MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 1/16/2013

Gymnast of the Week 
Kayla Weber, Western Michigan
Freshman, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Plymouth) /Olympia Gymnastics Academy

Bronco freshman Kayla Weber had a break-out debut in WMU’s 193.500 to 192.725 victory at Michigan State Friday, winning the all-around title with an overall score of 39.150. Her all-around score ties as the third-highest in WMU's history. It also is the highest recorded in the MAC this season and ranks her No. 20 in the nation in Monday’s GymInfo rankings. Additionally, Weber shared the individual title on the floor exercise against MSU with a 9.775, while placing runner-up on the uneven bars (9.775) and balance beam (9.800), and placing fourth on the vault with a 9.800. WMU’s victory over Michigan State was its third straight, after not having beaten the Spartans previously in the all-time series.  The Broncos' 193.500 was the best season-opening score since 2001, when the team totaled a 193.850 against Illinois State.


Specialist of the Week
Natasha Jufko, Northern Illinois
Junior, Spring Hill, FL / Pasco-Hernando)

In her first career appearance in the NIU line-up, junior Natasha Jufko recorded Northern Illinois’ best score of the day (on any event) with a 9.825 on balance beam in the Huskies’ narrow (192.175-192.050) home victory over Illinois State.  The performance earned Jufko a tie for first place on balance beam.  Northern Illinois had just one score above 9.825 on beam all season a year ago.

Other Nominees:

Nicole Allen, Ball State
Senior, ​Buford, Ga. / Hebron Christian Academy

Nicole Allen managed a second place finish at Ball State’s meet at Big Ten Conference opponent Iowa

Brittney Emmons, Ball State
Senior, Pace, Fla. (Tate) (First City Gymnastics)
Brittney Emmons won the all-around in Ball State’s meet at Big Ten Conference opponent Iowa…Emmons defeated two Big Ten all-around performers with her 38.525, easily outdistancing Iowa’s 38.475 and 38.300….

Becca Druin, Central Michigan
Sophomore, Byron, Ill. / Byron HS
Sophomore Becca Druien captured the all-around for the second consecutive week to start the 2013 season, tying a personal best (38.775), to help CMU move to 2-0 with a 195.050-193.100 win over New Hampshire. Druien’s top individual event performance came in the uneven bars, where she set a career high with a 9.825 effort. 

Kylie Fagan, Central Michigan
Commerce, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern HS
Sophomore Kylie Fagan placed first while setting a career high in the uneven bars, scoring a 9.850, helping CMU surpass the 49.000 (49.075) threshold in the event in the Chippewas 195.050-193.100 victory over New Hampshire. Her score was .50 higher than her previous personal best and set the tone as Central Michigan claimed the top five spots in the event. The sophomore has finished in the top two in the uneven bars in both of CMU’s meets thus far this season. Fagan’s 9.750 in the balance beam tied her season high.

Marie Case, Kent State 
Junior, Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep  

Marie Case was a consistent presence for Kent State in their season opening meet against Iowa State. Competing in three events, Case scored the highest in the floor exercise, earning a 9.825 for her efforts. On the balance beam Case contributed a team best performance in earning a 9.725. Case’s third event, the uneven parallel bars, drew a 6.75 from the judges, concluding her strong performance against the Cyclones.

Rachel Guida, Kent State 
Senior, Cumberland, R.I./Brestyan’s Gymnastics

took the Uneven Parallel Bars event for the Golden Flashes at their visit to Iowa State this past week. Guida earned a rating of 9.825 from the judges; holding off three Cyclones gymnasts who finished just behind her to claim victory. Guida also competed in the Vault, being awarded a score of 9.675.

Kim Gotlund, Northern Illinois
Junior, Wadsworth, IL / Warren Township

Kim Gotlund posted Northern Illinois’ top scores on three individual events and in the all-around to key NIU’s season-opening win over Illinois State at the NIU Convocation Center.  Gotlund led Northern Illinois on vault (9.725) and floor exercise (9.750), as well as in the all-around (38.750), and tied for team-best honors on uneven parallel bars (9.625).  She took second in the meet on both the floor exercise and in the all-around and tied for fourth on vault and bars.  Gotlund’s effort helped NIU to a 192.175-192.050 comeback win over Illinois State.

Kelsey Turnquist,  Western Michigan
Junior, Novi, Mich. / Walled Lake Western

Won the balance beam competition on the final rotation to help the Broncos seal their third-straight victory over Big Ten rival Michigan State Friday in East Lansing,  193.500 to 192.725. In her only performance, Turnquist won the beam with a 9.825, which also ranks as the second highest beam score in the MAC this season.  The Broncos' 193.500 was the best season-opening score since 2001, when the team totaled a 193.850 against Illinois State.