MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 3/2/2010
Gymnast of the Week
Katie Simon, Central Michigan, Sr., Bristol, Wis./Wetosha

Senior Katie Simon put together her finest performance of the season in Sunday's win at Northern Illinois. Simon won the all-around with a season-high 39.350, only .025 shy of her career-best. Her score was the highest all-around mark in the conference over the weekend and currently is the second-best total posted by a MAC gymnast all year. The Bristol, Wis., native scored 9.850 or better in three of four events and was 9.775 or higher in all four. Simon's breakout included a first-place bars routine that scored 9.875, second-place scores of 9.850 on both vault and floor exercise and a 9.775 mark on beam that was good for fourth. She did not finish behind a Northern Illinois gymnast in any event.

Specialist of the Week
Monica Eaton, Bowling Green, Fr., Kearney, Mo.

Monica Eaton finished first on the uneven bars among 18 competitors with a score of 9.850, versus Western Michigan and Illinois-Chicago. Eaton's score was a career-best and the seventh-highest score in BGSU history on bars.


Additional Nominees
Brittney Emmons, Ball State, So., Pace, Fla./Tate

Brittney Emmons finished second in the all-around with a 38.975 in Ball State's meet vs. Kent State Sunday. Emmons tied for second on the bars with a 9.775, finished third on the beam with a 9.725, tied for third on the floor with a 9.775 and was fifth on the vault with a 9.700. Emmons ranks seventh in the Central Region on the floor and is tied for 36th in the nation on the floor.

Danielle Wishart, Bowling Green, Fr., Bethesda, Mary.
BGSU's Daniele Wishart finished first among 18 athletes on the vault, scoring a 9.800 against both Western Michigan and Illinois-Chicago. She also finished seventh on the floor with a 9.725

Kari Dieffenderfer, Central Michigan, Fr., Dawsonville, Ga./Veritas Classical
Freshman Kari Dieffenderfer continued her remarkable mid-year development in Sunday's dual at Northern Illinois. Dieffenderfer finished second to teammate Katie Simon on uneven bars with a career-best 9.800. The score marks the sixth-straight week that she has scored 9.7 or better on the apparatus. The Dawsonville, Ga., native also continued her improvement on vault as she helped the Chippewas sweep the competition with a 9.750. It was the second consecutive week that Dieffenderfer cracked the vault lineup and the second straight time that she scored a 9.750.

Kaylyn Millick, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Washington, Pa./Trinity
True freshman Kaylyn Millick continued to put up high marks at the Stanford Invitational, Feb. 28, as her performance on the balance beam earned her a 9.650, and a tie for second place. Millick also carded a 9.675 on the vault, 9.575 on the bars, and a 9.675 in the floor exercise. Millick had the best all-around score for the Green and White, finishing fourth overall with a 38.575.

Stacie Wood, Eastern Michigan, So., Brantford, Ontario/Brantford Collegiate Institute
Sophomore Stacie Wood carded solid marks at the Stanford Invitational, Feb. 28, finishing ninth for her floor routine and 13th on the bars, with scores of 9.750 and 9.625 respectively.

Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State, Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Abou-Mitri claimed three event titles against Ball State, including matching a career-high with a 9.875 on beam, the best mark in the conference this season. Her 39.100 in the meet is her fourth time in eight meets this season she has earned a total of 39 or better. Her total of 39.1 also bumped her regional qualifying score to 39.055, the best in the MAC, fourth in the central region and 23rd nationally this season. It is the first time since 2005 that a MAC gymnast has eclipsed the 39 RQS total since the 2005 season.

Sam Heydlauff, Kent State, Sr., Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea
Heydlauff picked up her first win of the year on floor with a 9.825 to raise her RQS to 9.775, the seventh-best in the conference. Only performing in exhibition before Sunday's meet with Ball State, Heydlauff made her first appearance on vault this season and received a 9.700. She helped Kent State win its 17th-straight MAC meet, as the Flashes beat Ball State 194.500-193.150.

Meghan Donovan, Western Michigan, RSo, Cleveland, Ohio
Redshirt sophomore Meghan Donovan helped Western Michigan post its highest overall score of the season with a 193.925, defeating Bowling Green and Illinois-Chicago this past Sunday. Donovan recorded career high scores in both the all-around and uneven bars. She won the bars with a routine of 9.850. She placed second as an all-arounder behind teammate Kristine Garbarino with a 38.750. Donovan scored a solid 9.700 on floor and went 9.625 on beam, and 9.575 on the vault. This is Donovan's first season competing as an all-arounder.