Kent State Sweeps Gymnastics Honors

Updated 2/28/2006

MAC Gymnast of the Week
Carrie Mayle
Kent State
Sr.(Fremont,Ohio/St. Joseph's Central Catholic)
Mayle turned in the best weekend of her career, leading Kent State over Central Michigan (193.125-192.050) and Eastern Michigan (195.775-193.825). She won both all-around crowns with scores of 39.000 against CMU and a career-high 39.400 against Eastern Michigan. Mayle also took home a total of three first place crowns; two on floor (9.825 and 9.900) and one on beam (9.825). She also finished in the top five on all other events at both meets posting scores of 9.775 and 9.875 on vault, 9.675 and 9.8 on bars, and 9.725 on beam.

Other Nominations:
Erica Gilkerson
Ball State
So.(North Branch, Minn./North Branch)
Sophomore Erica Gilkerson was BSU's top finisher in the all-around competition Friday at the 26th Annual Missouri Cat Classic. Gilkerson posted a score of 37.775 earning third-place honors. Her mark of 9.750 on vault was a personal best. The sophomore also posted scores of 9.025 on bars, 9.625 on beam and 9.375 on floor.

Jessica Neel
Central Michigan
Fr.(Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn)
Neel finished fifth in the all-around at the Masters Classic at Nebraska on Sunday, posting three scores of 9.600 or higher. She posted a 9.700 on the beam, a 9.675 on bars and a a 9.600 on vault. Against Kent State on Friday, she had a pair of 9.675's on the bars and the floor.

Jolene Worley
Eastern Michgan
So. (Orlando, Fla./William R. Boone)
Worley shined with a second place finish in the all-around competition against defending MAC Tournament champion Kent State along with setting season best scores in every event. Worley's overall score of 39.175 is a personal record and the mark is also the third highest all-around total in school-history. The sophomore also tied her personal-best mark of 9.825 on beam and tied her best score of the season on floor with a 9.825. Her performance on beam tied for first place honors while her score on floor earned her a third place showing. She also finished third on the floor with a 9.825 and sixth on the vault with a 9.775, which are both season bests for the Orlando, Fla. native.

Jennifer Sturgis
Western Michigan
Sturgis captured the all-around for the Broncos in a loss to Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 26. Despite the loss Sturgis's career-high 38.925 in the all-around earned her the top spot along with a season best for the Bronco. Sturgis set a career-high mark on vault (9.775) and floor (9.775). Sturgis also finished on top with a first place finish on beam (9.800). Sturgis also took first place on beam (9.700) at Illinois State on Feb. 24.

MAC Specialiast of the Week
Amy Cucinotta
Kent State
Jr.(Williamsville, N.Y./Amherst Central) Cucinotta had a fantastic weekend; posting two career-high scores and taking home two first place finishes. In her effort against Central Michigan she tied for first on floor with a mark of 9.825, she also placed fourth on vault (9.65) and fifth on beam (9.550). Cucinotta was magnificent against Eastern Michigan. She tied for first on beam with a personal-best 9.825, placed with on vault with another personal best 9.800, and finished fourth on floor with a mark of 9.800.

Other Nominations
Jenna Tarkington
Ball State
Jr.(Kokomo, Ind./Northwestern)
Junior Jenna Tarkington led Ball State winning the vault at the Missouri Cat Classic Friday evening. Tarkington's score of 9.875 is a team and season best mark. To win the event, the junior beat out competitors from ninth-ranked Missouri, Pittsburgh and Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois.

Jacquelyn Bernhardt
Bowling Green
So. (Chandler, Az.)
Bernhardt finished seventh with a 9.600. They would then head to the teams strongest event, the vault where Bernhardt would again lead the way finishing tenth with a mark of 9.450.

Mattie Crawford
Central Michigan
Sr.(Plymouth, Minn./Orono)
Crawford was sensational in two competitions this weekend, posting four scores of 9.800 or better in her six events with her lowest score of the weekend being a 9.675 on the floor exercise. Against Kent State on Friday, she won two events, scoring a 9.825 on both vault and floor to take first and finished second on the beam with a score of 9.750. At the Masters Classic hosted by Nebraska on Sunday, she scored a season-high 9.825 to finish second on beam, was third on vault with a 9.800, and posted a 9.675 on the floor exercise. Her beam score helped CMU post a season-best team score on the event and lifted it past Northern Illinois into third place in the meet.

Tawna Bennett
Eastern Michigan
So. Jacksonville, Fla./Edward White
Bennett claimed the individual championship on the vault with a 9.900 against Kent State. Bennett's mark is a personal record along with being tied for the second highest mark on the event in school history. Only former EMU great Natalie Hashimoto's score of 10.000 is better. The Jacksonville, Fla. native also turned in a 9.800 on the floor for as she tied for fourth place, which ties a season best that she set versus Central Michigan, Feb. 11. Bennett also added a 9.650 in the uneven parallel bars for a ninth place showing.

Cherisse Marier
Western Michigan
Marier scored a 9.800 on floor for a share of the number spot on floor against Alaska-Anchorage on Feb. 26 in University Arena. Marier also had a second place finish on bars (9.750) against Alaska. Marier earned first place on vault (9.600) at Illinois State.