CMU, KSU Gymnastics Earn Bid to NCAA Regionals

Updated 3/26/2013

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan received its fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA Gymnastics Regionals, the team learned on Monday afternoon during an online selected show hosted on

The Chippewas, which are ranked No. 24 nationally with a RQS of 195.810, will compete in the Columbus, Ohio regional against No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 LSU, No. 18 Arizona, host No. 20 Ohio State, and No. 31 North Carolina State on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m.
“I think it's a good position for us to be in,” said CMU head coach Jerry Reighard. “The fact that it is at Ohio State is a huge advantage for us. Last year, we traveled all the way to Seattle and that wasn’t a good situation. So, I think that’s a real positive.”
“The competition doesn’t really matter. If you get the number six and seven teams or the one and 12 teams, there is an eye blink difference between those teams regardless. You are not going to overlook anyone. But we are not traveling there to be fodder. I am not taking my team down there for the experience. We are beyond the experience.”
Last weekend, CMU claimed its fourth consecutive MAC championship, tying host Western Michigan for the title with a score of 194.800. Sophomore Halle Moraw, who earned Second Team All-MAC recognition, captured the floor exercise crown, scoring a career-high 9.950. Junior Brittany Petzold, a First All-MAC honoree, was named MAC Co-Gymnast of the Year following the meet.  
Central Michigan has competed in the NCAA regionals a total of nine times during its program history. A year ago, the Chippewas finished in sixth place at the Seattle, Wash. regional, scoring a 194.150. CMU’s top regional finish took place in 2003 when it placed second with a score of 196.350. 
The top two teams from the Columbus Regional will qualify for the 2013 NCAA Championships, which will be held from April 19-21 at host UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
KENT, Ohio – The No. 23 Kent State gymnastics team will be  headed April 6 to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first round of the NCAA tournament as announced today (March 25) by the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Committee.  The Golden Flashes were selected to the field of 36 teams from a pool of 84 NCAA Division I, II and III institutions sponsoring gymnastics.
Alabama is one of six regional sites.  Along with the host No. 3 Crimson Tide, No. 9 Utah, No. 15 Denver, Brigham Young and Iowa State will join Kent State.  The remaining 30 teams will be split among five other regional sites.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who aren't representing an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships April 19-21 at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. In addition, the event winners at each regional site advance to nationals (only in that specific event) if they aren't part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
Kent State was the Mid-American Conference regular season champion this winter with a perfect 6-0 record in MAC duals.  The Golden Flashes finished third at the MAC championship meet on March 23 with a score of 194.775, trailing only co-champions Western and Central Michigan who each scored 194.800.
Junior Marie Case (Erie, Pa.) was the MAC all-around champion with a 39.250 and was named Co-MAC Gymnast of the Year with Central Michigan's Brittany Petzold.  Senior Rachel Guida (Cumberland, R.I.) was named 2013 MAC Specialist of the Year and was the individual champion on bars with a 9.875.
Both Case and Guida were named to the All-MAC First Team.
In 2011, Kent State became the first MAC school to qualify for the NCAA gymnastics championships after finishing second at the Ann Arbor, Mich. regional. 
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Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments