NCAAs start today for Kent State star Marie Case

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

Kent State senior gymnastics star Marie Case opens competition today in the All-Around at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Case, who is from Erie, Pa., qualified after tying for fifth place at the Baton Rouge Regional with a score of 39.325. She becomes the sixth Golden Flashes individual to compete in the All-Around at nationals, with Christina Lenny being the last to advance in 2009. Others included Shelly Stambaugh (1994 and 1996), Shannong Gallagher ((1996), Michelle Naessig (1997) and Heather Langham (2002).

Regardless of what happens this weekend, Case's career at KSU will end as one of the most decorated in school history. Here is a look at her achievements and awards:

Senior Season, 2014

— Kent State's all-time points leader (1,768.925)

— NACGC/W Central Region Co-Gymnast of the Year

— NACGC/W All-Around Second Team All-America

— MAC Senior Gymnast of the Year

— MAC champion on all-around (39.500) and balance beam (9.900); co-champion on vault (9.850)

— Tied for fifth in all-around at NCAA Baton Rouge Regionals (39.325) to qualify for the NCAA National Championships April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala.

— Set career-highs in vault (9.950), bars (9.925), floor (9.975) and all-around (39.600)

— Led Flashes to MAC regular season title

Junior Season, 2013

— 2013 MAC Gymnast of the Year

— MAC all-around champion (39.250)

— All-MAC First Team, Academic All-MAC

— Led Flashes to MAC regular season title

Sophomore Season, 2012

— MAC Gymnast of the Year; led conference in all-around, floor, beam

— NACGC/W Scholar All-America, Academic All-MAC

— Second Team All-MAC

Freshman Season, 2011

— MAC Freshman of the Year

— Won all-around in first collegiate meet (39.075)

— Second Team All-MAC, fourth in all-around at MAC Championships (39.200)

— Tied for fourth on beam (9.850), 19th on floor (9.900) at NCAA Ann Arbor Regional to help Kent State finish second and advance to National Championships for the first time in school history

Kent State coach Brice Biggin about Marie Case:

"She has been such a positive inspiration to her teammates, to our coaching staff, and to other athletes at the university with the success she has been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. I don't know if she really could have accomplished anything else. For her to qualify for the National Championships is really just icing on her cupcake. There's no one who deserves it more, and there's no one that's worked harder to achieve it."

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