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Feb. 20, 2006
MAC Gymnast of the Week
Sturgis shined on vault after scoring a career and season best 9.800
for a first place finish in the Broncos win over Bowling Green to
remain undefeated in the MAC with a 4-0 record. Sturgis also topped
out on beam with a score of 9.550. Sturgis also finished first in
her first year of competing in the all-around with career and season
Watson finished second in the all-around competition with personal-best score of 38.400. The junior tallied scores of 9.650 on vault, 9.475 on bars, 9.525 on beam and 9.750 on floor. Her mark on floor tied for third-place honors, while her scores on vault and beam garnered fourth-place honors.
Neel won the all-around in a conference dual meet against Ball State with a score of 38.625, her career-best total for an all-around competition. She has now won the all-around at two consecutive MAC meets, doing so against Eastern Michigan last week and Ball State this week. Her score of 9.750 on the balance beam was a career-best and placed her second on that event. She finished third with a 9.750 on the floor exercise, and added scores of 9.600 on the uneven bars and 9.525 on the vault. The freshman has competed every event of every meet for CMU so far this season, and has been the Chippewas top all-arounder in each of their last three meets.
Duyen Zu Vuong
Zu Vuong finished first in the all-around title versus Northern
Illinois with a 38.476 total, as the Eagles edged the Huskies at
Warner Gym. Competing in her first collegiate all-around, Vuong
claimed the individual title on the floor event with a mark of 9.775,
which is her best score of the season and the team's third highest
score of the campaign. In her first action on the year on the uneven
bars, she finished fourth with a score of 9.600. She also placed
seventh on the balance beam with a 9.550 and tied for seventh on the
vault with a 9.625.
With standout freshman Leah Johnson sidelined by injury, NIU frosh Jennifer Naughton stepped to the forefront to lead the Huskie effort at Eastern Michigan as she recorded Northern Illinois' top score on all three of her events. She took first place on the balance beam with a 9.725 and also tied for second on the floor ex with the Huskies' best score of 9.750. Last week's Specialist of the Week showed her consistency by tying for second on vault with NIU's highest score for that event: 9.750.
MAC Specialist of the Week
Espinoza captured two individual event wins to help lead CMU to a dual meet win over conference rival Ball State. Her score of 9.875 on the floor exercise was her career-best on that event and was the top score by a Chippewa on that event this season. It was the third time in five meets this season she scored a 9.800 or better on floor, and she is now in the lineup as the anchor for CMU on the floor. She also won the balance beam with a crisp routine that netted her a 9.800, her best mark of the season on the beam.
Tarkington recorded her top mark of the season on vault with a score of 9.775.
Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne)
Guyer schined on Sunday afternoon posting a second-place finish on vault (9.775) and a first-place finish on floor (9.825).
So. (Jacksonville, Fla./Edward White)
Bennett finished as the individual champion up on the vault with a
score of 9.825. Bennett's 9.825 was the highest mark of the year on
the event for the Eagles, as she broke her own personal best of 9.750.
She also finished seventh on the bars with a 9.500 and eighth on the
floor with a mark of 9.550.
When it comes to making a consistent positive impact, Northern Illinois' Amy Ristvedt continued to do just that by once again adding to the Huskie totals for the three events she competed in during Saturday's meet at EMU. Ristvedt was right behind Naughton on the vault with a 9.725 and matched teammate Amber Whitecotton in registering the Huskies' second highest score for beam with a 9.600. The NIU junior added a 9.475 for floor exercise.
Marier was the top finisher on bars with a score of 9.650 helping
the Broncos to a win over the Falcons. Marier also finished second
on floor after scoring a 9.800 on floor. Marier tied for first
alongside teammate Jen Sturgis in the all-around with a 38.500.