MAC Gymnastics Release

Updated 1/18/2000

2000 Regular-Season Standings


 			MAC  		Overall
School 			W-L Pct. 	W-L Pct.
Bowling Green 		1-0 1.000 	1-0 1.000
Eastern Michigan 	1-0 1.000 	1-0 1.000
Central Michigan 	1-0 1.000 	4-2  .667
Ball State 		0-0 .000 	5-0 1.000
Kent 			0-0 .000 	3-1  .250
Western Michigan 	0-0 .000 	1-6  .143
Northern Illinois 	0-3 .000 	2-3  .200

Coming up in MAC Gymnastics:
January
21 BSU at Illinois State (Normal, Ill.) 7 pm
Pittsburgh at Kent (Kent, Ohio) 7 pm

22 Missouri at CMU (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) 1 pm
EMU at BGSU (Bowling Green, Ohio) 4 pm

23 WMU, Wisconsin-LaCrosse at NIU (DeKalb, Ill.) 2 pm

Last Week in MAC Gymnastics:

January
14 (@) BSU (193.475), W. Virginia (190.825), Illinois (190.825), Ill.-Chicago (190.425), Wis.-Oshkosh (175.800)

(@)Arizona (192.675), UCLA (196.300), CMU (191.850), Iowa (190.775)

(@) BGSU (190.175), NIU (186.450)

16 Michigan St. (193.125), Illinois State (191.875), (@) Missouri (191.350), Kent (188.350), WMU (186.375)

(@) EMU (190.500), NIU (186.640)

Pepsi MAC
2000 Gymnasts of the Week

Anna Gardina Northern Illinois
(Fr., Gahanna, Ohio)

Gardina recorded career-best scores to win three events; balance beam (9.700), floor exercise (9.775) and all-around (37.775). She also scored a personal best on the vault (9.650) for a second-place finish against Bowling Green and tied the score two days later against Eastern Michigan.

Other Nominees
Laura Szczepanski (BSU, Sr., Gahanna, Ohio) Szczepanski won the all-around title at the Ball State's Cardinal Classic with a score of 38.975. She led BSU to the meet title as well. She was runner-up on the beam with a score of 9.850. She tied for second place on the bars (9.750) and placed fourth on the floor (9.700) and vault (9.675).

Marny Oestreng (BGSU, So., Trogstad, Norway) won the only two events in which she competed to help Bowling Green defeat MAC opponent Northern Illinois. She won the vault with a 9.700 and the bars with a 9.850.

Sarah Nelson (CMU, So., Duluth, Minn.) was CMU's top finisher at Arizona with a third-place place on the bars and a season-best score of 9.775.

Natalie Hashimoto (EMU, Fr., Scarborough, Ontario) won the all-around ocmpetition in her collegiate debut with a score of 38.025. She also won the vault and tied for second on EMU's all-time vault list with a score of 9.850.

Team Notes

Ball State won the Cardinal Classic, defeating West Virginia (190.825), Illinois-Chicago (190.425), Illinois (189.300) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (175.800) with a score of 193.475, the third-highest score in BSU history. Laura Szczepanski and Amy Bodus turned in one-two finishes all-around with scores of 38.975 and 38.325, respectively. Bodus also took top honors on the vault (9.750), where Ball State had three top-five finishes. Heather Berry, Courtney Harless and Szczepanski tied for second place on the bars with a score of 9.750.

Eastern Michigan opened the season with a 190.500-186.650 win over Northern Illinois. EMU's team score surpassed last season's best performances of 189.325 in a dual meet and 189.725 at the MAC Championship.

Freshman Anna Gardina won three events, but was unable to lift Northern Illinois over Bowling Green on Saturday. She won the all-around competition (37.775), beam (9.700) and floor exercise (9.775). Against Eastern Michigan, she placed second on the vault (9.650) and the beam (9.675). Freshman Lakisa Jones won the bars with a career-best 9.650 against EMU.

2000 Top Individaul Performances
(top-ten listed)

Vault
(MAC Record: 10.000, Shelly Stambaugh, Kent, 1997)
9.850 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 1/16 9.775 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 1/14 9.750 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/14 9.700 Laura Hale (NIU) 1/9 9.700 Kim Cromer (BSU) 1/9 & 14 9.700 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 1/14 9.700 Tammy Verrinder (CMU) 1/14 9.675 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 1/14 9.675 Reyna Gilbert (NIU) 1/14 9.650 Jaime Swisher (BSU) 1/9 9.650 Ann Marie Kassoug (BGSU) 1/14 9.650 Sarah Benninghoff (EMU) 1/16

Bars (MAC Record: 9.950, Marny Oestreng, BGSU, 1999) 9.850 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 1/14 9.775 Courtney Vojtasek (BSU) 1/9 9.775 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/9 9.775 Sarah Nelson (CMU) 1/14 9.750 Heather Berry (BSU) 1/14 9.750 Courtney Harless (BSU) 1/14 9.750 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 1/14 9.750 Andrea Price (CMU) 1/14 9.750 Lakisha Jones (NIU) 1/14 9.725 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/9 & 14

Beam (MAC Record: 10.000, Shannon Gallagher, Kent, 1996) 9.850 Laura Hale (NIU) 1/9 9.850 Luara Szczespanski (BSU) 1/14 9.825 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 1/9 9.825 Autumn Hansen (CMU) 1/9 9.800 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/9 9.800 Lakisha Jones (NIU) 1/9 9.800 Sara Trudeau (WMU) 1/9 9.800 Andrea Ruhe (WMU) 1/16 9.775 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/9 9.775 Trina Denison (BSU) 1/9 9.775 Jamie Irwin (BSU) 1/9

Floor (MAC Record: 9.975 Nicole Liphardt, CMU, 1999 and Selina Nickason, CMU, 1998) 9.825 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/9 9.775 Sara Wasilenko (EMU) 1/16 9.775 Emily Rock (EMU) 1/16 9.725 Jenny Gantt (BSU) 1/14 9.700 Tammy Verrinder (CMU) 1/4 9.700 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 1/14 9.700 Jill Mackey (Kent) 1/16 9.675 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 1/9 9.675 Reyna Gilbert (NIU) 1/9 9.675 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/14 9.675 Amber Curry (BGSU) 1/14

All-Around (MAC Record: 39.625, Michelle Naessig, Kent, 1997) 38.875 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/9 38.975 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 1/14 38.750 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 1/14 38.325 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/14 38.275 Reyna Gilbert (NIU) 1/9 38.025 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 1/16 37.925 Jennifer Gleissner (WMU) 1/9 37.850 Sara Wasilenko (EMU) 1/16 37.775 Anna Gardina (NIU) 1/14 37.625 Jenny Eckel (Kent) 1/16

2000 Top Team Performances (top-ten listed) Vault 48.300 Ball State 1/9 48.250 Central Michigan 1/9 48.200 Eastern Michigan 1/16 48.025 Bowling Green 1/14 47.875 Northern Illinois 1/14 47.700 Kent 1/16 47.250 Western Michigan 1/9

Bars 48.300 Ball State 1/9 47.825 Bowling Green 1/14 48.400 Central Michigan 1/14 46.525 Eastern Michigan 1/16 46.300 Kent 1/16 46.150 Western Michigan 1/9 45.400 Northern Illinois 1/9

Beam 48.775 Ball State 1/9 48.450 Northern Illinois 1/9 48.200 Eastern Michigan 1/16 48.000 Central Michigan 1/9 47.575 Bowling Green 1/14 48.525 Western Michigan 1/16 46.750 Kent 1/16

Floor 47.925 Northern Illinois 1/16 47.900 Central Michigan 1/9 47.675 Ball State 1/9 47.600 Kent 1/16 47.575 Eastern Michigan 1/16 46.750 Bowling Green 1/14 46.475 Western Michigan 1/9

Best Team Scores 193.050 Ball State 1/9 191.850 Central Michigan 1/14 190.500 Eastern Michigan 1/16 190.175 Bowling Green 1/14 188.350 Kent 1/16 187.325 Northern Illinois 1/9 186.825 Western Michigan 1/9

2000 MAC Gymnastics Scoreboard Ball State (5-0, 0-0 MAC) 1/9 BSU (193.050) @ Southeast Missouri State (187.750) 1/14 @ BSU (193.475), W. Virginia (190.825), Ill.-Chicago (190.425), Illinois (188.300), Wis.-Oshkosh (175.800) 1/21 BSU @ Illinois State, tba 1/28 EMU @ BSU, 7 pm 2/4 BGSU, Kent @ BSU, 2pm 2/13 BSU @ NIU, 2 pm 2/18 BGSU, Auburn @ BSU Cardinal Invitational, 7 pm 2/20 BSU @ WMU, 2 pm 2/27 BSU @ CMU, 2 pm 3/5 BSU @ Missouri Covette Classic, tba 3/11 BSU, Denver, Yale, Mich. St., N. Carolina, Pennsylvania @ N.C. St., tba

Bowling Green (1-0, 1-0 MAC) 1/14 (@) BGSU (190.175), NIU (186.450) 1/28 CMU @ BGSU, 7 pm 1/30 BGSU, Kent @ WMU, 2 pm 2/3 Centinary College @ BGSU, 7 pm 2/4 BGSU, Kent @ BSU, 2pm 2/12 BGSU at New Hampshire Invitational 2/18 BGSU, Auburn @ BSU Cardinal Invitational, 7 pm 2/26 BGSU, Southeast Missouri St., New Hampshire @ Mich. State Inv., 7 pm 3/3 BGSU @ Kent, 7 pm 3/11 BGSU, Florida @ Michigan Tri-Meet, 7 pm

Central Michigan (4-2, 1-0 MAC) 1/9 CMU (191.575), @ NIU (187.325), Winona St. ( 176.700), Wis.-Whitewater (169.700) 1/14 UCLA (196.300), (@) Arizona (192.675), CMU (191.850), Iowa (190.775) 1/22 Missouri @ CMU, 1 pm 1/28 CMU @ BGSU, 7 pm 2/6 CMU, EMU, WMU, Mich. State @ Michigan Classic, 2 pm 2/13 Kent @ CMU, 2 pm 2/19 CMU @ EMU, 4 pm 2/27 BSU @ CMU, 2 pm 3/3 CMU, Florida, George Washington @ Kentucky, 7:30 pm 3/11 WMU @ CMU, 2 pm

Eastern Michigan (1-0, 1-0 MAC) 1/16 (@) EMU (190.500), NIU (186.650) 1/28 EMU @ BSU, 7 pm 2/6 CMU, EMU, WMU, Mich. State @ Michigan Classic, 2 pm 2/11 WMU @ EMU, 7 pm 2/19 CMU @ EMU, 4 pm 2/26 EMU, Bridgeport @ Ithaca College, 1pm 3/1 EMU @ Rutgers, 7 pm 3/4 EMU, Rutgers, Cortland St. @ Cornell, 1 pm 3/10 EMU @ Kent, 7 pm

Kent (3-1, 0-0 MAC) 1/16 Mich. St. (193.125), Illinois St. (191.875), (@) Missouri (191.350), Kent (188.350), WMU (186.375) 1/21 Pittsburgh @ Kent, 7 pm 1/30 BGSU, Kent @ WMU, 2 pm 2/4 BGSU, Kent @ BSU, 2pm 2/13 Kent @ CMU, 2 pm 2/20 NIU @ Kent, 1 pm 3/3 BGSU @ Kent, 7 pm 3/10 EMU @ Kent, 7 pm

Northern Illinois (2-3, 0-3 MAC) 1/9 CMU (191.575), @ NIU (187.325), Winona St. ( 176.700), Wis.-Whitewater (169.700) 1/14 (@) BGSU (190.175), NIU (186.450) 1/16 (@) EMU (190.500), NIU (186.650) 1/23 WMU, Wisconsin-LaCrosse @ NIU, 2 pm 1/29 NIU @ Iowa, tba 2/6 George Washington @ NIU, 2 pm 2/13 BSU @ NIU, 2 pm 2/20 NIU @ Kent, 1 pm 2/26 NIU @ Illinois State, 2 pm 3/1 Illinois-Chicago @ NIU, 7 pm 3/11 Illinois State, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago @ NIU, 7 pm

Western Michigan (1-6, 0-0 MAC) 1/9 Illinois St. (189.425), Rutgers (187.125), @ WMU (186.825), Wis.-River Falls (157.950) 1/16 Mich. St. (193.125), Illinois St. (191.875), (@) Missouri (191.350), Kent (188.350), WMU (186.375) 1/23 WMU, Wisconsin-LaCrosse @ NIU, 2 pm 1/30 BGSU, Kent @ WMU, 2 pm 2/6 CMU, EMU, WMU, Mich. State @ Michigan Classic, 2 pm 2/11 WMU @ EMU, 7 pm 2/20 BSU @ WMU, 2 pm 2/26 WMU @ Pittsburgh, 3 pm 3/2 WMU @ Maryland, 2 pm 3/10 WMU, Rhode Island, Westchester @ Temple, 1 pm 3/11 WMU @ CMU, 2 PM