MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 1/17/2005

Jan. 17, 2005

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MAC Gymnast of the Week

Kara Reighard, Central Michigan, Sr., Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Reighard won the all-around with a score of 39.250. She won floor exercise in 9.900 and beam in 9.850. Reighard finished second on the bars (9.750) and fifth on the vault (9.750).

MAC Specialist of the Week

Kari Elste, Bowling Green, Sr., Wheaton, Ill.
Elste captured first-place on the bars with a 9.800, in her only event, in a win over Ball State on Sunday afternoon. Her mark on the bars ties her season-best which she set last weekend versus the University of Kentucky.

Other Gymnast Nominees

Jessica Surridge, Ball State
Surridge won vault, beam and all-around at Bowling Green Sunday afternoon. She also tied for second on the bars. Surridge posted scores of 9.775 on beam, on the vault 9.775 on the beam, 38.975 in the all-around and 9.775 on bars in the Cardinals' first league meet of the season.

Jessica Guyer, Bowling Green
Guyer helped the Falcons to a 193.000-191.750 win over Ball State Sunday afternoon by securing first-place on the floor exercise as well as the vault. Her 9.850 on floor and 9.775 on vault were both season -highs.

April Zentko, Kent State
Zentko was instrumental in guiding the Flashes to its season-opening victory over No. 23 West Virginia Jan. 16. Zentko won all-around honors with a 38.525 and tied for third on beam with a 9.750. She aslo finished among the top five on vault (9.625) and bars (9.600), placing fifth in both.

Cherisse Marier, Western Michigan
Marier placed first in her all-around competition with a total score of 38.450. It was Marier's first time to participate in the all-around competition in her career. She led all gymnasts on bars with a 9.800. Marier also scored a 9.775 on floor.

Other Specialist Nominees

Sheena Smith, Central Michigan
Smith won vault with a score of 9.850 and tied in the only other event she participated in the bars (9.725). Coach Jerry Reighard credited her perfoemance in vault as serving as a catalyst for chippewa effort the rest of the way.

Jolene Worley, Eastern Michigan
Worley in her first ever collegiate meet led the Eagles to a victory over MAC rival Western Michigan, finishing in frist-place on the beam with a 9.725.

Erika Linnersten, Kent State
Linnersten helped Kent State topple No. 23 West Virginia in its season openerJan. 16 by winning bars with a 9.825. Linnersten tallied the highest score of the meet and was one of only two gymnasts that scored 9.800 or better in all four events. She also tied for third on beam with a 9.750.