Specialist of the Week
Kyla Krygier, Central Michigan, Sr., Traverse City, MIch.
Krygier's career day led the Chippewas to a season-high score (195.350) and a victory over Northern Illinois. Krygier took first on bars with a 9.850 and second on beam with a 9.800. Both of those scores are career highs for the senior.
Gymnast of the Week
Breanne Guy, Bowling Green, Jr., Bradenton, Florida/Arkansas
Guy had her second straight record breaking meet leading the Falcons once again as they recorded a season high team score in two events and a season best team score, 193.750, BG’s highest score since the 2004-05 season. Guy won two of four events finishing in second in the other two events recording a 9.800 or better in every event. Guy captured her second consecutive all-around title with a career high 39.300, the third best score in program history and third best score in the MAC. Guy stuck a 9.825 and first place finish on vault, her second consecutive event win on vault and fourth of the season and tumbled her way to a career high 9.875 hitting every combination in her routine, tying the eighth best score in BG program history and leading the Falcons’ floor line-up to a season high 49.100 defeating No. 16 Ohio State on the event (48.145). She swung her way to a 9.800 and second place finish on bars leading the Falcon bar line-up to season best, 48.700, and recorded a second place finish in beam with a 9.800. Guy now ranks in the top six in every event in the MAC, floor (t-first), all-around (third), bars (t-third), vault (t-fourth), beam (t-sixth).
Additional Specialist of the Week Nominees
Brittney Emmons, Ball State, Fr., Pace, Fla./Tate
Emmons helped the Cardinals to a Mid-American Conference victory over Western Michigan Sunday with a first-place finish on the floor exercise and a second-place showing in the vault. The victory on the floor marked the third time this season Emmons has either won (twice) or tied for first (once).
Amber Brewer, Bowling Green, So., Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont
Brewer, ranked 27th in the region on bars and tied for the sixth best score in the MAC, recorded her third consecutive top-three finish this weekend swinging her way to a 9.775 and tied for a third place finish, tying her career high. Brewer helped lead the Falcon bar line-up to a season best 48.700, which helped the Falcons record a team season high of 193.750, BG’s highest team score since 2004-05. She has now landed in the top-three in four meets on the season with one first place finish, two second place finishes and one third place finish with a 9.650 or better in every meet.
Maureen Moss, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township
Moss had a stellar performance on the balance beam, carding a career-high 9.800 to tie for 10th place with Washington’s Kelly Gilbert and Illinois’ Nicole Cowart.
Brittany Kopp, Kent State, Jr., Cleveland, Ohio/Holy Name
At a meet with Northern Illinois (2/22), Kopp won on vault when she tied her career-high score of 9.875. She also tied for eighth on beam with a score of 9.625. Kopp helped lead the Golden Flashes to a 194.200-193.750 victory over the Huskies to keep KSU in first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 4-0 conference record. Kopp’s mark on vault ties her for the third-best score on vault in the MAC this season. She currently ranks fifth in the Mid-American Conference on vault with an RQS of 9.775 and fourth on beam (RQS-9.640).
Leah Johnson, Northern Illinois, Sr., Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS)
Johnson tied for second place in the floor exercise as NIU tallied its second-highest team score of the season versus Kent State. Johnson also scored well in the vault for the Huskies versus Kent State and versus Central Michigan as Northern Illinois competed on both Friday and Sunday this week.
Additional Gymnasts of the Week Nominees
Teresa Phipps, Ball State, Sr., Rocky Mount, N.C./Rocky Mount
Phipps, a fifth-year senior on the Ball State women's gymnastics team, placed first in the all-around with a 38.675 plus won the vault with a 9.775 and managed a second place finish on the floor with a 9.700 to lead the Cardinals to a Mid-American Conference win over Western Michigan in Worthen Arena. The vault victory was the second in that event for Phipps this season, while the all-around was also her second on the season in that event. Phipps has won or tied for first on individual events nine times this season.
Katie Simon, Central Michigan, Jr., Bristol, Wis.
Simon led the Chippewas to a season-high score of 195.350 as CMU defeated Northern Illinois last weekend. Simon won beam and the all-around while taking second on vault and bars. Her beam score of 9.850 was a career best.
Stacie Wood, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Brantford, Ontario/Brantford Collegiate Institute
Wood carded impressive marks at the Washington Invitational, Feb. 21, as her 9.525 on the bars and 9.700 on the balance beam were both career-highs.
Lydia Barrett, Kent State, Jr., Rochester, N.Y./Penfield
In a meet with Northern Illinois (2/22), Barrett finished second along with teammate Christina Lenny on vault (9.825), tied with three others for second on floor (9.775), and placed seventh on bars with a score of 9.600 as the Golden Flashes won the meet with a season-high 194.200 to 193-750 to remain in first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 4-0 conference record. She currently ranks fourth in the MAC on vault with an RQS of 9.785 and on floor (RQS-9.765) and seventh on bars (RQS-9.710).
Holly Reichard, Northern Illinois, So., Palatine, Ill./Fremd
In two meets this week, Reichard won a pair of events, took second in three more and added a third place and two fourth-place finishes. She earned her second-highest all-around score of the year in taking the title versus Kent State and was also first on bars and second on beam and floor exercise in that meet. At Central, she was second on floor, tied for third on vault and was fourth in the floor exercise. Reichard has claimed the all-around win in five of NIU's six meets this year.