Jules Passy of Central Michigan and Amy Presan of Kent State Garner MAC Gymnastics Awards

Updated 2/12/2007

Gymnast of the Week

 

Jules Passy

Central Michigan

Sr. ● (Ajax, Ontario/Northview Heights)

 

Passy became the first MAC gymnast to top 39.000 in the all-around this season, as she scored 39.025 in CMU's 195.125-192.775 win over Bowling Green on Sunday. She scored 9.850 on both balance beam and floor exercise, matching her season and MAC-high score on beam and posting a new season-high on floor. Passy won both those events and the all-around competition against BG. She added a 9.725 on uneven bars and a 9.600 on vault to help the Chippewas score season-highs on three events and post the top team score in the MAC in 2007.

 

Other Nominees:

 

 

Leah Johnson

Northern Illinois

So. ● (Glenview, Ill. /Glenbrook South)

 

Johnson recorded her best all-around score of the season with a 38.550 after solid performances on all four events in NIU’s dual meet versus Kent State.  Johnson tied for second place on the vault with a season-high score of 9.775, and then added a 9.625 on bars, tying for eighth on that event, and a 9.600 on the balance beam, good for fifth place. Johnson finished her day by posting her top score of the year on the floor exercise, a 9.550.

 

Morgan Balzer

Bowling Green

Fr. ● (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington)

 

Balzer competed for the second week in a row in the all-around.

Tonight she finished second in the all-around with a score of

38.675 placing her sixth all time in BGSU all-around scores.

She finished sixth on bars (9.725), eighth on vault (9.550), fifth on beam (9.750), and eighth on floor (9.650).

 

Jill Kowalski      

Kent State University      

Jr. ● (Carol Stream, Ill. /Glenbard North)

 

Kowalski took home her fourth all-around title of the season with a total score of 38.825.  She is currently undefeated in the all-around in MAC competition. She grabbed first place honors on beam where she tallied a score of 9.750, and finished tied for third on floor with a 9.750 as well.  Finally she gave a solid effort on bars with a 9.700 effort.

 

Jennifer Sturgis

Western Michigan

Sr. ● (Novi, Mich. / Novi)

 

Sturgis picked up two individual wins for the Brown and Gold against Illinois-Chicago this weekend, claiming first in the beam(9.800) and the all-around exercise (38.500). It was the third time this season Sturgis was able to capture the all-around crown.

 

 

Kelly Watson

Ball State

Sr. ● (Ravenna, Mich. /Allendale)

 

Watson was the lone Cardinal that competed in the all-around at the Texas Woman's University triangular.  Watson scored a 9.600 on vault, then hit her bars routine with a 9.475, she went on and scored a 9.650 beam.  She ended the day leading her teammates with the highest score on floor after posting a 9.725.  Watson's all-around score was 38.450.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialist of the Week

 

Amy Presan

Kent State        

Jr. ● (Scottsdale, Ariz. /Horizon)

 

Presan had a tremendous meet against the Huskies this weekend.  She earned her first-ever first place finish on bars with a career-high crushing effort of 9.875.  She also earned a personal-best on floor with a mark of 9.575.  Finally she put in a solid effort on beam finishing fourth with a score of 9.625.

 

Other Nominees:

 

Amy Ristvedt

Northern Illinois

Sr. ● (Alexandria, Minn. /Jefferson)

 

Two months ago, Amy Ristvedt was told her gymnastics career was over due to a potentially career-threatening injury.  Sunday, less than two weeks after being cleared by doctors to compete again, and just a week and a half after returning to practice, Ristvedt earned a score of 9.750 on vault.  Her score was good enough to take fourth place on the event in NIU’s dual meet versus Kent State and was just .025 off her career best score on that event. Ristvedt deserves consideration for the award, not just due to her score, but due to the amazing circumstances under which it was earned.

 

Katie Follett

Bowling Green

So. ● (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill)

 

Follett competed in two events for the Falcons and set two new career highs. First on bars she placed eighth with a score of 9.650. On beam she also scored a 9.650 and placed seventh.

 

 

Casey McGranahan

Western Michigan

So. ● (Galena, Nevada/Galena)

 

Casey McGranahan was top finisher for the Broncos in the floor exercise against UIC, tying for second with a season and career-high score of 9.775.

 

Alexis Diaz

Central Michigan

Fr. ● (Southfield, Mich. /Berkley)

 

Diaz scored a career-high 9.850 on the floor exercise and had another excellent performance on vault with a 9.725 as Central Michigan scored season-high totals on both events in a 195.125-192.775 win over Bowling Green on Sunday. Diaz' floor score matches a team high for CMU on that event and ranks third in the MAC among all gymnasts this season. She tied for first on the floor exercise and took third on the vault in the meet with BG.

 

Bibiana Rodriguez-Lockwood

Ball State

Fr. ● (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina)

 

Rodriguez-Lockwood posted a season and personal best on bars while placing third with a 9.625 individual total.