MAC Announces Weekly Gymnastics Awards

Updated 3/4/2008

Gymnast of the Week

Jolene Worley
Eastern Michigan
Senior ● Orlando, Fla.-William R. Boone

In two meets against the Air Force Academy Falcons Worley set season-high marks in nearly every event en route to winning four individual event honors as well as top honors in the all-around in both meets. Her four individual event honors pushes her season total to seven and after adding two all-around top finishes she now has three on the year. Worley took first in bars (9.750), beam (9.775), floor (9.700), and all-around (38.800) and also took second in vault (9.775)


Other Nominations:


Holly Reichard, Northern Illinois
While competing in two meets in a five day period, Reichard was simply outstanding for the Huskies. On Sunday she recorded a career best 39.075 in the all around, the second-highest score in the MAC this year, to win that event. She took second on the vault and balance beam in that meet with a season-high 9.850 on vault while adding a 9.825 on beam. The previous Wednesday, Reichard tallied a 38.975 in the all-around to win that title as she tied for first on the beam with a season-best 9.850, was second on bars, tying her season-high of 9.750, and took third on the vault. She is a candidate for Gymnast of the Week.


Kristin Peters. Kent State
Senior Kristin Peters won on bars and beam this past weekend against Mid-American Conference rival Bowling Green. She received a score of 9.875 on bars to win the event for the fifth time this season. Peters earned a mark of 9.750 to win on beam for the third time this season. On the year, Peters leads the conference and is third in the Central Region with a Regional Qualifying Score of 9.850 and is second in the conference on beam with an RQS of 9.760


Katie Simon, Central Michigan
Simon tied for the top all-around score with a season-high 39.075 at NIU. Simon was also CMUs top scorer on vault (9.825) and bars (9.725) while was second for the squad on floor (9.800). She also finished third overall on floor and bars, and fifth on vault. The sophomore set a season-high on floor and matched one on vault.


Jenna Wirtanen, Bowling Green
Junior Jenna Wirtanen had a break out weekend as competed on three events. On vault she posted her third best score on the season at 9.600. On beam she scored a 9.625 which is her second best score on the year. She hit her routine on beam and prevented her team from counting a fall. Finally on floor she posted a 9.500 her fourth highest on the season.


Courtney Lesson, Western Michigan
Courtney Lesson led the way as Western Michigan posted its highest total of the season, taking second in a triangular meet with Ball State and No. 19 Michigan State. The Spartans took first (196.050), followed by WMU (193.650) and Ball State (189.375). Lesson placed third on the vault (9.825) and balance beam (9.775), and totaled a 38.900 to place second in the all-around. All four scores in each event of Lesson's were counted towards the team score.


Specialist of the Week


Rachel Stuck
Kent State
Junior ● Erie, Pa./Fairview

Stuck won on floor with a career-high routine of 9.900, which helped the Golden Flashes receive a season-high score of 49.175 on floor. The score of 9.900 was also the best score received by a conference gymnast on the event. For the season, Stuck continues to lead the conference on floor with an RQS of 9.790.


Other Nominations:


Mickayla Balow, Eastern Michigan
Balow set or tied season-high marks in both events this past week in two meets against the Air Force Academy. On the vault she finished in third, carding a 9.725 in both meets, setting a season-high mark. On the floor she took top honors with a 9.800, tying her season-best.


Jessica Watanabe, Northern Illinois
Freshman Jessica Watanabe put together a pair of excellent meets and six solid performances in NIU's two outings last week. The rookie achieved her season and career best marks on all three events during the week with a 9.575 on vault last Wednesday and a 9.650 on bars to go with two outstanding performances on balance beam. On beam, she came in with a 9.725 in Wednesday's meet while placing third with a 9.800 Sunday in that event.


Cheryl Conlin, Central Michigan
The true freshman led CMU to its first 194-plus score this season by posting career-highs on vault (9.725) and beam (9.775). She tied for CMU's top score on beam and had the fourth-highest on vault. She also was fourth overall on beam and 10th on vault.

Jacque Bernhardt, Bowling Green
Senior Jacque Bernhardt stepped up big for her team against No. 20 Penn State on Saturday. On vault she posted her third best score on the year at 9.800. On floor she landed a 9.775 which is also her third best score on the season.