MAC Announces Gymnast Of The Week

Updated 1/14/2002

Jan. 14, 2002

MAC GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

Jenny Eckel, Kent State
Junior - Milford, Ohio

Eckel won the vault (9.800) and finished tied for first on the floor (9.800) en route to winning the all-around (38.875) in the Golden Flashes' 193.075-192.525 victory over Ball State. Eckel also tied for fourth on the bars (9.725) and seventh on the beam (9.550).

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Senior - Trugstad, Norway

Oestreng captured first-place honors on the floor exercise with a 9.900 as the Falcons defeated Missouri. Oestreng also claimed two second-place finishes - on the vault (9.900) and bars (9.825) - to finish the evening with a second-place honor in the all-around and a mark of 39.215.

Kara Reighard, Central Michigan
Freshman - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Reighard won the all-around competition in the Chippewas' loss to Eastern Michigan with a mark of 38.525. Reighard finished first on the bars and beam, with scores of 9.800 on both. She also finished second on the floor (9.225) and sixth on the vault (9.700).

Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan
Junior - Scarborough, Ontario

Hashimoto finished second in the all-around with a 38.400 as the Eagles' narrowly defeated MAC rival Central Michigan by 0.025 points

TEAM NOTES

Ball State: Ball State opened its2 2002 campaign with a 193.075-192.525 loss to Kent State. The loss snapped a three-year home streak of 20 straight wins for BSU. Ironically, it was the Golden Flashes who handed the Cardinals their previous loss at Irving Gym, which occurred on March 13, 1998. BSU claimed three of the top five positions on the beam, led by Renee Planck, who took runner-up honors with a 9.800.

Bowling Green: The Falcons posted a 193.775-193.225 season-opening victory over Missouri in non-conference action. BGSU senior Marny Oestreng finished first on the floor exercise with a 9.900, as well as claiming three second-places finishes on the bars (9.825), vault (9.900) and in the all-around (39.275). Freshman Kristen DiPietro made a strong debut, finishing fourth on the vault (9.675) and fifth on the vault (9.200).

Central Michigan: Central Michigan had a first-place finisher in the all-around, bars and beam, but fell by just a mere 0.025 to Eastern Michigan (192.100-192.075). The Chippewas also claimed three of the four all-around competitors, including first-place winner Kara Reighard. CMU had an increase of 2.700 in the final team score from one week ago.

Eastern Michigan: EMU claimed a victory over Central Michigan by just 0.025 points. For their score of 192.100, the Eagles posted the top scores on the vault (48.725), beam (47.975) and floor (48.275). Junior Natalie Hashimoto was the lone Eagle to compete in the all-around and finished second with a 38.400.

Kent State: Kent State began its defense of the MAC title with a 193.075-192.525 victory over Ball State. The Golden Flashes claimed the top spot in every event and were paced by junior Jenny Eckel, who claimed three first-place finishes - on the vault, floor and all-around. Heather Langham claimed a pair of first-place honors, tying with Eckel on the floor and winning the bars outright. Morgan Wiland rounded out the KSU sweep with top honors on the beam.

Northern Illinois: NIU freshman Kristina Campos finished with an all-around total of 38.500, as the Huskies fell to Michigan 194.900-186.600. She was the only Huskie to place on more than one event, finishing fifth on the vault (9.575) and third on the floor (9.725). Northern Illinois had its best balance beam score of the early season with a 47.325, led by lone senior Rosa Marafioti as she tallied a Huskie season-best 9.725 to finish fourth in the event.

Western Michigan: Western Michigan finished fourth at the Michigan State Quadrangular, behind Iowa State (196.875), host Michigan State (194.650) and West Virginia (189.925). Amy DeYoung was the only Bronco to compete in the all-around and finished with a 38.050. After finishing above 190 in every meet last season, WMU has failed to break that barrier this season.