MOUNT PLEASANT - Four Central Michigan gymnastics student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team.
Sophomores Meaghan McWhorter and Brittany Petzold, junior Kari Dieffenderfer and senior Kristin Teubner helped make up the largest contingent of selections on the squad that was announced Wednesday afternoon.
Dieffenderfer (Dawsonville, Ga./Veritas Classical) sports a 3.94 grade point average as a health fitness major. She competed on the uneven bars in all 14 meets, scoring a 9.7 or betters seven times and a season-high 9.800 in back-to-back meets at Northern Illinois and Washington. The junior was named the MAC Specialist of the Week on January 8 after she posted a career-high 9.900 on the vault in the Chippewas' season opener.
McWhorter (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) earned Academic All-MAC honors for the first time in her career by posting a 3.65 GPA as a political science major. She was a first-team All-MAC selection after posting a career-best 9.900 on the vault to claim the 2012 MAC Championships crown. The sophomore earned MAC Specialist of the Week honors on February 13 following her 9.800 performance on the vault versus Kent State and posted a 9.8 or better in the event six times this season.
Petzold (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) also earned the accolade in the first season she was eligible, holding a 3.89 GPA. She also was a first-team All-MAC selection after winning the all-around title at the MAC Championships with a score of 39.150. The sophomore posted a 39-plus all-around score in five meets this season and finished the season with the highest regional qualifying score in the uneven bars in the MAC. She scored a 9.8 or better 24 times during the season, accomplishing the feat on the bars in 10 of CMU's 14 meets, en route to being named MAC Gymnast of the Week twice during the regular season.
Teubner (Denver, Colo./Grandview) was the 2012 MAC Senior Gymnast of the Year and earns the second Academic All-MAC honor of her career. The senior posts a 3.69 GPA as a health fitness major and will graduate at the end of the spring semester. She claimed her second-straight balance beam and floor titles at the MAC Championships this season, which included scoring a career-best tying 9.925 on the floor. Teubner was named MAC Gymnast of the Week for three consecutive weeks during the regular season and finished the season by scoring a 9.8 or better 28 times.
The Chippewas claimed their third-straight MAC Championships title and second-straight regular season crown in 2012 while also extending their consecutive wins versus MAC opponents to 34.