MAC Announces Gymnastics Weekly Honors

Updated 2/13/2006

Feb. 13, 2006

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MAC Gymnasts of the Week
Cherisse Marier
Western Michigan
Sr. (Windsor Ontario/ St. Joseph's Catholic)
Marier helped the Broncos remain undefeated in a win over Northern Illinois on Feb. 12 after finishing first on floor with a season-high 9.900. Marier also earned a first place finish in the all-around competition with a 38.500.

Other Nominations :
Kelly Watson
Ball State
Jr.(Ravenna, Mich./Allendale)
Watson scored a second-place finish in the all-around competition Friday evening at the Ball State Cardinal Classic. Watson helped the Cardinals pick up their first win of the season over Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green. The junior recorded an overall score of 38.175, while placing second on floor (9.450).
Jessica Neel

Central Michigan
Fr.(Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn)
Neel won the all-around at the dual meet at Eastern Michigan, posting a total of 38.075 for the four events. She notched two career-high marks, scoring a 9.625 on the vault and a 9.575 on the balance beam. It's the first all-around win in Neel's young career as a Chippewa.

Rebecca Fuss
Eastern Michigan
Jr. (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillip)
Fuss finished second in the all-around title versus Central Michigan with a 37.950 total, as the Eagles edged the Mid-American Conference preseason favorite by .125 at Warner Gym. Individually, Fuss claimed the individual title on the balance beam with a mark of 9.725, which is her best score of the season and the team's second highest score of the campaign. She also captured runner-up honors on the floor with a 9.750. The Orlando native also turned in a sixth place showing on the uneven bars with a total of 9.450.

Jill Kowalski
Kent State
So.(Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North)
Kowalski claimed her second all-around title in as many meets with a composite score of 38.225. To compliment her all-around title; she had two top-five finishes, on bars (9.625) and beam (9.625) respectively. She also posted a score of 9.400 on vault and notched a 9.575 on the floor.

Leah Johnson
Northern Illinois
Fr. (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South)
Johnson compiled a 38.425 for the all-around to finish just fractions behind WMU's Cherrise Marier at 38.500. She shared top honors on the vault with a 9.775. Was tied for fourth on the uneven bars with a 9.675 in addition to sharing fourth on the balance beam at 9.575. Also tallied a 9.400 on floor exercise.

MAC Specialist of the Week
Jennifer Naughton
Northern Illinois
Fr. (Smithville, MO/Smithville)
Naughton continued her improvement from meet to meet as she came through with NIU's top floor exercise score for this seson at 9.825 (tying with teammate Jennifer Rice) in helping the Huskies post a season-best 48.925 team tally for that event. In addition, finished third on the balance beam overall with a 9.600 along with a tie for sixth on vault with a 9.650 that was the Huskies' second score for that event.

Other Nominations:
Kelly Watson
Ball State
Jr.(Ravenna, Mich./Allendale)
Watson scored a second-place finish in the all-around competition Friday evening at the Ball State Cardinal Classic. Watson helped the Cardinals pick up their first win of the season over Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green. The junior recorded an overall score of 38.175, while placing second on floor (9.700).

Bethany Kenel
Bowling Green
(Saginaw, Mich/Heritage HS)
Kenel finished second on the beam with a score of 9.625. This is Kenel's third time finishing in the Top Three this season.

Mattie Crawford
Central Michigan
Sr.(Plymouth, Minn./Orono)
Crawford tied her career high and posted the top mark in the conference on the vault with a 9.900 to win the event at the dual meet with Eastern Michigan. It's the fifth time in Crawford's career that she has scored a 9.900 on the vault.

Tawna Bennett
Eastern Michigan
So. (Jacksonville, Fla./Edward White)
Bennett turned in medalist honors on the floor, turning in a season- high 9.800, as the Eagles came from behind posting a team-high 48.050 on the event to defeat CMU for the first time since 2002. The Jacksonville native also added a second place showing on the vault with a 9.725 and a third place finish on the uneven bars with a mark of 9.600. Bennett owns the Eagles best scores of the season on the vault and only her score of 9.750 vs. Western Michigan (1/27/06) is better.

Kristin Peters
Kent State
So.(Maineville, Ohio/Kings)
Peters remained undefeated on the uneven bars for the year, earning her fourth title with a mark of 9.700. Peters also placed second on the balance beam with a mark of 9.675.

Casey McGranahan
Western Michigan
McGranahan performed a season and career best on vault after finishing first with a score of 9.775.helping the Broncos to its third consecutive MAC dual win at Northern Illinois.