MAC Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 2/5/2014

Gymnast of the Week

Brittany Petzold, Central Michigan, Senior

Petzold won bars and finished second on vault as Central Michigan posted a 196.600, the fourth-best score in program history, to win the Michigan vs. Illinois Invite over the weekend. Petzold matched her personal best to win bars with a 9.875 and scored a 9.850 on vault for a runner-up finish. She also competed on floor for the first time in three weeks because of an ankle injury and posted a top 8 finish with a 9.775.

 

Specialist of the Week

Taylor Noonan, Central Michigan, Junior

Noonan matched a pair of personal bests on beam and bars in Central Michigan’s victory at the Michigan vs. Illinois Invite as the Chippewas posted a 196.600, the fourth-best score in school history and the best in the MAC this season. Noonan matched the MAC-high this season on beam with a 9.925 to win the event. She also posted a 9.775 on bars for a top 10 finish on the event.

 

Other Nominees

Gymnasts

Denasiha Christian, Ball State, Sohpomore

Denasiha Christian won the floor with a season high 9.875 and tied for first with a 9.775 of vault in Ball State’s meet vs. Bowling Green. Christian helped Ball State to a season high team score on the floor of 48.700

 

Lauren Feely, Bowling Green, Freshman

Freshman Lauren Feely won her first collegiate all-around title as Bowling Green improved to 3-0 in the MAC with a 194.150-193.025 win over Ball State Saturday. Feely was consistent during the meet, scoring at least a 9.600 on all four apparatuses, including a career-best 9.725 on the floor. Her best score came on vault, where she posted a 9.750 that helped her to a 38.750 all-around score. With the win, BGSU equaled its conference win total from a year ago and is the team’s best start since going 4-0 in MAC play to open the 2010 season.

 

Anna Willette, Eastern Michigan, Junior

Eastern Michigan junior Anna Willette recorded three scores of 9.725 or higher at the Michigan/Illinois Challenge, Feb. 1. She paced the Eagles on bars with a season-high 9.800, while also tallying a season-best 9.750 on vault. The EMU gymnast wrapped up her day with a 9.725 on beam. Willette was a key factor in the Eagles earning a team total of 194.800, the program’s highest mark since March 19, 2004.

 

Kim Gotlund, Northern Illinois, Senior

The only Huskie gymnast to compete in more than two events in NIU’s 192.450-191.600 victory over Western Michigan, senior Kim Gotlund won the all-around competition for the second straight week while providing a calm presence to a young NIU team. She posted an all-around total of 38.550 while earning her season-best scores in two events. Her 9.625 on vault and 9.775 on floor exercise both marked her best marks of the year on those events. The 9.775 on floor tied for first in the meet. She also tied for third place on uneven parallel bars with a 9.675.

 

Audry Merritt, Western Michigan, Freshman

Freshman Audry Merritt competed in three events this week for Western Michigan and turned in three top four finishes, as she was the most consistent competitor for the Broncos. She placed third on the uneven bars at Northern Illinois with a 9.675, and fourth on both vault and floor, totaling a 9.700 and 9.725, respectively. Her vault score tied a season best.

 

Specialists

Erin Patchey, Ball State, Sophomore

Erin Patchey tied for first on the vault with a season high 9.775, while also tying her season high with a 9.775 on the floor in Ball State’s meet vs. Bowling Green.

 

Rachel Reis, Bowling Green, Freshman

Freshman Rachel Reis tied her career best with a 9.750 on the uneven bars as Bowling Green improved to 3-0 in the MAC with a 194.150-193.050 win over Ball State. Reis tied for third on the apparatus in the meet and helped the Falcons score a 48.600 on the first rotation, the team’s second-best score of the year on bars.

 

Kaylee Meyers, Eastern Michigan, Senior/Junior

Eastern Michigan University gymnast Kaylee Meyers led the Eagles to a team total of 194.800 at the Michigan/Illinois Challenge, the program’s highest mark in 10 years. The redshirt junior earned a personal-best 9.875 from the judges in the floor exercise, tying for the 10th-best mark in EMU history. Meyers also found success on the balance beam, recording a mark of 9.775 to finish seventh in the quad meet.

 

Natasha Jufko, Northern Illinois, Senior

Senior Natasha Jufko tied her career high and won the balance beam event with a 9.850 to lead the Huskies to a season-best team beam score of 48.525. The 9.850 was the highest score of the entire meet and ranks as the highest score on any event by an NIU gymnast in 2014. The Huskies’ performance on balance beam turned a three-tenths deficit in the team score going into the third rotation into a .125 lead. NIU went on to claim the win over Western Michigan, 192.450-191.600, to improve to 2-0 in MAC competition and 2-1 overall.

 

Shelby MacDonald, Western Michigan, Senior

Shelby MacDonald won the bars competition for Western Michigan for the third straight week, placing first on the road against Northern Illinois with a season-high 9.825. In her other competition of the night, MacDonald scored a 9.500 on the balance beam, where she placed ninth.