Central Michigan Wins MAC Gymnastics Championships

Updated 3/24/2012
Final Results

DEKALB, Illinois –
Central Michigan chose the right time to hit their best team-score of the season with a 195.675, edging out Kent State with a 195.225, at the 2012 MAC Championships hosted by Northern Illinois.  Central Michigan was aided by first-place finishes in three individual events and the all-around.  For Central Michigan it is their 13th MAC Gymnastics Championship in school history, all coming with Jerry Reighard at the helm.  Western Michigan finished third, followed by host Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Ball State.

Meaghan McWhorter started things off for the Chippewas, recording a 9.900 on the vault to earn the MAC title in the event.  For Central Michigan, McWhorter’s title is the 10th in CMU history on the vault and first since 2010 when Chippewas placed two in a three-way championship tie.  Danielle Wishart of Bowling Green and Rachel Goldenberg of Kent State tied for second with a 9.875.

Julie Cotter of Ball State was the only gymnast that earned gold from somewhere other than Central Michigan.  Cotter put up a 9.875 to earn her first MAC Championship in the uneven bars and the fifth in Ball State history.  Caroline O’Brien of Western Michigan and Rachel Guida of Kent State tied for second with a 9.850 each.

The CMU duo of Taylor Noonan and Kristin Teubner each scored a 9.825 to tie for first in the balance beam.  It is the second-consecutive title in the event for Teuber.  Northern Illinois’ Megan Melendez, and Western Michigan’s Kelsey Turnquist tied for third with a 9.800.

Teubner claimed her second event title of the championships, as she scored a 9.925 on the floor exercise to earn her third title in the floor, and first outright.  Teubner’s 9.925 is the highest winning score in the floor exercise since 2004 when 9.950 took the title.  Teubner edged-out second place finisher Tanya Rachan of Northern Illinois who turned in a 9.900.  Taking third was Taylor Zondervan of Western Michigan and Danielle Wishart of Bowling Green with a 9.875.

Central Michigan gymnasts weren't done collecting hardware, as Brittany Petzold took the all-around title with a 39.150.  Kent State's Marie Case took second with a 39.025, and Western Michigan's Cepeda Carter took third with 38.975.

Central Michigan will now wait to see if they qualify for NCAA Regionals as they sit two spots outside of the coveted 36 spot.  Final rankings will be announced Monday.

Video Courtesy of Northern Illinois Sports Information

Team Standings Score
1. Central Michigan 195.675
2. Kent State 195.225
3. Western Michigan 195.000
4. Northern Illinois 194.525
5. Bowling Green 193.150
5. Eastern Michigan 193.150
7. Ball State 192.950

2012 MAC Gymnastics Awards
Freshman of the Year
Jamilah Ali, Bowling Green

Co - Specialist of the Year
Rachel Goldenberg, Kent State
Megan Melendez, Northern Illinois

Senior Gymnast of the Year
Kristin Teubner, Central Michigan 

Gymnast of the Year
Marie Case, Kent State

Coach of the Year
Jerry Reighard, Central Michigan

First Team All-MAC
Julie Cotter, Ball State
Meaghan McWhorter, Central Michigan
Taylor Noonan, Central Michigan
Brittany Petzold, Central Michigan
Kristin Teubner, Central Michigan

Second Team All-MAC
Nicole Allen, Ball State
Jamilah Ali, Bowling Green
Marie Case, Kent State
Kim Gotlund, Northern Illinois
Cepeda Carter, Western Michigan