Gymnast of the Week
Emily Heinz, Central Michigan, Senior
Heinz led Central Michigan to a victory over No. 24 Maryland with top two finishes on all three of her events. The senior took first on beam with a 9.800 and tied with fellow senior Brittany Petzold for first on floor with a 9.850. The team co-caption also tied for second on vault with a 9.775. Heinz’s score on floor matched a career-high.
Specialist of the Week
Amanda Lievendag, Bowling Green, Junior
Amanda Lievendag tied her personal best with a 9.875 on the bars to tie for first in a meet against a pair of top 20 programs in #12 Oregon State and #19 Ohio State. In her other event on the day, Lievendag posted a 9.775 on vault, tying for fifth place among all competitors.
Miranda Kuehl, Ball State, Freshman
9.525 on Bars (Place 22nd); 9.625 on Beam (Place 13th), 9.650 on Floor (Place T16th)
Alyssa Nocella, Bowling Green, Sophomore
Competing against two of the top 20 teams in the country in Ohio State and Oregon State, sophomore Alyssa Nocella posted the highest floor exercise score of the meet and had three scores that exceeded 9.7. After struggling on the beam in the first rotation, Nocella bounced back with a career-best 9.800 on floor, a 9.725 on vault and a 9.800 on bars. Her all-around score of 38.375 was the highest on the team and third at the meet.
Olivia Trout, Kent State University, Freshman
Freshman Olivia Trout finished first in two of three events in Sunday’s Kent State’s 194.725-192.375 win over Southeast Missouri State. Trout, a true freshman, finished first in he Vault (9.825) and tied for first in the balance beam (9.750) and tied for third in the floor exercise (9.725) in her collegiate debut.
Kim Gotlund, Northern Illinois, Senior
Gotlund opened her season with four solid routines to post an all-around score of 38.575 in the Huskies’ meet at No. 10 Nebraska. Gotlund, NIU’s lone all-arounder, started with a career best 9.800 score on uneven parallel bars to tie for fourth on the event. She recorded the Huskies’ best score on bars and on floor exercise, where she posted a 9.750 to take fifth place. Gotlund’s all-around score also earned a fourth-place finish. She added a 9.525 on vault and a 9.500 on balance beam.
Jessi Buis, Western Michigan, Sophomore
The 2014 Western Michigan gymnastics season officially got underway with a three-team meet Friday, Jan. 10 between the Broncos, Bridgeport and host Arkansas. WMU placed third in the meet with a 190.650, slightly behind Bridgeport’s 190.975. The nationally No. 11 ranked Razorbacks won the outing with a 196.200. Sophomore Jessi Buis turned in the best individual performance for Western Michigan, placing second on vault with a 9.800. Buis also made her first career appearance on the floor exercise, where she placed 12th with a 9.525 and competed on the balance beam, where she finished 15th with a 9.475.
Brooklyn Schumacher, Ball State, Junior
9.75 on Bars (T9th)
Kylie Fagan, Central Michigan, Junior
Fagan led Central Michigan to a victory over No. 24 Maryland last weekend. She tied for first on bars with a 9.825 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775.
Rebecca Osmer, Kent State University, Sophomore
Sophomore Rebecca Osmer tied for first in her Golden Flash debut on Sunday in Kent State’s win over Southeast Missouri State 194.725-192.375. Osmer tied teammate Marie Case on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.825.
Kylie Clark, Northern Illinois, Sophomore
Sophomore Kylie Clark made her NIU debut count with a career high score of 9.725 on uneven parallel bars at No. 10 Nebraska to take seventh place. Clark was in the Huskie line-up for the first time in her career and came through with a solid routine to help the Huskies to a team bars score of 48.475.
Jessie Peszek, Western Michigan, Freshman
Freshman Jessie Peszek had a pair of top-10-finishes in her collegiate debut, as Western Michigan opened the 2014 season with a three-team meet, taking on Bridgeport and host, No. 11 Arkansas. Peszek had WMU’s second highest individual finish, tying for fifth on the balance beam with a 9.800. She also scored a 9.650 on the bars, tying for 10th. WMU placed third in the meet with a 190.650, slightly behind Bridgeport’s 190.975. The nationally No. 11 ranked Razorbacks won the outing with a 196.200.