MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 3/11/2009

Gymnast of the Week

Christina Lenny, Kent State, So., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights

At the Eagle Invitational, a quad meet with Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and #13 ranked Missouri (3/7), Lenny placed second overall in the all-around with a score of 39.200. The Flashes, who have clinched at least a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title with a 5-0 conference record, were one of three teams to score above 195.400 at the meet. Lenny tied for second on vault with a score of 9.850, was sixth on bars (9.750-tied) and floor (9.875-tied), and ninth on beam (9.725-tied). Lenny currently ranks third in the MAC on vault (RQS-9.845), is fourth on beam with an RQS of 9.705 and ranks 10th on floor (RQS-9.770). She also ranks 13th regionally on vault.


Specialist of the Week

Kyla Krygier, Central Michigan, Sr., Traverse City, Mich./Central

Krygier tallied a pair of career high to lead CMU to its highest score of the season as the Chippewas took second at the Eagle Invite.  CMU scored a 195.675, defeating Kent State and EMU while falling to No. 13 Missouri by .025.  Krygier tied for first on bars with a career-best 9.900 and also matched a career high on beam with a 9.800, taking fourth overall.



Gymnast of the Week Nominees

Brittney Emmons, Ball State, Fr., Pace, Fla./Tate

Brittney Emmons tied for fourth on the floor and had two additional top-10 finishes to help the Cardinals to a victory over California in a three-way meet with Michigan State. The 9.800 performance on the floor was a career high for Emmons, while her beam score helped the Cardinals tally a season best 48.350 team score on the beam. Ball State won the beam as a team.


Breanne Guy, Bowling Green, Jr., Bradenton, Florida/Arkansas

Guy finished third in the all-around with a 38.625, matching her fourth best score of the season and in the top-10 in two events at BG’s quad-meet hosted by UC Davis. She has finished in the top three in every all-around she has competed in this season, including three first place finishes. Guy led the Falcons on floor and beam, tumbling her way to a 9.750 on floor tying for seventh and a 9.675 on beam tying for eighth. She also posted a 9.700 on bars and a 9.500 on vault.


Katie Simon, Central Michigan, Jr., Bristol, Wis.

Simon scored a pair of event victories to lead CMU to its highest score of the season as the Chippewas took second at the Eagle Invite.  CMU scored a 195.675, defeating Kent State and EMU while falling to No. 13 Missouri by .025.  Simon won both vault and bars, scoring a 9.900 on vault and a career high 9.900 on bars.


Erin Grigg, Eastern Michigan, Jr., North Bay, Ontario/Widdifield

After being named the Mid-American Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Week earlier this week, junior gymnast Erin Grigg hit a career-best mark in the floor exercise, as her 9.900 was good for third overall in the competition. Grigg also tallied a 9.775 on the vault, a 9.500 on the bars and a 9.725 on the balance beam to finish in fifth with an all-around score of 38.900.


Holly Reichard, Northern Illinois, So., Palatine, Ill./Palatine Fremd

Holly Reichard won an all-around competition for the sixth time in eight meets and scored a 39.000 or better for the fifth time this season as she posted a 39.050 at Western Michigan. Reichard claimed first place in the uneven bars with a 9.800 to tie her season best mark on bars; earned second on vault with a 9.825 and tied for second on floor exercise with a 9.800.


Kristine Garbarino, Western Michigan, So., Latham, N.Y. (Shaker)

Sophomore Kristine Garbarino had a career day against Northern Illinois, as she posted personal bests on the bars, beam and in the all-around. She placed second in all three. She got the day started with 9.650 on the vault, then stuck a career-high 9.775 on the bars. Garbarino followed with another career high of 9.800 on the beam and finished out the afternoon with a 9.775 on the floor. Totaling a 39.000 on the floor, its was the first time she had scored in the 39*s, also a team high for the season. In WMU's meet against Cal, Garbarino placed first in two events. On the second rotation, Garbarino paced the pack with a 9.750 on the bars and then closed out the night with a 9.775 on the floor. Her performance helped Western Michigan to just its second win of the season and its first in five weeks, dating back to Jan. 31.


Specialist of the Week Nominees

Kayla Kmiecik, Ball State, Fr., Avon, Ohio

Kayla Kmiecik placed fifth on the balance beam with a career high 9.725 score...Kmiecik helped Ball State score a season high 48.350 on the beam...The Cardinals defeated California, but lost to host Michigan State at the event


Amber Brewer, Bowling Green, So., Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont

Brewer led the Falcon bar line-up at their quad-meet hosted by UC Davis scoring a 9.725 tying for eighth place. Brewer has now recorded a 9.725 or better in seven meets including the last five consecutive meets. She has now landed in the top-five in eight out of nine meets for the Falcons on bars, including in the top-three in four meets; one first place finish, two second place finishes and one third place finish.


Samantha Golden, Eastern Michigan, So., Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls

Sophomore gymnast Samantha Golden had a career day at the Eagle Invitational, March 7, as she tallied a 9.800 in the floor exercise to finish tied for 12th place.


Amanda St. John, Kent State, Sr., Avon, Ohio/Avon

At the Eagle Invitational, St. John scored a career-high 9.875 on floor to finish tied for sixth overall. She was instrumental in the Golden Flashes scoring a season-high 49.500 as a team on floor to win the event.


Jessica Watanabe, Northern Illinois, So., Palatine, Ill./Palatine

Watanabe tied for second place on the balance beam with a season best score of 9.800 versus Western Michigan as the Huskies earned a team score of 48.675 on the event, their second best total of the season. Watanabe tied her career high on the event and notched her best place of the season. Her performance helped the Huskies earn their best team road score since the 2004 season.