19 , 2004
GYMNASTICS --- Northern Illinois University at the Mid-American
Conference Championships / at Mount Pleasant, MI / Central Michigan
University, host / Friday / March 19, 2004
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 197.525, KENT STATE 196.850, EASTERN MICHIGAN 195.550,
BOWLING GREEN ST. 194.650, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 194.600, WESTERN MICHIGAN
194.025, BALL STATE 193.525
Reighard (CMU), Jenna Tarkington (BSU), 9.950; 3---(TIE)---Kelly
Kramer (NIU), Karen Harper (WMU), 9.925; 5---(TIE)---Sara Burtinsky
(CMU), Jessie James (KSU), 9.950. Other NIU scores: Kristina Campos,
9.850; Amy Ristvedt, 9.800; Dannielle Dacey, 9.725; Heather Marti,
9.650; Ashlee Williams, 9.575. NIU team score: 48.950 (school record).
BARS: 1---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), 9.925; 2---Melissa Popovich (BGSU),
9.900; 3---(TIE)---Jules Passy (CMU), Morgan Wiland (KSU), 9.875;
5---(TIE)---Leah Hashimoto (EMU), Laura Ransing (WMU), 9.850. NIU
scores: Dannielle Dacey, 9.800; Kristina Campos, 9.800; Ashlee Williams,
9.725; Katie Willett, 9.650; Kristin Harrington, 9.525; Cassandra
Judy, 9.500. NIU team score: 48.500.
1---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), 9.975; 2---(TIE)---Kara Reighard (CMU),
Earline Feugill (KSU), 9.925; 4---April Zentko (KSU), 9.900; 5---(TIE)---Erica
Linnersten (KSU), Tristin Thomas (WMU), 9.875. NIU scores: Kristina
Campos, 9.850; Ashlee Williams, 9.700; Mariah Howard, 9.625; Kelly
Kramer, 9.550; Amy Ristvedt, 9.150; Dannielle Dacey, 9.000. NIU
team score: 47.875.
1---(TIE)---Earline Feugill (KSU), Stephanie Langley (CMU), 9.950;
3---(TIE)---Jessie James (KSU), Leah Hashimoto (EMU), 9.925; 5---(TIE)---Kristina
Campos (NIU), Ashlee Williams (NIU), Jules Passy (CMU), Melissa
Popovich (BGSU), Kara Reighard (CMU), Carrie Mayle (KSU), Courtney
Vojtasek (BSU), Matti Crawford (CMU), Brook Morari (EMU), Pia Sjovall
(BGSU), Tiffani Berra (CMU), Emily Koechel (EMU), 9.900. Other NIU
scores: Kelly Kramer, 9.850; Amy Ristvedt, 9.850; Dannielle Dacey,
9.775; Kristin Harrington, 9.750. NIU team score: 49.275 (school
1---Sara Burtinsky (CMU), 39.550; 2---Jules Passy (CMU), 39.500;
3---(TIE)---Jessie James (KSU), Melissa Popovich (BGSU), 39.450;
5---Kristina Campos (NIU), 39.400. Other NIU scores: Ashlee Williams,
38.900; Dannielle Dacey, 38.300.
FIFTH AT MAC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS; CAMPOS EARNS SECOND-TEAM
MI --- As the old saying goes, records are made to be broken. That
adage proved to be the theme of the night as numerous school and
conference standards fell during the 2004 Mid-American Conference
gymnastics championships here Friday (March 19).
University was anything but a hospitable host, as the homestanding
Chippewas posted a MAC record 197.525 team score to edge Kent State
University (196.850) for their 10th MAC championship in program
history. Eastern Michigan was third at 195.550, with Bowling Green
St. University (194.650) edging the Huskies (194.600) for fourth
place. Western Michigan University (194.025) and Ball State (193.525)
rounded out the seven-team field.
set school marks on both the vault and floor exercise but jitters
on the uneven bars and balance beam proved too much for head coach
Mark Sontag's crew to overcome.
CMU's Sara Burtinsky
took the individual spotlight as her 39.550 all-around total was
0.050 points better than teammate Jules Passy's four-event mark.
Burtinsky's evening featured blue-ribbon efforts on the beam and
bars, with her 9.975 beam score eclipsing the MAC Championships
record on that event. She also earned a 9.925 on the bars.
junior Kristina Campos (Oak Park, MO / Gladstone) earned Second-Team
All-MAC accolades for her efforts, recording a 39.400 composite
to match her season-high. Campos eclipsed the 39 mark for the eighth
time in 11 meets this spring and the 14th occasion in her career.
The Oak Park, MO, native equaled her total of last weekend when
she successfully defended her State of Illinois Classic title, but
Friday's performance put her behind the two Chippewas plus BGSU's
Melissa Popovich and Kent State's Jessie James, who split third
place at 39.450.
her season-best with a 9.900 on the floor exercise, finishing in
a tie for fifth place which also included teammate Ashlee Williams
(Liberty, MO). Campos drew marks of 9.850 on the vault and balance
beam before rounding out her night with a 9.800 on the balance beam.
Stephanie Langley and Kent State's Earline Feugill shared the floor
exercise crown with matching 9.950 scores while Ball State's Jenna
Tarkington and CMU's Kara Reighard posted 9.950 marks on the vault
to split that title. Northern Illinois freshman Kelly Kramer (Long
Lake, MN / Benilde-St. Margaret's) made a dramatic impact in her
initial MAC championship meet, tying for third place with her 9.925
vault which equaled the NIU record. Denise Jonuska earned that mark
on Feb. 3, 1996, with NCAA national qualifier Sandy Menard receiving
the same score eight days later.
a 9.850 on the floor exercise with fellow freshman Amy Ristvedt
(Alexandria, MN / Jefferson) recording a 9.850 vault plus a 9.800
on the floor.
had an outstanding meet," Northern Illinois freshman Andy Morreale
summarized. "She stepped up and did a great job tonight. The
whole team really did well tonight. I have no complaints, except
I wish we could have finished ahead of Bowling Green."
Campos and Kramer
led the Huskies to a school-record 48.950 total on the vault. The
Huskies also posted a program-best 49.275 on the floor exercise---bettering
the old mark of 49.200 set three years ago---and held a 0.700 lead
over Bowling Green St. heading into the final rotation but NIU's
difficulties on the uneven bars allowed the Falcons to slip into
of our injuries, that hurt us most on bars," Morreale conceded,
noting the absence of Lisanna Goldschen, Meghan Cronin and Jody
Yednock. "They were three of our best performers on bars. But
considering all of the injuries we've had, I'm really proud of this
young team. They did great on floor and on vault tonight, and the
future looks good for this program, with all of these freshmen plus
(sophomore) Ashlee Williams (who tallied a career-best 38.900 composite)."
showing represents a one-spot improvement over last year's showing,
but Sontag has higher expectations for his squad in 2005 when Dannielle
Dacey (Saskatoon, Sask. / Marion M. Graham) is the only regular
who will not return.
voted the MAC Gymnast of the Year in balloting by league coaches
on Thursday (March 18) but her performance Friday relegated the
BGSU standout to Second-Team All-MAC status alongside Campos, Passy,
James, Kent State's April Zentko and Eastern Michigan's Leah Hashimoto.
The First-Team squad consists of the individual event winners of
Friday's competition, with CMU boasting three-fifths of that group.
have at least one more competition on her schedule this spring,
as the NCAA announces qualifiers for its regional championships.
Campos entered the weekend ranked seventh in the region, and would
become only the third gymnast in Huskie history to make three regionals
appearances if she receives the call as expected on Monday (March
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by Robert Hester