MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 3/7/2006

March 7, 2006

MAC Gymnast of the Week
Jolene Worley
Eastern Michigan
So.(Orlando, Fla.-William R. Boone)
Worley led Eastern Michigan University to a tri-meet victory over Rutgers and Cornell, as well as a dual meet victory over Ursinus. In the tri-team meet, Worley won the all around title with a total score of 39.000, just shy of her career-best she set back last week at Kent State with a 39.175. She is only the fourth gymnast in the conference to record an all-around total of greater than 39.000 this season.

In the Cornell tri-meet, Worley posted the Eagle lone individual event victory on the balance beam (9.800) and a third place finish on the vault (9.675), bars (9.800), and floor exercise (9.725). In the win over Ursinus, Worley finished second in the all-around competition, with a total score of 38.225. This score included a fourth place finish in the vault, second on the bars, third on the beam, and third on the floor exercise.

Other Nominations:
Kaitlyn Wills
Ball State
Jr.(Osceloa, Ind./Penn)
Wills was BSU's top finisher in the all-around competition Sunday evening at the Outback Invitational held in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Wills recorded an overall score of 37.775 tieing her own personal best mark. The junior recorded score of 9.575 on vault, 9.075 on bars, 9.450 on beam and 9.675 on floor.

Jessica Guyer
Bowling Green
Sr.(Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne)
Guyer led her team to a season high team score of 190.550. She finished second on the vault scoring 9.725. She then finished 4th on the floor with a 9.750 but was behind a score of 9.925. She ended the night on the beam where she recorded a 9.575 good enough for 8th.

Jody Yednock
Northern Illinois
Jr.(West Chicago / West Chicago) With Northern Illinois continuing to miss several key gymnasts from its line-up, Jody Yednock contributed in a major way in helping the Huskies produce their highest team tallies for both the uneven parallel bars and balance beam. On bars, Yednock was second overall with a 9.875 and also came up with NIU's second-best score for the beam with a 9.850 that made her part of a three-way tie for sixth. On bars, NIU put together a stellar 49.200 team tally and chalked up a 49.175 for beam.

MAC Specialist of the Week
Ashlee Williams
Northern Illinois
Sr.Liberty, MO/Liberty)
Williams continues to bounce back from injuries and although limited to helping only on the uneven parallel bars, she did that in a big way as she set a season high of 9.900 that served as the foundation for a new team best of 48.900.

Other Nominations
Jenna Tarkington
Ball State Jr.(Kokomo, Ind./Northwestern)
Tarkington recorded the Cardinals top score of the night finishing with a mark of 9.775 on vault.

Bethany Kenel
Bowling Green
Jr.(Saginaw, Mich.Heritage)
Bethany Kenel has been quit for the last few weeks but tonight when her team needed her she came out with a bang. Her only event was the beam where she would land a almost flawless routine winning her the event with a score of 9.800.

Tawna Bennett
Eastern Michigan
So. (Jacksonville, Fla./Edward White) Bennett claimed the individual championship on the vault with a 9.750 as the Eagles dominated every event versus Ursinus, Feb. 28. In the tri-meet at Cornell, Bennett posted a runner-up showing on the vault (9.700)and floor (9.750). Her third place mark on the bars of 9.775 is a career-high for the Jacksonville, Fla. native and the bars helped the team post a score of 48.325, the highest of the year for the Green and White.