MAC Announces Female Scholar Athlete of the Week

Updated 4/23/2010
Toledo Marguerite Johnson (golf)

Marguerite Johnson (Sr., 3.58, civil engineering, Battle Creek, Mich.) tied for second place at Bowling Green's Falcon Invitational to help the Rockets capture their second tournament of the 2009-10 campaign and defeat fellow MAC members Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Western Michigan. Johnson carded a nine-over par 153 (75-78) to post the best finish of her collegiate career and also registered an eagle and three birdies in the event.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Other Female Nominees:
Ball State: Alicia Barkley (softball, Jr., 3.55, exercise science, Oklahoma City, Okla.) posting a spotless record as shortstop in six games played this week, Alicia Barkley also batted at a .389 clip, drew two walks and was hit by two pitches in 18 at bats against Indiana, Buffalo and Kent State combined. Against Indiana, Barkley was four for six at bat and hit critical singles for the Cardinals' 5-2 and 9-1 wins over the Hoosiers. In Mid-American Conference play against Buffalo Friday and Kent State Saturday and Sunday, the defending MAC Player of the Year tallied three hits and notched six putouts as her team went 2-2 in the MAC.

Bowling Green: Christine Chiricosta (tennis, Jr., 3.96, adolescent/young adult/secondary education, Avon Lake, Ohio) won both of her matches as the Falcons downed Northern Illinois, 5-2, in the team's lone action of the week ... teamed with Maddy Eccleston for an 8-5 win at the top doubles flight ... that duo won six-straight games to close out the match ... then, defeated NIU's Kathryn Friedlund in short order, losing just one total game (6-0, 6-1) in their top-flight match ... on the year, is now a team-leading 22-6 in singles, including a 15-4 record in duals ... has teamed with Eccleston to go 15-4 in dual-match doubles ... leads the Falcons with a 35-12 overall record this season ... has won eight of her last nine singles matches, and also has won eight of her last nine doubles contests ... just a junior, already is tied for 13th on the BGSU career wins list, with 127 combined victories ... has 64 singles wins to tie for 14th in school annals ... with 63 doubles victories, is tied for 12th on that BGSU chart ... is on track to become the BGSU career leader on all three lists.

Buffalo: Jackie Burns (track and field, So., 3.56, exercise science, North Tonawanda, NY) won the women's 1500-meters in 4:40.56 at the UB Invitational, helping the UB women to 12 event victories at the meet.

Central Michigan: Raeanne Lohner (track and field, Jr., 3.89, english, East Grand Rapids, Mich.) on the 5,000m with a career-best time of 16:57.42 at the Dave Rankin Invitational. She finished 45 seconds ahead of the runner-up in the event. Lohner's time was the second fastest in the Mid-American Conference this season.

Eastern Michigan: Jessica Patterson (softball, Sr., 3.20, biology, Ionia, Mich.) recorded a team-high batting average of .429 (9-for-21) in helping the Eagles to three wins on the week. Her two triples contributed to a .619 slugging percentage and her two three-hit games were the first three-hit games of her career. Against Oakland April 14, she went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored and a triple to lead EMU to a 5-3 win. She recorded hits in five-of-the-seven games for EMU last week.

Kent State: Kylie Reynolds (softball, Sr., 3.26, communications studies, Greensboro, Ga.) went 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in four weekend appearances against conference opponents. Her victories came against defending MAC Tournament champion Miami and defending MAC regular season champion Ball State. Reynolds tossed 28.1 innings in three days and totaled 36 strikeouts. After earning a complete game victory in game one of a doubleheader against Miami Friday, she threw eight scoreless innings of relief later in the day. Reynolds allowed just two hits in game two and worked through the tiebreaker rule with runners placed on second base in the 10th through 12th innings. In three straight contests, she left go-ahead runners on base in opponents' final at bat.

Northern Illinois: Kim Hunley (golf, Sr., 3.4, physical education, Aurora, Ill.) finished fourth at the Falcon Invitational. She shot an opening round 78, the second best score on the day. Hunley followed it with a five-over second round score of 77 for a final score of 155. Her placement was her third top-five finish of the season.

Western Michigan: Elise Swartout (golf, Sr., 3.49, management, Ann Arbor, Mich.) matched her best career finish with her runner up placement at the Falcon Classic, sharing the second spot with Toledo's Marguerite Johnson. Her only other runner up finish was also a tie at the 2009 Indiana Invitational. The senior carded a final round score of 74, marking the lowest score for the Broncos on Sunday. Swartout was one of only five golfers in the field to manage a score in the 70's during an opening round that had winds near 20 mph and gusting up to 35 mph. It was her fifth top-10 finish of the season as well as her second top-five finish.













Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 11) Mary Hull, Miami (field hockey)
Week 2 (Sept. 18) Allyson Doyle, WMU (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 25) Molly Gerst, CMU (soccer)
Week 4(Oct. 2) Marisa Hornbaker, Buffalo (volleyball)
Week 5 (Oct. 9) Lindsey Curnock, NIU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 16) Chelsi Abott, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 23) Ali Bishel, BSU (cross country)
Week 8 (Oct. 30) Laurie Wilkins, KSU (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 6) Alexandra Lizarribar, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 13) Claire Horton, CMU (soccer)
Week 11 (Nov. 20) Kourtney Brown, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)
Week 13 (Dec. 4) Cassie Schrock, EMU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 11) Elizabeth Spilman, BSU (swimming & diving)
Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)
Week 15 (Dec. 18) Tavelyn James, EMU (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 23) Lorriane Odhiambo, KSU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Jessica Fortman, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 8) Tavelyn James, EMU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 15) Sarah Kehe, BSU (swimming & diving)
Kaihla Szunko, CMU (basketball)
Week 20 (Jan. 22) Christine Chiricosta, BGSU (tennis)
Week 21 (Jan. 29) Denise Harijanto, Buffalo (tennis)
Week 22 (Feb. 5) Rachel Heim, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 23 (Feb. 12) Tavelyn James, EMU (basketball)
Week 24 (Feb. 19) Christine Chiricosta, BGSU (tennis)
Week 25 (Feb. 28) Lydia Barrett, KSU (gymnastics)
Week 26 (Mar. 5) Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)
Week 27 (Mar. 12) Heather Duhon, KSU (softball)
Week 28 (Mar. 19) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)
Week 29 (Mar. 26) Elizabeth Milian, BSU (softball)
Kylie Reynolds, KSU (softball)
Week 30 (Apr. 2) Christine Chiricosta, BGSU (tennis)
Week 31 (Apr. 9) Melissa Bott, BGSU (softball)
Week 32 (Apr. 16) Lydia Barrett, KSU (gymnastics)
Week 33 (Apr. 23) Marguerite Johnson, Toledo (golf)