Central Michigan Picked to Win Regular Season in Gymnastics

Updated 1/5/2006

Jan. 5, 2006

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Cleveland- Central Michigan was predicted as the regular season league champion, while Kent State was selected to win 2006 Mid-American Conference Gymnastics Tournament, the MAC office announced today with the release of its preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches.

CMU (12-5, 6-0 MAC in 2005) was selected to finish first; the Chippewas return eight letterwinners. CMU head coach Jerry Reighard has won a total of 10 MAC titles for the program. Central Michigan's Mattie Crawford was named two-time MAC Specialist of the Week during the regular season.

2005 MAC Tournament Champion Kent State (10-7, 4-2 MAC) was tabbed second. With the loss of four seniors, the Golden Flashes will look to 2005 All-MAC selection Phylicia Robertson for leadership. Robertson won the Floor Exercise with a score of 9.900 at the 2005 MAC championships.

Northern Illinois (7-10, 3-3 MAC) was picked third. The Huskies return 2005 All MAC selection Ashlee Williams along with 11 letterwinners. Williams won the Uneven Bars at last year's Tournament with a score of 9.875. Bowling Green was tabbed fourth. The Falcons return 16 letterwinners including, Jessica Guyer who scored a personal best last year of 9.850 on the Balance Beam.

Eastern Michigan (9-8, 3-3 MAC) was selected fifth despite their third-place finish in last year's regular season. The Eagles return 13 letterwinners and will look to improve on their sixth-place finish at last year's MAC Tournment. Western Michigan (5-14, 1-5 MAC) was picked sixth. The Broncos return 2005 All MAC Cherisse Marier performer, who was also a two-time MAC Gymnast of the Week, last season.

Ball State (3-17, 1-5 MAC) rounded out the poll at seventh. The Cardinals added new head coach in Lisa Simonton. BSU's returning nine letterwinners will look to improve upon their fifth-place finish at last year's championships.

The 2006 Mid-American Conference Gymnastics Tournament will be hosted by Western Michigan University on March 25 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

2005 MAC Preseason Coaches Poll

Gymnastics

1. Central Michigan
2. Kent State
3. Northern Illinois
4. Bowling Green
5. Eastern Michgan
6. Western Michigan
7. Ball State

Tournament Champion
Kent State