Central Michigan's Passy and Western Michigan's Schmid Win Gymnastics Honors

Updated 1/30/2006

Jan. 30, 2006

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MAC Gymnast of the Week

Jules Passy
Central Michigan
Jr.(Ajax, Ontario/Northview Heights)
Passy was CMU's top all-around performer in a conference meet win over Northern Illinois, totaling 38.900 in the meet. She tied for first with on the balance beam with a 9.825, won the uneven bars with a 9.750, and added a solid 9.750 on the floor exercise.

Other Nominations:

Jillian Stranges
Bowling Green
Sr.(Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) Stranges helped to lead the Falcons over Illinois State Saturday night. Stranges finished fourth on vault scoring a 9.500, second on beam with a 9.550, and scored a 9.450 on floor. With her help the Falcons overcame a .625 deficit going into the last event, floor. With her score the Orange and Brown hit their routines to secure a win.

Jolene Worley
Eastern Michigan
So. (Orlando, Fla.-William R. Boone)
Worley continued her recent success by capturing her fourth career all- around title versus Western Michigan total of 38.650. The cumulative score of 38.650 is tied for her second highest all around total in her brief two year collegiate career. Individually, Worley won the floor event with a total of 9.825. The Orlando, Fla. native also finished third on the bars (9.700), fourth on the vault (9.625) and tied for eighth on the beam (9.500).

Jill Kowalski
Kent State
So. (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North)
Kowalski led the way for the Flashes with the first all-around title of her career (38.025). Kowalski dominated the meet with a first place finish on beam (9.600), a second place finish on bars (9.525), and a third place mark of 9.55 on vault. She also finished eighth on the floor with a score of 9.35.

Leah Johnson
Northern Illinois
Fr.(Glenview, IL /Glenbrook South)
Johnson put together a 39.050 to edge her fellow all-arounders from Illinois and Central Michigan. A .325 improvement over her first meet, Johnson had a 9.800 for third on vault, a 9.800 to be part of a four-way tie for fourth on beam, a 9.675 for fourth on the uneven parallel bars, and a 9.775 to be part of a three-way tie for fifth on the floor exercise.

Cherisse Marier
Western Michigan
Sr. (Windsor Ontario, Canada/St. Joseph's Catholic)
Marier also had a stellar performance at EMU after finishing first on beam (9.700), second on vault (9.725), second on bars (9.750) and second in the all-around (38.600).

MAC Specialist of the Week
Courtney Schmid
Jr.(Carrollton, Texas/Newman Smith)
Schmid earned a first place finish on bars with a career high 9.800 helping the Broncos remain undefeated in the MAC with a win at Eastern Michigan on Jan. 27.

Other Nominations:

Kelly Watson
Ball State
Jr.(Ravenna, Mich./Allendale)
Junior Kelly Watson notched first-place honors on the vault versus Kent State Friday evening. She won the event posting a score of 9.725.

Mattie Crawford
Central Michigan
Sr. (Plymouth, Minn./Orono)
Crawford posted marks of 9.775 or better in all three of her events in helping CMU to a conference win over Northern Illinois. She anchored CMU on both the floor and the vault, tying for first on the floor with a 9.800 and taking second on the vault with a 9.775. Her 9.800 on the balance beam was good for a third-place tie on that event.

Bethany Kenel
Bowling Green
Jr.(Saginaw, Mich/Heritage)
Kenel's only job again was to stick her routine on beam. She did with flying colors as she posted a 9.675 and a first place finish. She landed a dismount when the Falcons were scrapping for points to make a comback.

Tawna Bennett
Eastern Michigan
So. (Jacksonville, Fla./Edward White) Bennett earned a first place finish on vault with a season best 9.750. It marked the third time in her brief collegiate career that she has won the event and the first time since March 13, 2005 at Rutgers. Bennett also scored a 9.6755 on the uneven bars for a sixth place showing while placing 12th on the floor exercise with a mark of 9.075.

Kristin Peters
Kent State
So.(Maineville, Ohio/Kings)
Peters remained undefeated on the bars this week, capturing her third title of the year against Ball State with a mark of 9.700. She also tied for fith place on on vault (9.525). Peters was ranked 25th in the nation on the uneven bars with an average score of 9.812.

Jennifer Rice
Northern Illinois
So.(Homewood, IL /Homewood-Flossmoor)
Rice tied for second on balance beam with a 9.825 in order to lead NIU's charge in the one event that the Huskies (48.375) outscored both Illinois (48.125) and Central Michigan (48.150). She also competed on floor exercise and scored a 9.550.