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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2024

Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Atlantic Coast Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Emily Shepard – NC State
Shepard recorded four podium finishes in the Wolfpack’s 196.300-195.600 ACC dual-meet victory at No. 20 Clemson, highlighted by securing the all-around champion title with a 39.350. The Olathe, Kansas, native ended the night in a tie for first place on bars and in a tie for third place on both beam and floor, while earning the all-around crown after scoring a 9.8+ in every event. Her best score of the evening was a at 9.900 on floor. The fifth-year’s score on floor marked a program-best 41st 9.9+ score of her career, guiding NC State to its best floor score of the year at 49.350. Shepard tabbed a pair of 9.800 totals on vault and beam, while her 9.850 on bars was the Wolfpack’s best score in their opening rotation.

Specialist of the Week
Jah’Liyah Bedminster – Pitt
Bedminster recorded a career-high 9.950 on vault after earning a 9.950 from both judges in Pitt’s ACC home opener victory over North Carolina Friday night. That score marked the first 9.950 on vault since Alyse Zeffiro in 2004. Her efforts secured her the first-place title overall on vault. The Loganville, Georgia, native added a 9.750 for her routine on bars. To finish the evening, she earned another career high on floor with a 9.900, helping the Panthers post a season-high 49.325 in that event. The senior’s efforts helped Pitt post a season high overall score of 196.525 – the third highest overall team score in program history.

Newcomer of the Week
Maggie Holman – Clemson
Holman was called up on Friday night for the Tigers and scored a 9.850 in her first time competing on vault and anchoring the event. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native set the tone for the Tigers on floor, scoring a career-high 9.900, leading Clemson to a season-high 49.525 on the event.

Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Sierra Brooks – Michigan

  • Won her second straight and third overall all-around title against No. 13 Michigan State with a score of 39.575
  • Captured her second straight bar title with a score of 9.950
  • Has earned 9.925 or higher on floor in four meets with a 9.950 against Michigan State
  • Ranks 11th in the all-around, 6th on the floor and 17th on the beam nationally
  • Collects her seventh career Gymnast of the Week honor

Payton Harris – Ohio State

  • Won the all-around title in a pair of conference meets against Illinois and Maryland
  • Scored her second highest mark of 39.525 against Illinois
  • Recorded three 9.900s, on bars, beam and floor
  • Collects her third Gymnast of the Week honor this season

Co-Event Specialists of the Week
Sage Kellerman – Michigan State

  • Scored her second perfect 10.0 of the season on vault, becoming the only Spartan gymnast to score multiple 10.000s on the same event
  • Earned a season high 9.900 on bars to tie for third
  • Helped Michigan State to score 49.575 on vault, tying a program record
  • The Spartans’ win at Michigan was the first victory in Ann Arbor since 1990
  • Earns her second Event Specialist of the Week award this season

Ella Hodges – Ohio State

  • Won both the beam and floor titles in the Buckeyes’ win against Illinois with 9.925s
  • Added a career high tying 9.950 on floor in the win against Maryland
  • Scored a 9.875 on beam
  • Leads the Big Ten on floor with a 9.940 average this season
  • Collects her third career Event Specialist of the Week honor

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Jordyn Lyden – Minnesota

  • Posted a career-best performance and first career event title with a 9.975 on bars
  • Helped Minnesota move to 7-0 with a season high score of 197.525 against Penn State
  • Earns her second career Freshman of the Week award

MaKayla Tucker – Michigan State

  • Competed in three events against Michigan, earning three career highs
  • Scored a 9.925 on vault for third, earned a 9.900 on beam, and added a 9.900 on floor
  • Helped the Spartan’s tie program records on vault (49.575) and beam (49.600)
  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Jordan Bowers – Oklahoma
Bowers procured the first perfect 10 in any event by a Big 12 gymnast this season during her bars routine as OU beat No. 2 Cal and No. 23 Arizona State. The junior is one of seven in the country to accomplish the feat on the uneven bars and currently is tied for first in the event with a 9.935 average. Bowers also earned a 9.800 on bars, 9.900 on beam and a season-high 9.975 on her floor routine for a final all-around score of 39.675. The health and exercise major secured the title in the latter two events. This week’s selection is the Lincoln, Nebraska native’s seventh career Gymnast of the Week honor and her 12th overall Big 12 Gymnastics award.

Specialist of the Week
Mia Hebinck – Denver
After missing the 2023 season due to injury, Hebinck claimed her second career bars title with a 9.975 during DU’s home meet against Towson. She not only set her career-best score in the event but the biochemistry major helped contribute to DU’s record-setting scores. The Pioneers’ lineup set a program-best 49.750 on bars, the second-highest score posted in any event in program history. Denver’s 198.000-195.600 victory over Towson marked the program’s second-best score in its 49 years.

Newcomer of the Week
Noelle Adams – Iowa State
Adams collected the second weekly award this season for the Cyclones after she set her career-high 9.900 on the balance beam while matching her career-best 9.900 on floor. In a dual meet against Boise State, the management major secured the event title in beam and also competed in vault. The freshman has achieved a 9.900 score eight times this season.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Kylie Gorgenyi – New Hampshire
Gorgenyi posted the Wildcats top vault score, winning the event at the dual meet with Southern Conneticut after logging a 9.850. Gorgenyi won bars as well with a 9.875 and topped the podium in all-around for the third time this season with a 39.125. Currently she ranks first in EAGL on all-around (39.069) and is tied for second in the conference on bars (9.875).

Specialist of the Week
Grace Vaillancourt – Towson
After competing in a dual meet with Denver on February 4, Vaillancourt surpassed scoring 1000 points throughout her career with Towson. She scored Towson’s highest floor score of 9.875, tying for third overall with her second highest score on the event this season. Currently Grace ranks second in EAGL on floor.

Rookie of the Week
Brisa Carraro – LIU
At the dual meet with George Washington on February 4, Carraro earned her second win of the season on bars with a 9.850. She scored a 9.800 for her first time competing on beam, making her mark as the first Shark freshman to score above a 9.8 in their debut on beam.

Gymnastics East Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Skye Kerico – Penn
Sophomore Skye Kerico made her all-around debut for the Quakers in a double meet weekend. Starting in a quad meet at Towson vs GW and W&M, Kerico earned a season high 9.875 on bars and tied her career high on floor (9.825) in her first time competing the event this season. She took the all-around title with a career high 39.15, a personal best. Moving on to the second meet of the weekend in a quad meet vs Cornell, W&M and Bridgeport, Kerico swept the vault, bars, beam and all-around titles, which led her to another career high all-around score of 39.225. Her stellar performance tied for the second highest individual all-around score

Specialist of the Week
Julia Bedell – Brown
Bedell anchored and won both her events this weekend against the Bulldogs from Yale. She earned a 9.8 on vault and an impressive 9.9 on floor. Her floor score is tied for the seventh-best score in program history. Her performances were critical in helping Brown overtake Yale on the final rotation to win the dual meet with a season-high score of 194.025.

Newcomer of the Week
Avery Byun – Cornell
Byun had a great meet and made some excellent decisions during her routines, showing she has the ability to adjust on the fly. She was consistently solid on all three events that she competed, including a stellar floor routine which earned her a 9.85 and a tie for 1st place finish. Bun also earned a 9.65 on vault, and a 9.625 on beam. The Big Red coaches are excited to see Byun grow from here.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Raisa Boris – Eastern Michigan
Raisa Boris took the all-around title against the Broncos this weekend, marking the third consecutive meet and her fourth overall this season earning the feat. The senior also tied for first place on vault and bars with a score of 9.850 on each to contribute to EMU’s close matchup with in-state rival WMU.

Specialist of the Week
Abby Brushwood – Eastern Michigan
The rookie’s 9.900 career-high floor score was good for first place marking the first time the freshman has earned the top-spot in an event. The score contributed in EMU’s close matchup with in-state rivals WMU.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Angelica Labat – Illinois State
Labat earned a win in the all-around for the second-straight meet, after setting a season-high score in ISU’s home victory last Wednesday against SEMO. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native posted top 5 finishes on all four events, highlighted by a career-high score of 9.900 on beam for an event win. Her consistency led to a season high total of 39.325 to win the all-around competition against the Redhawks. Labat also tied for second on bars and tied for fifth place on vault and floor to round out her night.

Performance of the Week
Daisy Woodring – Texas Woman’s
In the anchor spot for the Pioneers on floor, Woodring scored an electrifying career high 9.950 on floor to tie Hernandez for the event title. She matched the individual floor score TWU program record. Additionally, she helped guide TWU to a new program record on floor of 49.375. While her floor performance was honored as the Performance of the Week, Woodring also scored a season high 9.700 on vault and a season high 9.775 on beam.

Newcomer of the Week
Sophie Hernandez – Texas Woman’s
Hernandez competed in three events on Saturday against Missouri. She recorded a career high 9.600 in her collegiate debut on vault. Then, she followed up vault with a career high 9.775 on the balance beam. Finally, she scored an exciting career high 9.950 on floor, matching the individual floor score TWU program record. She also tied for the event title – her first event title of her career. Her 9.950 helped lead TWU to a new program record on floor of 49.375.

Coaches’ Choice Award
Leah Parton – Lindenwood
Parton made her career debut this past weekend after recovering from a preseason injury.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Niya Randolph – Southern Utah
Southern Utah freshman Niya Randolph (Las Vegas, NV) recorded a career-high 9.925 bars routine which took first-place, en route to a 39.275 all-around score at Utah State (Feb. 2). Randolph put together a consistent meet, also scoring 9.825 on beam, and leading the Flippin’ Birds to the second-highest team total in MPSF history with 196.800. This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Randolph.

Specialist of the Week
Kennedi McClain – Southern Utah
Southern Utah sophomore Kennedi McClain (South Jordan, UT) had the best meet of her career on the road at Utah State (Feb. 2). McClain won two titles and set career-highs in both. She scored a 9.875 on the vault, helping the Thunderbirds to a season-high 49.100. McClain then scored a 9.950 on beam, tying her for the best score in MPSF history and the second-best in program history. The beam squad total of 49.375 is the new MPSF record, while the team meet total 196.800 is the second-highest in MPSF history. This is McClain’s first career MPSF award.

Freshman of the Week
Alyssa Fernandez – Southern UtahSouthern Utah freshman Alyssa Fernandez (Litchfield Park, AZ) put on a solid floor routine of 9.775, but her 9.875 beam contributed to an MPSF record 49.375 team total in the event. The SUU beam total also ranks as the fourth-highest in program history. Fernandez contributed significantly to the team scoring 196.800, second-highest in MPSF history, in the dual win at Utah State (Feb. 2). This is the first career MPSF award for Fernandez.

Mountain West Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Lauren Macpherson – San Jose State

  • Scored a 39.375 in the all-around to help San José State to a 195.725-193.500 victory at home over Air Force.
  • Captured individual titles on bars and beam, including a 9.900 on bars to share Bars Specialist of the Week honors.
  • Macpherson has earned a total of five weekly awards this season.

Freshman of the Week
Nyla Morabito – Utah State

  • Scored a 9.925 on floor, the highest mark by any freshman on any event this week, to earn her first MW Freshman of the Week accolade.
  • Also competed on vault, scoring a 9.850, as Utah State recorded a season-high 196.275 at home against Southern Utah.

Vault – Madison Kirsch, San Jose State
Uneven Bars – Lauren Macpherson, San Jose State; Brianna Brooks, Utah State; Dani Kirstine, Utah State
Balance Beam – Lexi Aragon, Utah State
Floor Exercise – Courtney Blackson, Boise State

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association - East

All-Around Gymnast of the Week
Lienna Kay – Brockport
Lienna continues to have a strong season in her freshman year with the Golden Eagles. She posted an all-around score of 38.600 in this past weekend’s dual victory over Cortland with a team score of 190.775. Kay hit scores of 9.500 on the vault, and new personal bests of 9.725 on bars, 9.675 on beam, and 9.700 on floor. This is the second time this season that she has earned this weekly honor.

Specialist of the Week
Grace Murray – Ithaca
Murray played a crucial role in IC’s best showing of the season as she recorded a pair of first place finishes on the day. She was the top performance on vault with a 9.775 and tied for first with her teammate, Abby Chesshire, on floor with 9.850.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Selena Harris – UCLA

  • Led UCLA to season-high score of 198.075 in a dual meet win over Arizona (196.525).
  • Won the all-around with a career-high 39.775 and earned three event victories with a top-two finish in the fourth event.
  • Posted a season-high-tying 9.95 to win the bars, tied her career high of 9.975 to win the beam and set a new career-best on the floor with a 9.975 to tie for first.
  • Helped the Bruins achieve season-bests on bars (49.425), beam (49.525) and floor (49.75) with the floor score the sixth-highest in program history.
  • Her all-around score is the third-highest in the country this season and ranks in the top-10 all-time in program history.
  • First career Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award for the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after she won the Freshman of the Week honor six times last year.

Specialist of the Week
Nya Reed – UCLA

  • Helped UCLA to a dual-meet win over Arizona with a season-high 198.075, the highest score in the Pac-12 in 2024.
  • Won both events she competed in, scoring season-highs of 9.95 on vault and 9.975 on floor.
  • First two wins as a Bruin for the graduate transfer.
  • Ranks No. 9 in the nation on floor and has scored 9.9 or higher on all five floor routines this year.
  • Back-to-back Specialist of the Week honors for UCLA after senior Chae Campbell earned the award last week.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Katelyn Rosen – UCLA

  • Earns the honor for a second straight week after setting career-highs in the all-around, bars and floor to help lead UCLA to its highest score of the year.
  • Finished top-three in three of four events and in the all-around.
  • Took second in the all-around with a 39.500, the fourth-highest score in the nation by a freshman and the highest by a Pac-12 freshman this season.
  • Tied for second on vault with a 9.875, took second on bars with a 9.925 and third on the floor with a 9.950.

Coaches’ Choice
Emily White – Arizona State

  • Helped Arizona State earn a season-high score of 197.250 in a home tri-meet against No. 1 Oklahoma (198.375) and No. 2 California (197.950).
  • Posted two of the team’s 9.9-plus scores, scoring 9.900 on beam and floor, her third 9.900 on floor this season.
  • Contributed to the Sun Devils’ season-highs on bars (49.225), beam (49.425) and floor (49.325).
  • Third career Coaches’ Choice award for the senior (Feb. 16, 2021; Feb. 7, 2023).

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Haleigh Bryant – LSU
Bryant, a senior from Cornelius, N.C., was the top performer in the win over No. 7 Arkansas with an all-around score of 39.825 to help lead the way in a program-record finish over the Razorbacks. Bryant won three event titles with her top score in the all-around, on vault with a 9.975 and on floor with a perfect 10. Her 10 on floor was her second on the event and 12th in her career. Bryant also took third place on beam by matching her career high of 9.95 and earned a share of third place on bars with a 9.90.

Specialist of the Week
Gabby McLaughlin – Auburn
McLaughlin, a senior from Aliso Viejo, Calif., won two event titles to help the Tigers finish first in the quad meet against Temple, Fisk and Talladega. McLaughlin recorded a career-high 9.95 to win on floor, marking the first win on floor in her career. She also added a 9.925 on beam to win the event crown, earning her second beam title of the season. Rounding out the night, McLaughlin tied for sixth place on bars with a 9.775.

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Lily Smith – Georgia
Smith, a freshman from Limerick, Pa., earned her first all-around title in her second meet competing in all four events with a 39.600 against No. 8 Florida. It was the highest all-around score from a Georgia freshman since Courtney Kupets in 2006. Smith also took first place on bars with a 9.95 and on floor with a 9.925. She scored her season-best on vault with a 9.850 and her second-best on beam with a 9.875.

Konnor McClain – LSU
Konnor McClain, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., recorded three podium finishes in the win over No. 7 Arkansas. McClain earned a share of first place on beam and a share of second place on floor with a pair of 9.975s. She was also the runner-up on bars with her score of 9.925.

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

Gillian Cummins – UW-Stout
Cummins won the all-around with a 37.950 in a dual meet with Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on Feb. 2. She scored a 9.550 on the vault, was third in the uneven bars with a career-high 9.425, scored a 9.350 on the balance beam and scored a 9.600 on the floor exercise.

Mia Lucero – UW-Oshkosh
Lucero scored a career-high 9.850 points on the vault during the Bowling Green University (Ohio) Triangular on Feb. 4. Her finish netted her a first-place position in the meet with competitors from both Division I Bowling Green and Central Michigan University.