Feb. 4, 2002
MAC GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK
Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan
Junior - Scarborough, Ontario
Hashimoto won the vault event at the State of Michigan Classic, defeating competitors from Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. Hashimoto's score of 9.900 bested the mark of former Olympian and current Michigan gymnast Elise Ray by .050. Hashimoto finished third in the all-around competition, the highest scoring MAC gymnast.
Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Senior - Trugsted, Norway
Oestreng swept the top honors at Bowling Green's meet against Rutgers and South Connecticut. For the third consecutive week, Ostreng claimed the all-around championship. Contributing to her 39.275 were first-place finishes on the vault (9.825), bars (9.875) and beam (9.725) and a tie for first on the floor (9.850).
OTHERN NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
Jenny Gantt, Ball State
Senior - Kettering, Ohio
Gantt helped the Cardinals to a first-place finish in a meet against Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Wisconsin-Whitewater, winning the floor event with a season-best mark of 9.900. Gantt also set a year-high mark on the vault of 9.775. Rounding out the day on bars, Gantt tallied a 9.600 to finish in a tie for sixth on that event.
Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan
Senior - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Couturier posted a 9.825 on the beam to finish in a fourth-place tie. Couturier scored a season-high 9.725 on the bars to finish in 13th-place.
Ball State: Ball State improved to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference after a winning finish at Northern Illinois on February 3. The Cardinals accumulated a total of 192.525 to best Illinois State (192.400), Northern Illinois (191.825) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (177.875). BSU scored year-best marks on the vault and floor. The 48.700 earned on the vault is the third best mark in BSU history and the 49.000 floor score ranks eighth. Quiana Williams and Jenny Gantt led a 1-2 finish on the vault, as the Cardinals claimed four of the five spots.
Bowling Green: Bowling Green now stands at a perfect, undefeated record of 9-0 overall and 3-0 in conference meets. BGSU scored a 192.000 to best Rutgers, who tallied 191.225 and Southern Connecticut, which managed a 186.175. Senior Marny Oestreng led the Falcons' over Rutgers and South Connecticut, winning each event. For the third straight week, Oestreng won the all-around competition.
Central Michigan: CMU finished fourth of five teams at the State of Michigan Classic. The Chippewas beat Western Michigan 191.300-189.925, and fell to Michigan (196.300), Michigan State (193.650) and Eastern Michigan (192.200). Central Michigan posted a season-best 48.850 on the bars during the meet in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Eastern Michigan: The Eagles finished in third-place at the State of Michigan Classic on February 3. In fifth-place at the start of the final rotation, EMU posted high scores on the floor exercise to finish with a 192.200. Eastern Michigan was the highest scoring MAC school, falling to sixth-ranked Michigan (196.300) and Michigan State (193.650) while besting Central Michigan (191.300) and Western Michigan (189.925). Natalie Hashimoto posted a 9.900 on the vault to claim the event title, defeating former Olympian, Elise Ray.
Kent State: The Golden Flashes had the weekend off. They will travel to Charleston, West Virginia next weekend to take on 10th-ranked West Virginia, 22nd-ranked Maryland and James Madison. Kent State is currently 4-0 overall (3-0 in the MAC).
Northern Illinois: Northern Illinois notched its second-consecutive score over 190.00 with a 191.825 over the weekend. Junior Danielle Dacey scored a career-high and NIU season-high score the uneven parallel bars, winning the event with a tally of 9.775. Dacey's score, along with a third-place finish by freshman Kristina Campos propelled the Huskies to their best score on bars this year at 47.325. Northern Illinois also chalked up season-best marks on vault (48.150) and floor exercise (48.650). Campos posted two third-place finishes, tallying a 9.750 on both bars and vault. Sophomore Keri Saint nailed a career-best 9.850 for second-place on floor exercise.
Western Michigan: The Broncos earned a fifth-place finish at the State of Michigan Classic, Behind Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. WMU claimed a season-high mark of 48.600 on the bars. Senior Kristen Maul led on bars with a 9.775 to finish tied for seventh among all competitors.