Gymnast of the Week
Katie Simon, Jr., Central Michigan, Bistol, Wis./Westosha HS
Simon again led the Chippewas with three event victories for the second-straight week as the Chippewas picked up a road victory at Utah State. Simon won vault (9.825), floor (9.800) and the all-around (39.100). She also took second on bars with a 9.800 and scored a 9.675 on beam.
Specialist of the Week
Andrea Kinzer, Bowling Green, Fr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Kinzer had two outstanding performances this weekend as she helped lead the Falcons to their first victory of the season over Ball State. Kinzer won her first collegiate event on floor along with third place finish on vault, her second consecutive top-three finish in as many weeks. Kinzer started off the floor exercise for the Falcons, setting the bar high for the squad as she stuck every combination for a career high 9.750 and her first collegiate event win. Her strong performance led the Falcons to team score of 47.600 nearly two-tenths higher than last weekend. Earlier in the meet she landed her second consecutive top-three finish on vault with a 9.675 for a third place finish.
Gymnast of the Week Nominees
Breanne Guy, Bowling Green, Jr., Bradenton, Florida/Arkansas
Guy had another strong performance for the Falcons leading her team to their first victory of the season over Ball State. Guy took two events as she won her second consecutive vault on the season landing a 9.800 and won the all-around with a 38.075. Guy finished third on bars with a 9.650 and fifth on floor with a 9.425.
Duyen Zu Vuong, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Ottawa, Ont./DelaSalle
Zu Vuong led the Eagles to a 190.500-180.125 win over Western Michigan University on Sunday, Jan. 18, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Her all-around score of 38.525 was a team-best and second overall in the meet. Her 9.725 mark on the beam was good for first place, while her 9.675 mark on the vault was good for third.
Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State, So., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
In the tri-meet at Michigan (1/16), Abou-Mitri placed third overall in the all-around with a total of 38.850 points as the Golden Flashes defeated the #25 ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack 193.525 to 191.150. Her best individual finish was a third-place finish on floor with a score of 9.750.
Kristine Garbarino, Western Michigan, So., Latham, N.Y./Shaker
Garbarino, competing as an all-arounder for her first season, posted a career-high 38.700 on her way to first place against Eastern Michigan. She also recorded two other top finishes, placing first on the uneven bars and on the floor, scoring a 9.725 and a career-high 9.800, respectively. Her 9.800 on the floor is the highest mark by a Bronco in the event this season. Garbarino tallied a 9.625 on the vault, good enough for fourth place, and a 9.550 on the beam, also a new event for Garbarino this year.
Specialist of the Week Nominees
Jessica Suder, Central Michigan, Jr., Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley
Suder won beam with a season-high 9.875 to help CMU earn a road victory at Utah State.
Carly Conroy, Kent State, Jr., North Jackson, Ohio/Jackson Milton
In the tri-meet with Michigan (1/16), Conroy scored a 9.775 as Kent State’s leadoff on beam, the Golden Flashes final event of the meet, to help secure KSU’s victory over the #25 ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack by a score of 193.525 to 191.150. Conroy’s score tied her with two others for second overall.