CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Kent State Golden Flashes have been picked to win both the 2013 Mid-American Conference regular season title as well as the 2013 MAC Gymnastics Championship the conference office announced today with the release of its preseason poll, voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Kent State returns from a strong season where they were qualified for regionals for a fourth consecutive year and finished second to the Chippewas, 195.675-195.225, in the 2012 MAC Gymnastics Championship. The Golden Flashes return junior standout Marie Case who was named the 2012 MAC Gymnast of the Year after a strong season as an all-around performer for the Golden Flashes. A four-time MAC Gymnast of the Week, Case had the top averages in the MAC this season on the beam (9.753), floor (9.861) and all-around (38.947).
Western Michigan was tabbed in second place, while the defending champs Central Michigan were picked third followed by Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.
The 2013 MAC Gymnastics Championship will be held at Western Michigan University on March 23.
2013 MAC Gymnastics Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Kent State
2. Western Michigan
3. Central Michigan
4. Bowling Green
5. Northern Illinois
6. Ball State
7. Eastern Michigan
2013 MAC Gymnastics Champion - Kent State