MAC Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 1/24/2005

Jan. 24, 2005

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MAC Gymnast of the Week
Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan, Sr., Oshawa, Ontario
Burtinsky won the all-around with a season high score of 39.000 this past week. She won the bars with a 9.900 and tied for third on the floor with a 9.850. Burtinsky also had a 9.625 on vault and a 9.625 on beam.

MAC Specialist of the Week
Karen Harper, Western Mich., So., Swedesboro, N.J.
Harper scored a 9.800 on vault which placed her second out of 30 gymnasts on Friday night in Muncie, Ind. The 9.800 score also helped the Broncos to win vault as a team with a score of 48.400 out of five teams. Harper helped the Broncos beat out Illinois State, Ball State and Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Other Nominees

Gymnast

Kelli Davis, Ball State
Davis was Ball State's top all-around performer at the Cardinal Classic Friday evening. She finished in the top ten in three of the four events in the five-team competition. She finished second overall in the all-around with 38.525, tied for third on the beam with a 9.675, tied for seventh on the vault with a 9.650 and tied for tenth on the floor with a 9.625. She has helped the team improve its overall score in each consecutive meet this season.

Jessica Guyer, Bowling Green
Guyer led the Falcons in all three events that she competed in versus the defending MAC Champions Central Michigan. She placed second on the floor (9.850), third on beam (9.750) and fourth on the vault (9.700).

Jennifer Rice, Northern Illinois
For the second straight week, Rice won the floor exercise with a 9.850 to hrlp lead Northern Illinois to a 190.800-188.075 victory over Eastern Michigan in NIU's conference opener. The Huskies trailed the Eagles by .050 points heading into the final rotation, but, spurred by rice's routine, were able to seal the outcome of the meet. Rice also won the balance beam title with a 9.750, beating out her nearest competitor on the beam by .225 points.

Specialist

Allison Swafford, Bowling Green
Swafford posted a 9.750 on the floor exercise in her only event versus Central Michigan. For the she placed seventh overall.

Danielle Espinoza, Central Michigan
Espinoza tied for first on the beam with a score of 9.80. It was a career best for the true freshman.