MAC Announces Gymnast of the Week

Updated 2/18/2002

Feb. 18, 2002

MAC GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Senior - Trugsted, Norway

Oestreng led BGSU to three victories over the weekend, including a pair of wins over league rivals Northern Illinois and MAC-unbeaten Kent State. Oestreng claimed four first-place finishes in the Falcons victory over NIU, winning the vault (9.825), floor (9.925), bars (9.900) and all-around (39.300). Oestreng added two more victories in Bowling Green's defeat of Ohio State and Kent State, winning the vault and bars with scores of 9.900 on both. Oestreng finished second in the All-Ohio all-around with a 39.250, which included a 9.925 on the floor.

OTHER STANDOUT PERFORMANCES

Jenny Gantt, Ball State
Senior - Kettering, Ohio

Gantt notched her second floor title of the season, with a 9.925 mark during the BSU meet at Kentucky. Her score is not only a season-high for Gantt, but it ties for third among MAC gymnasts this season and ties for fifth on the Cardinals' all-time charts. Gantt was also the runner-up on the floor exercise against UK and finished third on the event with a career-high score of 9.800 against Missouri.

Sarah Dame, Central Michigan
Junior - Maple City, Michigan

Dame posted a career-high 39.200 for a first-place finish in the all-around in the Chippewas' victories over Pittsburgh and Ursinus. Dame notched season-bests in three of four events, claiming a 9.875 on the floor, a 9.775 on the bars and a 9.725 on the beam. Tying her season-high on the vault with a 9.825, Dame tied for second on that event, as well as earning runner-up honors on the floor.

Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan
Junior - Scarborough, Ontario

Hashimoto won the all-around competition at EMU Triangular against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan with a score of 39.225. Leading the way as the Eagles closed out their home schedule, Hashimoto claimed top honors on the vault (9.825) and bars (9.850), while finishing second on the beam (9.675) and bars (9.875).

Heather Langham, Kent State
Senior - Concord, Ohio

Langham won the all-around competition at the All-Ohio meet, topping out competitors from Bowling Green and Ohio State. Posting a season-high 39.325 overall, Langham also notched a career-best 9.850 on the beam to win the event. Langham rounded out her all-around competition with a 9.725 on the vault and top ten performances on the floor (9.900) and bars (9.850).

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
February 18 -- Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green

TEAM NOTES

Ball State: Ball State posted its top two scores of the season, but fell to No. 23 Kentucky and No. 18 Missouri in a pair of dual meets this weekend. The Cardinals' 194.825 against Kentucky (196.100) and the 194.750 against Missouri (195.425) rank as the fifth and seventh best BSU scores of all-time. Against Missouri, Ball State posted a 48.900 on the vault, which ties for the school standard. Jenny Gantt posted the lone BSU title at Kentucky, garnering a 9.925 on the floor, which is a season-high for Gantt and the fifth highest floor mark at BSU. Renee Planck earned Ball State's only first-place finish at Missouri, holding a 9.875 on the beam.

Bowling Green: Bowling Green had a weekend full of competition, defeating Northern Illinois 194.075-189.800 and posting a mark of 195.125 at the All-Ohio Meet to better Ohio State (194.450) and Kent State (194.350) and remain undefeated in the conference. The Falcons scored season and career highs in several events against NIU. Senior Marny Oestreng scored a season-high 9.900 on the bars, while freshman Kari Elste tied a career-high with a 9.850. Oestreng also tied a year-high 9.925 in the floor exercise. Sophomore Melissa Popovich tied a career-high in the floor event with a score of 9.900 while junior Ann Marie Kassouf scored a career-high 38.775 in the all around.

Central Michigan: Central Michigan posted the sixth highest score in school history with a 195.525 in a victory over Pittsburgh (193.950) and Ursinus (182.750). The Chippewas claimed four of the five awards, with four different gymnasts claiming honors. Sarah Dame won the all-around competition with a 39.200, Shanna Duggan won the vault (9.800), Kara Reighard tied for first on the bars (9.850) and Michele Orloski took first on the floor (9.900). The Chippewas posted their highest margin of victory this season, with a 12.775 spread above Ursinus, while improving their overall mark by 2.275 points from one week ago.

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles celebrated senior day with conference victories over Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. With a score of 193.700, Eastern Michigan topped the competition by over three points. Junior Natalie Hashimoto, who claimed the all-around title with a 39.225, led Eastern Michigan, while Sara Wesilenko matched her career-high on the floor with a 9.925 - the second best score in the MAC this season.

Kent State: The Golden Flashes suffered their first conference loss of the season with a 195.125-194.350 loss to Bowling Green at the All-Ohio meet, with Ohio State (194.450). Despite the loss, five Kent State gymnasts notched career-highs, including Melinda Francis who notched a pair of career-high marks on both the beam (9.225) and floor (9.925). Senior Heather Langham won the all-around, with a season best 39.325. Contributing to her winning mark was a career-best performance of 9.850 on the beam.

Northern Illinois: Northern Illinois had a full weekend, on the road for meets with three conference foes. The Huskies fell 194.075-189.800 at Bowling Green, before finishing third with a 190.150 against Eastern Michigan (193.700) and Western Michigan (190.650). Anna Gardina joined the all-around lineup for the first time this season at BGSU and finished the four events with a 38.875, while scoring a first-place tally of 9.725 on the beam. Paced by Gardina, NIU placed four gymnasts in the top five on the beam. At the EMU Triangular, NIU posted its best road score of the season and broke the 190 point plateau for the third time this season.

Western Michigan: The Broncos posted a score of 190.650 at the EMU Triangular en route to a second place finish, behind host Eastern Michigan and ahead of Northern Illinois. Senior Kristen Maul returned from injury to lead the team on its two strongest events, the bars and beam. Maul led the Broncos with a 9.800 on the beam and a 9.850 on the bars. WMU took a 48.600 on the bars - behind Maul was Stacey Wilson with a 9.775. Amy DeYoung and Nicole Berends matched scores with a 9.775, while Kara Smith posted a 9.625.

Top Perfomances of 2002

Vault
49.225 Kent State 1/18
48.925 Bowling Green 2/17
48.900 Ball State 2/15
48.825 Central Michigan 2/16
48.725 Eastern Michigan 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
48.600 Western Michigan 2/17
48.175 Eastern Michigan 1/18
47.325 Northern Illinois 2/3

Beam
48.825 Ball State 2/15
48.775 Central Michigan 2/16
48.525 Western Michigan 1/7
48.500 Kent State 1/27
48.475 Eastern Michigan 2/17
48.275 Bowling Green 1/18
47.325 Northern Illinois 1/13

Floor
49.625 Kent State 1/18
49.475 Bowling Green 2/17
49.325 Central Michigan 2/16
49.200 Ball State 2/8
49.200 Eastern Michigan 1/18
48.675 Western Michigan 1/20
48.650 Northern Illinois 2/3

Team
196.200 Kent State 1/18
195.525 Central Michigan 2/16
195.125 Bowling Green 2/17
194.825 Ball State 2/15
194.700 Eastern Michigan 1/18
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 Tammy Verrinder, Central Michigan 2/16
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 Amy Swisher, Ball State 2/15
9.800 Ann Marie Kassouf, Bowling Green 2/17
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
9.775 Kristen Bohdan, Kent State 2/17
9.750 Kim Cromer, Ball State 1/11
9.750 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.725 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 2/10
9.700 Kristy Kochajda, Kent State 2/10
9.700 Heather Langham, Kent State 2/10
9.700 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/15
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 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 Renee Planck, Ball State 2/17
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 & 2/17
9.850 Mindy Urlich, Bowling Green 1/19
9.850 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/27
9.850 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/16
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 Laura McLaren, Central Michigan 2/16
9.825 Jana Heitmeyer, Kent State 1/18
9.800 Cassie Anthony, Ball State 1/25 & 2/17
9.800 Courtney Vojtasek, Ball State 1/25
9.800 Sarah Nelson, Central Michigan 1/19
9.800 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 1/20 & 2/17
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 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/16
9.775 Morgan Wiland, Kent State 2/10
9.775 Danielle Dacey, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.775 Stacey Watson, Western Michigan 2/17
9.750 Lindsey Kohout, Ball State 1/11
9.750 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan 2/10
9.750 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/3 & 2/17
9.725 Catherine O'Keefe, Eastern Michigan 2/17
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

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

9.900 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan 1/27
9.875 Quiana Williams, Ball State 2/15
9.875 Renee Planck, Ball State 2/15
9.875 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/27
9.850 Cassie Anthony, Ball State 2/17
9.850 Kathy Emerson, Bowling Green 1/13
9.850 Jessie James, Kent State 2/10
9.850 Heather Langham, Kent State 2/17
9.850 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 2/17
9.825 Shanna Duggan, Central Michigan 1/19
9.825 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 1/19
9.825 Jenika Faes, Eastern Michigan 2/17
9.825 Jennie Spindler, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.825 April Zentko, Kent State 1/18
9.800 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.800 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/18
9.800 Sara Trudeau, Western Michigan 1/27
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
9.775 Laura Ransing, Western Michigan 2/3
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 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/16
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 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/15
9.700 Annie Adkins, Western Michigan 1/20
9.675 Missy Thompson, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.675 Crissy Jones, Eastern Michigan 2/8
9.650 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 Melissa Popovich, Bowling Green 2/17
9.950 Jessie James, Kent State 1/18
9.950 Heather Langham, Kent State 1/18
9.925 Jenny Gantt, Ball State 2/15
9.925 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 1/19
9.925 Sara Wesilenko, Eastern Michigan 2/17
9.925 Melinda Francis, Kent State 2/16
9.925 April Zentko, Kent State 1/18
9.925 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.900 Rachel Hall, Bowling Green 2/17
9.900 Michele Orloski, Central Michigan 2/10
9.875 Quinana Williams, Ball State 2/8
9.875 Pia Sjovall, Bowling Green 2/15
9.875 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/16
9.875 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/16
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 Tiffani Berra, Central Michigan 2/16
9.850 Leah Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18 & 2/3
9.850 Keri Saint, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.825 Tiffani Berra, Central Michigan 2/10
9.825 Shanna Duggan, Central Michigan 1/27
9.825 Tammy Verrinder, Central Michigan 2/16
9.800 Merideth Fazio, Kent State 2/17
9.800 Laura Ransing, Western Michigan 2/10
9.775 Jamie Irwin, Ball State 1/25
9.775 Kristen Totten, Eastern Michigan 2/8
9.775 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 1/7 & 1/20
9.775 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/20
9.750 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/13
9.750 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/15

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

39.325 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
39.325 Heather Langham, Kent State 2/17
39.300 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 2/15
39.200 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/16
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
38.850 Kara Rieghard, Central Michigan 2/16
38.825 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/15
38.775 Ann Marie Kassouf, Bowling Green 2/15
38.775 Kristen Maul, Western Michigan 1/20
38.725 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/20
38.375 Anne Gardina, Northern Illinois 2/15
38.175 Heather Langham, Kent State 1/12
38.075 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 1/13
37.900 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/13