Gymnast of the Week
Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State, Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Christine Abou-Mitri eclipsed the 39-mark in the all-around for the second week. She had a combined total of 39.175, the second-best total in the MAC this season (.025 behind classmate Christina Lenny). She also claimed the floor and beam titles, matching a career-high of 9.850 on floor. Her 9.825 on bars was second only to teammate Erin Rothrock's 9.925 and helped Kent State record one of the best scores on bar totals in the country this weekend (only behind the top seven teams in the country). Kent State easily dispatched of George Washington Fri. (Jan. 29) 193.950-188.600.
Specialist of the Week
Erin Rothrock, Kent State, So., York, Pa./York Catholic
This past weekend, Rothrock recorded the best bar score in the conference since former Kent State Gymnast Kristin Peters completed a 9.925 routine during the 2007 season. Rothrock easily leads the conference, is fourth in the central region and 15th in the nation with an average of 9.850 on bars this season.
Gymnast of the Week Nominees
Tiffany Brodbeck, Ball State, Fr., Palm Harbor, Fla./Countryside
Tiffany Brodbeck helped Ball State to its second highest team score of the season in a dual meet at Northern Illinois . . . She tied for second on the beam with a career high 9.725 . . . Brodbeck also managed a career on the vault with a 9.650 and tied for fourth in that event . . . She finished her day with a 9.725 and a tie for fourth on the floor.
Kaset Fillmore, Bowling Green, So., Danielson, Connecticut / Killingly
BGSU's Kasey Fillmore helped the Falcons to their second straight MAC win, downing Western Michigan last Sunday 192.600-191.850. Fillmore finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.450. She scored a 9.725 on bars, 9.525 on beam, 9.700 on floor and 9.500 on vault.
Britney Taylor, Central Michigan, Fr., Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway
Britney Taylor won the all-around for the first-time in her collegiate career in Central Michigan's MAC opener at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Taylor finished with a 39.025, aided by first-place scores of 9.825 on both vault and balance beam. She also posted a solid 9.700 on uneven bars to finish tied for second in the dual meet. The Memphis, Tenn., native's all-around score is currently the third best in the MAC and the highest among all freshmen gymnasts. Her beam score was a season-best and is currently tied for the conference lead. She is also tied for the league lead on vault.
Erin Grigg, Eastern Michigan, Sr., North Bay, Ontario/Widdifield
Senior Erin Grigg tallied the Eagles' highest all-around score at home against Central Michigan, Jan. 30, as she finished third overall behind CMU's Katie Simon (38.900) and Taylor (39.025) with an all-around score of 38.650. Grigg carded consistent scores in every event, including a 9.750 on the vault, 9.550 on the bars, 9.625 on the beam, and a 9.725 in the floor exercise.
Holly Reichard, Northern Illinois, Jr., Palatine, Ill./Palatine Fremd
Cleared to compete as an all-arounder for the first time this season, Holly Reichard showed that she has not missed a beat while recovering from a foot injury as she earned an all-around score of 39.000 to win the all-around title. Reichard was a huge factor in the Huskies' victory over Ball State as she tied for first on the uneven bars with a career-best score of 9.825, won the balance beam crown with a season-best 9.825 and tied for second on floor exercise with a 9.775. She was competing on vault for the first time this season and on floor and beam for just the second week. Her 39.000 total ranks as the third-highest score in the MAC this season.
Meghan Donovan, Western Michigan, So., Garfield, Ohio (Garfield Heights)
Meghan Donovan recorded Western Michigan's best bars score this year, taking first in the event against Bowling Green Sunday. Her 9.825 on bars also went down as a career best. Donovan also competed on vault and floor, where both of her scores counted towards the team total. She placed fifth on vault with a 9.575, and had put up the same score on floor to take eighth.
Specialist of the Week Nominees
Morgan Coslow, Ball State, Fr., Louisville, Ky./Brown
Morgan Coslow tallied her first collegiate win with a career high 9.725 on the vault in Ball State's dual meet at Northern Illinois . . . Coslow defeated second place Natalie Blum of NIU, who tallied a 9.700 in the event . . . Coslow helped the Cardinals to a team score victory over the Huskies on the vault and to Ball State's second highest total team score of the season in the meet (191.500).
Sunny Marchand, Bowling Green, Fr., Pelham, New Hampshire
Sunny Marchand helped the Falcons down Western Michigan for their second consecutive MAC win by a score of 192.600-191.850. She finished first on the vault with a score of 9.725, while also recording a 9.600 on the floor exercise.
Kari Dieffenderfer, Central Michigan, Fr., Dawsonville, Ga./Veritas Classical
Kari Dieffenderfer had another strong week on the uneven bars. The freshman finished tied for second in the event with a 9.700, the second straight week she has scored 9.7 or above in the event. Dieffenderfer's mark helped the Chippewas post a season-high team score of 48.550 on the event for the second straight consecutive week on the apparatus as the Chippewas defeated Eastern Michigan in their MAC opener on Saturday.
Kristen Yourick, Eastern Michigan, So., Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva
Sophomore Kristen Yourick tallied a pair of impressive marks for the Eagles in the team's home opener against Central Michigan, Jan. 30, as her 9.725 in the floor exercise was good for fourth place, while her 9.525 mark on the bars placed 10th overall in the competition.
Ashley Guerra, Northern Illinois, So., Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg
Ashley Guerra earned her highest score of the year, and tied for the team's high score this year on uneven bars in the Huskies' victory over Ball State. Guerra tied teammate Holly Reichard for first place on the event with a 9.825 to help NIU to a season-high bars score of 48.650. In exhibition action, Guerra tallied a 9.675 on balance beam, that score would have placed her fifth in the competition had it counted.
Lindsey Wienckowski, Western Michigan, Fr., Aurora, Ill. (Rosary)
Competing in just her second meet, freshman Lindsey Wienckowski put up a very respectable 9.675 on her bars routine. It was the only event she competed in and her score was counted towards the team total. It finished eighth overall.