MAC Gymnast and Specialist of the Week

Updated 2/18/2014

Gymnast of the Week

Marie Case, Kent State, Senior

Marie Case took first in the All-Around with a personal best 39.475, which is the best all-around score in the MAC this season, in the Golden Flashes 195.525-195.500 win over Central Michigan Sunday in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Case took first overall in the dual on the balance beam with a 9.925, tying her career best and setting her season best. Her beam score is tied for first in the MAC on the season. Marie tied for first on the uneven bars with a 9.875, her season high, which is tied for second best in the MAC. Case tied for second on the floor exercise with a 9.900, tying her career best and second best score in the MAC on the season, and tied for third on the vault, 9.775.


Specialist of the Week

Taylor Bolender, Central Michigan, Sophomore

Bolender posted a personal best and took first-place on floor with a 9.925 against Kent State, matching the MAC’s highest score this season on the event. She also had another top 3 finish, taking third on bars with a 9.825.


Other Nominees


Alyssa Nocella, Bowling Green, Sophomore

Alyssa Nocella scored a 38.875 to place third in the all-around in a triangular meet at Maryland with Yale. Nocella overcame a 9.425 on the uneven bars in the first rotation to score at least 9.775 on each of the final three rotations, finishing in the top three at the meet in each of those. She started with a 9.775 on beam and then posted a season-best 9.875 on the floor exercise to take home meet-high honors. She concluded with a career-best 9.800 on vault, tying for third place in the meet (only behind two teammates).


Brittany Petzold, Central Michigan, Senior

Petzold was CMU’s top all-arounder against Kent State, posting a 39.200. The senior tied for first on vault with a 9.825 and had two more top five finishes, a fourth on floor (9.850) and a fifth on bars (9.775).


Anna Willette, Eastern Michigan, Junior

Eastern Michigan junior Anna Willette led the Eagles to a 194.500-194.125 victory over Western Michigan Saturday, Feb. 15. Willette recorded three scores at 9.725 or higher to help EMU snap a 10-meet losing skid to MAC foes. After finishing third on vault with a 9.775, Willette soared through the air on the bars to score a 9.725. She finished up her impressive meet with a victory on the beam, earning a 9.825 to tie her personal best.


Kim Gotlund, NIU, Senior

NIU senior Kim Gotlund won the all-around competition for the third time this season with her second best score of the year, totaling a 38.750. Gotlund led NIU on uneven parallel bars with a 9.750, good for sixth place in the meet. With a 9.775 on floor exercise, Gotlund tied for second among Huskie gymnasts and tied for fifth overall. She helped lead NIU to its highest team floor score of the season. She was also second among Northern Illinois gymnasts on balance beam with a 9.700 to tie for seventh. Gotlund helped NIU to its top team score of the season with a 193.825. The Huskies claimed wins over Iowa State and Wisconsin-Whitewater, and finished just .050 points behind winner Texas Woman’s.


Jessi Buis, Western Michigan, Sophomore

Sophomore Jessi Buis tied for first on vault with EMU’s Bianca Jordaan, both scoring a 9.825. Buis also tied for second on the balance beam, with a career-high 9.775. It was the third Mid-American Conference meet Buis has claimed the top score on vault, and she has finished no lower than second in the five conference duals. Buis also scored a 9.575 on floor exercise, which was counted towards the team total.



Denasiha Christian, Ball State, Sophomore

Denasiha Christian finished first on the vault with a 9.850 mark plus won the floor with a 9.825 in Ball State’s meet at Southeast Missouri State . . . The 9.85 on the vault tied her career high.


Amanda Lievendag, Bowling Green, Junior

Junior Amanda Lievendag posted a 9.850 on the vault in a triangular meet at Maryland with Yale, earning meet-high honors. After a slow start, Bowling Green found its rhythm late and Lievendag led the Falcons to a 48.975 in the final rotation, the best of any team at the meet on vault. It was the second consecutive meet that Lievendag recorded a score that high, posting a 9.875 on vault a week ago against Central Michigan.


Kaylee Meyers, Eastern Michigan, R-Junior

Eastern Michigan University redshirt-junior Kaylee Meyers helped her team break a 10-meet regular season losing streak to conference foes as the Eagles defeated the Western Michigan University Broncos, 194.500-194.125, Saturday night Feb. 15. Meyers tallied a 9.750 on beam to finish fourth before claiming the floor exercise title with an impressive 9.850.


Jaymi Baxter, Kent State, Sophomore

Jaymi Baxter tied for fourth on the uneven bars with a 9.800 and finished with a 9.700 for 11th place in No. 25 Kent State’s 195.525-195.500 win over No. 19 Central Michigan Sunday.


Jaelyn Olsen, NIU, Sophomore

Jaelyn Olsen continued an excellent sophomore season with two stellar performances in a home quadrangular meet as she led NIU in both vault and balance beam. Olsen tied for first place on vault with a 9.800 as NIU recorded the best team vault score of the competition. She scored above 9.8 on the event for the fourth time in five competitions this season. The Huskies also tied for the best team score on beam behind Olsen’s 9.750, which ranked as her best career mark on the event. Olsen’s marks helped NIU to its top team score of the season with a 193.825. The Huskies claimed wins over Iowa State and Wisconsin-Whitewater, and finished just .050 points behind winner Texas Woman’s.


Shelby MacDonald, Western Michigan, Senior

Senior Shelby MacDonald continued her prowess on the uneven bars, winning the event outright with a 9.775 at Eastern Michigan. MacDonald has placed first on bars in four of the five MAC meets. In her only other event, MacDonald totaled a 9.700 on the balance beam, which counted towards the team score and tied for seventh.