BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Central Michigan gymnasts won every event on Friday, and the Chippewas posted the best team score of the season by winning a Mid-American Conference meeting at Bowling Green’s Anderson Arena.
The Chippewas finished with a team total of 193,950 for their first win of the season. CMU will participate in a tri-meeting with Illinois State at Ball State on Sunday, January 30 (1:00 PM).
The win lifted the Chippewas to 1-2, 1-1 MAC, as they scored nearly a point higher than a week ago in dropping an East Michigan encounter.
“Overall, we did what we said we were going to do,” CMU coach Christine MacDonald said. “We went back to the gym and worked hard this week.
“We still have some things to work on, but I think we had a great team atmosphere. Our team has really ramped up. We were able to use some different individuals in different lineup spots and that’s great to see them really mature and grow into those roles.”
Hannah DeMers, the reigning MAC Gymnast of the Week, won the uneven parallel bars bridge and shared first place on vault with teammate Katie Kowalskiz.
DeMers and Kowalski recorded a 9,850 on jump. Both scores were their best season in the event. DeMer’s 9,900 score on bars was also a season high.
The Chippewas’ Adriana Busteloc and Quinn Skrupa tie for first place on the balance beam and CMUs Ashley Veglucci won the floor exercise.
The 9,825 on beam was Bustelo’s best of the season and it was Skrupa’s first time this year to compete in the event. Veglucci achieved a score of 9.825 on floor.
The Chippewas won jump, bars and beam. Their 48,875 on vault and 48,800 on beam were the best of the season, which is “a great springboard to continue on,” MacDonald said.
The Chippewas’ score was a significant improvement from the 48,175 they posted in Eastern Michigan last week, and it got into the first rotation and helped propel them for the rest of the game.
DeMers led a CMU streak of the top four on the bars. Brenna Hauser (9,775) came in second, while Bustelo and Adriana Hammond (9,750) tied for third.
“I think for our bars to start the day and recover from last weekend was really critical,” MacDonald said, adding that “Brenna Hauser had a really solid routine for us and it’s good to see her really showing her gymnastics that she shows us every day.”
MacDonald praised the beam performance of Bustelo, a sophomore, and Skrupa, a freshman.
“On balance beam, Quinn stepped into the lineup and did a great job finishing first with Adriana,” MacDonald said. “They both had nice routines. It was nice to see the undergrads step into some important roles.”
CMUs Elizabeth Buttle finished in a tie for fourth place with teammate Aleysia Kolyvanova behind Veglucci on the floor.
“Elizabeth Buttle, she’s worked really hard to get into a consistent lineup, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch her come on and put on a great performance,” MacDonald said.