Jan. 7, 2002
MAC GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK
Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan
Senior - West Linn, Oregon
DeYoung finished first in the all-around at the Broncos' season opening victory over Northern Illinois. Competing in the all-around for the first time since the 1999 season, DeYoung garnered a 38.400. DeYoung finished third on the balance beam (9.725) and tied for third on the vault (9.600). She also finished fourth on the bars, with a 9.500, and earned a 9.575 in the floor exercise.
Kara Reighard, Central Michigan
Freshman - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
In her first appearance as a Chippewa, Reighard finished third in the all-around competition with a mark of 38.750 to lead Central Michigan to a second place finish behind No. 7-ranked Florida. Contributing to Reighard's score was a third place finish on the bars with a 9.750. Reighard also tied for fifth on the beam (9.675), seventh on the floor (9.725) and eighth on the vault (9.600).
Central Michigan: Kara Reighard garnered a mark of 38.750 in the all-around to finish third - the only non-Florida member of the Top Five. In her collegiate debut, Reighard also claimed third on the bars (9.750) and a tie for fifth on the beam (9.675). The Chippewas finished second on the vault, bars and floor, while taking a third-place mark on the beam.
Northern Illinois: Northern Illinois dropped their season and league opener to Western Michigan by a mark of 189.675-188.225. Freshman Kristina Campos led the Huskies with two first-place finishes on the vault and the bars, with marks of 9.700 on each. Campos also garnered second place honors in the all-around (38.300). NIU led the way on the vault with four of the top five positions going to the Huskies. Northern Illinois claimed the high score on the vault, with a 47.8875, and on the floor exercise, earning a 48.275.
Western Michigan: The Broncos opened the 2002 campaign with a conference victory over Northern Illinois in DeKalb Illinois on January 6. Defeating the Huskies 189.675-188.225, Western Michigan was led by seniors Amy DeYoung, who claimed first on the all-around with a 38.400, and Kristen Maul, who earned first-place marks on the balance beam (9.825) and floor exercise (9.775). Although the Broncos return 10 letterwinners from last year's squad, the newcomers made their presence felt, as two first-year competitors were featured in three of the four six-member lineups. Freshman Tristin Thomas had an impressive debut, earning a 9.775 on the balance beam to finish in second place.