Gymnast of the Week
Caitlin Sullivan, Western Michigan, So., Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart
Caitlin Sullivan helped Western Michigan go 2-0 this weekend with a conference win over Eastern Michigan and a win over in-state rival Michigan State. It was the first time in nine tries WMU had defeated EMU and just the second time in school history WMU was victorious over the Spartans. Sullivan competed in the vault, beam and floor in both meets, and took first in five of her six competitions, finishing second in the sixth. She set or tied team season highs in all three events and also set a personal best with a 9.850 on floor vs. Michigan State. She scored 9.800 or better four of her six times out. Her three first place scores helped WMU post a team total of 194.625, ranking fifth in the program's top-10 scores all-time.
Specialist of the Week
Brynn Wienckowski, Western Michigan, So., Aurora, Ill./Rosary
In her only competition, Brynn Wienckowski took first on the bars in both of WMU's meets this weekend, as the Broncos posted wins over conference foe Eastern Michigan and in-state rival Michigan State. Wienckowski put up a 9.700 against the Eagles, as WMU defeated EMU for the first time in nine tries. She then tied a season and career high with a 9.825 against Michigan State. It was just the second time in school history WMU has won against the Spartans.
Lindsey Koch, Bowling Green, Fr., Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick
Bowling Green's Lindsey Koch finished seventh on bars (9.600) and eighth on floor (9.650) this past Sunday versus Kent State. The freshman posted career-bests on both events.
Andrea de la Garza, Central Michigan, Sr., Macomb, Mich./Dakota
Andrea de la Garza led CMU to a second-place finish at Illinois as the Chippewas defeated No. 13 Minnesota and fell to No. 19 Illinois. The senior tied for first on bars with a career-best 9.875 and took third on beam (9.825) and in the all-around (39.025).
Emily Heinz, Central Michigan, Fr., Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs
Emily Heinz helped CMU to a second-place finish at Illinois as the Chippewas defeated No. 13 Minnesota and fell to No. 19 Illinois. The true freshman scored a season-best 9.850 for second on beam and was the team leader on that event. She added another season-high on floor with a 9.775, which was the second-best mark on the team and finished seventh overall.
Nikole Viltz, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel
Senior Nikole Viltz (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.- Carmel) led the Green and White finishing first on both the vault and balance beam recording a 9.850 and 9.700 respectively. Viltz also finished tied for fourth on the floor exercise posting a 9.650.
Marie Case, Kent State, Fr., Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep
Case set the tone for Kent State's 194.925-188.975 Mid-American Conference opening victory over Bowling Green Sunday (Feb. 6), winning the all-around title with a point total of 39.125. She tied her personal best score of 9.850 to win the floor exercise. Case tied for third place on the balance beam (9.750) and took third on the vault (9.700). She also finished fourth on the uneven bars with a 9.825. Kent State's season continues next Saturday (Feb. 12) with a showdown at the M.A.C. Center against conference rival Central Michigan.
Lauren Wozniak, Kent State, So., Pittsburgh, Pa./Bishop Canevin
Wozniak earned a second-place finish on the vault with a 9.750 to help Kent State record a 194.925-188.975 Mid-American Conference opening victory over Bowling Green Sunday (Feb. 6). Kent State's season continues next Saturday (Feb. 12) with a showdown at the M.A.C. Center against conference rival Central Michigan.