Kent State gymnastics places runner-up at MAC Championships

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YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Kent State's women's gymnastics team couldn't topple Central Michigan, but the Flashes' landed three individual champions during Saturday's Mid-American Conference championships.

The Chippewas won the team championship, the program's 15th overall, with a final score of 196.475. Kent State finished runners-up at 195.125.

"I am very happy with the team and the way we competed, the effort from the them was really good today," Kent State coach Brice Biggin said.

Biggin was given his ninth Coach of the Year award, while senior Marie Case was named Senior of the Year and Gymnast of the Year. It was the third straight year Case won the latter.

"I just want to congratulate Marie on her Senior of the Year and Gymnast of the Year and how she competed today," Biggin said. "She dominated the competition in a manner I have never seen before."

Case was crowned as the MAC champion in the All-Around (39.500) for the second straight year. She was named the champion on balance beam (9.900) and co-champion on vault (9.850). Case rounded out her last MAC title with a second-place finish on the uneven bars (9.900) and tied for third on the floor (9.850).

Sophomore Rebecca Osmer set her career-high on the bars (9.900), while she was in a four-way tie for second with Case.

Kent State finished the year as the MAC regular-season champions with a 6-0 record in dual competition.

"We couldn't be more proud of the way the girls handled themselves this season and look forward to the NCAA Regionals in two weeks," Biggin said.

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