Gymnastics Weekly Awards Announed

Updated 3/13/2006

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March 13, 2006

MAC Co-Gymnast of the Week
Rebecca Fuss
Eastern Michigan
Jr. (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips)
Fuss had another strong performance capturing her first all- around title of the season with a total of 38.525. Individually, Fuss won the balance beam event with a total of 9.675, along with tying for first on the uneven bars posting a score of 9.750. The Orlando, Fla. native also finished ninth on the vault (9.575) and 14th on the floor (9.525).

Cherisse Marier
Western Michigan
Sr.(Windsor Ontario/St. Joseph's Catholic)
Marier helped the team for the first time under head coach Terry Karwoski become the 2006 Mid-American Conference Gymnastic Season Champions after the Broncos remained undefeated (5-0) with a 191.625 to 187.525 victory over Ball State on March 12. Marier captured first place honors on floor (9.775), on bars (9.850) and in the all-around (38.650).

Other Nominations:
Kelly Watson
Ball State
Jr.(Ravenna, Mich./Allendale)
Watson was BSU's top finisher in the all-around on Friday and Sunday. Watson placed second in the all-around with a score of 38.300 versus 18th-ranked Kentucky and Air Force on Friday. The junior placed third on Sunday in the all-around with a score of 37.900 versus Western Michigan.

Danielle Espinoza
Central Michigan
So.(Rossford, Ohio/Rossford)
Espinoza posted three strong scores on her three events to help CMU post its highest team score of the season in a triangular meet with No. 18-ranked Kentucky and Rhode Island on Sunday. She led off CMU's vault effort with a 9.575, tied her career-high with a 9.800 on the beam as CMU totaled a season-high score on the event, and won the floor exercise with a score of 9.850. It was her fifth score of 9.800 or better on the floor in 2006.

Jill Kowalski
Kent State
So.(Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North)
Kowalski earned her third all-around title of the year with a composite score of 38.925. She finished second on bars with a career-high tying 9.850. She placed third on beam scoring a 9.775. Her effort was rounded out by an eighth place finish on vault (9.650) and a sixth place tying effort on floor.

Jennifer Naughton
Northern Illinois
Fr.(Smithville, MO / Smithville)
Despite being sick with the flu, Naughton put up some impressive numbers ranging from a 9.800 which earned her second place on balance beam to a pair of third-place ties for vault (9.750) and floor exercise (9.725).

MAC Specialist of the Week
Kristin Peters
Kent State
So.(Mainville, Ohio/Kings)
Peters captured her sixth bars title of the year with a score of 9.900. She also placed second on vault with a career-high mark of 9.825. Her performance was rounded out with a fifth place finish on beam (9.725).

Other Nominations:
Jenna Tarkington
Ball State
Jr.(Kokomo, Ind./Penn)
Tarkington helped the Cardinals to a win over Air Force Friday evening with the team's top score on vault 9.725. The mark on vault tied for fifth-place. Tarkington added a seventh-place finish on beam (9.375) and tied for sixth-place on floor (9.650).

Allison Swafford
Bowling Green
Brentwood, Tenn.
Allison Swafford lead by example on Saturday night, as she flipped her way to a outright second place finish on floor with a 9.700 and tied for second on vault with a 9.650. Both of these places are the highest on the year for Swafford.

Mattie Crawford
Central Michigan
Sr.(Plymouth, Minn./Orono)
Crawford anchored CMU on all three of her events and scored a 9.800 or better on all three to lead CMU to its best score of the season in a triangular meet with Rhode Island and No. 18-ranked Kentucky on Sunday. She won the vault for the fourth time this season with a score of 9.850 on the event. On beam, Crawford posted a 9.800 as the Chippewas scored a season-high 48.925, and she posted another 9.800 on the floor exercise as CMU posted a team total of 194.725 in the meet.

Tawna Bennett
Eastern Michigan
So. (Jacksonville, Fla./Edward White)
Bennett took second and third place honors as the Eagles three of the four events at the Eagle Classic, March 11. The title marked the first-time in the event's three-year history that the host Eagles have won the event. In the tri-meet, Bennett posted a runner-up showing on the floor (9.775) and a third place finish on the floor with a 9.700.

Jennifer Rice
Northern Illinois
So.(Homewood, IL / Homewood-Flossmoor)
Highlighted Northern Illinois' efforts against KSU with a first-place finish on balance beam witha 9.850 that helped NIU outscore the shots 48.650-48.175 for that event. It's also the second time this season Rice has posted that personal high for that event. In addition, she matched teammate Jennifer Naughton for the top Huskie score on floor ex as they both shared third place with a 9.725.

Courtney Schmid
Western Michigan
Jr.(Carrollton, Texas-Newman Smith)
Schmid shined on bars tying for first place alongside teammate Cherisse Marier when she scored a career and season best 9.850. Schmid helped the Broncos remain undefeated in the MAC with their fifth straight dual meet victory in a win over Ball State on March 12.