Bowling Green Sweeps MAC Gymnast and Specialist of the Week Honors

Updated 1/29/2007

Gymnasts and Specialist of the Week



Gymnast of the Week:


Megan Chronister

Bowling Green

Fr. ● (York Pa. /West York Area)



Chronister posted a 9.400 on bars, setting her career best thus far this season. Next on floor she finished with 9.475, again a career best for her on the season. On beam she finished second and landed a 9.575 again another career best and score that would help the Falcons hold the edge over Northern Illinois.


Other Nominees:


Katie Simon

Central Michigan

Fr. ● (Bristol, Wis. /Westosha)



Simon scored a career-best 38.600 and won the all-around competition as Central Michigan opened MAC action with a win at the Cardinal Classic at Ball State. She scored 9.775 on vault, 9.725 on floor exercise, and 9.550 on both uneven bars and balance beam. Simon finished in the top four among all competitors on every event.


Jill Kowalski

Kent State

Jr.  (Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North)



Kowalski led Kent State over Southeast Missouri this weekend, finishing first in the all-around and scoring well on all individual events.  She remained undefeated in the all-around with a season-best mark of 38.875.  Her individual scores were solid as well with tallies of 9.600 on vault, 9.750 on bars, 9.750 on beam and 9.775 on floor.  Her marks on bars and beam earned her second place finishes on both events.


Kelly Watson

Ball State

Sr. ● (Ravenna, Mich. /Allendale)



Watson helped the Cardinals to a 189.325 to 186.575 victory over Alaska Anchorage on Sunday afternoon at Irving Gym.  Watson captured first place on floor after scoring a 9.725.  Watson also won the all-around competition with a score of 38.450 which is a career best for the gymnast.  Watson took second place in her dazzling floor routine against Central Michigan on Friday after totaling a score of 9.750.




Jennifer Sturgis

Western Michigan

Sr. ● (Novi, Mich. /Novi)



Sturgis claimed the all-around title, also placing first on beam, in the WMU's first win of the season on Sunday, as the Broncos beat Eastern Michigan.  Sturgis totaled a score of 38.900 in the all-around event, while her high mark was 9.825 in the beam. Sturgis also landed marks of 9.650 (vault), 9.675 (bars) and 9.750 (beam).




Specialist of the Week:


Jholeen Ponce

Bowling Green

Jr. ● (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Daniel Melntyre Collegiate Institute) Bars/Beam/Vault


Ponce set another career best of 9.825 on the vault. With this score she shattered her last week’s career best of 9.750, and won the vault. With this score it ties her for fifth in all time vault scores at BGSU. Heading into the last event, beam, the Falcons held a slim lead, until Ponce stuck a 9.675 good enough to win her first. This score also ties her for seventh in the MAC beam scores.


Other Nominees:


Alexis Diaz

Central Michigan

Fr. ● (Southfield, Mich. /Berkley)

Vault, Floor Exercise


Diaz won the floor exercise and took fourth on the vault to help Central Michigan open its MAC schedule with a win at the Cardinal Classic at Ball State. She scored a career-high 9.800 on the floor exercise, highlighted by a perfectly executed full-twisting double back during a tumbling pass, and added a 9.675 on the vault.



Kristin Peters

Kent State

Jr. ● (Mainville, Ohio/Kings)



Peters remained undefeated on the season with a 9.800 first place effort on bars. She also finished tied for second on beam with a score of 9.750.


Jenna Tarkington

Ball State

Sr. ● (Kokomo, Ind. /Northwestern)



Tarkington scored a 9.775 which earned her first place honors and helped the Cardinals to their first victory in 2007 with a 189.325 to 186.575 victory over Alaska Anchorage.


Andrea Perini

Western Michigan

So. ● (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Sterling Heights)



Perini opened the Broncos' first home meet of the season with a career-best 9.85 in the vault. She tied for second with teammate Tonya Eckert in the floor exercise, with a personal-best 9.825. With the addition of her beam and bars scores, she totaled a second-place all-around score of 38.875, her first-ever outing in the competition.


Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois did not have any nominations.