MAC Names Gymnast Of The Week

Updated 2/25/2002

Feb. 25, 2002

MAC GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

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

Rieghard posted a season-high 39.325 for a first-place finish in the all-around against Kent State. Her score was only .100 off of the CMU school record (39.425) and ties for the highest in the conference this season. Contributing to her total was a first-place mark on the vault (9.850), a tie for first on the floor (9.900), and tie for second on the beam (9.800) and a third-place score on the bars (9.775).

OTHER STANDOUT PERFORMANCES

Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Senior - Trugsted, Norway

Oestreng claimed the top score in the all-around (39.075) to lead the Falcons to their fifth-straight victory and a perfect, undefeated MAC record. Oestreng claimed first place marks on the vault and floor, earning a 9.775 and a 9.875, respectively. Rounding out her four events was a second place finish of 9.825 on the bars and a fifth-place mark of 9.600 on the beam.

Sara Wasilenko, Eastern Michigan
Senior - Rome, New York

Wasilenko tied an Eastern Michigan record on the floor exercise, as she posted a 9.950 at the quadrangular meet at UC-Santa Barbara. Wasilenko's event winning score propelled the Eagles to a first-place finish over the west-coast competition of San Jose State, UC Davis and host UC-Santa Barbara.

Christy Sassic, Western Michigan
Sophomore - Beaver, Pennsylvania

Sassic was Western Michigan's top finisher in two events against Bowling Green, including a season-best 9.875 on the floor exercise. She also led the team on the balance beam with a 9.750. Sassic finished first among all competitors on the floor and tied for second on the beam. She also claimed a 9.525 on the vault, the Broncos' second best effort.

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
February 25--Kara Reighard, Central Michigan

TEAM NOTES

Ball State: Ball State continued its seven-week road trip at the Spartan Invitational, where the Cardinals, posting a 193.275, fell to Michigan State (195.700) and Illinois-Chicago (194.875), while defeating New Hampshire (193.100). Jenny Gantt posted the Cardinals' top performance, scoring a 9.900 to win the floor event. It marks Gantt's fourth floor title of the season. Quiana Williams registered a third-place finish on the vault (9.800) and a fourth-place finished on the floor (9.850). Also garnering third-place finishes for BSU were Lindsey Kohout and Renee Planck, who tied for that spot on the bars (9.800) and Courtney Vojtasek, who tied for third on the beam (9.800). The Cardinals, who have not competed in Muncie since January 23, do not return home for a meet until they host the MAC Championships on March 23.

Bowling Green: BGSU remains undefeated in the MAC, after defeating Western Michigan, 194.875-192.825. Several Falcons posted season and career highs, including Kari Eslte, who took first on the bars with a 9.875, and Breanne Metzger, who posted a third-place 9.725 on the vault. Junior Ann Marie Kassouf tied her season-best score of 9.825 on the bars to finish second and Melissa Popovich earned a year-high 9.800 on the beam to register her first first-place finish of the 2002 campaign. Senior Marny Oestreng claimed first in the all-around (39.075), with top scores on the vault (9.775) and floor (9.875).

Central Michigan: The Chippewas posted the third highest team score in school history (195.725) in a victory over MAC rival Kent State. Central Michigan won a share of every event, with the exception of the beam. CMU tallied season-high team marks on the vault (48.875), beam (48.850) and floor (49.350). Central Michigan improved its score from last weekend by .200 points, with Michele Orloski posting her third straight mark of 9.900 on the floor exercise and Kara Reighard winning the all-around (39.325), with a mark just .100 off of the school all-around record.

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles posted a 193.525 score en route to besting the west-coast competition in a quadrangular with San Jose State (192.250), UC Davis (190.600) and UC Santa Barbara (188.525). Sara Wasilenko posted a school-record tying 9.950 on the floor exercise to win the event. Natalie Hashimoto also claimed a top honor at the meet, winning the vault, with a 9.875. Hashimoto posted a second-place finish in the all-around with a 38.750. Eastern Michigan claimed two of the top three spots on both the vault and beam. Behind Hashimoto on the vault was Laura Holensworth, who posted a third-place 9.775. Jessie Spindler and Missy Thompson finished second and third on the vault, with marks of 9.725 and 9.700, respectively.

Kent State: The Golden Flashes lost their second straight conference match of the season, falling to Central Michigan, 193.900-195.725. KSU picked up a pair of first-place finishes from Heather Langham and April Zentko. Langham received her sixth floor event title of the season, as she tied for first with a 9.900. Zentko won the beam with a 9.850, marking her second title of her freshman campaign on that event. Kent State also received high marks from Jana Heitmeyer, who finished second on the bars with a 9.800, and Katie Pokrana, who claimed third on the vault with a 9.775.

Northern Illinois: Northern Illinois had a weekend off from competition and will return on March 1, as they travel to Kent State to take on the Golden Flashes for the Huskies final MAC meet of the season.

Western Michigan: Western Michigan posted its second highest team total of the season and the highest since January 20, with a 192.825, during a loss to unbeaten Bowling Green (194.875). The Broncos concluded their MAC campaign with a 1-5 mark. Western Michigan, which had scored just seven marks of a 9.800 or better during the season, posted four tallies above that score against BGSU. Three of those scores came on the floor exercise, as WMU scored a team season-high 49.000. Christy Sassic led the squad with a 9.875 on the floor and was followed closely by Laura Ransing (9.850) and Sara Trudeau (9.825). The Broncos also performed well on the bars, posting a 49.525. Nicole Berends set a season-best mark of 9.825 and Amy DeYoung collected a 9.775.

2002 Regular Season Standings

School (Overall) MAC
Bowling Green (14-1) 5-0
Central Michigan (7-6) 4-2
Ball State (11-8) 3-2
Eastern Michigan (9-5) 3-2
Kent State (5-5) 3-2
Western Michigan (3-12) 1-5
Northern Illinois (2-9) 0-5

Top Team Perfomances of 2002

Vault
49.225 Kent State 1/18
48.925 Bowling Green 2/17
48.900 Ball State 2/15
48.875 Central Michigan 2/24
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
48.850 Central Michigan 2/24
48.825 Ball State 2/15
48.525 Western Michigan 1/7
48.500 Kent State 1/27
48.475 Eastern Michigan 2/17
48.425 Bowling Green 1/24
47.325 Northern Illinois 1/13

Floor
49.625 Kent State 1/18
49.475 Bowling Green 2/17
49.350 Central Michigan 2/24
49.200 Ball State 2/8
49.200 Eastern Michigan 1/18
49.000 Western Michigan 2/24
48.650 Northern Illinois 2/3

Team
196.200 Kent State 1/18
195.725 Central Michigan 2/24
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

Top Individual Performances of 2002

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
9.850 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/24
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 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan 2/24
9.800 Meredith Fazio, Kent State 2/10
9.775 Jenny Gantt, Ball State 2/3
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 Michele Orlowski, Central Michigan 2/24
9.725 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 2/10 & 2/24
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
9.650 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 Kari Elste, Bowling Green 2/24
9.875 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 2/2
9.875 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.875 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/18
9.875 Heather Langham, Kent State 1/18
9.850 Mindy Urlich, Bowling Green 1/19
9.850 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/27
9.850 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan 2/24
9.850 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/16
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
9.825 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 2/24
9.800 Cassie Anthony, Ball State 1/25 & 2/17
9.800 Courtney Vojtasek, Ball State 1/25
9.800 Stephanie Sams, Bowling Green 2/9
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 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

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
9.875 April Zentko, Kent State 2/24
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 Melissa Popovich, Bowling Green 2/24
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 Michele Orloski, Central Michigan 2/24
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 Ann Marie Kassouf, Bowling Green 2/24
9.750 Sara Wesilenko, Eastern Michigan 2/3
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 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 Sara Wasilenko, Eastern Michigan 2/24
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 Shanna Duggan, Central Michigan 2/24
9.900 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/24
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 Earline Feugill, Kent State 1/18
9.875 Christy Sassic, Western Michigan 2/24
9.850 Amy Bodus, Ball State 2/8
9.850 Miesha Williams, Ball State 2/8
9.850 Kristin DiPietro, Bowling Green 2/17
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
9.850 Laura Ransing, Western Michigan 2/24
9.825 Tammy Verrinder, Central Michigan 2/16
9.825 Sara Trudeau, Western Michigan 2/24
9.800 Merideth Fazio, Kent State 2/17
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 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/24
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
39.075 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/20
38.875 Amy Bodus, Ball State 1/20
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
38.075 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 1/13
37.900 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/13