Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: March 19-25

Updated 3/28/2012
Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: Tayna Rachan, Northern Illinois Tanya Rachan, Gymnastics

Tanya Rachan (all-around, Sr., 3.404, biology) a likely NCAA Regional qualifier on floor exercise (will be announced Monday afternoon), led the Huskies at the MAC Gymnastics Championships with a pair of top four finishes. Rachan took second on floor exercise in the meet with a 9.900 score, tying her career and season best mark and tying for the fourth-best all-time at Northern Illinois. Rachan led the Huskies to a team score of 49.175 on floor exercise which ranks as the third-highest team floor score in school history. Rachan also tied for fourth place on vault with a 9.850 to set her career high mark and tie for the 11th-best in school history. Her scores on floor and vault were the top scores on those events by any NIU gymnast this season.

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:
Akron: Ariane Beaumont-Courteau (outdoor track and field, pole vault, So., 3.986, dietetics) matched an outdoor personal record with a clearance of 13-00.25 to win the pole vault competition at the prestigious LSU Relays in Baton Rouge, La., last weekend. Beaumont-Courteau, who owns a 3.986 GPA as a dietetics major at UA, defeated second-placed Rachel Laurent of the host Tigers by six feet while posting the 17th-best vault in the nation.

 Buffalo: Marta Stoyanova
(tennis, 2nd singles/1st, 2nd doubles, So., 3.58, business) was 3-1 in her matches as the Bulls split Mid-American Conference home contests against Ball State and Miami (OH). Playing second singles, she defeated Kristel Sanders of Ball State, 6-3, 6-2 and knocked off Miami's Riekie Honiball, 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday. She also paired with Tamara Markovic for a first doubles win over Ball State.

Bowling Green: Danielle Wishart
(gymnastics, vault and floor exercise, Jr., 3.547, Political Science) scored a pair of 9.875’s at the MAC Championships over the weekend, helping the Falcons to a fifth-place finish with a score of 193.150. The junior posted a career-best on the floor exercise to finish third and was second among 42 competitors on vault.

Central Michigan: Brittany Petzold
(gymnastics, all-around, So., 3.89, undecided) won her first Mid-American Conference Championships all-around title Saturday, helping the Chippewas clinch their third-straight MAC Championships crown. Despite her highest event finish being a tied for fourth in the uneven bars, Petzold scored three 9.8's or better to finished with a 39.150 to edge Kent State's Marie Case by just .125. The 39-plus marked the fifth time she had accomplished the feat and her performance was crucial in the Maroon and Gold scoring a season-high 196.675 to move them up two spots to No. 36 in the national rankings and qualify them for their third-straight NCAA Regional appearance.

Eastern Michigan: Stacie Wood
(gymnastics, bars and floor exercise, Sr., 4.00, psychology) had an outstanding performance for the Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team at the Mid-American Conference Championships, March 24, in DeKalb, Ill. helping the Eagles capture a fifth place tie. Wood received a 9.725 on the uneven parallel bars earning a 13th place tie. The Brantford, Ontario native led the Green and White on the floor exercise recording a 9.800 and a 14th place tie. The senior gymnast helped the Eagles tally a season-high team score of 193.150 en route to their fifth place finish.

Miami: Stephanie Danesis
(tennis, 1st Singles, Sr., 3.46, exercise science) won both of her singles matches at No. 1 singles last week to improve to 8-6 this season, including 4-3 at No. 1 singles after starting the spring at third singles. She missed all of the fall campaign with an injury but still defeated the MAC’s Preseason Player of the Year, Zara Harutyunya, of Akron 6-2, 6-3 on Friday, spurring the RedHawks to a 4-3 upset of the 65th-ranked Zips, the defending MAC Tournament champions. The team’s victory was the 27th in a row in regular-season league play and avenged a 2011 championship match loss by the same score. Danesis followed that with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Buffalo’s top player on Saturday as the RedHawks topped UB, 6-1. She was 1-1 with Alix Thurman at first doubles, falling to the 80th-ranked Akron team, 8-5, before winning at Buffalo, 8-6.

Ohio: Megan Weaver
(Golf, Sr., 3.95, math prep. for actuarial sciences (minors: psychology and business administration) had a very strong week for Ohio Women’s Golf at the 2012 University of Cincinnati Spring Invitational in Crystal River, Florida. The senior tied for 13th place in the field of 104 golfers, shooting a three-round score of 228. The 13th-place finish was the 17th top-20 result of her impressive Bobcat career. Weaver shot a 77 in the first round, a 75 in the second round and a 76 in the third and final round. She continues to be one of Ohio’s most consistent golfers while maintaining her impressive 3.95 GPA.

Toledo: Courtney Ingersoll
(basketball, guard, Sr.,, 3.376, communications) averaged 18.7 ppg with an impressive 46.2 three-point FG% in three WNIT games last week. Ingersoll scored a career-high 24 points against both Cincinnati and VCU, including a collegiate-best 6-of-9 shots from beyond the arc against the Bearcats. The Rockets’ season came to an end on Saturday with a 74-73 (OT) loss to Syracuse, and Ingersoll finished her career with an impressive 96-40 (.706) overall ledger and an even better 50-14 (.782) MAC mark during the last four years. During her career, UT captured a WNIT championship, a conference regular-season title, three division crowns and advanced to the postseason on three occasions.

Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 9) Kristen Lynn, Toledo (soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 16) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 3 (Sept. 23) Paige Roback, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 30) Rachel Iaquaniello, EMU (volleyball) and Nicole Gyurgyik, Toledo (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 7) Brigit Reder, BSU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 14) Skylar Chew, BSU (soccer) and Bailey Brandon, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 21) Toye Famodu, Ohio (soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 28) Kristin Hoffman, NIU (volleyball)
Week 9 (Nov. 4) Carla Johl, KSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 10) Maddy Eccleston, BGSU (tennis)
Week 11 (Nov. 17) Cassie Farrell, Miami (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 26) Trisha Krewson, KSU (basketball)
Week 13 (Nov. 30) Juli Accurso, Ohio (cross country)
Week 14 (Dec. 7) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 15 (Dec. 14) Tenishia Benson, Ohio (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 22) Courtney Osborn, Miami (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 11) Emily Pifer, Ohio (track and field)
Week 18 (Jan. 18) Briana Emig, EMU (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 25) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 20 (Feb. 1) Brittany Petzold, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 8) Holly Anderson, CMU (indoor track and field)
Week 22 (Feb. 15) Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 23 (Feb. 22) Kristin Teubner, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 24 (Mar. 1) Valerie (Wert) Fraizer, Akron (indoor track and field)
Week 25 (Mar. 8) Taylor Ruper, Akron (basketball)
Week 26 (Mar. 15) Natachia Watkins, EMU (basketball)
Week 27 (Mar. 21) Jenna Ignowski, EMU (softball) and Jessica Simpson, Miami (softball)
Week 28 (Mar. 28) Tanya Rachan, NIU (gymnastics)