Eastern Michigan Takes Home First MAC Championship Title

Updated 3/31/2007
At the conclusion of the 27th annual MAC Gymnastics Championship, Eastern Michigan clinched its first MAC Championship Title in 26 years. EMU posted a score of 194.525 followed by Runner-up Kent State 194.275, Central Michigan 194.050, Ball State 193.400, Northern Illinois 192.950, Western Michigan 192.200 and Bowling Green 191.925. Jenna Tarkington, a senior from Ball State, took first place on the vault with a 9.825. Kristin Peters of Kent State snatched both bars ( 9.875) and beam (9.900) championship titles while fellow teammate Amy Cucinotta took first place honors on the floor exercise (9.850). Junior Jolene Worley of EMU took home the all-around title with a score of 39.175.

All-Mid-American Conference First Team Jenna Tarkington, Ball State Kristin Peters, Kent State Amy Cucinotta, Kent State Jolene Worley, Eastern Michigan Kelly Watson, Ball State

All-Mid-American Conference Second Team Laura Rogers, Central Michigan Katie Simon, Central Michigan Leah Johnson, Northern Illinois Jennifer Sturgis, Western Michigan Morgan Balzer, Bowling Green

Team Scores 1. Eastern Michigan 194.525 2. Kent State 194.275 3. Central Michigan 194.050 4. Ball State 193.400 5. Northern Illinois 192.950 6. Western Michigan 192.200 7. Bowling Green 191.925

Team Standing Top

Place  Team Score 
1  Eastern Michigan 194.525 
2  Kent State University 194.275 
3  Central Michigan University 194.050 
4  Ball State University 193.400 
5  Northern Illinois University 192.950 
6  Western Michigan University 192.200 
7  Bowling Green State University 191.925 

 


Eastern Michigan Home
Head Coach:  Steve Wilce Top

 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Michayla Balow     9.600  9.800   
 Tawna Bennett 9.800  9.650    9.775   
 Nicole Brostek       9.650   
 Jennifer Charlebois     9.675     
 Rebecca Fuss   9.750  9.700  9.725   
 Erin Grigg 9.725  9.700       
 Stefanie James 9.700         
 Monica Lucas 9.700  9.750  9.550     
 Duyen Zu Vuong 9.700  9.725  9.250  9.675  38.350 
 Jolene Worley 9.750  9.800  9.825  9.800  39.175 
 Team Totals 48.675  48.725  48.350  48.775  194.525 

 


Ball State University
Head Coach:  Lisa Simonton Top

 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Brittany George   9.275  9.550     
 Erica Gilkerson 9.650      9.675   
 Megan Howard   9.600    9.525   
 Brittani Ricks 9.475         
 Bibiana Rodriguez   9.725       
 Laura Shockey 9.375    9.700     
 Kristin Sprague   9.675  9.575  9.700   
 Jenna Tarkington 9.825      9.625   
 Alex Tuthill     9.700     
 Kelly Watson 9.700  9.750  9.700  9.750  38.900 
 Lauren West     9.700  9.625   
 Cobie Zuk 9.575  9.675       
 Team Totals 48.225  48.425  48.375  48.375  193.400 

 


Bowling Green State University
Head Coach:  Dan Connelly Top

 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Morgan Balzer 9.525  9.650  9.525  9.675  38.375 
 Jacque Bernhardt 9.725      9.525   
 Megan Chronister   9.500  9.500  8.925   
 Ashlee DeLeeuw 9.550  9.000       
 Katie Follett     9.600     
 Queenita Gamble 9.425    8.575     
 Rachel Gourley       9.650   
 Jholeen Ponce   9.525  9.600     
 Allison Swafford 9.700      9.675   
 Sakura Tomita   9.700       
 Jenna Wirtanen 9.000  9.550  9.725  9.600  37.875 
 Team Totals 47.925  47.925  47.950  48.125  191.925 

 


Central Michigan University
Head Coach:  Jerry Reighard Top

 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Whitney Burton       9.675   
 Alexis Diaz 9.650         
 Danielle Espinoza     9.825  9.800   
 Kyla Krygier   8.900       
 Jessica Neel 9.700  9.650  9.725     
 Jules Passy 9.650  9.125  9.050  9.800  37.625 
 Laura Rogers 9.675  9.725  9.750  9.700  38.850 
 Katie Simon 9.725  9.600  9.750  9.775  38.850 
 Sheena Smith 9.775  9.800       
 Jessica Suder     9.775  9.725   
 Team Totals 48.525  47.900  48.825  48.800  194.050 

 


Kent State University
Head Coach:  Brice Biggin Top

 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Lydia Barrett 9.700      9.625   
 Carly Conroy     9.800     
 Amy Cucinotta 9.650    9.250  9.850   
 Laci Hendress   9.200  9.700  9.800   
 Julie Huynh   9.750    9.600   
 Brittany Kopp 9.650         
 Jill Kowalski 9.600  9.025  9.750  9.725  38.100 
 Kristin Peters 9.275  9.875  9.900     
 Amy Presan   9.700  9.850     
 Rachel Stuck 9.775      9.750   
 Shawntelle Thompson   9.625       
 Team Totals 48.375  48.150  49.000  48.750  194.275 

 


Northern Illinois University
Head Coach:  Mark Sontag Top

 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Tiffany Anderson   9.675       
 Natalie Blum 9.500      9.650   
 Nicole Brugnoni   9.600       
 Meghan Cronin     9.600     
 Ashton Flora       9.475   
 Allison Holysz   8.950       
 Leah Johnson 9.775  9.675  9.600  9.600  38.650 
 Jessica Marston   9.500       
 Jennifer Naughton 9.750    9.525  9.725   
 Jennifer Rice     9.725  9.550   
 Amy Ristvedt 9.575         
 Jocelyn Sandoval 9.100         
 Amber Whitecotton 9.600    9.650  9.725   
 Jody Yednock   9.800  9.675     
 Team Totals 48.200  48.250  48.250  48.250  192.950 

 


Western Michigan University
Head Coach:  Terry Karwoski Top

 Gymnast Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  AllArr 
 Heather Carroll   8.650  9.050  9.700   
 Tonya Eckert     9.650  9.300   
 Shelby Gribeck 9.450  9.625  9.675     
 Courtney Lesson 9.750    9.625     
 Casey McGranahan 9.750         
 Keesha Olsen   8.850       
 Andrea Perini 9.750  9.575  9.125  9.725  38.175 
 Liz Prouty 9.550      9.775   
 Courtney Schmid   9.750    9.725   
 Jennifer Sturgis 9.725  9.650  9.600  9.625  38.600 
 Team Totals 48.525  47.450  47.675  48.550  192.200 

 


Vault Results Top

Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Jenna Tarkington  Ball State University 9.825 
2  Tawna Bennett  Eastern Michigan 9.800 
3  Sheena Smith  Central Michigan University 9.775 
3  Rachel Stuck  Kent State University 9.775 
3  Leah Johnson  Northern Illinois University 9.775 
6  Jolene Worley  Eastern Michigan 9.750 
6  Jennifer Naughton  Northern Illinois University 9.750 
6  Casey McGranahan  Western Michigan University 9.750 
6  Andrea Perini  Western Michigan University 9.750 
6  Courtney Lesson  Western Michigan University 9.750 
11  Jacque Bernhardt  Bowling Green State University 9.725 
11  Katie Simon  Central Michigan University 9.725 
11  Erin Grigg  Eastern Michigan 9.725 
11  Jennifer Sturgis  Western Michigan University 9.725 
15  Kelly Watson  Ball State University 9.700 
15  Allison Swafford  Bowling Green State University 9.700 
15  Jessica Neel  Central Michigan University 9.700 
15  Duyen Zu Vuong  Eastern Michigan 9.700 
15  Monica Lucas  Eastern Michigan 9.700 
15  Stefanie James  Eastern Michigan 9.700 
15  Lydia Barrett  Kent State University 9.700 
22  Laura Rogers  Central Michigan University 9.675 
23  Erica Gilkerson  Ball State University 9.650 
23  Jules Passy  Central Michigan University 9.650 
23  Alexis Diaz  Central Michigan University 9.650 
23  Amy Cucinotta  Kent State University 9.650 
23  Brittany Kopp  Kent State University 9.650 
28  Jill Kowalski  Kent State University 9.600 
28  Amber Whitecotton  Northern Illinois University 9.600 
30  Cobie Zuk  Ball State University 9.575 
30  Amy Ristvedt  Northern Illinois University 9.575 
32  Ashlee DeLeeuw  Bowling Green State University 9.550 
32  Liz Prouty  Western Michigan University 9.550 
34  Morgan Balzer  Bowling Green State University 9.525 
35  Natalie Blum  Northern Illinois University 9.500 
36  Brittani Ricks  Ball State University 9.475 
37  Shelby Gribeck  Western Michigan University 9.450 
38  Queenita Gamble  Bowling Green State University 9.425 
39  Laura Shockey  Ball State University 9.375 
40  Kristin Peters  Kent State University 9.275 
41  Jocelyn Sandoval  Northern Illinois University 9.100 
42  Jenna Wirtanen  Bowling Green State University 9.000 

 


Uneven Parallel Bars Results Top

Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Kristin Peters  Kent State University 9.875 
2  Sheena Smith  Central Michigan University 9.800 
2  Jolene Worley  Eastern Michigan 9.800 
2  Jody Yednock  Northern Illinois University 9.800 
5  Kelly Watson  Ball State University 9.750 
5  Monica Lucas  Eastern Michigan 9.750 
5  Rebecca Fuss  Eastern Michigan 9.750 
5  Julie Huynh  Kent State University 9.750 
5  Courtney Schmid  Western Michigan University 9.750 
10  Bibiana Rodriguez  Ball State University 9.725 
10  Laura Rogers  Central Michigan University 9.725 
10  Duyen Zu Vuong  Eastern Michigan 9.725 
13  Sakura Tomita  Bowling Green State University 9.700 
13  Erin Grigg  Eastern Michigan 9.700 
13  Amy Presan  Kent State University 9.700 
16  Cobie Zuk  Ball State University 9.675 
16  Kristin Sprague  Ball State University 9.675 
16  Leah Johnson  Northern Illinois University 9.675 
16  Tiffany Anderson  Northern Illinois University 9.675 
20  Morgan Balzer  Bowling Green State University 9.650 
20  Jessica Neel  Central Michigan University 9.650 
20  Tawna Bennett  Eastern Michigan 9.650 
20  Jennifer Sturgis  Western Michigan University 9.650 
24  Shawntelle Thompson  Kent State University 9.625 
24  Shelby Gribeck  Western Michigan University 9.625 
26  Megan Howard  Ball State University 9.600 
26  Katie Simon  Central Michigan University 9.600 
26  Nicole Brugnoni  Northern Illinois University 9.600 
29  Andrea Perini  Western Michigan University 9.575 
30  Jenna Wirtanen  Bowling Green State University 9.550 
31  Jholeen Ponce  Bowling Green State University 9.525 
32  Megan Chronister  Bowling Green State University 9.500 
32  Jessica Marston  Northern Illinois University 9.500 
34  Brittany George  Ball State University 9.275 
35  Laci Hendress  Kent State University 9.200 
36  Jules Passy  Central Michigan University 9.125 
37  Jill Kowalski  Kent State University 9.025 
38  Ashlee DeLeeuw  Bowling Green State University 9.000 
39  Allison Holysz  Northern Illinois University 8.950 
40  Kyla Krygier  Central Michigan University 8.900 
41  Keesha Olsen  Western Michigan University 8.850 
42  Heather Carroll  Western Michigan University 8.650 

 


Balance Beam Results Top

Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Kristin Peters  Kent State University 9.900 
2  Amy Presan  Kent State University 9.850 
3  Danielle Espinoza  Central Michigan University 9.825 
3  Jolene Worley  Eastern Michigan 9.825 
5  Carly Conroy  Kent State University 9.800 
6  Jessica Suder  Central Michigan University 9.775 
7  Katie Simon  Central Michigan University 9.750 
7  Laura Rogers  Central Michigan University 9.750 
7  Jill Kowalski  Kent State University 9.750 
10  Jenna Wirtanen  Bowling Green State University 9.725 
10  Jessica Neel  Central Michigan University 9.725 
10  Jennifer Rice  Northern Illinois University 9.725 
13  Lauren West  Ball State University 9.700 
13  Laura Shockey  Ball State University 9.700 
13  Alex Tuthill  Ball State University 9.700 
13  Kelly Watson  Ball State University 9.700 
13  Rebecca Fuss  Eastern Michigan 9.700 
13  Laci Hendress  Kent State University 9.700 
19  Jennifer Charlebois  Eastern Michigan 9.675 
19  Jody Yednock  Northern Illinois University 9.675 
19  Shelby Gribeck  Western Michigan University 9.675 
22  Amber Whitecotton  Northern Illinois University 9.650 
22  Tonya Eckert  Western Michigan University 9.650 
24  Courtney Lesson  Western Michigan University 9.625 
25  Katie Follett  Bowling Green State University 9.600 
25  Jholeen Ponce  Bowling Green State University 9.600 
25  Michayla Balow  Eastern Michigan 9.600 
25  Leah Johnson  Northern Illinois University 9.600 
25  Meghan Cronin  Northern Illinois University 9.600 
25  Jennifer Sturgis  Western Michigan University 9.600 
31  Kristin Sprague  Ball State University 9.575 
32  Brittany George  Ball State University 9.550 
32  Monica Lucas  Eastern Michigan 9.550 
34  Morgan Balzer  Bowling Green State University 9.525 
34  Jennifer Naughton  Northern Illinois University 9.525 
36  Megan Chronister  Bowling Green State University 9.500 
37  Duyen Zu Vuong  Eastern Michigan 9.250 
37  Amy Cucinotta  Kent State University 9.250 
39  Andrea Perini  Western Michigan University 9.125 
40  Jules Passy  Central Michigan University 9.050 
40  Heather Carroll  Western Michigan University 9.050 
42  Queenita Gamble  Bowling Green State University 8.575 

 


Floor Exercise Results Top

Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Amy Cucinotta  Kent State University 9.850 
2  Jules Passy  Central Michigan University 9.800 
2  Danielle Espinoza  Central Michigan University 9.800 
2  Michayla Balow  Eastern Michigan 9.800 
2  Jolene Worley  Eastern Michigan 9.800 
2  Laci Hendress  Kent State University 9.800 
7  Katie Simon  Central Michigan University 9.775 
7  Tawna Bennett  Eastern Michigan 9.775 
7  Liz Prouty  Western Michigan University 9.775 
10  Kelly Watson  Ball State University 9.750 
10  Rachel Stuck  Kent State University 9.750 
12  Jessica Suder  Central Michigan University 9.725 
12  Rebecca Fuss  Eastern Michigan 9.725 
12  Jill Kowalski  Kent State University 9.725 
12  Amber Whitecotton  Northern Illinois University 9.725 
12  Jennifer Naughton  Northern Illinois University 9.725 
12  Courtney Schmid  Western Michigan University 9.725 
12  Andrea Perini  Western Michigan University 9.725 
19  Kristin Sprague  Ball State University 9.700 
19  Laura Rogers  Central Michigan University 9.700 
19  Heather Carroll  Western Michigan University 9.700 
22  Erica Gilkerson  Ball State University 9.675 
22  Allison Swafford  Bowling Green State University 9.675 
22  Morgan Balzer  Bowling Green State University 9.675 
22  Whitney Burton  Central Michigan University 9.675 
22  Duyen Zu Vuong  Eastern Michigan 9.675 
27  Rachel Gourley  Bowling Green State University 9.650 
27  Nicole Brostek  Eastern Michigan 9.650 
27  Natalie Blum  Northern Illinois University 9.650 
30  Lauren West  Ball State University 9.625 
30  Jenna Tarkington  Ball State University 9.625 
30  Lydia Barrett  Kent State University 9.625 
30  Jennifer Sturgis  Western Michigan University 9.625 
34  Jenna Wirtanen  Bowling Green State University 9.600 
34  Julie Huynh  Kent State University 9.600 
34  Leah Johnson  Northern Illinois University 9.600 
37  Jennifer Rice  Northern Illinois University 9.550 
38  Megan Howard  Ball State University 9.525 
38  Jacque Bernhardt  Bowling Green State University 9.525 
40  Ashton Flora  Northern Illinois University 9.475 
41  Tonya Eckert  Western Michigan University 9.300 
42  Megan Chronister  Bowling Green State University 8.925 

 


All Around Results Top

Place  Gymnast  Team Score 
1  Jolene Worley  Eastern Michigan 39.175 
2  Kelly Watson  Ball State University 38.900 
3  Laura Rogers  Central Michigan University 38.850 
3  Katie Simon  Central Michigan University 38.850 
5  Leah Johnson  Northern Illinois University 38.650 
6  Jennifer Sturgis  Western Michigan University 38.600 
7  Morgan Balzer  Bowling Green State University 38.375 
8  Duyen Zu Vuong  Eastern Michigan 38.350 
9  Andrea Perini  Western Michigan University 38.175 
10  Jill Kowalski  Kent State University 38.100 
11  Jenna Wirtanen  Bowling Green State University 37.875 
12  Jules Passy  Central Michigan University 37.625 

 


Meet Judges Top

 Vault
 Judge 1 Jan Heppner-McConathy National
 Judge 2 Terri Cooper National
 Judge 3 Alice Porter National
 Judge 4 Barb Giulivo Level 10

 Uneven Parallel Bars
 Judge 1 Brenda Burman National
 Judge 2 Debbie Campbell National
 Judge 3 Janet Branchick National
 Judge 4 Becky Cox National

 Balance Beam
 Judge 1 Eileen Sheldon National
 Judge 2 Carol Arnaut National
 Judge 3 Stephanie Kuhlmann National
 Judge 4 Kimberly Dyer Level 10

 Floor Exercise
 Judge 1 Joyce Wallace National
 Judge 2 Sheryl DeWeerd National
 Judge 3 Nina Dent National
 Judge 4 Sue Kane National