Gymnast Of The Week Announced

Updated 2/11/2002

Feb. 11, 2002

MAC GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

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

Reighard placed first in the all-around with a 38.600 and tied for top-honors on the bars with a season-high 9.825 during the Chippewas' meet against Western Michigan. Reighard also took second on the vault with a 9.725 and tied for second on the floor with a 9.825. Rounding out her day with a 9.225 on the beam, Reighard has now placed as one of the top-three all-arounders in four of the six competitions for CMU.

OTHER NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES

Quiana Williams, Ball State
Sophomore - Gary, Indiana

Williams registered a pair of first-place finishes to help Ball State to a second-place finish at the Circle of Stars competition. Williams garnered a 9.775 to take top honors on the vault. Tallying a career-high mark of 9.875 on the floor, Williams also tied for first-place on that event.

Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Senior - Trugsted, Norway

Oestreng finished with a fourth-place mark of 38.575 in the all-around during the Falcons' meet with North Carolina and George Washington. Contributing to her score was a first-place tie on the vault (9.800), a second-place finish on the floor (9.850) and a tie for third on the bars (9.800). Oestreng rounded out her all-around competition with a 9.125 on the beam.

Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan
Junior - Scarborough, Ontario

Hashimoto finished in second place on the vault and in the all-around at the Circle of Stars competition in Indianapolis, finishing with a 9.700 and a 38.575, respectively. Hashimoto also finished third on the floor with a 9.850 and earned a 9.675 on the bars and a 9.350 on the beam.

Heather Langham, Kent State
Senior - Concord, Ohio

Langham won her fifth straight floor title, with a 9.925, and also finished third on the bars with a 9.850. Langham finished eighth on the vault, earning a 9.700, en route to an eighth-place mark in the all-around with a 38.375. Langham also tallied an 8.900 on the beam as KSU went 1-2 against West Virginia, Maryland and James Madison.

Past MAC Gymnasts Of The Week

January 07 -- Kara Rieghard, Central Michigan / Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan
January 14 -- Jenny Eckel, Kent State
January 21 -- Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green / Heather Langham, Kent State
January 28 -- Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
February 04 -- Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan / Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
February 11 -- Kara Reighard, Central Michigan

Ball State: Ball State improved to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in MAC meets after finishing second at the Circle of Stars competition. Although Michigan State edged out the title from the Cardinals by a small 193.375-193.300 margin, BSU bettered 25th-ranked Eastern Michigan (192.325) and 19th-ranked Ohio State (190.450). Ball State hit a season-best 49.200 on the floor, which ranks third all-time in the Cardinal record book.

Bowling Green: The Falcons suffered their first loss of the season in a non-conference meeting with North Carolina and George Washington. Totaling a mark of 192.675, BGSU finished second to UNC (193.825) and ahead of GWU (191.900). Senior Marny Oestreng won the vault event with a 9.800.

Central Michigan: Central Michigan posted season-high marks on the floor (49.00) and vault (48.550) in its victory over Western Michigan. The Chippewas also posted their largest margin of victory of the season, defeating the Broncos by 2.575 points. Freshman Kara Reighard won the all-around competition, bringing her season total of top-three all-around finishes to four.

Eastern Michigan: EMU finished third at the Circle of Stars competition in Indianapolis. Finishing with a mark of 192.325, the Eagles ended the event behind Michigan State and Ball State, but ahead of Ohio State. Junior Natalie Hashimoto finished second in the all-around and vault.

Kent State: The Golden Flashes also suffered its first losses of the season, falling with a mark of 193.775 to West Virginia (194.400) and Maryland (193.875) while defeating James Madison (187.550). Senior Heather Langham won her fifth consecutive floor title, earning a 9.925.

Northern Illinois: Northern Illinois had the weekend off from competition before hosting Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan on February 17.

Western Michigan: Western Michigan fell to Central Michigan for the second straight week in a 193.250-190.675 loss. The Broncos posted a year-best mark of 48.300 on the floor. Sophomore Laura Ransing earned the top Bronco effort in the floor (9.800), the beam (9.675) and earned the second-best WMU score on the Bars (9.600).

Top Team Perfomances of 2002

Vault
49.225 Kent State 1/18
48.725 Eastern Michigan 1/13
48.700 Ball State 2/3
48.550 Central Michigan 2/10
48.500 Bowling Green 1/13
48.225 Western Michigan 1/20
48.150 Northern Illinois 2/3

Bars
49.025 Bowling Green 2/11
48.975 Kent State 1/18
48.850 Central Michigan 2/3
48.675 Ball State 1/18
48.300 Western Michigan 1/27
48.175 Eastern Michigan 1/18
47.325 Northern Illinois 2/3

Beam
48.550 Ball State 1/18
48.525 Western Michigan 1/6
48.500 Kent State 1/27
48.425 Eastern Michigan 1/18
48.275 Bowling Green 1/18
47.975 Central Michigan 1/27
47.325 Northern Illinois 1/13

Floor
49.625 Kent State 1/18
49.200 Ball State 2/8
49.200 Eastern Michigan 1/18
49.100 Central Michigan 2/10
49.000 Bowling Green 1/18
48.675 Western Michigan 1/20
48.650 Northern Illinois 2/3

Team
196.200 Kent State 1/18
194.700 Eastern Michigan 1/18
194.500 Ball State 1/18
194.225 Bowling Green 1/18
194.125 Central Michigan 1/27
192.925 Western Michigan 1/20
192.525 Northern Illinois 1/27

Vault
(MAC Record: 10.000 - Natalie Hashimoto, EMU, 2001, Tammy Verrinder, CMU, 2001, Laura Chow, CMU, 2001, Shelly Stambaugh, KSU, 1997, Sarah Mikrut, BSU, 1997)

9.950 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/18
9.900 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 1/13
9.900 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.850 Quiana Williams, Ball State 2/3
9.850 Shanna Duggan, Central Michigan 1/27
9.825 Pia Sjovall, Bowling Green 1/13
9.825 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 1/13
9.825 Jennie Spindler, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.825 Laura Holensworth, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.825 Jessie James, Kent State 1/18
9.825 Katie Pokrana, Kent State 1/18
9.825 Earline Feugill, Kent State 1/18
9.800 Amy Bodus, Ball State 1/20
9.800 Meredith Fazio, Kent State 2/10
9.775 Jenny Gantt, Ball State 2/3
9.775 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 1/27
9.775 Leah Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.750 Kim Cromer, Ball State 1/11
9.750 Tammy Verrinder, Central Michigan 1/13
9.750 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.725 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 2/10
9.700 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/10
9.700 Kristy Kochajda, Kent State 2/10
9.700 Heather Langham, Kent State 2/10
9.700 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.675 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 2/3
9.675 Michele Orloski, Central Michigan 2/10
9.650 Laura Holensworth, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.650 Annie Adkins, Western Michigan 1/20
9.650 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/20
9.650 Christy Sassic, Western Michigan 1/20

Bars
(MAC Record: 9.950 - Susie Stadelman, KSU, 2000, Marny Oestreng, BGSU, 1999)

9.875 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 2/2
9.875 Hatalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.875 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/18
9.875 Heather Langham, Kent State 1/18
9.850 Kari Elste, Bowling Green 2/11
9.850 Mindy Urlich, Bowling Green 1/19
9.850 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/27
9.825 Renee Planck, Ball State 1/25
9.825 Mindy Untch, Bowling Green 2/2
9.825 Ann Marie Kassouf, Bowling Green 2/11
9.825 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/10
9.825 Jana Heitmeyer, Kent State 1/18
9.800 Cassie Anthony, Ball State 1/25
9.800 Courtney Vojtasek, Ball State 1/25
9.800 Sarah Nelson, Central Michigan 1/19
9.800 Laura McLaren, Central Michigan 1/27
9.800 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 1/20
9.800 Annie Adkins, Western Michigan 1/11
9.775 Amy Bodus, Ball State 1/20
9.775 Colleen Dupuis, Ball State 1/20
9.775 Morgan Wiland, Kent State 2/10
9.775 Danielle Dacey, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.750 Lindsey Kohout, Ball State 1/11
9.750 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan 2/10
9.750 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.725 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 1/17
9.725 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/20 & 1/27
9.700 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 1/6
9.700 Stacey Watson, Western Michigan 1/27

Beam
(MAC Record: 10.000 - Natalie Hashimoto, EMU, 2000, Shannon Gallagher, KSU, 1996)

9.900 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan 1/27
9.875 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/27
9.850 Kathy Emerson, Bowling Green 1/13
9.850 Jessie James, Kent State 2/10
9.825 Shanna Duggan, Central Michigan 1/19
9.825 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 1/19
9.825 Jennie Spindler, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.825 April Zentko, Kent State 1/18
9.825 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 1/7
9.800 Cassie Anthony, Ball State 2/8
9.800 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.800 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/18
9.800 Laura Ransing, Western Michigan 2/10
9.800 Sara Trudeau, Western Michigan 1/27
9.775 Renee Planck, Ball State 1/20
9.775 Courtney Vojtasek, Ball State 2/8
9.775 Mindy Untch, Bowling Green 1/13
9.775 Anna Gardina, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.775 Tristin Thomas, Western Michigan 1/6
9.750 Sara Wesilenko, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.725 Courtney Vojasek, Ball State 1/20
9.725 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 2/2
9.725 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 1/13
9.725 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/6
9.700 Michele Orloski, Central Michigan 2/10
9.700 Jenika Faes, Eastern Michigan 1/13 & 2/3
9.700 Annie Adkins, Western Michigan 1/20
9.675 Missy Thompson, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.675 Crissy Jones, Eastern Michigan 2/8
9.675 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 1/13
9.650 Laura Hale, Northern Illinois 1/18
9.650 Julia Haines-LaPenta, Western Michigan 1/6

Floor
(MAC Record: 9.975 - Marny Oestreng, BGSU, 2001, Kristy High, KSU, 2000, Nicole Liphardt, CMU, 1999, Selina Nickason, CMU, 1998)

9.950 Jessie James, Kent State 1/18
9.950 Heather Langham, Kent State 1/18
9.925 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 1/19
9.925 April Zentko, Kent State 1/18
9.925 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.900 Jenny Gantt, Ball State 2/3
9.900 Michele Orloski, Central Michigan 2/10
9.875 Quinana Williams, Ball State 2/8
9.875 Melissa Popovich, Bowling Green 1/19
9.875 Earline Feugill, Kent State 1/18
9.850 Amy Bodus, Ball State 2/8
9.850 Miesha Williams, Ball State 2/8
9.850 Pia Sjovall, Bowling Green 1/19
9.850 Leah Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18 & 2/3
9.850 Keri Saint, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.825 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/10
9.825 Tiffani Berra, Central Michigan 2/10
9.825 Shanna Duggan, Central Michigan 1/27
9.825 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/10
9.825 Melinda Francis, Kent State 2/10
9.775 Jamie Irwin, Ball State 1/25
9.775 Kristen Totten, Eastern Michigan 2/8
9.775 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 1/6 & 1/20
9.775 Laura Ransing, Western Michigan 1/20
9.775 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/20
9.750 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/13
9.750 Tammy Verrinder, Central Michigan 1/13

All-Around
(MAC Record: 39.725 - Natalie Hashimoto, EMU, 2000)

39.325 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
39.275 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 1/13 & 2/3
39.225 Jessie James, Kent State 1/18
39.175 Heather Langham, Kent State 1/18
39.075 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/20
38.875 Amy Bodus, Ball State 1/20
38.800 Kara Rieghard, Central Michigan 1/19
38.775 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 1/20
38.725 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/20
38.500 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 1/13
38.175 Heather Langham, Kent State 1/12
38.075 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 1/13
37.900 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/13
37.750 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/10