Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
The junior posted a pair of event victories in CMU's victory over the Tribe including a 9.9 on floor.
Moraw Leads CMU Past William & Mary
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Halle Moraw led the Central Michigan gymnastics team to a victory over William & Mary on Friday night as CMU swept the Royal Rumble and Tumble.

CMU posted a 193.950 while the Tribe could muster just a 188.700. In wrestling, the Chippewas used a takedown in sudden victory in the final match to defeat Ohio, 19-15.

Moraw showed veteran leadership when CMU needed it after its second fall on beam, posting a 9.775, which was matched by the next two gymnasts, Taylor Noonan and Emily Heinz. Moraw then capped a strong showing by CMU on floor with a 9.9, the highest score by a CMU gymnast this season.

The meet began with high energy as the Chippewas started on vault, scoring a 48.425, with CMU’s Kirsten Petzold and Kirstin Stambaugh taking first and second place. The Tribes finished their first rotation on bars, posting a 46.450. Central Michigan then moved to bars where senior Brittany Petzold finished first (9.825) despite being slowed by an injury that kept the all-arounder off three events. Junior Kylie Fagan finished right behind Petzold with a 9.800.

Heinz, Moraw and Noonan helped CMU recover from a rough start on beam to post a 48.250 in the third rotation. The Chippewas dominated the final event with a season best finish of 49.125. Moraw finished on top with a first place score of 9.900, followed by sophomore Preslee Harrald with a 9.875.  Sophomore Taylor Bolender took third (9.850), while Heinz, Stambaugh and Kirsten Petzold tied for fourth (9.750).  

Central Michigan gymnastics hosts Ball State on Sunday, Jan. 26, in McGuirk Arena at 1 p.m.