MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – A conference high and program record seven members of the 2013 MAC Co-Champion Central Michigan gymnastics team received Academic All-MAC recognition, the conference office has announced. Honored were seniors Emily LaFontaine and Meaghan McWhorter, juniors Emily Heinz and Brittany Petzold, and sophomores Kylie Fagan, Halle Moraw, and Taylor Noonan.
The Academic All-MAC honor recognizes a student-athlete for excellence in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and have participated in 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.
LaFontaine, who possesses a 3.67 GPA, was a mainstay in the CMU uneven bars and floor exercise line-ups in 2013, competing in all 14 meets in each event. Ranked No. 7 in the MAC in the floor exercise at season’s end, she placed second in the event at the MAC Championships with a final score of 9.825, including earning a perfect 10.000 from one judge. LaFontaine, who scored a 9.700 or better in both the floor and bars in 13 meets, totaled 11 top three finishes for the season, including four title wins.
A political science major with a 3.62 GPA, McWhorter competed in the vault in all 14 meets, anchoring the line-up. She earned the highest score in the MAC this season, a 9.900, tying teammate freshman Kirsten Petzold. Her score also tied a career high and ranks 10th in CMU program history. McWhorter scored above a 9.800 in the vault in 10 meets, including a 9.825 at the NCAA Regional, and recorded eight top three finishes, with three title wins.
Heinz, a biology major with a 3.78 GPA, competed in the vault, balance beam, and floor exercise in 2013, establishing career highs in all three events. Ranked No. 4 in the MAC in the balance beam at season’s end, she placed second in the event at the conference championships. Heinz totaled 13 top three finishes for the season, including four title wins.
A health fitness major with a 3.88 GPA, Petzold was named MAC Co-Gymnast of the Year and First Team All-MAC this season. She was the MAC’s No. 1-ranked all-arounder in 2013, posting the second highest total for the season, a career high 39.400. Petzold won the all-around in five of the nine meets in which she competed in it and in four of six MAC meets, placing second in the all-around at the MAC Championships. Also ranked in the top 10 in the MAC in the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise, she set career highs in all three events in 2013. After battling injuries early in the season, since February 8 when Petzold began competing in the all-around, she recorded 21 top three finishes, including 13 title wins.
A candidate for MAC Specialist of the Year, Fagan finished the season ranked No. 2 in the MAC, No. 8 in the Central Regional, and No. 35 nationally in the uneven bars. She recorded the second highest score in the MAC in the uneven bars this season (9.900), earning it in two meets. Fagan captured seven uneven bars titles in 2013, winning the event in five of six MAC Meets. An early childhood development major, she owns a 3.64 GPA.
Moraw, an early childhood development major with a 3.25 GPA, was the MAC floor exercise champion and a Second Team All-MAC honoree in 2013. Ranked No. 3 in the balance beam and No. 6 in floor exercise in the MAC at season’s end, she earned a combined total of 15 top three finishes in the two events, including four title wins.
A Second Team All-MAC honoree, Noonan excelled as the anchor of the CMU balance beam line-up in 2013, finishing the year ranked No. 1 in the MAC and No. 7 in the Central Region in the event. She scored a 9.900 or above in the balance beam in three meets, earning the MAC’s top score in the event in 2013, a 9.925. Noonan won five balance beam titles, including four against MAC opponents, and recorded nine top three finishes in the event. Pursuing a biomedical science degree, she boasts a 3.65 GPA.
Sophomore Tori Garcia, an accounting major with a 3.56 GPA, received honorable mention Academic All-MAC recognition.
The previous highest number of CMU gymnasts recognized with Academic All-MAC honors was four, set in 2012.
In 2013, CMU captured a share of its fourth consecutive MAC championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the fifth straight year.