MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 2/20/2013

Gymnast of the Week 
Caroline O'Brien, Western Michigan 
Senior, Loveland, Ohio (Loveland) (Queen City Gymnastics)
The Western Michigan gymnastics team handed Ball State its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season, defeating the Cardinals on the road Friday, 194.200 to 193.275. Senior Caroline O'Brien tied the second highest score in program history on the uneven bars, placing first with a career-high 9.900. O'Brien was 17th in the nation on bar's in this past week's GymInfo rankings. O'Brien also had a big night on floor exercise and the balance beam, finishing third on floor with a 9.825 and fourth on beam with a 9.800.

Specialist of the Week 
Jaelyn Olson, Northern Illinois
Freshman, Bethany, Okla. (Putnam City West HS)

NIU freshman Jaelyn Olsen, the Huskies’ top vaulter this season, unleashed arguably the best vault by a Northern Illinois gymnast in four years as her full twisting yurchenko scored a 9.875 from the judges at Iowa State.   That tied as the seventh-highest scoring vault in school history and earned the best mark since NIU’s Holly Reichard recorded a 9.875 on the event versus Eastern Michigan on Jan. 25, 2009.  Olsen easily won the vault event at the meet as the second place score on vault was a 9.750. 

Other Nominees: 

Denasiha Christian, Ball State 
Freshman, Roanoke City, Va. (Patrick Henry)(Roanoke Academy of Gymnastics) 
Denasiha Christian tied for first on the vault with a 9.70, and tied for first on the floor with a 9.850 in Ball State’s meet vs. Western Michigan

Angie Hosbach, Ball State
Coldwater, OH (Coldwater) (Gem City Gymnastics)

Angie Hosbach tied for first on the beam with a career high 9.875, which tied for the fifth best beam score in Ball State history.  In addition, she finished third on the bars with a 9.825, and tied for third on the floor with a 9.825

Megan Harrington, Bowling Green 
Junior, Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community)
Harrington finished third in the all-around at the Sweetheart Invitational, hitting a career-best 39.000.  Competing against 13 other all-around gymnasts, Harrington posted no score lower than 9.7, with her highlight coming on floor exercise.  On that event, she scored a career-high 9.875 to finish third out of 36 gymnasts.  Her score led the Falcons to a season-best 49.125 on floor – the team’s highest score on any event this season.  Harrington also hit a 9.725 on vault (sixth), 9.7 on bars (20th) and 9.7 on beam (21st).  Her all around total was the highest by a BGSU gymnast since 2004 and the fourth-best in school history.

Becca Druien, Central Michigan 
Junior, Byron, Ill. (Byron HS)
Competing in the all-around versus Kent State, sophomore Becca Druien placed second with a score of 38.900, her second highest total of the season and of her career. Her top showing came in the balance beam, as she set a new career high of 9.850 to finish in second place. Druien has been fixture in the CMU line-up this season, competing in the all-around in six of seven meets. 

Meaghan McWhorter, Central Michigan 
Senior, Grand Ledge, Mich. (Grand Ledge HS)

Senior Meaghan McWhorter led CMU in the vault, using a season-high score of 9.850 to finish in a tie for second place. The defending MAC champion in the vault, she has score above a 9.800 in the event in the last three meets and in five of the seven meets in 2012. 

Amanda Fuller, Eastern Michigan 
R Senior, Hamilton, Ont. (St. Mary’s) 
Eastern Michigan University’s Amanda Fuller recorded a 9.800 on the floor exercise to finish runner-up in the event as the Eagles swept the top five spots on the floor en route to a 193.350-192.850 victory over the University of Alaska Anchorage, Feb. 17. The senior also tallied a 9.700 on the vault to take seventh place.
Anna Willette, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Pylesville, Md. (North Harford)    
Eastern Michigan University sophomore Anna Willette led EMU in all three events she competed in during the Eagles’ 193.350-192.850 road victory against the University of Alaska Anchorage, Feb. 17. The Pylesville, Md. native tied career-highs on the vault with a 9.875 as well as a 9.825 on the balance beam to take first-place in both events. Willette also paced EMU on the uneven parallel bars, finishing runner-up with a mark of 9.750.
Marie Case, Kent State  
Junior , Erie, Pa.(Mercyhurst Prep)(Lakettes)
Won two events in helping the Golden Flashes to victory over rival Central Michigan. Case defeated the competition to take first on the floor exercise where she posted a score of 9.900. Her next highest placement was on the uneven bars when she was awarded with a score of 9.800. Case also finished eighth twice on the balance beam and vault, earning a 9.600 and 9.725 respectively. For her efforts Case had the best all-around score of the evening, as her scores added up to 39.025.
Lindsay Runyan, Kent State  
Senior, Maineville, Ohio (Ursuline)(Queen City Gymnastics)
Helped Kent State to defeat Central Michigan Friday evening by winning one event and scoring high in another. Runyan tied for first on the uneven bars when she received a 9.900 from the judges. In Runyan’s other event of the night, the balance beam, she finished fourth for her score of 9.775.
Kim Gotlund, Northern Illinois 
Junior, Wadsworth, Ill. (Warren Township HS) 
Claimed the all-around title with a team season best 38.900 at Iowa State as NIU earned its highest team score of the season with a 194.375.  After scoring a career-best 9.775 on uneven parallel bars on the Huskies’ first rotation, the junior from Wadsworth, Illinois added 9.775s on both balance beam and floor exercise.  Gotlund took fourth place on all three events. Her bars and beam scores were career highs, while her 9.775 on floor tied her season best on that event.  

Shelby Pflug, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Grayslake, Ill. (Grant Community) (Aerials Gymnastics)
The Western Michigan gymnastics team handed Ball State its first Mid-American Conference loss of the season, defeating the Cardinals on the road Friday, 194.200 to 193.275. Pflug tied for first on vault with a 9.700, for her first individual championship of the season.