The Kent State Golden Flashes have been picked to win both the 2013 Mid-American Conference regular season title and the 2013 MAC Gymnastics Championship according to a preseason poll of the league's head coaches.
Kent State qualified for regionals for a fourth consecutive season last year, and finished second to Central Michigan at the 2012 MAC Gymnastics Championship. The Flashes return junior standout Marie Case, who was named the 2012 MAC Gymnast of the Year after a strong season as an all-around performer. A four-time MAC Gymnast of the Week, Case had the top averages in the MAC on the beam (9.753), floor (9.861) and all-around (38.947).
Western Michigan was tabbed second, followed by the defending champion Chippewas.
The 2013 MAC Gymnastics Championship will be held at Western Michigan University on March 23.
2013 MAC Gymnastics Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Kent State
2. Western Michigan
3. Central Michigan
4. Bowling Green
5. Northern Illinois
6. Ball State
7. Eastern Michigan
2013 MAC Gymnastics Champion: Kent State
-- Allen Moff/R-C