Co-Gymnast of the Week
Erin Grigg, Eastern Michigan, Sr., North Bay, Ontario/Widdifield
Senior Erin Grigg finished in the top three in every event against Western Michigan, Feb. 13, leading the Eagles to their first Mid-American Conference win of the season. Grigg finished first overall in the floor exercise after carding a 9.750, as she posted the top all-around score of the competition (38.450) to help pace EMU.Lydia Barrett, Kent State, Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Penfield
Lydia Barrett took home a pair of titles on vault and bars and took second on floor with season-highs on every event. She won on vault with a 9.825 while winning 0n bars with a personal best of 9.875. Barrett finished her meet with a 9.850 on floor. Kent State won a critical conference meet at Central Michigan 194.250-193.925 to improve to 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes have now defeated 15-straight conference opponents in regular season meets, dating back to 2007.
Specialist of the Week
Jessica Suder, Central Michigan, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Seneca Valley
In her third meet of the season, senior Jessica Suder put together a tremendous routine on balance beam to win the event against defending Mid-American Conference champion Kent State. Suder posted a season-best 9.800, over a tenth of a point higher than her previous season high. The senior's score is currently tied for the fifth-best in the MAC and was the highest posted by any league gymnast last week.
Additional Nominees for Gymnast of the Week
Breanne Guy, Bowling Green, Sr., Bradenton, Florida
Breanne Guy helped lead the Falcons to their fourth consecutive win, downing the Ball State Cardinals 191-575-190.475. Guy finished first in the all-around with a score of 38.375 and won the balance beam with a mark of 9.800.
Additional Nominees for Specialist of the Week
Bibiana Rodriguez, Ball State, Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/Maria Reina
Bibiana Rodriguez won the bars competition in Ball State's meet vs. Bowling Green Sunday with a 9.850 . . . The victory was the second straight in bars for Rodriguez, who also claimed the bars title at Illinois State with a career high 9.875 . . . Rodriguez helped the Cardinals to a 48.400 team total on the bars, which defeated the Falcons in that event, and was the second best Ball State team bar score of the season.
Monica Eaton, Bowling Green, Fr., Kearney, Mo.
In her lone event freshman Monica Eaton finished second on the bars with a score of 9.775, helping the Falcons to a 191.575-190.475 win over the Ball State Cardinals.
Sam Golden, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls
Senior Samantha Golden helped EMU capture its first MAC win of the season against Western Michigan, Feb. 13, as she posted a 9.375 on the vault and in the floor exercise. Golden's marks were good for fifth and eight, respectively.
Lauren Wozniak, Kent State, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Bishop Canevin
Wozniak helped Kent State edge Central Michigan 48.825-48.775 as the Golden Flashes upended the Chippewas in a critical road win 194.250-193.925, the 15th-straight MAC regular season win for Kent State. Wozniak, who received a 9.800 to finish third, has been the picture of consistency for KSU this season. She has received a 9.800 in four of five competitions this season, receiving a 9.775 in the fifth meet. She is third in the MAC and 16th in the Central Region with a season average of 9.795.