The Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association announced the top academic teams from the 2018-19 year, and the Eastern Michigan’s gymnastic team landed the 24th spot in the country with a team GPA of 3.5.
Four other MAC schools joined EMU on the list in the top-25. Western Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan are included in the rankings. Western Michigan and Northern Illinois actually made top five by securing the second and third spots on the list, respectively.
Along with that, 12 EMU gymnasts were named WCGA Scholastic All-American. The 12 Eagles to be honored were Megan Benzie, Cortney Bezold, Carly Clark, Emili Dobronics, Shannon Gregory, Cali Harden, Megan Hultgren, Carly Kosanovich, Bri Price, Charlotte Reynolds, Jada Rondeau and Caitlin Satler. Each of the 12 Eagles maintained an overall GPA of 3.5 or completed the 2018-19 school year with a 3.5 GPA.
Aside from academics, the EMU Gymnastics team finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 6-10. The Eagles were 3-3 in the conference. The team was 3-1 at home but had a losing record of 1-6 on the road.
The Eagles lost their first four matches on the road against Utah State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and NIU. After a three-game losing streak to start the season, the Eagles bounced back winning the next three matches. Two of the three wins were on the road against Western Michigan and Bowling Green.
The win against Ball State took place at the Convocation Center. It was the first win of the season and the first home match for the Eagles. After the win against BGSU, the Eagles would go on the road six more times before participating in the MAC championships.
Eastern Michigan would lose five of those road matchups. However, the Eagles did win their last home game and regular season match against Kent State.
The Eagles would go on to compete in the MAC championships, which took place March 23. The MAC championships were hosted by Northern Illinois. The Eagles finished in third place and put up a score of 195.250, which was the team’s highest score of the season. NIU took home the title with Central Michigan being the runner-up.
A reporter at the Echo reached out to EMU Media Relations, but no one from the team was made available for comment. The Eagles will return to competition in December.