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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 8-14, 2024

Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices. More will be added throughout the week as they become available.

Atlantic Coast Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Jah’Liyah Bedminster – Pitt
Bedminster competed in three events in Pitt’s home opener against Kent State posting scores of 9.800 and higher. The Loganville, Georgia, native started the evening off on vault with a 9.800 and the individual title. The senior recorded a 9.800 on her bars routine, helping the Panthers secure their highest team event score of the evening of 49.025. Bedminster finished on floor earning a 9.850, Pitt’s highest score.

Specialist of the Week
Isabelle Schaefer – North Carolina
Schaefer matched her career-high 9.925 on bars for UNC at the ESPN Events Collegiate Quad on Friday night. It was a new season high and marked the third time in the junior’s career that she has posted that score. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native finished second individually with the 9.925, which was the highest among the Tar Heels and tied for third all-time in program history. Schaefer owns the highest score on bars in the ACC so far this season.

Newcomer of the Week
Lilly Lippeatt – Clemson
Lippeatt competed in three rotations for the Tigers in their inaugural meet on Friday. The redshirt freshman recorded 9.700 scores or higher on all three events. The Mason, Ohio, native posted a 9.750 on beam and 9.825 on floor. Lippeatt finished as the event winner on bars, posting a meet-high 9.900, which led to Clemson earning a No. 15 national ranking on bars (49.225).

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sierra Brooks – Michigan

  • Collected the titles on vault, beam, floor, and broke the Michigan all-around record with a score of 39.850 to finish at the top of the podium last week
  • Scored her second career perfect 10.0 on the floor
  • Earned a 9.975 on the vault and beam
  • Scored a 9.900 on the uneven bars
  • Collects her third career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor

Co-Event Specialists of the Week
Mya Hooten – Minnesota

  • Scored her sixth career perfect 10.0 on the floor, which was featured on SportsCenter’s Top-10
  • Tallied a 9.775 on the vault
  • Scored a 9.875 on the uneven bars
  • Collects her fifth career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Kinsey Davis – Nebraska

  • Posted a 9.975 on the uneven bars, tying her career high and winning the event title
  • Received a 10.0 from one judge on her bars routine
  • Scored a 9.825 on vault
  • Collects her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Courtney McCann – Ohio State

  • Scored a 9.975 on the beam which tied for first in the NCAA and Ohio State program history
  • Won the beam title in her collegiate debut, earning a perfect 10 from one judge
  • Helped the Buckeyes win the overall beam title
  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Audrey Davis – Oklahoma
Davis claimed her third career Gymnast of the Week award after garnering second place in the all-around with a score of 39.625 as the Sooners posted wins over No. 2 Utah, No. 5 LSU and No. 12 UCLA. The senior started the meet as the rotation leader for the vault exercise where she earned a 9.85 with a Yurchenko 1.5. Following vault, she recorded a career-high-tying 9.975 on the uneven bars. She also led off the Sooners in beam and floor and scored a 9.900 in both events. This week’s honor marks the seventh career Big 12 accolade for the communications major.

Specialist of the Week
Hannah Scheible – Oklahoma
In her second career meet, Scheible became the first Big 12 gymnast this season to procure a 9.925 or higher on vault. Tied for third individually, her score led the Sooners to the highest total of 49.450 in the event amongst their competitors. Oklahoma earned the win over the three top 15 ranked teams with a 197.900 final score.

Newcomer of the Week
Madison Ulrich – Denver
Ulrich is the first Pioneer to take the weekly award for first-year Big 12 gymnasts in consecutive weeks since the 2021 season. During the home meet against Arizona State, she raised her career high in beam and floor, scoring 9.875 and 9.900 in the events, respectively. After a teammate took a fall in her bar routine right before the freshman, Ulrich registered a 9.875 that helped the Denver rotation get back on track to outscore the Sun Devils in the event. The Fort Mill, South Carolina native placed second in the all-around and the floor exercise while finishing third on bars.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Sarah Zois – George Washington
Zois placed first on vault at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational with a score of 9.850. The Maryland native also set career highs on beam (9.9) and floor (9.875), beating her previous career high on floor by 1.2 points.

Syd Morris – LIU
Morris posted a 9.975 on beam at LIU’s first meet to win the event, tying the school record and receiving a perfect score from one judge. With that score, they are currently tied for first in the NCAA rankings on beam. Morris received their second first place finish on all-around, posting the second highest score in LIU program history of 39.375.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Serena Mullin – New Hampshire
Mullin tied her career high of 9.8 on vault, previously accomplished in her collegiate debut on Jan. 9 2023. She went on to post a 9.825 on beam, the highest score for New Hampshire, placing second overall. Mullin concluded the meet competing in the floor lineup for her first time, logging a 9.750 which was the third best mark for the

Elise Tisler – Towson
Tisler set a new career high of 9.850 on vault, placing fifth overall. She logged a 9.800 on floor which is only .05 off of her career best.

Rookie of the Week
Kate Parks – LIU
In her first collegiate meet Parks tied for third overall on bars with a 9.775. The Ohio native anchored for the Sharks on vault, posting a 9.75 to tie for ninth.

Gymnastics East Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Abigail Kenney – Bridgeport
Kenney is entering her second season for the Purple Knights as an all-around. In the off-season Abigail learned a new vault, a new release on bars, and a new beam series to prepare. Coach Lorraine Galow says Kenney is “a true leader and leads her team by example every day.” In their season opener at UNH, Abigail earned 3 career high scores, a 9.75 on bars, 9.8 on beam, and a 39.0 all-around that was good for 3rd place overall.

Specialist of the Week
Jordan Coleman – West Chester
Coleman wowed all who watched with her amazing bar routine in Friday’s meet against Big 10, Maryland. Jordan scored a 9.925, which broke WCU’s school record on the uneven parallel bars and earned her a 1st place finish. Jordan also stepped up for her team in a huge way on the vault this week. After never training vault in college, Coleman realized the team needed her, and she delivered. She trained vault for two days, ended up in the lineup and did what her team needed and helped WCU to their highest season opening score in school history of a 193.775.

Newcomer of the Week
Natalia Tehrani – Cornell
After coming back from a knee injury in November, Natalia learned a new beam dismount, reconfigured her beam routine and went out in her very first college competition and nailed her routine, receiving 9.8 for her efforts. Coach Melanie Hall says Tehrani was “cool, calm and collected,” and outscored all of Cornell’s beam competitors and tied for first place in their meet against GW, Penn, Temple, and Yale.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Victoria Henry – Ball State
Victoria Henry tallied the highest score in the MAC so far this season, winning the vault at Ohio State with a mark of 9.975. It ties as the second-best score in program history in any event and currently is the second-best vault score in the nation this season. The effort helped her finish the all-around with a score of 39.325, the best all-around score in the MAC for the week. In addition to her mark on vault, Henry tallied her second-straight 9.900 on floor and added a 9.750 on bars and a 9.700 on beam.

Specialist of the Week
Ashley Szymanski – Ball State
Freshman Ashley Szymanski continued to shine on bars for the Cardinals, winning the event in a tri-meet with Ohio State and Towson by scoring a career-best 9.900. The effort ties as the highest bars score in the MAC and the 34th-highest bars score in the nation so far this season.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Nya Kraus – Lindenwood
In Lindenwood’s 195.225-186.600 victory over the Panthers of Greenville, Kraus had an all-around score of 38.075. She posted a high-score of 9.875 on the beam to lead the Lions. She was also third on bars with a score of 9.825. Kraus posted at least a 9.575 score during all four events helping her take on the best all-around score.

Performance of the Week
Lindsay Ockler – Southeast Missouri State
Ockler, a junior from Huson, Mont., registered a 9.900 on the Bars in last Friday’s dual meet with MIC-member, Centenary. Ockler finished first overall for the event in the meet, marking her first rotation victory of 2024.

Newcomer of the Week
Caroline Bowns – Texas Woman’s
n her collegiate debut with the Pioneers, Bowns competed in two events. TWU started out the meet on the uneven bars, and Bowns competed in the fifth spot, scoring a 9.8000, which tied for the top bars score in the TWU lineup. The 9.8000 also tied for fourth overall at the meet. Bowns was one of two TWU freshmen to compete in multiple events in their collegiate debut. After starting on bars, she also competed on vault in the final rotation of the meet for the Pioneers. In the second position, Bowns vaulted to a 9.6750, which tied for 11th overall at the meet.

Coaches Coice
Amy Foret – Centenary
Foret recorded Centenary’s best individual score of the Ladies’ season-opening meet last Friday in Cape Girardeau, Mo. against the host Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) Redhawks in a dual meet night with an impressive 9.675 on beam to finish third, also the Ladies’ highest finish of the meet.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Lutrel – Sacramento State
Sacramento State sophomore Sarah Lutrel (Citrus Heights, CA) was the Hornets’ top finisher in the all-around, totaling 38.950 to place second at home against San Jose State (Jan. 14). Lutrel’s total was the third-highest of her career and the best by a Hornet through two meets this season. She opened the meet with a 9.750 on vault and helped the Hornets to their second-highest team score (48.825) since 2017 on the event. Lutrel followed with a 9.700 on bars, 9.775 on beam and 9.725 on floor. This is the fourth career MPSF weekly award for Lutrel.

Specialist of the Week
Rylin Zimmerman – Sacramento State
Sacramento State sophomore Rylin Zimmerman (Greenacres, WA) at least tied a career-best in all three of her events against San Jose State (Jan. 14). Zimmerman scored 9.775 on vault to tie for fourth-place. Her effort helped the Hornets to a team score of 48.825, their second-best since the 2017 season. Zimmerman added a 9.750 on beam to shatter her previous best of 9.675. She closed the meet by placing second overall on floor with a team and career-best 9.850. This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Zimmerman.

Freshman of the Week
Athena Jones – Sacramento State
Sacramento State freshman Athena Jones (Clovis, CA) recorded a balance beam score of 9.825 in the home meet against San Jose State (Jan. 14), the best on the Hornets through two meets this season. She followed with a 9.725 on floor to help Sacramento State to a 48.925 team total on the event. This is the first career MPSF award for Jones.

Mountain West Conference

Lauren Macpherson – San Jose State
San José State senior Lauren Macpherson repeated as MW Gymnast of the Week as her 39.175 in the all-around propelled the Spartans to a 194.950-194.025 victory at Sacramento State. Macpherson also led SJSU on beam, scoring a meet-best-tying 9.900 on the event, sharing the individual title with teammate Katherine Weyhmiller.

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Marissa Ashton – San Jose State
Victoria Smirnov – Boise State

Vault – Jaudai Lopes – San Jose State
Uneven Bars – Emily Lopez – Boise State
Balance Beam – Lauren Macpherson & Katherine Weyhmiller – San Jose State
Floor Exercise – Emma Loyim – Boise State

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association - East

All-Around Gymnast of the Week
Sophia LeBlanc – Springfield
LeBlanc, who guided the Pride to a second-place finish at the Ursinus Quad Meet on Sunday, was impressive in her Springfield College debut as the graduate student totaled a 38.275 to finish in first in the all-around. Individually, LeBlanc finished first on the floor exercise, second on the uneven bars and third on the balance beam. LeBlanc produced scores of 9.75 on the floor exercise, 9.675 on the balance beam, 9.60 on the uneven bars and 9.25 on the vault.

Specialist of the Week
Nicole Lonski – Ithaca
At Brockport on January 13, Lonski competed in three of four events as IC was narrowly edge by the Golden Eagles, 189.525 to 188.475. Lonski won the vault with a score of 9.725, finished third on bars with 9.575 and tied for ninth on floor at 9.500.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
eMjae Frazier – California

  • Captured the all-around title at ESPN’s Collegiate Quad, leading the Bears to a historic night in a first-place finish with the seventh-highest score in program history (197.875).
  • Scored a 9.9 or better on all four events and broke the program’s all-around record that she set as a freshman last season, posting a 39.775 Saturday night.
  • Became just the second Bear to earn a perfect 10 on the beam, finishing first in the event.
  • Also tied for first on bars with a 9.925 and finished second on the floor (9.950) and tied for fourth on vault (9.900).
  • Her vault score helped Cal break the program record on the event with a team score of 49.525.
  • First career Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honor and fourth career weekly award overall.

Specialist of the Week
Jade Carey – Oregon State

  • Earns the Specialist honor for second straight week after helping Oregon State to a first-place finish at the Rutgers Quad.
  • Won the bars after posting a 9.975 on the event for a second consecutive week.
  • The junior’s 9.975 on bars is ranked No. 1 nationally.
  • Added a 9.750 on the beam to finish tied for fourth in the event.
  • Second career Specialist of the Week honor and 17th weekly award of career (Nine-time Gymnast of the Week; Six-time Freshman/Newcomer of the Week).

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Camie Winger – Utah

  • Competing against a loaded field that featured No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 LSU and No. 12 UCLA at ESPN’s Collegiate Quad in Salt Lake City, finished tied for first on vault in just her second collegiate meet.
  • Scored a 9.950 on the event to claim the share of the top spot.

Coaches’ Choice
Sage Thompson – Oregon State

  • Helped the Beavers finish first at the Rutgers Quad with a team score of 195.850.
  • Competed in three events, finishing in second in all three.
  • Tied career highs on vault (9.850) and floor (9.850) and added a score of 9.925 on bars.
  • First time Oregon State has earned back-to-back Coaches’ Choice honors since the award was introduced in 2020.

Southeastern Conference

Luisa Blanco – Alabama
Blanco, a graduate student from Dallas, Texas, won the all-around in her final home opener in Tuscaloosa with a score of 39.675 in the win over No. 3 Missouri. Blanco also won event titles on bars (9.950) and floor exercise (9.925), was runner-up on beam (9.925) and earned a share of third place on vault (9.875). UA was only leading by 0.10 heading into the final rotation, as Blanco posted the highest score of any gymnast on floor to help push the Tide to the win.

Raena Worley – Kentucky
Worley, a fifth year from Christiansburg, Va., won her 22nd career all-around title with a score of 39.650 in the win at No. 11 Auburn. Worley tied fellow teammate Creslyn Brose for first place on the floor exercise (9.950), the 18th floor win of her collegiate career. She also recorded the meet’s top score on the uneven bars (9.925) for her 10th event victory. Rounding out the meet, Worley tied for second place on both vault (9.875) and on the balance beam (9.900).

Specialist of the Week
Konnor McClain – LSU
McClain, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., scored a perfect 10 for the second bars routine of her collegiate career to help the Tigers earn a second-place finish at the Sprouts Farmers Market Collegiate Quad. It was McClain’s first perfect score in her career as a Tiger and at the first road meet on the national stage.

Freshman of the Week
Anya Pilgrim – Florida
Pilgrim, a freshman from Germantown, Md., began her Gator career by winning the all-around with a score of 39.525 in the quad home opener George Washington, Fisk and Talladega. It was the highest all-around score by a freshman Gator in a season opener. Pilgrim also won at least a share of three apparatus titles after tying with teammate Leanne Wong on vault (9.875), tying with teammate Victoria Nguyen on floor exercise (9.925) and earning the top score on bars (9.875).

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

Danielle Dudziak – UW-Whitewater
Dudziak helped lead UW-Whitewater to a first-place finish at a triangular hosted by UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 11. She finished first in the all-around with a total of 37.875. She opened on the balance beam registering a 9.575 for fourth. Dudziak followed with her top event of the evening, posting a 9.6000 on the floor exercise to take third. On the vault, she recorded a 9.525 to tie for fifth before wrapping up the meet with a 9.175 on the uneven bars to tie for 11th.

Lydia Hayden – UW-Oshkosh
Hayden set a personal record and tied the program record with a 9.825-point performance on the balance beam, placing fourth at the University of Illinois Quadrangular on Jan. 13. She further helped the Titans surpass 190.000 points for the sixth consecutive meet with a personal-best 9.700 on the uneven bars.