MAC Announces Gymnast And Specialist Of The Week

Updated 1/15/2008

Gymnast of the Week

Jill Kowalski
Kent State
Senior ● Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North)

Kowalski competed in a tri-meet at Pittsburgh and won the beam with a career personal-best mark of 9.800. She finished second among KSU gymnasts and fifth overall on bars with a 9.750 score. On floor, Kowalski received a 9.725 to finish tied for second among all KSU gymnasts and ninth overall.

Other Nominations:
Breanne Guy, Bowling Green

With Guy's all-around score of 38.450 that places her sixth in the top all-around performances in Falcon history. Her vault score places her tied for seventh in the top vault performances.

Katie Simon, Central Michigan
Simon was CMU's top performer of the weekend, finishing second in the all-around in both meets. Versus No. 8-ranked Oklahoma, Simon finished just .050 of a point behind five-time all-american Kiara Redmond-Sturms. She was CMU's top performer in two events, bars and floor, with her finishes overall finish a tie for third on the bars. At Illinois State Simon tallied the top all-around and bars score for CMU. She also recorded CMU's second-best score on beam and floor versus ISU.

Erin Doucey, Western Michigan
Erin Doucey took second place with a strong performance in the all-around against Big Ten opponent Michigan State in her first collegiate meet, scoring a 38.100. Two days later, Doucey helped the Broncos open the MAC season with a win, defeating Ball State, She placed first in the vault with a 9.625, second on the bars with a career-high 9.575 and second on the floor with a career-high 9.625. She also placed second in the all-around, posting a 37.775.

Specialist of the Week

Brittany Kopp
Kent State
Sophomore ● Cleveland, Ohio (Holy Name)

Kopp participated in two events at the Pittsburgh tri-meet for the Golden Flashes. Kopp tied teammate Christina Lenny for the top spot on vault with a 9.800 score. Kopp also set a career personal-best mark on beam with a score of 9.600.

Other Nominations:
Jacquelyn Bernhardt, Bowling Green

While only competing on one event for the Falcons Bernhardt finished second to Missouri's Sarah Shire who scored a 9.875. Bernhardt recorded the highest score for BGSU on the day.

Jenna D'Alie, Central Michigan
DiAlie made her career debut this weekend for CMU after sitting out the first three seasons of her career because of injury. In her first meet, she tallied CMU's second-highest score on bars, a 9.725. She also had a career-high of (.450 on the vaukt during the weekend.

Tonya Eckert, Western Michigan
Tonya Eckert showed consistency on the balance beam in the Broncos first two meets of the season this weekend. She placed third against Big Ten opponent and No. 21 ranked Michigan State, landing a 9.600. Two days later, she helped WMU secure its first MAC win of the season, defeating Ball State. She took first on the beam against the Cardinals, hitting a 9.575.