MAC Gymnastics Weekly Release

Updated 2/8/2000

2000 Regular-Season Standings


 			MAC  		Overall
School 			W-L Pct. 	W-L  Pct.
Ball State 		3-0 1.000 	10-0 1.000
Central Michigan 	2-0 1.000 	7-5 .583
Western Michigan 	2-1 .667 	6-9 .400
Bowling Green 		2-3 .600 	5-5 .500
Kent 			1-1 .500 	5-4 .556
Eastern Michigan 	1-2 .333 	1-6 .143
Northern Illinois 	0-4 .000 	3-8 .273

Coming up in MAC Gymnastics:

February
11 WMU at EMU (Ypsilanti, Mich.) 7 pm
12 BGSU at New Hampshire Invitational (Durham, N.H.) 7 pm
13 BSU at NIU (DeKalb, Ill.) 2 pm Kent at CMU (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) 2 pm

Last Week in MAC Gymnastics:

February
3 BGSU (189.300), Centenary College (186.700)
4 BSU (193.925), Kent (193.850), BGSU (191.425)
5 BGSU (193.950), Rutgers (192.825), Cornell (183.950)
6 Michigan (196.425), MSU (194.325), WMU (192.375), CMU (191.650), EMU (188.900)

Missouri (193.800), Pittsburgh (192.775), Southeast Missouri St. (190.075), NIU (188.775)

Pepsi MAC 2000 Co-Gymnasts of the Week

Laura Szczepanski Ball State
(Sr., Leo, Ind.)

Szczepanski captured the all-around title for the fifth consecutive week with a career-best 39.175. She tied for first place on the beam with a career-high 9.825 and tied for first place on the floor with a season-best 9.850. She also placed third on the bars with a score of 9.80.

Marny Oestreng Bowling Green
(So., Trogstand, Norway)

Oestreng competed led Bowling Green as the Falcons competed in three meets in as many days last week. Against Ball State and Kent on Saturday, Jan. 5, Oestreng broke her own school record of 9.950 to win the vault competition. She also tied for first place on the bars with a 9.850. She finished fourth all-around with a score of 38.075. On Saturday, Feb. 5, against Cornell and Rutgers, Oestreng took a chunk of first place in all events. She won the vault (9.875), the beam (9.800), floor exercise (9.900) and tied for first place on the bars (9.825) en route to the all-around title (39.400). BGSU also earned a 189.300-186.700 win over Centenary College.

Other Nominees

Tammy Verrinder (CMU, Fr., London, Ontario) took second place on the vault with a school-record 9.90 at the Michigan Classic. She also tied for eighth place on the bars with a season-best 9.725 and tied for 14th place on the floor exercise with a score of 9.725. She posted CMU's top scores on the bars and vault on the afternoon.

Kristy High (Kent, Cortland, Ohio) led the Flashes for the second week in a row on the balance beam (9.825) and floor exercise (9.825). She scored 9.525 on the bars as well.

Anna Gardina (NIU, Fr., Gahanna, Ohio) led the Huskies to their best team score of the season with a career-best all-around score of 38.075, good for second place. She scored a career-best 9.750 on the beam and tied her best mark of 9.775 on the floor.

Jennifer Gleissner (WMU, Jr., Lenexa, Kan.) won the all-around competition at the Michigan Classic with a personal-best and a team season-best score of 38.700. She helped her team to school records on both the balance beam (9.800) and the floor exercise (9.775).

Team Notes and Top Performances

2000 Top Team Performances
Ball State improved its record to 10-0 overall with wins over Bowling Green and Kent on Friday, Feb. 4. The Cardinals scored a season-high team score of 193.925, the second-highest mark in school history. BSU also logged a season best on the bars at 48.800, which ranks No. 3 in the school annals. Ball State's 48.775 on the beam and 48.525 on the vault both rank second for the season.

Laura Szczepanski and Amy Bodus turned in one-two finishes all-around for the second straight week and for the fourth time in five weeks this season. The tandem tied for first place on the floor with season-high 9.850 marks. BSU also claimed top honors on the beam with identical scores of 9.825 by Szczepanski and Renee Planck and on the bars where Heather Berry tied for first place with a career-high 9.850 score.

CMU's freshman Tammy Verrinder led the Chippewas with a second-place finish on the vault, and a school-record tying mark of 9.90. She tied the record Selina Nickason set in 1997. Senior Nikki Liphardt tied for second place on the floor exercise with a score of 9.850, while sophomore Bethany Couturier tied for fourth place all-around at 38.050.

Kent scored season-highs on the vault (48.725) and beam (48.400), but scored just 48.100 on the bars. In her second meet of the season, sophomore Nena Wallace had a 9.850 on the vault.

Northern Illinois posted its highest team score of the season on Friday at the Cat Classic, hosted by the University of Missouri. Three Huskie gymnasts advanced to Saturday's individual finals. Freshman Lakisha Jones tied for third on the balance beam (9.625). NIU had its best team beam score on Friday (48.475) with four gymnasts hitting for marks of 9.700 or better. Jones tied her career-high (9.800) as did Reyna Gilbert (9.750) and Anna Gardina (9.750).

Western Michigan defeated MAC rivals Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan at the Michigan Classic on Sunday, Feb. 6. Michigan won the event with a score of 196.425, followed by Michigan State (194.325), WMU (192.375), CMU (191.650), and EMU (188.900). The Broncos' team score was the second-highest in WMU history. The squad also set school records on the beam (48.875) and the floor (48.875). WMU's Jennifer Gleissner won the all-around title with a personal-best 38.700.

Past Pepsi MAC 2000 Gymnasts of the Week
Feb. 8 Laura Szczepanksi, Ball State; Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Feb. 1 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Jan. 24 Lori Gerhardt, Western Michigan
Jan. 18 Anna Gardina, Northern Illinois
Jan. 11 Nicole Liphardt, Central Michigan

Past Gatorade Scholar Athletes of the Week
(Gymnastics Winners Only)
Feb. 8 Laura Szczepanski, Ball State
Jan. 19 Laura Szczepanski, Ball State

2000 Top Team Performances

(top-ten listed)
Vault
48.725 Kent 2/4
48.700 Central Michigan 2/6
48.650 Bowling Green 2/4
48.525 Ball State 1/21
48.525 Eastern Michigan 1/22
48.125 Western Michigan 2/6
48.100 Northern Illinois 1/23

Bars 48.900 Kent 1/21 48.875 Eastern Michigan 1/28 48.800 Ball State 2/4 48.575 Bowling Green 1/22 48.425 Western Michigan 1/30 48.400 Central Michigan 1/14 47.825 Northern Illinois 1/29

Beam 48.875 Western Michigan 2/6 48.775 Ball State 1/9 48.500 Central Michigan 1/28 48.475 Northern Illinois 2/5 48.400 Kent 2/4 48.325 Bowling Green 1/29 48.200 Eastern Michigan 1/16

Floor 49.025 Bowling Green 2/5 48.975 Eastern Michigan 1/22 48.950 Kent 1/21 48.875 Western Michigan 2/6 48.850 Central Michigan 1/28 48.400 Ball State 1/21 47.925 Northern Illinois 1/16

Best Team Scores 194.675 Kent 1/21 193.950 Central Michigan 1/28 193.950 Bowling Green 2/5 193.925 Ball State 2/4 192.375 Western Michigan 2/6 190.725 Eastern Michigan 1/28 188.475 Northern Illinois 2/4

2000 Top Individaul Performances

(top-ten listed)

Vault (MAC Record: 10.000, Shelly Stambaugh, Kent, 1997) 9.950 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 2/4 9.900 Tammy Verrinder (CMU) 2/6 9.875 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 1/22 9.850 Nena Vallee (Kent) 2/4 9.825 Katie Pokrana (Kent) 1/21 9.775 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 1/14 9.775 Kim Cromer (BSU) 1/21 9.775 Laura Hale (NIU) 1/22 9.775 Amber Curry (BGSU) 2/4 9.750 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/14 9.750 Michele Orloski (CMU) 1/22 9.750 Jamie Kent (BGSU) 2/5

Bars (MAC Record: 9.950, Marny Oestreng, BGSU, 1999; Susie Stadelman, 2000) 9.950# Susie Stadelman (Kent) 1/21 9.900 Heather Langham (Kent) 1/21 9.900 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 1/22 9.850 Sarah Nelson (CMU) 1/28 9.850 Heather Berry (BSU) 2/4 9.825 Sarah Grealis (BGSU) 1/22 9.800 Courtney Vojtasek (BSU) 1/21 9.800 Renee Planck (BSU) 1/21 9.800 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/22 9.800 Courtney Harless (BSU) 1/28 9.800 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 2/4

Beam (MAC Record: 10.000, Shannon Gallagher, Kent, 1996) 9.875 Sara Trudeau (WMU) 2/6 9.850 Laura Hale (NIU) 1/9 9.850 Laura Szczespanski (BSU) 1/14 9.850 Kelly Lovejoy (Kent) 1/21 9.825 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 1/9 9.825 Autumn Hansen (CMU) 1/9 9.825 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/28 9.825 Kristy High (Kent) 1/30 & 2/4 9.825 Renee Planck (BSU) 2/4 9.800 Lakisha Jones (NIU) 1/9 & 2/4 9.800 Andrea Ruhe (WMU) 1/16 9.800 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 1/28 9.800 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/28

Floor (MAC Record: 9.975 Nicole Liphardt, CMU, 1999 and Selina Nickason, CMU, 1998) 9.900 Jill Mackey (Kent) 1/21 9.900 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/28 9.900 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 2/5 9.875 Cristin McClellan (BGSU) 2/5 9.850 Sara Wasilenko (EMU) 1/22 9.850 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 1/22 9.850 Kristen Totten (EMU) 1/22 9.850 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 2/4 9.850 Amy Bodus (BSU) 2/4 9.825 Melinda Francis (Kent) 1/21 9.825 Rache Hall (BGSU) 1/22 9.825 Gina Black (CMU) 1/22 9.825 Kristy High (Kent) 1/30

All-Around (MAC Record: 39.625, Michelle Naessig, Kent, 1997) 39.400 Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 1/28 39.175 Nikki Liphardt (CMU) 1/28 39.175 Laura Szczepanski (BSU) 2/4 39.025 Bethany Couturier (CMU) 1/22 38.900 Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 1/22 38.875 Amy Bodus (BSU) 1/28 38.825 Jenny Eckel (Kent) 2/4 38.700 Jennifer Gleissner (WMU) 2/6 38.575 Lori Gerhardt (WMU) 1/23 38.275 Reyna Gilbert (NIU) 1/9

# Ties a MAC record

MAC in the NCAA

(top-25, as of Feb. 1)
Team Score
19.  BSU   193.0437

All-Around T5. Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 39.400

Vault Team 19. BSU 48.3312 22. CMU 48.2750 23. EMU 48.3525 Individual T8. Natalie Hashimoto (EMU) 9.8500

Bars Team 16. BSU 48.3937 Individual T9. Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 9.8750 T9. Susie Stadleman (Kent) 9.8750

Beam Team 13. BSU 48.2875 Individual T24. Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 9.800 T24. Andrea Ruhe (WMU) 9.800

Floor Team 24. CMU 48.4750 Individual T7. Marny Oestreng (BGSU) 9.8750 T23. Nicole Liphardt (CMU) 9.8437

2000 MAC Gymnastics Scoreboard

Ball State
(10-0, 3-0 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 (192.325) @ Illinois State (191.675), SE Missouri St. (187.100)

1/28 @ BSU (193.325), EMU (190.725) 2/4 BSU (193.925), Kent (193.850), BGSU (191.425) 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
(5-5, 2-3 MAC)

1/14 @ BGSU (190.175), NIU (186.450) 1/22 @ BGSU (191.250), EMU (190.475) 1/28 CMU (193.950), @ BGSU (192.850) 1/30 Kent (192.325), @ WMU (191.075), BGSU (189.325) 2/3 BGSU (189.300), Centenary (186.700) 2/4 BSU (193.925), Kent (193.850), BGSU (191.425) 2/5 BGSU (193.950), Rutgers (192.825), Cornell (183.950) 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
(7-5, 2-0 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 @ CMU (193.400), Missouri (190,500) 1/28 CMU (193.950), @ BGSU (192.850) 2/6 Michigan (196.425), Mich. St. (194.325), @ WMU (192.375), CMU (191.650), EMU (188.900) 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
(1-6, 1-2 MAC)

1/16 	@ EMU (190.500), NIU (186.650)
1/22 	@ BGSU (191.250), EMU (190.475)
1/28 	@ BSU (193.325), EMU (190.725)
2/6 	Michigan (196.425), Mich. St. (194.325), @ WMU (192.375),
  	CMU (191.650), EMU (188.900)
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
(5-4, 01-1 MAC)

1/16 	Mich. St. (193.125),  Illinois St. (191.875), (@) Missouri
	(191.350), Kent (188.350), WMU (186.375)
1/21 	@ Kent (194.675),  Pittsburgh (192.275)
1/30 	Kent (192.325), @ WMU (191.075), BGSU (189.325)
2/4 	@ BSU (193.925), Kent (193.850), BGSU (191.425)
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
(3-8, 0-4 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 (189.450), (@) NIU (185.950), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (179.350)
1/29 	@ Iowa (192.100), NIU (187.325)
2/6 	@ Missouri (193.800), Pittsburgh (192.775),
  	Southeast Missouri St. (190.075), NIU (188.775)
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
(6-9, 2-1 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 (189.450), @ NIU (185.950), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (179.350) 1/30 Kent (192.325), @ WMU (191.075), BGSU (189.325) 2/6 Michigan (196.425), Mich. St. (194.325), @ WMU (192.375), CMU (191.650), EMU (188.900) 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