week the Chippewa’s scored their second win at home against No. 24 Maryland with a 194.880-192.050. Seniors Emily Heinz and Brittany Petzold dominated the meet, joining together to finish first in four of the five events. Heinz took first on beam (9.800) and tied with Petzold for a first place finish on floor with a 9.850. Petzold grabbed the first place vault title (9.825) and a first place finish all around (39.175).

• Returning gymnasts for the Chippewas have proven their strength on all four events this season. A returning Chippewa has finished first on every event this season for CMU. Brittany Petzold, Emily Heinz, Taylor Bolender, Megan Lamphere, Kylie Fagan, Halle Moraw, Taylor Noonan and Karlee Teet all took home a first place finish or tied for a top spot over the first two meets of the season.

• Central Michigan senior Emily Heinz was named Mid-American Conference Gymnast of the Week after her outstanding performance against No. 24 Maryland last weekend. Heinz is the first CMU gymnast to be recognized by the MAC. This is the second time in her career being honored by the MAC after being awarded MAC Co-Specialist of the Week in 2011.