Gymnast of the Week
Marie Case, Kent State
Junior, Erie, Pa. (Mercyhurst Prep)(Lakettes)
Took home three of the five events for the second consecutive week in leading Kent State to victory at Bowling Green. Case earned a 9.925 on the floor exercise to finish first overall in the contest. One win was not enough however, as she also placed first on the balance beam when she posted another 9.925 score. Her efforts also resulted in a second place finish on the uneven bars when she received a 9.800 from the judges. To round out her strong performance, Case found a fifth place finish on the vault. Case posted a 9.800 on the event. When all was said and done Case was also found to the all-around champion. Her combined score of the day resulted in an exceptional all-around score of 39.450, a career best.
Specialist of the Week
Kylie Fagan, Central Michigan
Sophomore, Commerce, Mich. (Walled Lake Northern HS)
Sophomore Kylie Fagan won both events in which she competed, helping No. 23 CMU set a season high score of 195.875 in wins over Illinois State, Eastern Michigan, and Illinois-Chicago and the Illinois-Michigan Challenge. Fagan captured the uneven bars outright, topping the field with a score of 9.850 for her third title win in the event this season. She followed it up with another standout performance, establishing a new career high in the balance beam, tying for the title with a score of 9.875.
Brittney Emmons, Ball State
Senior,Pace, Fla. (Tate)(First City Gymnastics)
Brittney Emmons led Ball State to a pair of wins over Penn and Centenary with the all-around title at the meet . . . Emmons managed a 38.975 in the all-around to help the Cardinals improve to 4-2 overall and record their third and fourth wins in a row . . . Emmons won the Bars with a 9.850 mark . . . She placed second on the floor with a 9.775 and was third on the vault with a 9.75 . . . Emmons tied for sixth on the beam with a 9.60 mark.
Samantha Santos, Ball State
Sophomore, Bloomington, Ind. (South)(Bloomington United Gymnastics)
Samantha Santos helped Ball State to a pair of wins over Penn and Centenary to give the Cardinals their third and fourth victories in a row and improve to 4-2 on the season . . . Santos won the balance beam with a career high 9.80 mark.
Alyssa Nocella, Bowling Green
Freshman, Gilbertsville, Pa. (Boyertown Area)
Nocella placed second in the all-around versus Kent State, hitting all four routines for a season-best 38.825 score. She scored a season-high 9.825 on floor, a 9.75 on beam and 9.625 on both vault and bars, as Bowling Green posted season highs on beam and floor in a loss to Kent State.
Taylor Noonan, Central Michigan
Sophomore, Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy HS)
helped No. 23 Central Michigan post a team season-high score of 195.875 in wins over Illinois State (194.100), Eastern Michigan (192.850), and host Illinois-Chicago (192.800) at the Illinois-Michigan Challenge. Noonan was once again one of CMU’s main anchors in the balance beam, scoring above a 9.800 for the fourth straight week, recording a 9.825 to tie for third place. She also had scores count in the floor exercise (9.775) and in the uneven bars (9.700), placing in a tie for sixth and ninth, respectively.
Khadijah Hudson, Eastern Michigan
Freshman, Hebron, Ky. (Conner)
Eastern Michigan University freshman Khadijah Hudson tied her career high with a 9.800 for a fifth-place finish to lead the Green and White on the floor exercise at the Michigan/Illinois Challenge. The Hebron, Ky. native also turned in a personal-best mark in the vault with a 9.825. The EMU gymnastics team and the Central Michigan University gymnastics team combined for a score of 388.725 to defeat the Illinois schools of Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, 388.725-385.90.
Anna Willette, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Pylesville, Md.(North Harford)
Once again led the Eagles in two events with a pair of third place finishes at the Michigan/Illinois Challenge, Feb. 2. On the vault, the Pylesville, Md. native recorded a career-high 9.875, the fifth best mark in school history. Willette also finished third on the bars with a score of 9.800. The Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team and the Central Michigan University gymnastics team combined for a score of 388.725 to defeat the Illinois schools of Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, 388.725-385.90.
Whitnee Johnson, Kent State,
Sophomore, Columbia, Mo.(Rock Bridge)(Show-Me Gymnastics)
Whitnee Johnson put in a solid performance to help the Golden Flashes defeat Bowling Green. Johnson finished first on the vault, where she earned a 9.875. In her other event of the evening, the balance beam, Johnson finished third when she posted a 9.825
Natalie Sutter, Northern Illinois
Senior, Barberton, OH(Coventry)(Gymnastics World)
NIU’s Natalie Sutter put together the best all-around performance of her career Saturday in the Huskies 192.875-192.775 victory over Southeast Missouri at the Convocation Center. Sutter, Northern Illinois’ final performer of the meet, scored a season-best 9.825 on floor exercise, the highest single score of the meet, to push the Huskies past SEMO. Sutter’s 9.700 scores on both uneven parallel bars and balance beam were good for third place, while she opened competition with a 9.625 on vault. Her 38.850 total is a career high for the senior who has competed in the all-around for NIU for the first time this season.
Michelle Adams, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Fond du Lac, Wis.(Fond du Lac)(Queen City Gymnastics)
Sophomore Michelle Adams competed in two events, as Western Michigan went head-to-head with No. 2 Oklahoma and two of the other top programs in the nation at West Virginia Friday. Adams tied for 11th on floor with a 9.775 and had a career-best 9.775 on bars, finishing eighth.
Caroline O’Brien, Western Michigan
Senior, Loveland, Ohio (Loveland)
Competed in three events, as Western Michigan went head-to-head with No. 2 Oklahoma and two of the other top programs in the nation at West Virginia Friday. O’Brien had WMU’s top finish, placing third on the uneven bars with a 9.850. She also placed 18th on balance beam with a 9.675 and 11th on floor with a 9.775.