Gymnastics Preview: Kent State Opens Home Schedule Friday With Eastern Michigan
The Golden Flashes look to perform well in first of four home contests in 2012
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State gymnastics team starts the home portion of the 2012 intercollegiate season Friday when the Golden Flashes host Eastern Michigan for a 7 p.m. meet at the M.A.C. Center.
Tickets for Friday's meet, as well as for all of Kent State's home gymnastics events, are available at the M.A.C. Center ticket office or by calling 330-672-2244. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for kids (4-14) and seniors (60+).
Live stats will be available through kentstatesports.com at the start of the competition.
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SCOUTING THE FLASHES
The Kent State gymnastics team dropped their season-opening meet Sunday afternoon with a close 192.650-192.025 setback to Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan. Despite having all four of the top scores on each of the apparatuses, Kent State's suffered its first loss to the Broncos since the 2006 season.
Freshman Whitnee Johnson (Columbia, Mo.) took home all-around honors. Along with her fourth-place finish on the floor, Johnson tied for second on the beam, tied for third in the vault, and placed ninth on the bars. Sophomore Marie Case (Erie, Pa.) won both the floor and beam, while junior Lindsay Runyan (Maineville, Ohio) was victorious on the bars and freshman Chelsea Drooger (Holland, Mich.) was the top performer on the vault.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Eastern Michigan will begin their 2012 campaign with Friday's meet. The Eagles were picked to finish fourth along with Ball State and Northern Illinois in a MAC preseason poll. Eastern Michigan features 16 returnees from last year's squad, which finished sixth at the 2011 MAC Championships.
Kent State is back on the road in MAC action, as the Golden Flashes will travel to Ball State Friday, Jan. 27 for a 7 p.m. dual.