SETTING THE SCENE
The Central Michigan gymnastics team will entertain Southern Utah on Friday (7 p.m.) in a nonconference dual at McGuirk Arena.
TAKING A BREAK
The Chippewas are in the midst of a three-week break from Mid-American Conference competition. After winning at Northern Illinois on Sunday, the Chippewas’ next league meet will be at home on Sunday, Feb. 18, against Kent State. CMU is scheduled to go to Illinois for a nonconference meet on Friday, Feb. 9.
LAST TIME OUT
CMU posted a 195.650 in winning at NIU. It was the Chippewas’ second-highest total of the season as they improved to 4-0, 3-0 MAC. CMU is one of two teams that are unbeaten in MAC competition. Ball State, at 1-0 in league meets, is the other.
Central Michigan is ranked 20th with an average score of 195.538. The Chippewas are 27th on vault (48.850), 13th on uneven bars (48.956), 22nd on balance beam (48.806) and 27th on floor exercise (48.925).
Among MAC teams, CMU is first on vault, on bars, and on beam, and is third on floor.
Two Chippewas rank among the top 10 in two events. Senior Katy Clements is fifth on beam with an average score of 9.900, and sophomore Denelle Pedrick is ninth (9.894) on vault.
Southern Utah is 0-3 this season. It’s season-best score is 194.475. The Thunderbirds are averaging 194.100, which ranks 45th nationally, and their highest event ranking is on vault, where they are 24th (48.892).
Coach Jerry Reighard: “This is a pride week. We have two nonconference weekends. I asked the team, ‘What do you want to achieve?’ This has nothing to do with a MAC championship, but everything to do with personal and team pride. First, we want to improve our national standing and second, show each other that we can continue to get better. Those are the two focuses.”