March 24, 2006
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan senior Cherrise Marier claimed a league-best two individual annual awards at Friday night's 2006 Mid-American Conference Gymnastics Banquet at Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo. The event was held in conjunction with the MAC Championships, which will take place Saturday afternoon at WMU's University Arena.
Marier was tabbed Gymnast Of The Year and Senior Gymnast Of The Year. Eastern Michigan also collected two awards at the ceremony, with sophomore Tawna Bennett claiming Specialist of the Year accolades, and Zu Vuong collecting Freshman of the Year recognition. WMU mentor Terry Karwoski was named MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to a share of the regular season championship with Kent State. WMU was picked sixth in the preseason MAC Coaches poll.
The MAC also recognized its 23 weekly award winners, which consists of one Gymnast and Specialist of the Week from Jan. 9, 2005 to March 20, 2006. Marier claimed a league-high four weekly accolades during the regular season.
Competition begins Saturday at 2 p.m. in University Arena.