MAC Announces Final Gymnast Of The Week Honoree

Updated 3/19/2002

March 19, 2002

MAC GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

Heather Langham, Kent State
Senior - Concord, Ohio

Langham claimed the top honor on three events, including a season-high 39.525 in the all-around. Contributing to the new MAC all-around season high was a first-place bars score of 9.925 and a first-place tying mark on the floor with another 9.925. Langham rounded out her events with a fifth place finish on the vault (9.825) and a second place finish on the beam (9.850). Langham matched her career high scores on both the bars and beam and won her eighth floor title of the ten KSU meets this season.

OTHER STANDOUT PERFORMANCES

Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green
Senior - Trugsted, Norway

Oestreng won the all-around competition in Bowling Green's record-setting victory over Pittsburgh. Oestreng claimed a 39.350 in the all-around after posting first-place finishes on the vault (9.875) and floor (9.900). Rounding out her four event score was a third place finish on the bars, with a 9.775, and a fifth place mark on the beam, as she posted a 9.800. Behind Oestreng's triple-winning night, the 2002 squad became the winningest team in Bowling Green gymnastics history.

Sarah Dame, Central Michigan
Junior - Maple City, Michigan

Dame took home first-place in the all-around competition with a 39.025. Dame posted a career-high 9.900 on the floor exercise to win the event. She also finished fourth on the beam (9.725), tied for fourth on the vault (9.700) and eighth on the bars (9.700). This marked the second time this season that Dame has won the all-around competition, scoring over a 39.000 three times this year.

PAST 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 04--Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan
March 11--Sara Wasilenko, Eastern Michigan
March 18--Heather Langham, Kent State

2002 REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS

School (Overall) MAC
Bowling Green (17-1) 6-0
Central Michigan (11-9) 4-2
Kent State (9-5) 4-2
Ball State (13-12) 3-3
Eastern Michigan (12-6) 3-3
Western Michigan (7-14-1) 1-5
Northern Illinois (4-15) 0-6

TEAM NOTES

Ball State: The Cardinals concluded their 2002 season with a 195.200-194.425 loss to Central Michigan. Ball State registered a season-high 48.950 on the bars, which ranks fourth in the BSU all-time record books. Renee Planck logged her fourth title of the season on bars, with a 9.850. Tying her for the title was teammate Cassie Anthony, who set a season-high tally on the event. Amy Bodus competed in the all-around for just the fourth time this season and finished third, with a 38.075. Jessica Surridge earned the runner-up position on the vault, with a 9.750. Courtney Vojtasek and Lindsey Kohout rounded out the Cardinals scoring on bars with a tying fifth-place finish (9.775).

Bowling Green: Bowling Green set a new school record for total wins in a season, posting its 17th victory of the season with a 194.925-194.275 margin over Pittsburgh. The Falcons' 17-1 mark tops the 1978-79 squad, who previously held the winningest mark with a 16-2 slate. BGSU captured first-place titles from Marny Oestreng (vault-9.875, floor-9.900 and all-around-39.350) and Mindy Untch (bars-9.875). Untch led a trio of Falcons to the top spots on the beam, with Kari Elste and Oestreng following. Untch was also the Falcons' top finisher on the beam, with a second-place mark of 9.875. The Falcons completed the conference schedule with a perfect 6-0 mark.

Central Michigan: CMU finished the regular season with a victory over Ball State to claim second-place in the MAC standings heading into the championships. The Chippewas claimed the top two spots in the all-around competition, with Sarah Dame garnering first (39.025) and Kara Reighard taking second (38.625). Central Michigan took the top honor in every event. Shanna Duggan won the vault, with a 9.800, Sara Burtinsky tied for first on bars (9.850), Michele Orloski took first on beam, posting a 9.850, and Dame won the floor, behind a 9..900 mark. The team has hit a mark of 195.000 or better four times this season, including their 195.200 against Ball State.

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles had the weekend off from competition.

Kent State: The Golden Flashes made history on March 15, setting a school record team total of 196.900, as they defeated George Washington (195.600). Kent State also recorded high event marks to put the 2002 squad among the top four in three other categories. KSU finished third all-time on vault (49.200), fourth on bars (49.200) and tied for third on beam (49.125). Kent State's marks on the vault, bars and team total lead the conference this season. KSU claimed four of the five event titles, with Heather Langham capturing three (bars-9.925, floor-9.925, and all-around-39.525). April Zentko captured the beam with a 9.900.

Northern Illinois: Northern Illinois competed in a pair of meets this past week, finishing fourth at the Arizona Quad and second at the State of Illinois Classic. The Huskies had their best performance of the season, with a 193.875 to take second place at the State of Illinois Classic. In the process, NIU set two season-high marks with its 48.225 on bars while scoring a 48.550 on beam. The victories over Illinois State and Illinois upped Northern Illinois' win total to four - the most since an eight-win 1999 campaign. Freshman Kristina Campos continued to lead the Huskies, as she finished second in the all-around with a 39.025. She placed fifth on the vault (9.700) and on the bars (9.825). Fellow freshman Lisanna Goldschen, who sat out most of the beginning of the season with injuries, set two career-high marks on the beam (9.775) and floor (9.725)

Western Michigan: Western Michigan fell 193.400-191.000 to Southeast Missouri State at the conclusion of its spring break road trip. Against SEMO, the vaulters had the best team success, earning a team mark of 48.300. Christy Sassic led the team with a 9.750, tying her season personal best. Senior Kristen Maul led the Broncos on beam with a 9.850 and Julia Haines-LaPenta scored a pair of 9.750 marks on the beam and floor. The 191.000 marked the squad's lowest point total since February 17, as WMU had cracked the 194.000 point barrier in each of its last two meetings.

Mid-American Conference: The 2002 Mid-American Conference Gymnastics Championships will be held on March 23 at 2:00 p.m., at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University. Last season, Kent State won its eighth championship, setting a new MAC Championship meet team score of 195.675. Kent State or Central Michigan has won the MAC title for the past 14 years, with each school holding eight titles overall. The last non-CMU or KSU squad to win a MAC Championship was the 1987 Western Michigan squad. Bowling Green's Marny Oestreng will be looking to add to her MAC-leading eight career victories.

TOP TEAM PERFOMANCES

Vault
49.225 Kent State 1/18
49.025 Eastern Michigan 3/8
48.925 Bowling Green 2/17
48.900 Ball State 2/15
48.875 Central Michigan 2/24
48.625 Northern Illinois 3/1
48.525 Western Michigan 3/5 & 3/15

Bars
49.200 Kent State 3/15
49.175 Bowling Green 3/1
48.950 Ball State 3/16
48.850 Central Michigan 2/3
48.825 Eastern Michigan 3/8
48.600 Western Michigan 2/17
48.225 Northern Illinois 3/16

Beam
49.250 Central Michigan 3/1
49.125 Kent State 3/15
49.050 Western Michigan 3/5
48.850 Eastern Michigan 3/8
48.825 Ball State 2/15
48.800 Bowling Green 3/16
48.550 Northern Illinois 3/16

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

Team
196.900 Kent State 3/15
195.975 Bowling Green 3/8
195.725 Central Michigan 2/24
195.250 Eastern Michigan 3/8
194.825 Ball State 2/15
194.500 Northern Illinois 3/10
194.500 Western Michigan 3/5

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 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 3/8
9.950 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/18
9.900 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 1/13
9.900 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.875 Katie Pokrana, Kent State 3/15
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 Leah Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 3/8
9.850 Jessie James, Kent State 3/15
9.850 Earline Feugill, Kent State 3/15
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 & 3/8
9.825 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 3/5
9.800 Amy Bodus, Ball State 1/20
9.800 Jamie Swisher, Ball State 2/15
9.800 Jenny Gantt, Ball State 2/17
9.800 Kathy Emerson, Bowling Green 3/8
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
9.800 Anne Gardina, Northern Illinois 3/1
9.775 Kristen Bohdan, Kent State 2/17
9.775 Heather Langham, Northern Illinois 3/1
9.750 Kim Cromer, Ball State 1/11
9.750 Deanna Knight, Eastern Michigan 3/8
9.750 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.750 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 3/5
9.750 Chisty Sassic, Western Michigan 3/5 & 3/15
9.725 Michele Orlowski, Central Michigan 2/24
9.700 Kristin DiPietro, Bowling Green 3/8
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 Stephanie Sams, Bowling Green 3/8
9.675 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 2/3
9.650 Annie Adkins, Western Michigan 1/20

Bars
(MAC Record: 9.950 - Susie Stadelman, KSU, 2000, Marny Oestreng, BGSU, 1999)

9.925 Heather Langham, Kent State 3/15
9.900 Jenny Eskel, Kent State 3/15
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 Mindy Untch, Bowling Green 3/8 & 3/16
9.875 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/3
9.875 Jana Heitmeyer, Kent State 3/15
9.875 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 3/10
9.850 Cassie Anthony, Ball State 3/16
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 Sarah Nelson, Central Michigan 3/1
9.850 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/16
9.825 Lindsey Kohout, Ball State 2/15
9.825 Ann Marie Kassouf, Bowling Green 2/11 & 3/8
9.825 Melissa Popovich, Bowling Green 3/8
9.825 Laura McLaren, Central Michigan 2/16
9.825 Danielle Dacey, Northern Illinois 3/10
9.825 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 2/24
9.800 Courtney Vojtasek, Ball State 1/25
9.800 Stephanie Sams, Bowling Green 2/9
9.800 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 3/1
9.800 Chrissy Jones, Eastern Michigan 3/8
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 Lindsey Gamrod, Eastern Michigan 3/8
9.775 Jessie James, Kent State 3/15
9.775 Morgan Wiland, Kent State 2/10
9.775 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 3/3
9.775 Stacey Watson, Western Michigan 2/17
9.750 Lindsey Kohout, Ball State 1/11
9.725 Catherine O'Keefe, Eastern Michigan 2/17
9.725 Missy Thompson, Eastern Michigan 3/2
9.725 Nicole Berends, Western Michigan 1/17

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

9.950 Bethany Couturier, Central Michigan 3/1
9.900 Shanna Duggan, Central Michigan 3/9
9.900 April Zentko, Kent State 3/15
9.900 Kristin Maul, Western Michigan 3/5
9.875 Quiana Williams, Ball State 2/15
9.875 Renee Planck, Ball State 2/15
9.875 Mindy Untch, Bowling Green 3/16
9.875 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/27
9.875 Sarah Nelson, Central Michigan 3/1
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 Jennie Spindler, Eastern MIchigan 3/8
9.850 Jessie James, Kent State 2/10
9.850 Heather Langham, Kent State 2/17 & 3/16
9.850 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 3/1
9.850 Laura Ransing, Western Michigan 3/5
9.825 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 3/8
9.825 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 1/19
9.825 Jenika Faes, Eastern Michigan 2/17
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 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 3/1
9.800 Chrissy Jones, Eastern Michigan 3/8
9.800 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
9.800 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/18
9.800 Katie Pokrana, Kent State 3/15
9.800 Sara Trudeau, Western Michigan 1/27
9.775 Courtney Vojtasek, Ball State 2/8
9.775 Sara Wesilenko, Eastern Michigan 3/2 & 3/8
9.775 Anna Gardina, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.775 Lisanna Goldschen, Northern Illinois 3/16
9.775 Tristin Thomas, Western Michigan 1/6
9.750 Ann Marie Kassouf, Bowling Green 2/24
9.750 Missy Thompson, Eastern Michigan 2/28 & 3/8
9.750 Colleen Montag, Kent State 3/1
9.725 Amy DeYoung, Western Michigan 1/6
9.700 Jenika Faes, Eastern Michigan 3/8
9.700 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 2/15
9.700 Annie Adkins, Western Michigan 1/20
9.675 Emily Gray, Bowling Green 3/8
9.675 Missy Thompson, Eastern Michigan 2/3
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 & 3/15
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 Pia Sjovall, Bowling Green 3/8
9.900 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 3/16
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 Leah Hashoimoto, Eastern Michigan 2/28, 3/2, 3/8
9.875 Earline Feugill, Kent State 1/18
9.875 Laura Ranisng, Western Michigan 3/3 & 3/8
9.875 Julia Haines-LaPenta, Western Michigan 3/8
9.875 Sara Trudeau, Western Michigan 3/3 & 3/8
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 Ann Marie Kassouf, Bowling Green 3/8
9.850 Tiffani Berra, Central Michigan 2/16
9.850 Laura McLaren, Central Michigan 3/16
9.850 Keri Saint, Northern Illinois 2/3
9.825 Courtney Vojtasek, Ball State 3/8
9.825 Tammy Verrinder, Central Michigan 2/16
9.825 Tristin Thomas, Western Michigan 3/8
9.800 Merideth Fazio, Kent State 2/17
9.800 Kristin Bohdan, Kent State 3/15
9.800 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 3/16
9.775 Jamie Irwin, Ball State 1/25
9.775 Kristen Totten, Eastern Michigan 2/8
9.775 Sarah Benninghoff, Eastern Michigan 2/28 & 3/8
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)

39.525 Heather Langham, Kent State 3/15
39.400 Marny Oestreng, Bowling Green 3/8
39.325 Kara Reighard, Central Michigan 2/24
39.325 Natalie Hashimoto, Eastern Michigan 1/18
39.300 Jessie James, Kent State 3/15
39.200 Sarah Dame, Central Michigan 2/16
39.100 Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois 3/1
39.075 Jenny Eckel, Kent State 1/20
38.875 Amy Bodus, Ball State 1/20
38.850 Rosa Marafioti, Northern Illinois 3/10
38.800 Anna Gardina, Northern Illinois 3/10
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
37.900 Sara Burtinsky, Central Michigan 1/13