MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 3/17/2010

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Natalie Blum, Northern Illinois, Sr., Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township
Blum claimed the individual titles on vault and floor exercise at the EMU Eagle Invitational quadrangular meet on Saturday in Ypsilanti, finishing atop the list of 24 competitors in each event. Her 9.800 score on floor exercise was the highest score recorded in the entire meet and was just .25 off her season and career high in the event. Blum's wins on vault and floor exercise were her third wins of the season on each event. She added a 9.550 on uneven bars.

Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State, Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Christine Abou-Mitri won three events and the all-around title for the fifth time (fourth consecutive meet) this season. She also matched a career high on beam with a 9.875, the third consecutive meet she has earned that score. She also won on bars and floor while finishing second on vault. With her 39.375 score in the all-around, she has surpassed the 39 mark in six of nine meets this year, pushing her regional qualifying score to 39.125 (and her average for the year above 39 for the first time). Besides the all-around, she easily leads the conference on beam with an RQS of 9.815 and is in the top-10 in every other event.

Specialist of the Week
Danielle Wishart, Bowling Green, Fr., Bethesda, Maryland / Holy Cross
Danielle Wishart finished first on the vault with a score of 9.875 and third on floor (9.825) versus Kent State this past weekend. Her score on vault was a career-best and ranked in the top-10 in the BGSU record books.

Additional Nominees
Julie Cotter, Ball State, So., Orefield, Pa./Northwestern Lehigh
Julie Cotter tallied a career high 9.800 on the balance beam and placed second in Ball State's meet at Central Michigan Sunday. Cotter helped the Cardinals to a team score of 48.60 on the balance beam, which was a season high for Ball State.

Brittney Emmons, Ball State, So., Pace, Fla/Tate
Brittney Emmons won the floor exercise and placed second in the all-around and fourth on the vault to help Ball State to a 193.275 team score at Central Michigan.

Samantha Piotrowski, Central Michigan, Fr., Naperville, Ill./Naperville North
Samantha Piotrowski shined in her collegiate debut under difficult circumstances on Saturday. A late add to the lineup after one of CMU's gymnasts was scratched, Piotrowski stepped in seamlessly onto the floor exercise. The Naperville, Ill., native posted a 9.800 in her first time competing in the lineup. Her surprising debut helped the Chippewas post a season-best 49.125 on the event, the second highest in the MAC this season, to help hold off a late rally from Ball State.

Kaylyn Millick, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Washington, Pa./Trinity
Freshman Kaylyn Millick posted her second all-around victory in as many weeks, leading EMU to a first place finish at the Eagle Invitational, March 12. Millick finished in the top three in every event to finish with an all-around score of 38.800. Her 9.775 in the floor exercise was good for a second place tie, while she also placed third in every other event. Already as a true freshman, Millick ranks as one of EMU's top 10 all-around performers.

Kristen Yourick, Eastern Michigan, So., Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva
Sophomore Kristen Yourick helped EMU finish first overall at the Eagle Invitational, March 13, by carding scores of 9.550 on the bars and 9.775 in the floor exercise. Her score in the floor exercise was good for a second place tie with teammate Kaylyn Millick.

Rachel Guida, Kent State, Fr., Cumberland, R.I./Cumberland
Freshman Rachel Guida has been a solid contributor for the Golden Flashes on bars and vault all season long. She backed that up Sunday against Bowling Green, winning bars with a 9.800, matching a career-high for the second consecutive week. The performance brings her season average to 7.38, which is third in the Mid-American Conference on that event. She also turned in a solid 9.750 on vault.

Ashley Guerra, Northern Illinois, So., Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg
Ashley Guerra continued her stellar season by tying for the title on the uneven bars event and taking sixth place on the balance beam at the EMU Eagle Invitational quadrangular meet on Saturday in Ypsilanti. Guerra's win on bars was her fifth meet title on that event this season. Her beam score ranked third among NIU gymnasts but was tied for sixth in the 24-woman field.