MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 1/8/2013

MAC Gymnast of the Week:
Jamilah Ali, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Toms River, N.J./Manchester
Jamilah Ali, a sophomore from Toms River, N.J., led the Falcons to their highest season-opening score since 2004 - a 192.200 in a loss to Ohio State.  Ali was BGSU's top scorer on both vault and floor exercise, scoring a 9.85 on vault to finish third in the meet and a 9.8 on floor to finish second overall.  Ali's score on vault tied her career high and was the highest of the week in the Mid-American Conference.  Ali also competed balance beam for the Falcons, scoring 9.675 to finish fifth on the event.

MAC Specialist of the Week:
Halle Moraw, Central Michigan 
Sophomore, Clarkston, MI./Clarkston H.S. 
Sophomore Halle Moraw was a driving force behind CMU’s highly successful start to the 2013 season, as she won both events in which she competed in leading the Chippewas to a 194.975-180.150 win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Moraw scored a career-best 9.850 to claim the balance beam title and then followed it up by duplicating that score to take the floor exercise.  CMU’s score of 194.975 was the highest ever posted by a Jerry Reighard-led team in a season opener in his 29-year tenure.
Other Nominees:
Becca Druien, Central Michigan
Sophomore, Byron, Ill./Byron H.S. 
Sophomore Becca Druien helped get CMU’s 2013 season off to a fast start, taking the all-around crown with a total score of 38.725, in the Chippewas’ 194.975-180.150 win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Druien’s top performance came in the floor exercise, as she placed second by tying her career high in the event, a 9.800. She also finished fourth in the uneven bars (9.750) and the balance beam (9.650) and sixth in the vault (9.525). CMU’s score of 194.975 was the highest ever posted by a Jerry Reighard-led team in a season opener in his 29-year tenure.
Denasiha Christian, Ball State 
Freshman, Roanoke City, Va./ Patrick Henry H.S.
A freshman member of the Ball State gymnastics team, Denasiha Christian competed in her first collegiate meet at the nation’s No. 3 ranked Florida Gators.  Christian was Ball State’s top performer on the vault and tied for fifth with a 9.8 score.  She also placed fifth on the floor with a 9.725.
Sunny Marchand, Bowling Green 
Senior, Pelham, N.H./Lowell Catholic
Sunny Marchand, a senior from Pelham, N.H., scored a 9.8 on vault in Bowling Green's loss to Ohio State on Saturday.  Marchand, who missed all of last season with injuries, landed her first vault in competition since the 2011 season - a well-executed Yurchenko layout half to finish sixth on the event.  Bowling Green went on to post a 192.200 - the highest season-opening score for the Falcons since 2004.