CMU's Bolender named MAC specialist of the week

Ohio Senior Taylor Bolender on Jan. 3, 2015 at the opening meet against Temple University. The Chippewas beat Temple 193.425 to 188.900.

Central Michigan senior Taylor Bolender was honored as this week's Mid-American Conference Specialist of the Week in gymnastics.

Bolender, the defending MAC floor exercise champion, scored CMU's first 9.9 of the season in her routine during Friday's 194.775-193.575 victory against Brigham Young. The 9.9 is .25-points away from her career best on floor.

Bolender is one of two MAC gymnasts to score a 9.9 in an event this season — along with Kent State's Rachel Stypinski. Bolender is ranked 39th in the nation on the floor routine.

CMU freshman Kasey Janowicz was a nominee for MAC Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around last week, recording a personal best of 39.   

The Chippewas and Bolender kick off conference play Friday on the road against Northern Illinois at 8 p.m. The team lost to NIU a year ago by 0.1-points before topping them a month and a half later in the MAC Tournament.