Weekly Gymnastics Release

Updated 3/10/1996

2000 Regular-Season Standings

			MAC  		Overall
School 			W-L Pct. 	W-L  Pct.
Central Michigan 	4-0 1.000 	9-5  .643
Ball State 		4-1 .800 	12-1 .923
Western Michigan 	4-1 .800 	8-9  .470
Kent 			2-2 .500 	7-6  .538
Bowling Green 		2-3 .400 	8-7  .533
Eastern Michigan 	1-4 .200 	1-8  .111
Northern Illinois 	0-6 .000 	3-10 .231

February

26 BGSU, Southest Missouri State, New Hampshire,  7 pm
   at Michigan State Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.)
   EMU, Bridgeport at Ithaca College (Ithaca, N.Y.) 1 pm
   NIU at Illinois State (Normal, Ill.) 2 pm
   WMU at Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 3 pm

27 BSU at CMU (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) 2 pm

Last Week in MAC Gymnastics:

February

 18 @ BSU (194.325), Auburn (194.300)
 BGSU (194.025), Kent (193.900), @ Ohio State (193.425)

19 CMU (193.375), @ EMU (191.250)

20 @ WMU (194.350), BSU (194.250) @ Kent (196.275), NIU (189.400)

Pepsi MAC 2000 Gymnast of the Week

Lori Gerhardt Western Michigan
(Sr., Warren, Mich.)

Gerhardt posted career bests in three of four events en-route to a school-record score (39.050) and the all-around title. She won the beam (9.825) and the vault (9.800) and finished third on the bars (9.825). Gerhardt helped WMU secure the win with a 9.600 on the floor as the final Bronco competitor of the meet.

Other Nominees
Marny Oestreng (BGSU, So., Trogstad, Norway) led BGSU to the All-Ohio Invitational title, winning the all-around competition (39.300), the vault (9.875) and tying for the top spot on the bars (9.825). Oestreng placed second on the beam (9.800) and tied for fifth on the floor (9.800).

Tammy Verrinder (CMU, Fr., London, Ontario) helped the Chippewas to a win over Eastern Michigan with a tie for first place all-around (38.900) and a first-place finish on the beam (9.800).

Emily Rock (EMU, So., Lincoln, Neb.) tied her career-high score on the floor with a 9.775. She tied with Sara Wasilanko for the team high on the beam with a score of 9.725.

Kristy High (Kent, Sr., Cortland, Ohio) scored a career-high 9.900 on the beam against Northern Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 20. She also scored a 9.875 on the floor and a 9.800 on the bars in the meet. On Friday, Feb. 18, High earned a 9.850 on the floor exercise at the All-Ohio Invitational.

Reyna Gilbert (NIU, Jr., Maitland, Fla.) captured the all-around title with a score of 38.850 against Kent on Sunday, Feb. 20. She scored season-bests on the vault (9.750 for fifth place), beam (9.850 for fourth place) and the floor (9.825 for third place). Gilbert's score on the vault and beam were also career-bests, while the 9.825 on the floor is a team best for this season.

Team Notes and Top Performances

Team Notes

Ball State picked up a win against Auburn with a narrow 194.325-194.300 over the Tigers on Friday, Feb. 18, setting a new school record for highest team score. The Cardinals dominated the bars and floor against but Auburn, but failed for the first time this season to take the all-around individual title. BSU's 48.875 floor score and 49.000 beam score both rank No. 2 in the Cardinal annals.

The tide turned for the Cards on Sunday, Feb. 20, when they suffered their first loss of the season, a 194.350-194.250 defeat to Western Michigan. The squad scored a 48.900 on the bars, BSU's second-best effort in school history. Laura Szczepanski won the bars with a 9.875, which ranks No. 2 all-time for the Cardinals. BSU did not have an all-around competitor against the Broncos.

Bowling Green picked up two more wins with a season-high 194.025 points at the All-Ohio Invitational on Friday, Feb. 18. The Falcons defeated state rivals Ohio State (193.425) and Kent 193.900. The Falcons also took first place on the bars (48.650) and beam (48.150) and finished second on the floor exercise (48.800). BGSU is now 8-7 on the season, 2-3 against MAC opponents.

CMU's Tammy Verrinder tied for first place (with teammate Bethany Courturier) in her first collegiate all-around competition. The pair each scored 38.900. Verrinder also won the beam with a season-best 9.800.

Eastern Michigan scored a season-high 191.250 in a loss to Central Michigan (193.375). The Eagles also posted a season on the bars with a team score of 47.600.

A week ago, EMU's freshman, Natalie Hashimoto, set school records on the vault (9.950) and floor exercise (9.950) in a 191.275-189.950.

Kent broke three school records in a 196.275-188.400 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 20. Kent's team score (196.275) broke the previous record of 194.900, set at Ohio State on March 10, 1996. The Golden Flashes also scored school records on the beam (49.150) and on the bars (49.300). Kent lost to MAC foe Bowling Green (194.025), but defeated state-rival Ohio State (193.425) with a score of 193.900 on Friday, Feb. 18.

Northern Illinois reached the 189-point plateau for the second straight week, but fell to a Kent team that posted the highest MAC team score of the season (196.275). Freshman Anna Gardina posted two 9.800 performances (floor and beam). Fellow freshman Laura Hale tied for fourth place on the vault with a team-high 9.775. In her first all-around performance of the year, sophomore Rosa Marafioti placed third with three season-best marks on the vault, bars and floor exercise.

Western Michigan handed Ball State its first loss of the season with a 194.350-194.250 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, Feb. 20. The Broncos set a school record with the team score (194.350). Lori Gerhardt helped WMU secure the win with a 9.600 on the floor exercise as the Broncos' final competitor of the meet. She also set a school record when she won the all-around title with a score of 39.050. Gerhardt recorded three career highs for the day with a 9.825 on the beam (first place), 9.800 on the vault (first place) and 9.825 on the bars (third place).

Past Gatorade Scholar Athletes of the Week
(Gymnastics Winners Only)

Feb. 8 Laura Szczepanski, Ball State
Jan. 19 Laura Szczepanski, Ball State

Past Pepsi MAC 2000 Gymnasts of the Week
Feb. 20 Lori Gerhardt, Western Michigan
Feb. 14 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan
Feb. 8 Laura Szczepanksi, Ball State
Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Feb. 1 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Jan. 24 Lori Gerhardt, Western Michigan
Jan. 18 Anna Gardina, Northern Illinois
Jan. 11 Nicole Liphardt, Central Michigan

2000 Top Team Performances

(top-ten listed)
Vault
48.825 Central Michigan 2/13
48.725 Kent 2/4
48.650 Bowling Green 2/4
48.525 Ball State 1/21
48.525 Eastern Michigan 1/22
48.425 Western Michigan 2/20
48.175 Northern Illinois 2/20

Bars 49.300 Kent 2/20 48.900 Central Michigan 2/13 48.900 Ball State 2/18 48.650 Bowling Green 2/18 48.500 Western Michigan 2/20 47.825 Northern Illinois 1/29 47.600 Eastern Michigan 1/28

Beam 49.150 Kent 2/20 49.000 Ball State 2/20 48.875 Western Michigan 2/6 48.600 Central Michigan 2/19 48.475 Northern Illinois 2/5 48.325 Bowling Green 1/29 48.200 Eastern Michigan 1/16

Floor 49.050 Kent 2/11 49.025 Bowling Green 2/5 48.975 Eastern Michigan 1/22 48.875 Ball State 2/18 48.850 Central Michigan 1/28 48.750 Western Michigan 2/20 48.050 Northern Illinois 2/20

Best Team Scores 196.275 Kent 2/20 194.350 Central Michigan 2/13 194.350 Western Michigan 2/20 194.325 Ball State 2/18 194.025 Bowling Green 2/18 191.250 Eastern Michigan 2/19 189.550 Northern Illinois 2/11

2000 Top Individaul Performances

(top-ten listed)
Vault
(MAC Record:  10.000, Shelly Stambaugh, Kent, 1997)
9.950 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 2/4
9.950 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 2/11
9.900 Tammy Verrinder (CMU) 2/6
9.850 Nena Vallee (Kent) 2/4
9.825 Katie Pokrana (Kent) 1/21
9.800 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 2/13
9.800 Heather Langham (Kent) 2/20
9.800 Lori Gerhardt (WMU) 2/20
9.775 Kim Cromer (BSU) 1/21
9.775 Laura Hale (NIU) 1/22 & 2/20
9.775 Amber Curry (BGSU) 2/4
9.775 Anna Gardina (NIU 2/20

Bars (MAC Record: 9.950, Marny Oestreng, BGSU, 1999; Susie Stadelman, 2000) 9.950# Susie Stadelman (Kent) 1/21 9.925 Heather Langham (Kent) 2/20 9.900 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 1/22 9.900 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 2/13 9.875 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 2/20 9.875 Jana Heitmeyer (Kent) 2/20 9.850 Sarah Nelson (CMU) 1/28 9.850 Heather Berry (BSU) 2/4 & 2/18 9.850 Renee Planck (BSU) 2/20 9.850 Kelly Lovejoy (Kent) 2/20

Beam (MAC Record: 10.000, Shannon Gallagher, Kent, 1996) 9.900 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 2/13 9.900 Kristy High (Kent) 2/20 9.875 Sara Trudeau (WMU) 2/6 9.875 Amy Bodus (BSU) 2/11 9.875 Jenny Eckel (Kent) 2/20 9.875 Melissa Liebling (Kent) 2/20 9.850 Laura Hale (NIU) 1/9 9.850 Laura Szczespanski (BSU) 1/14 9.850 Kelly Lovejoy (Kent) 1/21 & 2/20 9.850 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 2/13 9.850 Reyna Gilbert (NIU) 2/20

Floor (MAC Record: 9.975 Nicole Liphardt, CMU, 1999 and Selina Nickason, CMU, 1998) 9.950 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 2/11 9.900 Jill Mackey (Kent) 1/21 9.900 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/28 9.900 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 2/5 9.900 Heather Langham (Kent) 2/13 9.875 Cristin McClellan (BGSU) 2/5 9.875 Kristy High (Kent) 2/13 & 2/20 9.850 Sara Wasilenko (EMU) 1/22 9.850 Kristen Totten (EMU) 1/22 9.850 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 2/4 & 2/18 9.850 Amy Bodus (BSU) 2/4 & 2/11 & 2/20 9.850 Andrea Price (CMU) 2/13 9.850 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 2/13 9.850 Renee Planck (BSU) 2/20 9.850 Sara Trudeau (WMU) 2/20 9.850 Rachel Smith (WMU) 2/20

All-Around (MAC Record: 39.625, Michelle Naessig, Kent, 1997) 39.425 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 2/13 39.400 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 1/28 39.175 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/28 39.175 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 2/4 39.050 Amy Bodus (BSU) 2/11 39.050 Lori Gerhardt (WMU) 2/20 38.900 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 1/22 38.900 Jennifer Gleissner (WMU) 2/20 38.875 Ann Marie Kassouf (BGSU) 2/18 38.825 Jenny Eckel (Kent) 2/4 38.850 Reyna Gilbert (NIU) 2/20 # Ties a MAC record

MAC in the NCAA
(top-25, as of Feb. 15)

Vault
Team
20.  CMU  48.4375
22.  BSU   48.3167

Individual T14. Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 9.8437

Bars Individual T16. Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 9.8600

Beam Team 17. BSU 48.3167

2000 MAC Gymnastics Scoreboard

Ball State
(12-1, 4-1 MAC)
1/9 	BSU (193.050) @ Southeast Missouri State (187.750)
1/14 	@  BSU (193.475), W. Virginia (190.825), Ill.-Chicago (190.425),
  	Illinois (188.300), Wis.-Oshkosh (175.800)
1/21 	BSU (192.325) @ Illinois State (191.675), SE Missouri St. (187.100)

1/28 @ BSU (193.325), EMU (190.725) 2/4 BSU (193.925), Kent (193.850), BGSU (191.425) 2/13 BSU (191.575), @ NIU (189.550) 2/18 @ BSU (194.325), Auburn (194.300) 2/20 @ WMU (194.350), BSU (194.250) 2/27 BSU @ CMU, 2 pm 3/5 BSU @ Missouri Covette Classic, tba 3/11 BSU, Denver, Yale, Mich. St., N. Carolina, Pennsylvania @ N.C. St., tba

Bowling Green (8-7, 2-3 MAC) 1/14 @ BGSU (190.175), NIU (186.450) 1/22 @ BGSU (191.250), EMU (190.475) 1/28 CMU (193.950), @ BGSU (192.850) 1/30 Kent (192.325), @ WMU (191.075), BGSU (189.325) 2/3 BGSU (189.300), Centenary (186.700) 2/4 BSU (193.925), Kent (193.850), BGSU (191.425) 2/5 BGSU (193.950), Rutgers (192.825), Cornell (183.950) 2/12 @ New Hampshire (194.600), George Washington (192.500), BGSU (192.475), Maryland (191,925) 2/18 BGSU (194.025), Kent (193.900), @ Ohio State (193.425) 2/26 BGSU, Southeast Missouri St., New Hampshire @ Mich. State Inv., 7 pm 3/3 BGSU @ Kent, 7 pm 3/11 BGSU, Florida @ Michigan Tri-Meet, 7 pm

Central Michigan (9-5, 4-0 MAC) 1/9 CMU (191.575), @ NIU (187.325), Winona St. ( 176.700), Wis.-Whitewater (169.700) 1/14 UCLA (196.300), @ Arizona (192.675), CMU (191.850), Iowa (190.775) 1/22 @ CMU (193.400), Missouri (190,500) 1/28 CMU (193.950), @ BGSU (192.850) 2/6 Michigan (196.425), Mich. St. (194.325), @ WMU (192.375), CMU (191.650), EMU (188.900) 2/13 @ CMU (194.350), Kent (193.850) 2/19 CMU (193.375), @ EMU (191.250) 2/27 BSU @ CMU, 2 pm 3/3 CMU, Florida, George Washington @ Kentucky, 7:30 pm 3/11 WMU @ CMU, 2 pm

Eastern Michigan (1-8, 1-4 MAC) 1/16 @ EMU (190.500), NIU (186.650) 1/22 @ BGSU (191.250), EMU (190.475) 1/28 @ BSU (193.325), EMU (190.725) 2/6 Michigan (196.425), Mich. St. (194.325), @ WMU (192.375), CMU (191.650), EMU (188.900) 2/11 WMU (191.275), @ EMU (189.950) 2/19 CMU (193.375), @ EMU (191.250) 2/26 EMU, Bridgeport @ Ithaca College, 1pm 3/1 EMU @ Rutgers, 7 pm 3/4 EMU, Rutgers, Cortland St. @ Cornell, 1 pm 3/10 EMU @ Kent, 7 pm

Kent (7-6, 2-2 MAC) 1/16 Mich. St. (193.125), Illinois St. (191.875), (@) Missouri (191.350), Kent (188.350), WMU (186.375) 1/21 @ Kent (194.675), Pittsburgh (192.275) 1/30 Kent (192.325), @ WMU (191.075), BGSU (189.325) 2/4 @ BSU (193.925), Kent (193.850), BGSU (191.425) 2/13 @ CMU (194.350), Kent (193.850) 2/18 BGSU (194.025), Kent (193.900), @ Ohio State (193.425) 2/20 @ Kent (196.275), NIU (189.400) 3/3 BGSU @ Kent, 7 pm 3/10 EMU @ Kent, 7 pm

Northern Illinois (3-10, 0-6 MAC) 1/9 CMU (191.575), @ NIU (187.325), Winona St. ( 176.700), Wis.-Whitewater (169.700) 1/14 @ BGSU (190.175), NIU (186.450) 1/16 @ EMU (190.500), NIU (186.650) 1/23 WMU (189.450), (@) NIU (185.950), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (179.350) 1/29 @ Iowa (192.100), NIU (187.325) 2/6 @ Missouri (193.800), Pittsburgh (192.775), Southeast Missouri St. (190.075), NIU (188.775) 2/13 BSU (191.575), @ NIU (189.550) 2/20 @ Kent (196.275), NIU (189.400) 2/26 NIU @ Illinois State, 2 pm 3/1 Illinois-Chicago @ NIU, 7 pm 3/11 Illinois State, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago @ NIU, 7 pm

Western Michigan (8-9, 4-1 MAC) 1/9 Illinois St. (189.425), Rutgers (187.125), @ WMU (186.825), Wis.-River Falls (157.950) 1/16 Mich. St. (193.125), Illinois St. (191.875), @ Missouri (191.350), Kent (188.350), WMU (186.375) 1/23 WMU (189.450), @ NIU (185.950), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (179.350) 1/30 Kent (192.325), @ WMU (191.075), BGSU (189.325) 2/6 Michigan (196.425), Mich. St. (194.325), @ WMU (192.375), CMU (191.650), EMU (188.900) 2/11 WMU (191.275), @ EMU (189.950) 2/20 @ WMU (194.350), BSU (194.250) 2/26 WMU @ Pittsburgh, 3 pm 3/2 WMU @ Maryland, 2 pm 3/10 WMU, Rhode Island, Westchester @ Temple, 1 pm 3/11 WMU @ CMU, 2 PM