MAC Annouces Weekly Gymnastics Awards

Updated 2/19/2008

Gymnast of the Week:


Andrea de la Garza
Central Michigan
Freshman ● Macomb, Mich./Dakota HS

The freshman posted a 39.375 in the all-around on her way to posting career highs in all five events. De la Garza was CMUs top performer on vault (9.875), beam (9.850), and floor (9.850) while finishing second on bars (9.800). She was also first overall on all-around, vault and beam while finishing second on bars and floor. De la Garza's all-around score is the top in the conference this season by over three-tenths of a point.


Other Nominations:


Kristin Peters, Kent State
At the North Carolina State Sweetheart Invitational Saturday, Peters won with a 9.875 score on bars. This was her fourth consecutive meet winning on bars. Peters also turned in a season-high mark of 9.800 on vault and a 9.750 on beam. For the season, Peters leads the Mid-America Conference, and is third in the Central Region, with a regional qualifying score of 9.810 on bars. She is also third in the conference on beam with an RQS score of 9.590.


Courtney Lesson, Western Michigan

Senior Courtney Lesson took first place in the all-around against Eastern Michigan, scoring a career and Bronco season high 38.800 in the all-around. The score eclipsed her previous best by a whole point. Lesson took first place on the vault with a total of 9.700 and finished in the top five in all four events, helping Western Michigan record its highest team total (193.00) of the year. She placed fourth on both the bars (9.650) and the beam (9.700) and fifth on the floor (9.750)


Morgan Balzer, Bowling Green
While Balzer did not post high finishes on the night, it was a night of season highs. She started off the meet on vault where she landed a 9.625,which ties her career best. Her score of 9.575 is her second highest score on bars this season. She finished the night on floor where she tied her career best and set a new season high.


Specialist of the Week:


Heather Carroll,

Western Michigan

Senior ● Hastings, Mich. (Hastings)

Senior Heather Carroll took first place and posted career highs in both of her only two events against Eastern Michigan, helping Western Michigan record its highest team total (193.00) of the year. On the bars, Carroll landed a career-high 9.850, which was also the highest total produced in the event this season by a Bronco. Carroll also tied for first in the final event of the day, sticking a career high 9.750 on the balance beam.


Other Nominations:


Mickayla Balow, Eastern Michigan
Heading into the floor exercise program the Eagles were down a tenth of a point to the Broncos. Balow's 9.800 not only took first placed, but spawned an EMU surge in the event, helping overcome the deficit for a 193.075-193.000 win.


Kristin Sprague, Ball State

Sprague earned a 9.700 performance on beam at 13th-ranked Denver helping the Cardinals win the event over the Pioneers 48.050 to 47.750. Sprague's beam score of 9.700 was a career-high for the senior.


Jacque Bernhardt, Bowling Green
It was a career night for the senior co-captain, Jacque Bernhardt. She started off the night on vault where she tied her season high score of 9.85. She then finished the night on the floor where she set a new career high of 9.875 winning her the event and placing her in eighth on the top-10 floor scores of all time.


Vanessa Rodriguez, Central Michigan
Rodriguez finished first overall on bars in the meet with Bowling Green with a 9.825. Rodriguez has been CMU's top finisher on bars three of the past four weeks. Her score versus BGSU was the third-highest in the MAC this season.


Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State
About-Mitri matched a career high Saturday (2/16) with a 9.800 score on vault and finished tied for seventh overall at the Sweetheart Invitational at North Carolina State University. With a regional qualifying score of 9.690, Abou-Mitri currently ranks seventh in the Mid-American Conference on vault.