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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 15-21, 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
Chloe Negrete – NC State
Negrete registered new season-high scores on beam and floor, while also posting the squad’s best vault score of the day in the Wolfpack’s 196.225-195.325 win over North Carolina. As the anchor on each of her events, the Frisco, Texas, native scored a 9.875 on vault, a 9.800 on beam, and a season-high 9.925 on floor. The graduate student’s floor performance marked her fourth 9.9+ score this season over just three meets. The 9.925 on floor in the third rotation was NC State’s highest score in any event this season and led the way to the Pack’s best floor score of the year at 49.200.

Specialist of the Week
Trinity Brown – Clemson
Brown competed in three events for the Tigers in Clemson’s first-ever ACC meet, helping them defeat Pitt 196.200-194.775. The redshirt sophomore came away with an event win on vault, turning in a career-high 9.900, the first 9.900 on vault in program history. The Upper Marlboro, Maryland, native’s vault score improved by 0.1 in the week between Clemson’s first and second meet. Brown now ranks second in the ACC on vault.\

Newcomer of the Week
Lilly Lippeatt – Clemson
Lippeatt helped lead Clemson to its first-ever ACC victory over Pitt. The Mason, Ohio, native competed in three events – bars, beam and floor – finishing second for the Tigers on beam. Lippeatt’s beam score of 9.850 improved by 0.1 over the last week, while her 9.875 score on floor score contributed to Clemson’s best team score of the season on floor, 49.375. The redshirt freshman added a 9.800 on bars.

Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Skyla Schulte – Michigan State

  • Competed in and won the all-around for the first time this season with a score of 39.600
  • Her all-around score ranks second in the Big Ten
  • Won the floor title with a 9.900 and earned a share of the bars title with a season-high 9.900
  • Captured a share of the beam title, tying her career high with a score of 9.950 before taking third in vault with a 9.850
  • Collects her sixth career Big Ten honor and second Gymnast of the Week honor

Payton Harris – Ohio State

  • Won the all-around title with a season-best 39.600
  • Led the team with a 9.900 on bars and vault where she earned second and third place, respectively
  • Placed third on the beam with a score of 9.925
  • Her bars and beam scores tied her career high, while she hit a season high on vault
  • Collects her second Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor this season

Event Specialist of the Week
Ella Hodges – Ohio State

  • Finished second overall with a career-high 9.950 on beam
  • Scored a 9.925 on floor finishing third overall
  • Recorded her third score above 9.900 on floor in as many meets
  • Collects her second career Event Specialist of the Week award

Freshman of the Week
Gabi Oritz – Michigan State

  • Made her collegiate debut on beam scoring a 9.875 to finish fifth
  • Helped lead MSU to season-highs on beam and team overall
  • The Spartans’ 197.475 is the ninth-best overall score and highest week three score in program history
  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Jordan Bowers – Oklahoma
In a quad meet competing against Denver, UCLA and Stanford, Bowers posted a 9.925 or better in all four events to claim the All-Around title. After earning a season-high score 9.95 in vault, bars and floor, the health and exercise science major claimed the individual title of the three events. She added a 9.925 in her beam routine to bring her overall total to 39.775, which is the third highest posted from any gymnast this season. With her contribution, the Sooners recorded the nation’s best 49.725 on beam.

Specialist of the Week
Hannah Scheible – Oklahoma
Scheible received her second event specialist honor this season after scoring a 9.95 during her vault routine. Her score set a career-high as she has posted a 9.9 or better on the apparatus this season. With the freshman’s score, the Sooners registered the nation’s best 49.600 vault score. Against Denver, UCLA and Stanford, OU tallied an overall score of 198.325 to keep an undefeated record and remain the No. 1 team in the rankings.

Newcomer of the Week
Noelle Adams – Iowa State
Adams is the first Cyclone to earn Newcomer of the Week since the 2021 season. In a home dual meet against conference opponent BYU, she registered a 9.90 to place first in vault and floor. The management major also scored a 9.875 on the balance beam to tie her career-high marks in all three events that she competed in. Iowa State ended the meet with a total score of 196.900 which marks the team’s highest score since 2021 and the highest score at Hilton Coliseum since 2006.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Kendall Whitman – George Washington
Whitman posted a season-high 9.900 on vault at the Next Level Podium Challenge to place first overall. She tied for third on floor, logging a 9.900 which was the highest score for George Washington on the event. The Pennsylvania native has posted the top floor score for the Revolutionaries for all three meets GW has participated in.

Specialist of the Week
Brooke Donabedian – Temple
Donabedian hit her routine on bars for the second time this season, receiving a 9.700. She anchored the beam and floor lineups for Temple, winning both events with a score of 9.875.

Co-Rookies of the Week
Brisa Carraro – LIU
Carraro had her collegiate debut this past weekend, placing first overall on bars with a 9.875. Minaev led the floor lineup, earning a career-high 9.875 to tie for second overall. She improved her floor score by .025 between week one and two.

Poulina Minaev – New Hampshire
Minaev helped UNH achieve a quad meet victory, posting the team’s highest score on floor.

Gymnastics East Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sydney Beers – Cornell
Beers beat her own All-Around record in the Big Red’s first home meet of the 2024 season, securing a 1st place finish with a 39.15. She holds the 2nd highest All-Around score of all time at Cornell. Sydney captured the uneven bar title for the first time since competing for Cornell, scoring a 9.7. She also took 1st place on vault with a 9.8, and 1st place on floor with a 9.9. Coach Melanie Halls says the Beers “continues to be a rock solid competitor for the Big Red and definitely leads by example.”

Specialist of the Week
Julia Bedell – Brown
Julia Bedell led Brown in both events of their dual meet at No. 21 Oregon State. Bedell tied her career-high on vault of a 9.85, which is tied for the fourth highest score in program history, tying for 4th place overall at Oregon State. Her vault score is tied for seventh in program history. Bedell also tied for 2nd place with an impressive 9.9 on the floor, opening with an amazing full-in.

Newcomer of the Week
Ella Tashjian – Yale
Ella once again stepped up in a big way for the Bulldogs this weekend at LIU. She had a season high of 9.9 on floor, taking first place on that event. She also delivered a strong performance on vault and beam scoring a 9.725 and 9.4 respectively. The Yale coaching staff has been impressed with Ella and her consistency as a first year helping to make a huge impact in her first two meets as a Bulldog.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Zoe Middleton – Ball State
Zoe Middleton crushed the program’s all-around record with a 39.750 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic on Friday, including the first perfect 10.00 in program history on bars, a 9.950 on vault, a 9.925 on floor and a 9.875 on beam. The previous record was 39.400 set twice last season. All five of Middleton’s scores were career-best efforts and helped the Cardinals set a program and MAC record with a team score of 198.025.

Specialist of the Week
Suki Pfister – Ball State
Senior Suki Pfister tied a pair of program records at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic last Friday, including her first career perfect 10 on vault. She also tied her own record on floor with a second career 9.950. Overall, her effort helped the Cardinals register a Ball State and Mid-American Conference record team score of 198.025.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Lydia Webb – SEMO
Senior Lydia Webb became the all-time leader in SEMO Gymnastics history in the all-around on Friday night, registering a 39.575 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic. Webb went back-to-back 9.925s on Beam and Floor, respectively, to conclude last Friday’s meet. She registered all new season-highs on all four events, including beam and floor, and registered a 9.850 and a 9.875 on Vault and Bars to wrap-up the first-place finish in the all-around with Ball State, Kent State, and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Performance of the Week
Lindsay Ockler – SEMO
Lindsay Ockler, the 2022 & 2023 MIC Bars Champion, was selected for the Performance of the Week for the second week in a row after becoming the first SEMO Gymnast to receive a 10.000 on the Bars at last week’s Tennessee Collegiate Classic. Ockler passed her own previous record, where she was tied for first with a 9.925 on the Bars set last season against Texas Woman’s. So far this season, Lindsay’s highest bar score was a 9.900 (1/6/24) prior to last Friday night.

Newcomer of the Week
Sophie Hernandez – Texas Woman’s

Coaches’ Choice Award
Ava Johnston – SEMO
Head Coach Ashley Lawson said this about Johsnton: “Ava has been battling back from an ankle injury she sustained in December. She’s been a contributor in bars this season but has been fearful of one-legged landings on that ankle. On Tuesday last week, Ava learned a new dismount on beam as that was all her routine was missing. We added her to the exhibition spot for the weekend and just wanted her to find confidence in herself. On Thursday, our lead off rolled her ankle and was unable to compete. Without question, we threw Ava in the leadoff spot Friday, and she hit her beam routine with the new dismount. The excitement from the team and the belief in herself was magical and she set the tone for the girls to hit the rotation”. At the Tennessee Collegiate Classic, Johnston registered career-highs on both the Bars and Beam. The freshman registered a 9.800 on Bars and a 9.725 on the Beam.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Emma Otsu – UC Davis
UC Davis senior Emma Otsu (Paso Robles, CA) helped the Aggies to a pair of wins at Alaska-Anchorage (Jan. 19-21). In meet one, she scored within the top-five of all four of her events. Her score on bars, 9.825, was just shy of her career- best. She also landed in second all-around with 39.000. Otsu continued to improve in meet two. She placed first on vault with a score of 9.800, and increased her score on floor between to 9.725. Her all-around landed her in first-place with a score of 38.700. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly award for Otsu.

Specialist of the Week
Keanna Abraham – UC Davis
UC Davis junior Keanna Abraham (Bakersfield, CA) had an impressive two meets at Alaska-Anchorage (Jan. 19-21). In the first meet, she won all three events she competed in with scores all upward of 9.850, highlighted by a 9.875 on beam. She continued her success into the second meet, tying her score 9.875 beam score and placing first in the event. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly award for Abraham.

Freshman of the Week
Ayumi Oshiro – UC Davis
UC Davis freshman Ayumi Oshiro (Belmont, CA) had a stellar two meets at Alaska-Anchorage (Jan. 19-21), setting multiple personal-bests and leading the scoring in multiple events. She scored career-highs of 9.825 on bars in both meets. Her beam score on Sunday, 9.875, secured her the top spot in the event as well as making it her career-high. This is the first career MPSF award for Oshiro.

Mountain West Conference

Gymnast of the Week/Co-Freshman of the Week
Maggie Slife – Air Force

  • Scored a 39.275 for the top all-around score in the MW this week in her collegiate debut, helping Air Force to a third-place finish in a quad-meet with Boise State, San José State and West Chester with a 194.975.
  • Scored a 9.925 on bars to finish second and match the highest score on any event among freshmen in the MW this week.
  • The 194.975 is the highest-ever score in a season opener for the Falcons.

Co-Freshmen of the Week – Maggie Slife, Air Force; Mia Nelson, San José State
Vault – Courtney Blackson, Boise State; Jaudai Lopes, San José State
Uneven Bars – Emily Lopez – Boise State
Balance Beam – Emily Lopez, Boise State; Emma Loyim, Boise State
Floor Exercise – Mia Nelson, San José State

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association - East

All-Around Gymnast of the Week
Lienna Kay – Brockport
At the Rhode Island College Quad, Lienna Kay scored a 36.050 in the all-around competition to place fourth. Her best score of the meet was a 9.300 on the bars. Kay also posted scores of 9.050 on the beam, 8.900 on the floor, and an 8.800 on the vault.

Specialist of the Week
Emma Grace Sargent – Brockport
Over the weekend, Emma Grace Sargent placed first in two events for Brockport at the Rhode Island College Quad. She first scored a 9.700 on the vault, winning the event at the meet. Then Emma went on to post a 9.700 again on the uneven bars for first place in the event.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Mya Lauzon – California

  • Captures first career Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honor after winning the all-around in the Bears’ conference-opening win at Washington (197.875 – 196.050).
  • Recorded a 39.775 to tie the program mark in the all-around, set just last week by teammate eMjae Frazier.
  • Won or earned a share of the title in every event in Seattle, winning the all-around, vault (9.925) and beam (9.975) and tying for first on bars (9.950) and floor (9.925).
  • The All-American is tied for first in the country in the all-around (39.708), is second in the nation on vault (9.950) and is tied for third on floor (9.942).
  • Third career weekly honor (Pac-12 Specialist of the Week – Jan. 10, 2023, March 14, 2023).

Specialist of the Week
Amelie Morgan – Utah

  • Helped the Utes (197.725) earn a fifth straight victory at the Rio Tinto Best of Utah over BYU (195.775), No. 25 Southern Utah (194.000) and Utah State (193.600) last week.
  • The Olympian from England matched her career-high on bars with a 9.950 to tie for first, earning her first career event title.
  • Added a top-two finish on beam after posting a score of 9.925.
  • First career Specialist of the Week honor and second weekly honor overall (Freshman/Newcomer of the Week – Jan. 11, 2022).

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Sophia Esposito – Oregon State

  • The true freshman turned in a stellar meet to help the Beavers beat Brown at home last weekend (197.575 – 192.950).
  • Posted career-highs in all three events she competed in, winning the vault with a 9.900.
  • Added a third-place finish on the beam (9.900) and tied for fourth on the floor (9.875).

Coaches’ Choice
Alysen Fears – Arizona

  • Earned a second all-around victory in as many meets this season, helping Arizona beat Sacramento State at home last weekend (196.500 – 194.200).
  • In taking first in the all-around, matched her career high with a 39.350.
  • Tied career-high on beam with a 9.875 to win the event and finished first on floor with a 9.875.
  • Also tied for second on bars (9.850) and tied for fifth on vault (9.725).
  • First weekly award of her career.

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Haleigh Bryant – LSU
Bryant, a senior from Cornelius, N.C., recorded the second highest all-around score in the nation this season and top score nationally last week with a 39.825 in the win over No. 6 Kentucky. Bryant posted scores of 9.900 or better on every event for the second consecutive week. After performing a nearly perfect vault with a score of 9.975, she continued with a perfect 10.0 on bars and a 9.900 on beam before finishing the night with a 9.950 on floor.

Specialist of the Week
Mara Titarsolej – Missouri
Titarsolej, a senior from Zutphen, Netherlands, broke the program record for best single-meet performance on bars with a 9.975 in the win at No. 20 Georgia. Titarsolej is the first gymnast in Missouri history to record a mark above 9.95 on the uneven bars.

Freshman of the Week
Lily Smith – Georgia
Smith, a freshman from Limerick, Pa., scored a perfect 10 on bars against No. 12 Missouri. Smith is the 10th freshman in Georgia history to achieve a perfect 10 in their rookie season and the first to do so since 2001. She claimed the event title on bars and on floor with a 9.925, and finished second on beam with a 9.95.

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

Harriet Toth – UW-Eau Claire
Toth won the all-around competition with a 37.550, cruising to victory with a margin of 0.525 over the runner-up, as the Blugolds defeated Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on Jan. 19. She took first place in the vault with a score of 9.500 and placed third on the uneven bars with a 9.300. Toth placed in the top five in three of the four individual events and helped the Blugolds score a collective 188.050, which ranks as the third-best team score in program history.

Rachel Chesley – UW-La Crosse
Chesley won a pair of individual events in UW-La Crosse’s dual victory at Hamline University (Minn.) on Jan. 19. She captured the vault (9.700) and uneven bars (9.775), while also placing second on the floor exercise (9.700).