Specialist of the Week
Rachel Stuck, Kent State, Sr., Erie, Pa./Fairview
At a meet with Southeast Missouri State (2/27), Stuck tied teammates Lydia Barrett and Laci Hendress for the top spot on vault when she tied her career-high score of 9.900. She also tied scored a 9.675 on vault. Stuck helped lead the Golden Flashes to a 196.025-194.075 victory over the Redhawks to extend the Golden Flashes’ home meet winning streak to 10. KSU remains in first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 4-0 conference record. She currently ranks seventh in the Mid-American Conference on floor with an RQS of 9.765.
Gymnast of the Week
Lydia Barrett, Kent State, Jr., Rochester, N.Y./Penfield
In a meet with Southeast Missouri State (2/27), Barrett won individual titles on vault (9.925) and floor (9.900) with career-high marks in both events as the Golden Flashes won the meet 196.025 to 194-075 to extend their home winning streak to 10 meets and raise KSU’s home mark for the past six seasons to 30-3. Barrett tied teammates Rachel Stuck and Laci Hendress for the individual title on floor as KSU closed out the meet with back-to-back-to-back scores of 9.900. The Flashes currently stand in first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 4-0 conference record. Barrett currently ranks second in the MAC on floor (RQS-9.800) and third on vault (RQS-9.835) and is tied for 10th on bars (RQS-9.720). She also ranks 13th regionally on vault.
Specialist of the Week Nominees
Bibiana Rodriguez-Lockwood, Ball State, Jr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/Maria Reina
Bibiana Rodriguez-Lockwood helped Ball State to finish fourth out of five teams with her performance on the vault and bars at Kentucky with North Carolina, Illinois and William & Mary. Rodriguez-Lockwood placed 20th on the vault and 13th on the bars for the Cardinals to help Ball State to a season high score of 193.350.
Amber Brewer, Bowling Green, So., Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont
Amber Brewer, the 29th ranked gymnast in the region on uneven bars continued to swing to new heights as she recorded a career high 9.800 and fourth place finish against Central Michigan, now tied for the seventh best score in the MAC. Brewer helped lead the Falcon bar line-up to their second best mark of the season with a team score of 48.525. She has now landed in the top-five in every meet 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 with a 9.725 or better in six meets.
Kyla Krygier, Central Michigan, Sr., Traverse City, Mich./Central
Krygier won bars for the second-straight week as she helped CMU to a victory over Bowling Green last weekend, Her bars' score of 9.850 matches her career high.
Stefanie James, Eastern Michigan, Sr., West Windsor, N.J./WW-P North
Senior gymnast Stefanie James notched a career-best mark on the vault against Seattle Pacific University, Feb. 24, as her 9.800 was good for second place in the event. James helped lead the Eagles to a 190.475-188.700 win over the Falcons.
Ashley Guerra, Northern Illinois, Fr., Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg
Ashley Guerra continued a strong freshman season with a 9.775 on the uneven bars at No. 18 Minnesota to lead all NIU gymnasts in that event. Guerra's score was a season and career high and gave her a sixth-place finish overall. Guerra also put together her best performance of the season on the balance beam, albeit on an exhibition basis. Her 9.700 score on that event would have been a career best and would have ranked third on the Huskie team had it counted.
Erin Doucey, Western Michigan, So., Greenwood, Ind. (Center Grove)
Sophomore Erin Doucey had a pair of top 15 placings and tied two career highs at the competitive Cat Classic, hosted by No. 13 Missouri. Doucey, who has fought her way back from a knee injury that sidelined her last year, led WMU on the beam with a 9.725, placing seventh and stuck a 9.700 on the bars for 15th.
Gymnast of the Week Nominees
Brittney Emmons, Ball State, Fr., Pace, Fla./Tate
Brittney Emmons, a freshman member of the Ball State gymnastics team, tied for first on the vault with her score of 9.875 at the Cardinals meet at Kentucky with North Carolina, Illinois and William & Mary. Emmons competed in the all-around for the first time this season. This was Emmons first ever victory on the vault and she has won or tied for first on the floor exercise three times this season.
Queenita Gamble, Bowling Green, Jr., Racine, Wisconsin/UW-Parkside
Junior Queenita Gamble, the 31st ranked gymnast in the region on balance beam matched her season best with a 9.700 tying for fifth place against Central Michigan. Gamble also tumbled her way to a 9.675 on floor and landed a 9.575 on vault.
Andrea de la Garza, Central Michigan, So., Macomb, Mich./Dakota
de la Garza lead the Chippewas to a MAC victory with a season best 39.075 in the all-around. She finished first in the all-around and first on vault (9.825) while also recording three other top five finishes. He scores on vault and bars (9.775) were both season highs.
Erin Grigg, Eastern Michigan, Jr., North Bay, Ontario/Widdifield
Other than a second place finish on the bars, junior Erin Grigg placed first in every event against Seattle Pacific University, Feb. 24. Grigg carded a 9.825 on the vault, a 9.700 on the bars, a 9.650 on the balance beam and a 9.800 in the floor exercise to finish with a meet-best all-around score of 38.975. Her 9.825 on the vault tied a career-high.
Natalie Blum, Northern Illinois, Jr., Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township
In a meet at No. 18 Minnesota, Blum earned the highest place of any Huskie gymnast by taking second on the vault with a 9.825. She was second on the NIU team on bars with a 9.725 to take 7th overall and was also second among NIU gymnasts on floor with a 9.700 good for 5th place overall.
Andrea Perini, Western Michigan, Sr.. Sterling Heights, Mich. (Sterling Heights)
Senior Andrea Perini led Western Michigan as Bronco gymnastics went over 192.000 for the first time this year, scoring a season-best 192.875 at the Cat Classic hosted by No. 13 Missouri. Perini had WMU*s highest individual finish, tying a career high and placing third on the floor with a 9.825. Also recording a top-10 finish on the uneven bars with a 9.750, she would go on to total a season-best all-around score of 38.775, good enough for third. Perini went 9.625 on the vault and 9.575 on the balance beam.