Gymnast of the Week
Marie Case, Kent State University, Senior
With Kent State’s two home events on the same weekend, quad-meet on Fri. Jan. 17 and a dual on Sun. Jan. 19. The Golden Flashes ranked No. 21 in the nation, picked up two wins against Eastern Michigan (194.475-192.750) and George Washington (194.475-193.400) and lost to No. 16 Rutgers 195.250-194.475 in the quad on Jan. 17. Kent State Bounced back to defeat North Carolina State 195.400-194.150. Senior Marie Case finished the dual against NC State with an All-Around score of 39.375, which is first in the MAC this season. She also tok first in the floor exercise (9.900) which is tied tenth in the nation. Case also finished first in the uneven parallel bars (9.800) and tied second in the balance beam (9.825) and tied third on the vault (9.850). In the quad, the senior took fifth in the vault (9.825) and the bars (9.800) and tied ninth on floor (9.775) while she was 18th on the beam (9.325).
Co-Specialist of the Week
Halle Moraw, Central Michigan, Junior
Moraw led Central Michigan to a victory over William and Mary with a pair of event victories. Moraw posted a season-high 9.900 on floor to win the event while also tying for first on beam with a 9.775. Her performance on beam was critical as its helped CMU rebound from falls on two of the first three routines.
Khadijah Hudson, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore
Sophomore Khadijah Hudson won the floor exercise while placing third in the vault as the Eastern Michigan University gymnastics team opened up the 2014 campaign with a fourth place showing at a quadrangular meet hosted by Kent State University, Jan. 17. After qualifying on the floor for the NCAA Regionals a season ago as a freshman, Hudson didn't skip a beat in the 2014 season opener. Her score of 9.875 was enough to claim the floor title, tying a personal-best as well as the 10th-highest floor exercise score in EMU history. The Hebron, Ky. native also led the Eagles on the vault, recording a career-high 9.850 to take third.
Miranda Kuehl, Ball State, Freshman
Bars: 9.475 (9th); Beam: 9.475 (5th); Floor: 9.550 (8th)
Alyssa Nocella, Bowling Green, Sophomore
Alyssa Nocella tied her personal best with a 38.850 all-around score as Bowling Green defeated defending MAC Championship co-winner Western Michigan to move to 1-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2010. Nocella placed first on the vault and floor exercise, second on beam and third on the uneven bars. She set a personal best score on the vault with a 9.775 and equaled that score on floor.
Emily Heinz, Central Michigan, Senior
Heinz helped Central Michigan to a victory over William & Mary. The senior captain tied for first on beam (9.775), fourth on floor (9.750) and seventh on vault (9.550).
Kimberly Ebeyer, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore
Sophomore Kimberly Ebeyer received a solid 9.775 from the judges in her first collegiate appearance in the floor exercise. Ebeyer also scored a career-high 9.700 on the beam for ninth place overall as well as a 9.675 on the vault. The scores on beam and floor were the second best on the team for each event.
Jessi Buis, Western Michigan, Sophomore
Sophomore Jessi Buis won the balance beam and was runner-up on vault against Bowling Green. She tied a career-high with a 9.700 to take first on beam and stuck a huge layout full for a 9.750 and a second place finish on vault in the first rotation. Buis also scored a 9.600 on the floor exercise, which was counted towards the team total.
Erin Patchey, Ball State, Sophomore
Behind the strength of first-place finishes from Erin Patchey on the floor and the vault and Ball State's gymnastics team defeated Iowa Friday night. The Cardinals tallied a 189.975 to 188.875 victory to improve to 2-3 on the season. On the vault, Patchey won the event with a score of 9.725. Patchey's first-place performance on the floor was a personal best 9.775
Jamilah Ali, Bowling Green, Junior
2012 MAC Freshman of the Year Jamilah Ali returned from a preseason injury to compete for the first time in 2014, posting a score of 9.675 on the vault in her season debut. Ali helped the Falcons get out to an early lead as Bowling Green defeated defending MAC Championship co-winner Western Michigan to move to 1-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2010.
Samantha Gordon, Kent State, Freshman
With Kent State’s two home events on the same weekend, quad-meet on Fri. Jan. 17 and a dual on Sun. Jan. 19. The Golden Flashes ranked No. 21 in the nation, picked up two wins against Eastern Michigan (194.475-192.750) and George Washington (194.475-193.400) and lost to No. 16 Rutgers 195.250-194.475 in the quad on Jan. 17. Kent State Bounced back to defeat North Carolina State 195.400-194.150. At the quad-meet, Samantha Gordon tied for ninth on the floor exercise (9.775) which set her personal record as a true freshman before Sunday’s dual which saw her tie for second on the floor (9.825) for her new personal best.
Lauren Bledsoe, Western Michigan, Senior
In her only competition of the night, senior Lauren Bledsoe won the floor exercise against Bowling Green, scoring a 9.775. Her score was much improved from week one of competition, where she tallied a 9.550 at Arkansas.