Jill Kowalski and Katie Simon share MAC Gymnast of the Week Honors

Updated 2/19/2007
MAC Co-Gymnast of the Week

Katie Simon Central Michigan Fr. ● (Bristol, Wis. / Westosha)

Simon won the all-around at Sunday's dual meet at Western Michigan with a career-best mark of 38.700, winning an all-around competition for the second time in three MAC meets this season. She set a new career-high on balance beam with a 9.725, tied for second on the vault with a 9.750, and added strong scores of 9.650 on uneven bars and 9.575 on floor exercise.

Jill Kowalski Kent State Jr. ● (Carol Stream, Ill. /Glenbard North)

Kowalski earned first place honors on beam with a career-high effort of 9.825. This is her second title on that event in as many weeks. Kowalski earned her fifth all-around title with a season-high tally of 38.900 as well. Finally she finished second on bars with a solid effort of 9.775 and gave a strong effort on floor with a 9.725.

Other Nominees:

Kelly Watson Ball State Sr. ● (Ravenna, Mich. /Allendale)

Watson was the lone Cardinal to perform in the all-around with a total of 38.150. Watson managed to score a 9.625 on vault; she compiled a 9.325 on bars, and scored 9.600 on beam and floor. Watson helped Ball State to their best team performance on bars (47.450) and in the team total (189.450) of the season.

Megan Chronister Bowling Green State Fr.● (York, Pa. /West York Area)

Chronister competed in three events for the Falcons on Sunday. She set a new career high on beam with a score of 9.650. This placed her tied for fifth. On floor she finished tied for sixth with a score of 9.675. Chronister also competed on bars where she finished 11th with a score of 9.350.

Jolene Worley Eastern Michigan Jr. ● (Orlando, Fla. /William R. Boone)

Worley captured medalist honors in the uneven bars and floor competitions against Mid-American Conference rival Ball State University, helping the Eagles improve their MAC record to 2-1 with a 191.900-189.450 victory. In the bars Worley would edge teammate Rebecca Fuss for the win, posting a 9.725. In the floor exercise portion of the meet, Worley again bested teammates with a winning mark of 9.750.

Leah Johnson Northern Illinois So. ● (Glenview, Ill./ Glenbrook South)

Johnson recorded her best all-around score of the season with a 38.900 to take second place in the Huskies’ dual meet with No. 9 Denver in Denver, Colorado. Johnson recorded season high scores on the bars, beam and floor, and took fifth place on the vault with a score of 9.700. Johnson earned a score of 9.750 on the uneven parallel bars, scored a 9.775 on balance beam and had a 9.675 on the floor exercise. Her score on bars was also a new career high for the sophomore. Johnson’s efforts helped NIU to their highest team score of the season.

Andrea Perini Western Michigan So. ● (Sterling Heights, Mich. /Sterling Heights)

Perini placed first on vault in WMU's win over Central Michigan, scoring her second highest career vault with a 9.8. She leads her team with the highest season average on vault with a 9.75. Perini also took second place in the all around with a 38.525, her second-highest total of the year. In the floor, Perini scored a 9.625, and went 9.550 in the beam. It was the broncos first regular-season win in a dual meet over Central Michigan since 2001.

MAC Specialist of the Week

Jacque Bernhardt Bowling Green Jr. ● (Chandler, Ariz. /Hamilton)

Bernhardt won the vault event by tying her career high of 9.800. Then on floor she finished tied for fourth with a 9.725, setting a new season high score which was previously a 9.450.

Other Nominees:

Bibian Rodriguez-Lockwood Ball State Fr. ● (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Rodriguez-Lockwood posted a score of 9.700 on the bars, which earned her a second place finish. The performance was a season and career best for the freshman. She helped the Cardinals reach a team score of 47.450 which was a season high on bars. Rodriguez-Lockwood's explosive bars routine helped BSU to their highest team total score of the season, 189.450.

Mickayla Balow Eastern Michigan Fr. ● (Blaine, Minn.-Spring Lake Park)

Balow tied teammate Zu Vuong for second place in the floor exercise with a score of 9.700.

Kristin Peters Kent State Jr. ● (Mainesville, Ohio/Kings)

Peters had a tremendous meet this weekend at Bowling Green. She earned her fourth bars title of the year with a score of 9.875. She also finished third on vault with an effort of 9.725.

Jody Yednock Northern Illinois Sr. ● (West Chicago, Ill./ West Chicago)

Yednock tallied her best score of the year and the best score by any Huskie gymnast in 2007, on the uneven parallel bars while leading NIU’s bars contingent to its top team score on that event in the Huskies’ dual meet in Denver. Yednock recorded a 9.850 to tie for third place on bars. She also scored a season high 9.700 on the balance beam as the Northern Illinois “beam team” set a new season high on that event as well.

Alexis Diaz Central Michigan Fr. ● (Southfield, Mich. /Berkley)

Diaz finished first and tied for second in her two events in Sunday's dual meet at Western Michigan, with two scores of 9.750 or better on the afternoon. She captured the floor exercise with a 9.800, and her 9.750 on the vault tied with two others for second on that event. She was the only gymnast in the meet to have two marks of 9.750 or higher.

Courtney Schmid Western Michigan Sr. ● (Carrollton, Texas/Newman Smith)

Schmid was one of two Broncos to take first place in WMU's win over CMU this weekend. Schmid tied for first on the bars with a 9.675. Schmid also helped the Broncos to their second conference win this season, by hitting both her beam (9.675) and floor routines (9.650). Both scores were counted towards the team total.