March 5, 2013

ECAC Division I Women's Gymnasts of the Week, March 4, 2013

Results and Statistics

Gymnast of the Week
Name: Jean Alban
Institution: Temple University
Class: Senior
Hometown: Springfield, Mass.

Scores from the week:  Temple 191.175
Opponents: Denver 196.800, West Virginia 196.375, George Washington 195.300
Vault: 9.575
Bars: 9.675
Beam: 9.750
Floor Exercise: 9.650
All Around: 38.650

Helping Temple to a season-best team score (191.175), senior Jean Alban contributed strong performances, setting career-highs in two different events—vault and bars—and topping her previous all-around career high score with Sunday's 38.650 total. Alban posted a 9.675 on the uneven bars, which was good enough for 16th overall for an individual performance on the apparatus.  She posted her highest score on the day on the balance beam, scoring a 9.750 and later set a new career-high on vault with her 9.575.
Specialist of the week:
Specialist of the Week
Name:  Mackenzie Sato
Institution:  Cornell University
Class:  Junior
Hometown:  Kaneohe, Hi.
Score: Floor 9.8
Sato scored her career high score on floor on Saturday helping the Cornell Big Red to victories over William & Mary and Brockport at Rutgers.  Her 9.8 was the highest score earned by a specialist in any event in the ECAC this week.
Rookie of the Week
Rookie of the Week
Name:  Elyse Shenberger
Institution:  University of Pennsylvania           
Class:  First Year
Hometown:  Hummelstown, Pa.           
Scores from the week: Penn 189.425
Opponent:  Ursinus 185.375         
Bars:  9.85 (Career High)
Beam:  9.1
Shenberger is still recovering from a previous injury.  She scored her career high and won the uneven bars posting a 9.85 helping Penn score it’s second highest on the event in program history with a 48.775.
Coaches Choice
Name:  Kirsten Strausbaugh                       
Institution: University of Pennsylvania           
Class:  Senior           
Hometown:  Virginia Beach, Va.
Scores from the week: Penn 189.425
Opponent:  Ursinus 185.375         
Vault:  9.475
Bars:  9.8
Beam:  9.525
Floor Exercise:  9.8
All Around:  38.6
Strausbaugh had a strong performance in the all-around especially on the uneven bars and floor exercise.  She won the floor exercise and placed second on the uneven bars with a score of 9.8 on the events.  Srausbaugh helped Penn score is second highest event score in program history on the uneven bars with a 48.775 and also tied her season high.  Currently she is the number one ranked Division I all-around gymnast in the ECAC.