Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Junior Taylor Noonan scored a 9.925 to capture the beam title in CMU's victory at the Michigan/Illinois Invite on Saturday afternoon in McGuirk Arena.
Gymnastics Posts Superb Performance to Win Quad Meet
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan gymnastics dominated the Illinois/Michigan Invite on Saturday with a 196.600, which is the fourth-best team score in program history.

Central Michigan (7-0) defeated Eastern Michigan (194.800), UIC (192.650) and Illinois State (191.800) in the annual event. CMU also combined with EMU to capture the state vs. state challenge for the third time in the four years the event has existed.

Along with posting the fourth-best team score in school history, the Chippewas also had the highest team score of the Mid-American Conference this season and set season highs on all four events. The Chippewas took the top spot or tied for first on every event for the fifth consecutive meet.

Sisters Brittany and Kirsten Petzold kicked off the meet for the Chippewas with outstanding vault scores. Sophomore Kirsten Petzold finished first (9.875), followed closely by Brittany with a 9.850. Underclassmen Kirstin Stambaugh and Karlee Teet tied for third place, both setting career high scores with a 9.800. The Chippewas finished vault with a season high of 49.050.

Central Michigan then moved to bars where senior Brittany Petzold tied Illinois State’s Samantha King for first with a score of 9.875. Sophomore Karlee Teet set another career high on bars and tied junior Kylie Fagan for a third with a 9.850. CMU wrapped up on bars with another season high for the Chippewas (49.175).

Junior Preslee Harrald hit the third rotation with a career-high score of 9.825 on beam, good for a fourth place overall. Junior Taylor Noonan had an outstanding performance, putting her in first place with a 9.925. Central Michigan highlighted another season high with an overall team score of 49.050.

Central Michigan finished the meet on floor where they set their fourth team high of the day. Sophomore Taylor Bolender and Harrald tied for first on the event, scoring 9.900. Harrald’s score landed her a new career high. Junior Halle Moraw and Eastern Michigan’s Kaylee Meyers tied for third, both finishing with a 9.875. The Chippewas finished the meet with a event score of 49.325.  

Central Michigan gymnastics travels to Ypsilanti, Mich., next Friday, Feb. 7, for a meet against Eastern Michigan. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.