MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 3/11/2010
Gymnast of the Week
Andrea de la Garza, Central Michigan, Jr., Macomb, Mich./Dakota

Competing with an injured leg, Andrea de la Garza put together one of the best performances of her career in the Chippewas' win over No. 23 Arizona State. De la Garza shared the all-around title with teammate Katie Simon behind a season-best 39.275, the top all-around score in the conference over the weekend. The score was de la Garza's highest since her freshman year. The junior posted a 9.800 or higher in all four events, headlined by a career-best 9.850 on bars. She also posted scores of 9.825 on beam and 9.800 on both vault and floor. Her consistent scores helped catapult the Chippewas in the national rankings as CMU enters this week ranked No. 23 in the country.

Specialist of the Week
Erin Rothrock, Kent State, So., York, Pa./York Catholic

Sophomore Erin Rothrock claimed her third bars title of the year with a 9.850 against 15th-ranked Kentucky. It was also her third meet of a 9.850 or better. Rothrock holds a .04 edge over her nearest competitor in the Mid-American with an average bar score of 9.807.

Additional Nominees
Sunny Marchand, Bowling Green, Fr., Pelham, NH

Freshman Sunny Marchand finished fourth on the vault with a score of 9.775, behind a trio of West Virginia Mountaineers and scored a 9.600 on the floor exercise to finish sixth.

Danielle Wishart, Bowling Green, Fr., Bethesda, Maryland
Danielle Wishart finished fourth on the vault with a 9.775, fourth on the balance beam (9.750) and 11th on the floor with a score of 9.250.

Emily LaFontaine, Central Michigan, Fr., Plymouth, Mich./Canton

Emily LaFontaine was one of the catalysts of the Chippewas' comeback victory over No. 23 Arizona State on Friday. With CMU down over three-tenths of a point, LaFontaine led off Central's floor rotation with a solid 9.775. Her performance set the tone for the Maroon and Gold as five gymnasts scored 9.700 or higher. CMU took the lead thanks to its season-best 49.075 floor score and never looked back as it finds itself ranked No. 23 in the country this week.

Kaylyn Millick, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Washington, Pa./Trinity
True freshman Kaylyn Millick had a career day at the California Davis Invite, March 5, posting the top all-around score of the meet (38.975) to lead EMU to a runner-up finish. Millick carded career-high marks of 9.850 on the balance beam and 9.775 on the vault, while also recording scores of 9.700 on the uneven parallel bars and a 9.650 in the floor exercise. Millick topped UC Davis' Tanya Ho, who finished second all-around with a 38.850. Millick tied for first on both the beam and vault, while finishing tied for ninth in the floor exercise and on the bars. Her 9.850 on the beam was the highest score posted in any event in the competition.

Mickayla Balow, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Blaine, Minn./Spring Lake Park

Competing in her first meet of the year due to injury, senior Mickayla Balow posted a 9.675 on the vault to finish tied for ninth at the University of California Invitational, March 5. Balow helped the Eagles finish second overall in the competition with a team score of 192.700.

Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State, Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Junior Christine Abou-Mitri recorded wins on beam (9.875) and in the all-around (39.275), her fifth meet of the year finishing above the 39-mark in the all-around. It was also her second-consecutive meet of a career-high 9.875 on beam. She helped Kent State record a career and 2010 Mid-American Conference high team score of 195.950, falling to 15th-ranked Kentucky by a tenth of a point (who also recorded a season-high on the season). For the season, Abou-Mitri is first in the conference, fifth in the very competitive Central Region and 29th in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 39.085 in the all-around, the highest RQS in the MAC since 2005.

Ashley Guerra, Northern Illinois, So., Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg
Guerra tied her season high (and the team season best score) on uneven parallel bars with a 9.825 to win the event at the NIU-UIC dual meet Saturday. Guerra has won the bars event in four meets this season. She added a 9.700 on balance beam to tie for third at the meet and tie for first on the Huskie team.