MAC Announces Gymnast Of The Week

Updated 3/4/2002

March 4, 2002

MAC GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

Natalie Hashimoto - EMU - Jr. - Scarborough, Ontario

Hashimoto led EMU to three victories during their trip to Utah, including two over Southern Utah and one over Illinois-Chicago. Hashimoto racked up six first-place finishes in the EMU wins. During the two meets, Hashimoto collected top honors on the floor (9.900), bars (9.825) and a pair of top spots on the vault (9.925 and 9.875) and all-around (39.300 and 39.150).

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Renee Planck - Ball State - Sr. - Mason, Michigan

Planck scored a double victory to lead the Cardinals to first-place at the Southeast Missouri State triangular. Planck captured her first bars title of the season with a winning mark of 9.825 and nabbed her third victory of the year on the beam, with a 9.750. She also tied for eighth on the floor as BSU tallied a combined team total of 194.375.

Marny Oestreng - BGSU - Sr. - Trugsted, Norway

Oestreng matched her career-high score on bars (9.950), en route to claiming the all-around title in the Falcons victory over Air Force. Contributing to Oestreng's 39.300 overall mark were first-place finishes on the bars and floor (9.900), along with a second place finish on the vault (9.750) and a fifth-place tying finish on the beam (9.700).

Jessie James - Kent State - So. - Reynoldsburg, Ohio

James claimed the all-around title with a 39.200, her second highest total of the season. She tied a season-high 9.825 on the vault to earn second-place honors. James also finished second on the floor with a 9.825. Rounding out her events, was a third-place tie on the bars (9.725) nd a fourth-place mark on the beam (9.800).

Christy Sassic - WMU - So. - Beaver, Pennsylvania

Sassic tied her own school record, with a first-place 9.925 on the floor as the Broncos defeated Air Force. Sassic's score led WMU to post the second-highest event total (49.175) in school history. Sassic also posted a 9.875 on the beam to win that event. Rounding out her three event performances, Sassic earned a 9.650 on the vault.

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
March 4 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan

TEAM NOTES

Ball State: The Cardinals scored a 194.375 and claimed their third multi-team meet victory of the season, defeating Southeast Missouri State (192.850) and Illinois State (190.875). Ball State scored a year-high mark of 48.800 on bars, plus the second highest mark of the season on vault, earning a 48.750. BSU swept the individual event titles, led by Renee Planck, who claimed a pair of honors on the beam (9.750) and bars (9.825). Jenny Gantt captured her fourth floor title of the season with a 9.825 and Quiana Williams rounded out the sweep with a first-place finish on the vault (9.825).

Bowling Green: Bowling Green won its 15th meet of the season, as head coach Dan Connelly earned his 60th victory at BGSU. The Falcons were awarded the first and second place spot of every event, including the all-around. Marny Oestreng led the way, with three firsts and one second. Oestreng claimed top honors in the all-around (39.300), bars (9.950) and floor (9.900) and second on the vault. Pia Sjovall won the vault with a 9.775 and Ann Marie Kassouf claimed the top beam honor, with a 9.900. Sjovall also claimed a portion of the top prize on the floor, tying with Oestreng.

Central Michigan: CMU set team and individual records on the balance beam on its way to a third-place finish out of six teams at the Wolfpack Invitational. Their team score of 195.275 marked the third straight week that the Chippewas have scored above 195 points. CMU claimed three of the top four spots on the beam, en route to a team record setting 49.250 points. Beth Couturier set a new school record of 9.950 to win the event. Michele Orloski and Sara Burtinsky each set career high marks to tie for third, with a 9.875. Tammy Verrinder led CMU on the vault, taking second with a 9.850, matching her career high.

Eastern Michigan: Eastern Michigan closed out its West Coast road trip with an undefeated slate, posting victories over Illinois-Chicago and two wins over Southern Utah. Earlier in the trip, the Eagles defeated San Jose State, UC-Davis and UC-Santa Barbara. In the dual meet with Southern Utah on February 28, EMU won with a score of 194.450. Eastern Michigan went on to post a 193.800 against Southern Utah and Illinois-Chicago. Junior Natalie Hashimoto, who claimed first place in six of the possible ten categories during the two meets. The Eagles have now won eight straight matches.

Kent State: The Golden Flashes took top honors in every event to defeat Northern Illinois 194.975-191.275 and snap a three-meet losing streak. Senior Heather Langham won her seventh floor title in eight meets this season, garnering a 9.900. Langham also claimed top honors on the bars with a 9.850. Katie Pokrana claimed first on the vault, posting a 9.850 and April Zentko rounded out the individual event titles with a winning 9.875 on the beam. Jessie James won the all-around with a 39.200, and a pair of second-place finishes on the vault and bars.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies posted their highest road score of the year, with a 191.300 against Kent State. NIU posted two of its best scores of the year, tallying a 48.625 on the vault and a 48.200 on the beam. Freshman Kristina Campos garnered the highest NIU all-around score of the season, completing the four events with a 39.100. Senior Rosa Marafioti notched career-highs of 9.775 on the vault and 9.825 on the beam.

Western Michigan: The Broncos closed out their home portion of the season with a victory over Air Force, coming from behind in the final event to claim a 193.950-192.925 victory. Sunday's combined score marks the sixth-best score in the WMU record books and the highest this season. The Broncos posted the second highest floor total in school history to surpass Air Force, who was leading after three rotations. The team total of 49.175 on the floor is just .100 shy of the school mark set last year. Christy Sassic led the way on floor, posting a school record tying 9.925. Along with Sassic, four other Broncos set or tied career record marks.

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
48.625 Northern Illinois 3/1
48.225 Western Michigan 1/20

Bars
49.175 Bowling Green 3/1
48.975 Kent State 1/18
48.850 Central Michigan 2/3
48.800 Ball State 3/1
48.600 Western Michigan 2/17
48.400 Eastern Michigan 3/2
47.325 Northern Illinois 2/3

Beam
48.850 Central Michigan 2/24
48.825 Ball State 2/15
48.650 Eastern Michigan 3/2
48.525 Western Michigan 1/7
48.500 Kent State 1/27
48.425 Bowling Green 1/24
48.200 Northern Illinois 3/1

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
49.175 Western Michigan 3/3
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
193.950 Western Michigan 3/3
192.525 Northern Illinois 1/27

TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES

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
9.925 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/28
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
9.850 Katie Pokrana, Kent State 3/1
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 Leah Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 3/2
9.800 Meredith Fazio, Kent State 2/10
9.800 Anne Gardina, Northern Illinois 3/1
9.775 Jenny Gantt, Ball State 2/3
9.775 Kristen Bohdan, Kent State 2/17
9.775 Heather Langham, Northern Illinois 3/1
9.775 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 3/3
9.750 Kim Cromer, Ball State 1/11
9.750 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.725 Michele Orlowski, Central Michigan 2/24
9.700 Deanna Knight, Eastern Michigan 2/28
9.700 Kristy Kochajda, Kent State 2/10
9.700 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.700 Grace Hokenson, Western Michigan 3/3
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 Chrissy Jones, Eastern Michigan 3/2
9.775 Morgan Wiland, Kent State 2/10
9.775 Danielle Dacey, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.775 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 3/3
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 Missy Thompson, Eastern Michigan 3/2
9.725 Jessie James, Kent State 3/1
9.725 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 1/17

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
9.875 Christy Sassic, Western Michigan 3/3
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 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 3/1
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
9.825 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 3/1
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 Sara Wesilenko, Eastern Michigan 3/2
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 Missy Thompson, Eastern Michigan 2/28
9.750 Colleen Montag, Kent State 3/1
9.725 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 2/2
9.725 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/16
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
9.925 Christy Sassic, Western Michigan 3/3
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 Leah Hashoimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/28 & 3/2
9.875 Earline Feugill, Kent State 1/18
9.875 Laura Ranisng, Western Michigan 3/3
9.875 Sara Trudeau, Western Michigan 3/3
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 Keri Saint, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.825 Tammy Verrinder, Central Michigan 2/16
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 Sarah Benninghoff, Eastern Michigan 2/28
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
39.100 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 3/1
39.075 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/20
38.875 Amy Bodus, Ball State 1/20
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