MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 1/19/2010

MAC Gymnast of the Week
Kristine Garbarino, Western Michigan, Jr., Latham, N.Y. /Shaker
Kristine Garbarino continues to come into her own as an all-arounder, once again posting the highest all-around score in the MAC for the second-straight week. Totaling a 38.925, she won the AA title against Northern Illinois Sunday. The score is the highest posted by a competitor from the MAC in 2010 and ranks Garbarino in the top 50 nationally. The next highest score recorded from the conference is a 38.575. In addition to winning the all-around against the Huskies, Garbarino placed first in three out of four events, adding a top three finish. She went over 9.700 in all four events, winning the bars outright with a 9.725 and tied for first with a 9.700 on the vault and a 9.750 on the beam. She tallied a 9.750 on the floor to place third. Her scores set Western Michigan team season highs on vault, bars and beam. The 9.700 on vault tied a career high.


MAC Specialist of the Week
Natalie Sutter, Northern Illinois, Fr., Barberton, Ohio/Coventry
Natalie Sutter recorded the best scores of her young collegiate career by scoring a pair of 9.700s Sunday in NIU's comeback victory over Western MIchigan. Sutter tied senior teammate Natalie Blum with a 9.700 to claim a share of the vault title at the meet, and added a 9.700 on floor to take fourth as the Huskies overcame a 1.25 deficit after two rotations.

Gymnast of the Week Nominees
Brittney Emmons, Ball State, So., Tate, Fla./Pace
Brittney Emmons won the all-around competition in a meet at New Hampshire against the Wildcats, Utah State and Yale . . . Emmons posted a 38.525 to win the all-around competition . . . Her best event was the floor where she recorded a 9.900 final score, which included a perfect 10.0 score from one of the two judges . . . Emmons tied for second on the floor . . . She also placed fifth in the vault (9.725), 16th on the bars (9.500) and 17th on the beam (9.400) . . . Emmons led Ball State to a second place finish in the four team meet.

Cheryl Conlin, Central Michigan, Jr., Northville, Mich./Northville
Competing in her first meet of the season, Conlin won her first collegiate all-around competition with a score of 38.450. The junior began the meet with a bang, scoring a 9.750 on vault to finish in a third-place tie. She also finished third on the balance beam and fourth on uneven bars.

Christina Lenny, Kent State, Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville Broadview Heights
In her first meet of the year, Christina Lenny won the vault title for the 12th time in her collegiate career with a mark of 9.800. A returning NCAA championship qualifier, Lenny also finished second in the all-around with a combined total of 35.575, just .150 behind Alicia Talucci of Pittsburgh.


Natalie Blum, Northern Illinois, Sr., Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township
Senior Natalie Blum helped lead the Huskies comeback victory over Western Michigan Sunday with her performance as she recorded the best all-around score of her career with a 38.600 to take second in the all-around. Blum tied for first on both the vault and the floor exercise at the meet, recording a career best 9.825 on floor while anchoring the NIU line-up and posting a season-best 9.700 on vault. The Huskies trailed WMU by 1.25 points after two events but came back in final two events to earn the win.


Specialist of the Week Nominees
Bibiana Rodriguez, Ball State, Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/Maria Reina
Bibiana Rodriguez tied for third on the bars with a 9.775 score at Ball State's meet at New Hampshire with Utah State and Yale . . . Rodriguez, who advanced to the NCAA Central Regional last season on the bars, helped the Cardinals to a second place team finish in the four team event.

Darrian Tissenbaum, Central Michigan, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon
With several upper classmen returning to the lineup, Tissenbaum made her presence felt with her performance on vault. The freshmen posted a 9.750 to finish in a third-place tie, helping lead the Chippewas to a victory over Utah State and their second-straight 2-0 start.

Lauren Wozniak, Kent State, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Bishop Canevin
With Kent State behind Pittsburgh and West Virginia after two rotations, Kent State needed a strong vault performance to put pressure on the Mountaineers and Panthers. The Golden Flashes recorded the highest vault score of the night (48.675), thanks in part for the contributions of Lauren Wozniak. In her first performance of her collegiate career, she received a judges score of 9.800 to win her only event of the competition. She tied with junior teammate Christina Lenny.