Gymnastics Team Successfully Defends MAC Championship Crown
The Golden Flashes edged out the Central Michigan Chippewas to win back-to-back conference titles. Kent State is the first conference team to win back-to-back championships since the Chippewas accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004.
Senior Laci Hendress and junior Lydia Barrett tied with two others for top honors on the floor to earn All-MAC First Team accolades — continuing the Golden Flashes' streak of having at least two all-conference first team honorees for five straight seasons. Sophomore Christina Lenny earned second team honors.
Kent State opened the conference championship meet on vault. Lenny led the team with a second-place finish in the event.
The Flashes solid performance on the parallel bars gave them a slight lead over second-place Northern Illinois after two rotations.
When two Flashes fell during their balance beam routines, Kent State's advantage in the overall scoring was whittled away. But junior Brittany Kopp and freshman Kristina Arcury tied for the top score in the event to help regain the Flashes dominance in the overall numbers.
Kent State closed out the meet on the Golden Flashes' strongest area, the floor events. Kent State entered the weekend ranked first in the MAC and 13th nationally. The Flashes secured the victory by relying upon past winning experiences and performing close to their best showing of the season.
"We knew that this would be a close competition," says Kent State Gymnastics Head Coach Brice Biggin (pictured, front). "We also knew that we had the depth to get the victory, and today our depth enabled us to get the win."
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