By Caroline Medley
After a brief delay for the holiday season, we’re back with our Potential Lineups series! After a heated three-day Twitter battle, Kent State finally won, closely fought by Utah State. These are the final two teams we’ll be featuring in our series this preseason. So today we are covering the Kent State Golden Flashes, who finished 30th in the regular season in 2016. However, they’ve also been voted the number one seed in their conference coming into the 2017 season. As it gains some solid new freshmen and retains most of its heavy hitters, KSU should be in a great position to prove the MAC coaches’ poll right.
By Elizabeth Grimsley
Kent State has been selected to win the Mid-Atlantic Conference by the league's head coaches. The Golden Flashes will return 11 gymnasts from last year's squad as well as gain six freshmen.
Central Michigan finished third in the poll after finishing 2016 in No. 3 in the regular season standings and fourth at the MAC Championship. Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green, both coming off historic 2016 seasons, are tied for third.
The full poll can be found below:
1. Kent State
2. Central Michigan
3. Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green
5. Northern Illinois
6. Western Michigan
7. Ball State
Days until the 2017 National Championships