Bowling Green, Ohio- All seven MAC gymnastics teams will look to take home the gold at the 2010 MAC Gymnastics Championship hosted by Bowling Green State University.
The field of seven starts off with nationally ranked Central Michigan. The Chippewas finished regular season with an overall record of 11-2 and a mark of 5-1 against conference opponents. Twenty-third ranked Central Michigan is led into the MAC Championship by senior Senior Gymnast of the Year Katie Simon. Simon leads the league in uneven bars with a regional qualifying score of 9.860, ranks second in all-around (39.110), vault (9.840) and beam (9.785) and third on floor (9.840).
The Kent State Golden Flashes look to repeat as MAC Champions for the third straight year. Kent State enters the MAC Championships with an overall record of 8-3. The Golden Flashes are undefeated against other MAC Schools with a 6-0 record and claiming the outright their fourth straight MAC Regular Season Title. Leading the Golden Flashes is Gymnast of the Year Junior Christine Abou-Mitri. She currently leads the conference in two events in regional qualifying score. She has an RQS of 9.840 on beam (0.055 ahead of Central Michigan's Katie Simon), but the deficit becomes much larger when looking at average score. With an average of 9.803, Abou-Mitri leads the next nearest competitor (Kaylyn Millick of Eastern Michigan) by a jaw-dropping .125. She also leads the all-around with an RQS of 39.125.
Host Bowling Green comes into Saturday's action with a 5-7 overall and 4-2 MAC record. The four conference wins are the most by BGSU since the 2001-02 team went 6-0. BGSU is coming off its strongest performance of the year, scoring 194.375 in a loss to Central Michigan last Sunday at home. The Falcons' team score was their highest in over five years as they posted a season-best, or close to, in all four events versus the Chippewas.
Eastern Michigan enters the MAC Championships with a 2-4 conference record and a 7-9 record overall. The Eagles are coming off a season-high team score of 193.425 at Ball State University last week. Last week at Ball State, true freshman Kaylyn Millick registered her third consecutive all-around win, posting a career-high all-around score of 39.000 against the Cardinals. Millick carded a career-high 9.825 in the floor exercise to finish tied for third, while taking second on the balance beam (9.725), fifth on the bars (9.675), and third on the vault (9.775).
Northern Illinois enters the championship 10-7 overall on the year and are 2-4 against conference foes. The Huskies are coming off a second-place finish at the Illinois Classic as they finished behind only 13th-ranked Illinois last Saturday at Illinois State. NIU posted its second highest team score of the year with a 192.650 while earning their best vault score of the season to overtake UIC in the final rotation. Ashley Guerra became the first NIU gymnast to earn the Specialist of the Year Award, which goes to a league athlete who competes in two or less events. Guerra has twice earned Northern Illinois' team-high score of 9.825 on uneven parallel bars and has won the bars event at five of NIU's 10 competitions this season.
The Ball State Cardinals enter the MAC Championships with an overall record of 5-11. The Cardinals are coming off a MAC win over Eastern Michigan last Sunday and enter the MAC Championships as the third highest ranked team in the NCAA Central Regional Rankings. Ball State is led by three gymnasts -- Tiffany Brodbeck, Brittney Emmons and Bibiana Rodriguez -- who are ranked regionally and nationally in the latest statistics.
Western Michigan finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-15 and a conference record of 1-5. Junior all-arounder Kristine Garbarino has been the Broncos' top competitor this season and is one of only seven from the MAC to score over 39.000 in the all-around. Competing as an all-arounder for the first season of her career is redshirt sophomore Meghan Donovan, who has emerged as the team leader on the uneven bars. Senior Liz Prouty is the third all-arounder in the Bronco line-up. She as well as fellow senior Tonya Eckert have provided leadership to the youthful Bronco bunch.
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