MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 3/17/2009

Co-Gymnast of the Week

Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State, So., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights

At the final regular season meet (Western Michigan) on Sunday (3/15), Abou-Mitri won the all-around with a score of 39.375 which ranks as the highest all-around score in the Mid-American Conference this season. Abou-Mitri won on bars with a score of 9.875, tied for second on beam (9.875), was fourth on floor (9.850), and tied for fifth on vault with a score of 9.775. She currently ranks third in the MAC in the all-around (RQS-38.980), is fourth on bars with an RQS of 9.780, stands fifth on beam (RQS-9.735) and is seventh on vault (RQS-9.805).


Jennifer Naughton, Northern Illinois, Sr., Smithville, Mo./Smithville

At the Illinois Classic (quadrangular meet), Naughton was spectacular on the balance beam with a career best 9.925, the highest score on any event by an NIU gymnast in 2009 and the third-highest balance beam score in school history. It is also the highest beam mark in the MAC this year. Naughton tied for the state title on the event. She added her season-high score of 9.850 on the floor exercise to finish tied for fourth as NIU recorded its highest team score of the season and fourth-highest all-time.


Specialist of the Week

Amanda St. John, Kent State, Sr., Avon, Ohio/Avon

At the meet with Western Michigan (3/15), St. John scored a career-high 9.925 on floor to register her first individual event title when she finished first overall. She also completed the first double-layout in floor by a Kent State gymnast in school history.



Gymnast of the Week Nominees

Brittney Emmons, Ball State, Fr., Pace, Fla./Tate

Brittney Emmons tallied a career high with a 9.825 on the floor plus tallied Ball State's best score on the vault with a 9.825. In addition, Emmons managed a 9.375 on the beam. She tallied two top-10 finishes for the Cardinals -- seventh on the floor and a tie for 10th on the vault.


Jenna Wirtanen, Bowling Green, Sr., Brookfield, Nova Scotia/South Colchester Academy

Jenna Wirtanen had a career meet to end the regular season as she led the Falcons to a second place finish and the squad’s second best team score of the season (193.375) at the quad-meet hosted by Texas Women's University (March 13). Wirtanen recorded the top finish for the Falcons and landed in the top-10 overall in two out of three of her events. She led the Falcon vault line-up to a season high 48.775 on vault, three tenths higher than their previous season best, as she stuck a 9.800 tying for a seventh place finish and her career high set earlier this season. Wirtanen also led the Orange and Brown floor line-up tumbling her way to a 9.725 tying for eighth place finish and her career high. She also competed on beam for the Falcons recording a season high 9.600, the second best score for BG and tying for 14th overall.


Katie Simon, Central Michigan, Jr., Bristol, Wis.

Simon led the Chippewas to victory over Eastern Michigan with four first-place finishes and a second-place finish. She scored a season-high 39.350 to win the all-around and also won vault (9.850), bars (9.825), beam (9.9) and took second on floor (9.775). Her score on beam is a career best while her all-around score is .025 off her career high.


Erin Grigg, Eastern Michigan, Jr., North Bay, Ontario/Widdifield

Junior gymnast Erin Grigg had a solid weekend against Central Michigan University, as she carded impressive marks in every event, including a 9.825 on the vault and a 9.800 on the balance beam, finishing with an all-around score of 39.025.


Kristine Garbarino, Western Michigan, So.

Kristine Garbarino set career high is three out of four events against Kent State, as well as in the all-around. She was the Broncos* top finisher all three events she posted personal bests, placing sixth on the bars with a 9.775, fifth on the beam sticking a 9.800 and closed out with a 9.875 on the floor. She totaled an all-around score of 39.025, bettering her score of 39.000 last meet, to place second. Garbarino's totals helped Western Michigan score it's highest team score of the season, as the Broncos finished with a 193.025.



Specialist of the Week Nominees

Bibiana Rodriguez-Lockwood, Ball State, Jr., San Juan, Puerto Rico/Maria Reina

Bibiana Rodriguez-Lockwood tied for third at the prestigious Arizona State UNO's Classic Friday. She tallied a career high 9.825 on the event to finish behind the 9.875 and 9.850 scores posted by Nebraska student-athletes.


Andrea Kinzer, Bowling Green, Fr., Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Freshman Andrea Kinzer helped lead the Falcon vault line-up to a season high 48.775 at the quad-meet hosted by Texas Women’s University (March 13). Kinzer landed a 9.750 tying for a 10th place finish on vault. Kinzer has competed for the Falcons on vault in every meet recording a 9.650 or higher in eight out of ten meets, including four top-three finishes two second and two third.


Kristin Teubner, Central Michigan, Fr., Denver, Colo.

Teubner earned a pair of first place finishes in CMU's victory over Eastern Michigan last weekend. The freshman earned a victory on vault with a 9.850 and also won floor with a 9.825. Her score on floor matches a career-best.


Maureen Moss, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township

Senior gymnast Maureen Moss carded a career-high mark on the balance beam over the weekend against Central Michigan University, as Moss carded a 9.825 to tie for second place in the event.


Ashley Guerra, Northern Illinois, Fr., Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg

In her first experience at the Illinois State Championships, Ashley Guerra earned the highest score by an NIU gymnast this season and her career best mark, on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.875. Guerra tied for second on the event to earn All-State honors and her score is tied for the second-highest in the MAC this season on bars. Her effort led NIU to its highest team score on the bars this season.