MAC Announces Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 2/26/2013

Co- Gymnast of the Week
Whitnee Johnson, Kent State
Sophomore, Columbia, Mo. / Columbia, Mo.
Helped lead Kent State to victory over Northern Illinois 195.800-194.350. Johnson took the all-around scoring a 39.150, a personal best, to beat the rest of the competition. Johnson placed second on the uneven bars to start the day by earning a 9.825 on the uneven bars. Next up, on the vault, Johnson took third for her score of 9.800. She then received a 9.825 on the balance beam, which was good for second place. Johnson’s final score of the day came on the floor exercise where she brought home a 9.700, finishing ninth in the event.

Co- Gymnast of the Week
Kim Gotlund, Northern Illinois
Junior, Wadsworth, Illinois / Warren Township HS
Junior Kim Gotlund totaled a career-high 39.025 all-around score versus Kent State, passing the 39-point mark for the first time in her career. She took second place in the meet with the highest all-around score by an NIU gymnast since 2011. Gotlund capped off her meet with her highest score of the year on floor exercise with a 9.850 to tie for second place and to tie her career-best floor score.  Prior to that, Gotlund recorded a career high 9.800 on balance beam to finish fifth on that event.  She started the day with a 9.675 on vault and stepped up for NIU with a 9.700 on uneven parallel bars.

Specialist of the Week
Rachel Guida, Kent State
Senior, Cumberland, R.I / Brestyan's Gymnastics
Took home two event victories in helping Kent State defeat Northern Illinois 195.800-194.350. On the vault Guida set a new career best when she received a 9.875 from the judges, the score was good for first place overall. Guida took on the uneven bars next; her routine would earn her a 9.900, once again good enough for a first place finish.

Other Nominees:

Megan Harrington, Bowling Green 
Junior, Bloomington, Ill. / Normal Community
Harrrington won the all-around and two event titles as Bowling Green dominated MAC rivals Ball State and Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Harrington’s performance was highlighted by career-high numbers on balance beam (9.825) and floor exercise (9.9), as well as a top-ten all-around score in BGSU history (38.900). Her clutch routine on balance beam anchored a season-best 48.725 performance, as the Falcons overcame a fall from the first gymnast in the lineup. She then scored the first 9.9 of the season for BGSU with her floor routine, as the Falcons rolled to a season-high 49.300 to close the meet. The Falcons’ score of 194.525 was the highest since 2005 and the best score of head coach Kerrie Beach’s tenure. With three teams in action, Harrington notched top-three finishes on bars, beam, floor and the all-around.

Amanda Lievendag, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Baldwin, Md. / Fallston

Amanda Lievendag won her fifth uneven bars title of the year as Bowling Green swept the awards stand in a win over MAC rivals Ball State and Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Lievendag tied her career-best score of 9.85 to finish almost .2 higher than the second place score of 9.675. Ending with a double layout dismount stuck cold, Lievendag set herself apart from the 17 other gymnasts competing bars. This season, Lievendag has placed first on bars in all but two competitions. She also pitched in a 9.7 on vault to finish ninth overall. Lievendag’s stellar bar routine helped BGSU to a win with its highest score since 2005, a 194.525.

Brittany Petzold, Central Michigan 
 Shelby Township, Mich. / Eisenhower HS
Won her second all-around crown in the last two weeks, equaling a season best score of 39.075 to help CMU to a key conference victory over Western Michigan. The reigning MAC all-around champion earned her highest score and top place in the vault, recording a 9.800 to finish in fourth. Petzold also tied for fourth in the balance beam (9.725) and fifth in the floor exercise (9.775) and placed sixth in the uneven bars (9.725). 

Meaghan McWhorter, Central Michigan
Senior, Grand Ledge, Mich. / Grand Ledge HS
Meaghan McWhorter headlined CMU’s vault line-up in its MAC over Western Michigan, tying a career high score 9.900 to take the title in the only event in which she competed. Her 9.900 also equaled a team best this season in the vault. The reigning MAC champion in the vault, she has scored above a 9.800 in the event in each of the last four meets and six of the eight meets in 2012. McWhorter has earned five top three finishes in the vault in 2012.

Anna Willette, Eastern Michigan 
Sophomore, Pylesville, Md. / North Harford
Eastern Michigan University sophomore Anna Willette led the Green and White on the vault with a third-place score of 9.825. She also finished third in both the bars and on the beam with scores of 9.625 and 9.775, respectively. Willette helped the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the Bowling Green Invitational, Feb. 23, against conference foes Ball State and host Bowling Green.
Chantelle Loehner, Eastern Michigan 
Junior, Cary, Ill. / Cary- Grove
Eastern Michigan University’s Chantelle Loehner turned in a personal-best with a 9.725 on the floor exercise as the junior helped the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the Bowling Green Invitational, Feb. 23, against conference foes Ball State and host Bowling Green.
Marisa Liptak, Northern Illinois 
Senior, Kendall Park, NJ / South Brunswick
In the Huskies’ dual meet against league leader Kent State, NIU senior Marisa Liptak won the floor exercise with a career best 9.875, tying the highest score by Northern Illinois on any event this season. Liptak led a stellar performance on floor by NIU, which totaled a 49.200 team score to tie its second-highest team floor score in school history and its best floor total since 2004.  Liptak added a 9.675 on balance beam for her third-best beam routine of the season.   
Lauren Bledsoe, Western Michigan 
Junior, Shelby Township, Mich. / Eisenhower
Junior Lauren Bledsoe was WMU's lone individual champion this Sunday against Central Michigan, taking first on floor with a 9.875, which tied her season high. She also placed third on vault with a 9.825.
Kayla Weber, Western Michigan
Freshman, Ann Arbor, Mich. / Plymouth
Weber had a solid day as an all-arounder Sunday against Central Michigan, totaling a 39.050. Weber had third-place finishes on the uneven bars and balance beam, scoring a 9.825 and 9.800, respectively. She took eighth on vault with a 9.750 and ninth on floor with a 9.675. It was Weber’s third time this season scoring a 39.000 or higher.