Gymnast of the Week
Christina Lenny, Kent State, Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
In Kent State's dismantling of Eastern Michigan, 195.175-191.000, in its MAC Opener, Lenny tallied the highest All-Around total of the year in the conference with a 39.200. She won her second-straight vault title to begin the season with a 9.850 while matching a career-high on floor with a 9.875 to finish first. Lenny also recorded season-highs on both beam (9.725) and bars (9.750), finishing third and fourth, respectively. Her all-around and floor scores were the highest in the conference this weekend.
Specialist of the Week
Darrian Tissenbaum, Central Michigan, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon
Darrian Tissenbaum turned in the finest performance of her young career in Saturday's tri-meet against No. 14 Denver and Brigham Young. The freshman scored a season-best 9.800 on vault (fifth best in the MAC) to finish seventh place in Denver. Her performance helped Central post a conference-best 49.200 score in the event, the third-highest vault score in CMU history.
Gymnast of the Week Nominees
Tiffany Brodbeck, Ball State, Fr., Palm Harbor, Fla./Countryside
Tiffany Brodbeck helped Ball State to a second place finish at its own Cardinal Classic Sunday . . . Brodbeck placed in the top five in two events -- fifth on the vault and second on the floor.
Breanne Guy, Bowling Green, Sr., Bradenton, Fla.
Breanne Guy led the Falcons to their first MAC win of the year, posting a 38.875 in the all-around, a season-best. She scored a 9.800 on the beam, a 9.700 on the floor, a 9.725 on the vault and a 9.650 on the uneven bars.
Andrea de la Garza, Central Michigan, Jr., Macomb, Mich./Dakota
In her second meet of the season, Andrea de la Garza posted a strong all-around performance to help lead the Chippewas to a second-place finish in a tri-meet against No. 14 Brigham Young. De la Garza took second in the all-around with a 38.925. The junior scored 9.750 or better in three of her four events; posting a 9.775 on vault (t-ninth) and a 9.750 on floor (sixth) and bars (seventh). Her performance helped CMU finish well ahead of BYU and only .175 behind 14th-ranked DU.
Erin Grigg, Eastern Michigan, Sr., North Bay, Ontario/Widdifield
Senior Erin Grigg led the Eagles, scoring a team-best all-around score of 38.175 against Kent State, Jan. 22. Grigg tallied a 9.750 mark on the vault and a 9.725 mark in the floor exercise. The senior also carded marks of 9.600 on the beam and 9.100 on the bars.
Natalie Blum, Northern Illinois, Sr., Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township
For the third straight meet, Blum established a new career high in the all-around with her score of 38.725. She scored a season best 9.800 on the vault to notch the best vault score on the NIU team this season and claim second place. She also tied for second on floor exercise with a 9.800 and was fifth on the uneven parallel bars with a season best score of 9.675. Blum has placed in the top five on 13 of 15 events this year.
Caroline O'Brien, Western Michigan, Fr., Loveland, Ohio (Loveland)
Freshman Caroline O'Brien helped Western Michigan to a pair of wins as the Broncos took second in a four-team meet at Illinois State. O'Brien competed in three events, the bars, beam and floor and brought home the highest individual event finish for a Bronco. Scoring a 9.500, she took second on the bars. O'Brien also went 9.625 on beam and 9.550 on the floor to place seventh and eighth, respectively.
Specialist of the Week Nominees
Emily Wehrle, Ball State, Fr., New London, Wis./New London
Emily Wehrle finished first on the balance beam with a career high 9.725 score . . . She helped the Cardinals to a 190.325 team score and a second place finish at their own Cardinal Classic . . . It marked the first first-place finish of Wehrle's young career.
Amber Brewer, Bowling Green, Jr., Kettering, Ohio
Amber Brewer helped lead the Falcons to a win over Northern Illinois, BGSU's first MAC win of the season, as she won the uneven bars with a score of 9.750. She also competed on vault, where she scored a 9.500.
Kelli Fisher, Eastern Michigan, So., Dayton, Ohio/Northmont
Sophomore Kelli Fisher carded EMU's second best score on the vault against Kent State, Jan. 22, as her 9.650 was good for eighth place.
Lydia Barrett, Kent State, Sr., Rochester, N.Y./Penfield
Won on bars for the second-straight week, completing a routine of 9.800. She also took third on floor with a 9.800, finishing third behind teammates Christina Lenny and Christine Abou-Mitri. So far this season, Barrett has the highest average on bars in the conference for competitors who competed on the event more than once.
Natalie Sutter, Northern Illinois, Fr., Barberton, Ohio/Coventry
Freshman Natalie Sutter continues to impress as a true freshman. The Ohio native returned to her native state and recorded a career best score of 9.775 on floor exercise while tying her career high with a 9.700 on vault. She took fourth on floor exercise and tied for fifth on vault on the day, helping NIU to its team best total on vault and overall.
Sarah Wright, Western Michigan, Fr., Cabery, Ill. (Tri-Point)
Freshman Sarah Wright competed in two events, as Western Michigan took second in a quad meet at Illinois State Sunday. She had one top-five finish and placed in the top 10 in both events. Scoring a 9.275 on the bars, she placed eighth. Recording a 9.700 on beam, she took fourth.