Gymnastics Weekly Awards Announced

Updated 2/20/2006

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Feb. 20, 2006

MAC Gymnast of the Week
Jennifer Sturgis
Western Michigan
Jr.(Novi, Mich./Novi)
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 best 38.550.

Other Nominations:

Kelly Watson
Ball State
Jr.(Ravenna, Mich./Allendale)
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.

Jessica Neel
Central Michigan
Fr.(Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn)
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
Eastern Michigan
Fr.(Ottawa, Ontario/DelaSalle)
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.

Jennifer Naughton
Northern Illinois
Fr.(Smithville, MO.Smithville)
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
Danielle Espinoza
Central Michigan
So.(Rossford, Ohio/Rossford)
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.

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

Jessica Guyer
Bowling Green
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).

Tawna Bennett
Eastern Michigan
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.

Amy Ristvedt
Northern Illinois
Jr.(Alexandria, MN/Jefferson)
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.

Cherisse Marier
Western Michigan
(Windsor Ontario/Canada)
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.