MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan gymnastics takes on No. 24 Maryland at home on Friday, Jan. 10. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Last season CMU traveled to Maryland, where the Terrapins defeated the Chippewas, 196.025-195.575. Central Michigan is 3-1 all-time versus Maryland.
The Chippewas began their season last week with a win against Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Central Michigan took top the top three places in all four events, finishing with a 194.450.
“I thought against Wisconsin-Eau Claire we were too tentative and didn’t push ourselves hard enough, and our scores reflected that,” CMU head coach Jerry Reighard said. “We can’t expect to compete with a strong team like Maryland by being passive and not taking chances. I really challenged our team this week in practice to find out what motivates them so we are able to perform at a high level this weekend.”
Maryland opens their regular competitive season against Central Michigan. The Maryland gymnastics team is ranked No. 24 in GymInfo’s 2014 preseason poll. The Terrapins return 10 letterwinners from last season while only losing two.
The 2014 season will be the last time Maryland competes in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL). The Terrapins will move to the Big Ten next season.
Both CMU and Maryland made 2013 NCAA Regional Championship appearances.
Central Michigan Notes:
• The Chippewas are looking to win a fifth-consecutive MAC title for the first time in program history. CMU wrapped up its fourth-straight crown last March, matching the run from 1990-1993. No program in MAC history has won five consecutive titles in a row with CMU the only team to win four-straight.
• CMU had four event winners during last week’s season opener against Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Sisters, Brittany and Kirsten Petzold, took the top two spots on vault as Brittany placed first with a 9.825 and Kirsten right behind her with a 9.800. Karlee Teet won an event for the first time in her career, placing first on bars with a 9.775 against the Blugolds. Junior Taylor Noonan grabbed the top spot on beam with a 9.850 with fellow junior Halle Moraw winning floor exercise with a 9.875.
• Three of the four event winners for the Chippewas last week were previous MAC champions. . In 2012, Taylor Noonan finished first on beam at the MAC Championships while last season Halle Moraw took home a 2013 MAC championship title on floor. Brittany Petzold took home a first place finish on the uneven bars during the 2011 MAC Championships and captured the all-around title in 2012.