Chippewa Gymnasts Top Eastern In MAC Opener

CMU junior Gianna Plaksa tied for first on bars on Saturday in the Chippewas' victory at Eastern Michigan.
Jan. 13, 2018


Lindsay Gerber,

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Last week, it was a record-setting performance. This week, a win over the two-time defending Mid-American Conference champion.

And with that, the Central Michigan gymnastics team is 2-0, 1-0 MAC. The Chippewas defeated Eastern Michigan, 194.525-194.025, on Saturday their league opener at the Eagles' Convocation Center.

Central Michigan entered Saturday's meet ranked third nationally after posting a 196.375 last week against Illinois State.

CMU won the vault (48.675), the bars (48.825) and the beam (48.800) against the Eagles, 0-2, 0-1. Eastern captured the floor with a 48.525. The Chippewas posted a 48.225 in the event.

CMU gymnasts won or tied for first in all four disciplines. Katy Clements, the reigning MAC Gymnast of the Week, won the beam with a 9.900; Denelle Pedrick captured the vault with 9.875, while Clements placed second at 9.775; Macey Hilliker was first on the floor with a 9.850 and teammate Gianna Plaksa (9.825) was second.

Plaksa tied for first on bars (9.875) with Eastern Michigan's Kendall Valentin, an All-American on bars last season. It was a career-best bars performance for Plaksa.

Pedrick, a sophomore, finished with an all-around score of 38.725 to finish second behind Eastern's Megan Hultgren (38.800).

The Chippewas return to McGuirk Arena on Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m.) to entertain Western Michigan in a MAC meet. The Broncos are scheduled to open their season on Sunday at home against Illinois-Chicago.

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