Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 20-26, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast & Freshman of the Week
Taylor Houchin - Nebraska
* Earned event titles on vault (9.900), beam (9.925), floor (9.950) and in the all-around (39.650) to pace the Huskers to a quad meet win
* Set career highs on beam and bars (9.875), while her score on floor tied a Nebraska freshman record
* Her all-around score, also a career high, is the highest in the conference this season and currently ranks seventh nationally
* This is her first Gymnast of the Week honor and her third Freshman of the Week award

Event Specialist of the Week
Emma McLean - Michigan
* Recorded an event title on vault with a 9.950 to help the Wolverines score a 197.825, which ties for second in school history
* Finished tied for second on floor vs. Southern Utah with a career-high score of 9.925
* Currently ranks in the top 15 nationally for her season-average score on vault
* This is her second-consecutive Event Specialist of the Week award and the second of her career


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Chayse Capps - Oklahoma
* Secured two all-around titles with scores of 39.475 and 39.625 in OU’s wins over No. 7 Georgia and Texas Women’s, respectively.
* Of her eight scores between the two meets, five were 9.9 or higher.
* Notched season-highs on bars (9.9) and floor (9.975) in the meet vs. Texas Women’s.

Specialist of the Week
McKenzie Wofford - Oklahoma
* Scored a 9.95 on bars for a season-high, which was bested against Texas Women’s with a perfect score.
* The 10.0 awarded for her performance on the bars marked her first-ever.
* Was part of an OU bar lineup that scored a program-best 49.700 at Texas Women’s.
* Currently tied for fourth in the nation on bars.

Newcomer of the Week
Jade Degouveia - Oklahoma
* Upgraded her vault to a Yurchenko 1 1/2, giving the Sooners a fourth 10.0 start value in their lineup.
* Performed the new vault for the first time against No. 7 Georgia and scored a career-high 9.85.
* Matched her score with the same mark on Sunday, helping OU to a 2-0 weekend.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Jillian Winstanley - George Washington
Junior Jillian Winstanley (Arlington, Mass.) of George Washington University was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week on February 28th, for her all-around win in the Colonials’ tri-meet victory over Kent State and NC State this past weekend. Winstanley tied her career-high in the all-around with an outstanding 39.550 to pace the competition. She posted a pair of 9.900-or-better scores, winning event titles on both vault (career-high tying 9.925) and uneven bars (T-1st, 9.875) in addition to 9.900 on balance beam (2nd) and 9.85 on floor exercise (T-4th). Winstanley accounted for four of GW’s nine routines of 9.85 or better.

Specialist of the Week
Casey Lauter - New Hampshire
Junior Casey Lauter (Northport, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire earned the EAGL Specialist of the Week honor on February 28th after her beam routine against Air Force which helped the Wildcats’ take home the dual win. Her 9.900 and first-place finish was the fifth beam championship title for Lauter this season (1/7, 1/29, 2/11, 2/17, 2/24). Lauter has now scored a 9.800 or better on the beam in six consecutive meets, including a 9.850 or higher in five out of those six. She ranks second in the EAGL conference on the beam (9.865 RQS).

Rookie of the Week
Melissa Brooker - NC State
Freshman Melissa Brooker (Charlotte, N.C.) of North Carolina State University was recognized as EAGL Rookie of the Week on February 28th after her all-around performance that led the Wolfpack to a season-high team score against Kent State and GW this past weekend. Brooker had the best meet on her college career, setting a career high 39.150 in the all-around competition and tying or setting career high scores on three of the four rotations. Brooker won the bars competition with a career high 9.875 to earn a spot on podium for the first time in her career. She set a career high of 9.775 on vault and tied her career best of 9.750 on beam. She also finished fourth on the team on floor with a 9.750.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Jade Buford – Yale
Buford won the Ivy Classic All-Around this weekend with the highest all-around score of the week among ECAC competitors, posting a career-best 39.025. She also was co-champion on floor exercise (9.85) and scored career-highs on vault (9.675), bars (9.75) and balance beam (9.75). Buford’s efforts helped the Bulldogs total the second-highest event team scores in program history on uneven bars and vault.

Specialist of the Week
Kaitlyn Green – Cornell
Green took top spot in both bars and beam at the Ivy League Classic last weekend. Her mark of 9.85 on beam was the highest of the week among ECAC competitors, while her bar score of 9.85 ranked second in the event for the week.

Rookie of the Week
Rebecca Chong – Yale
Chong scored a 9.725 on vault to help Yale score its second-highest team score on the event in school history. She also contributed a 9.6 on floor exercise which helped Yale win the event as a team at the Ivy League Classic.

Coaches' Choice
Yasmin Eubanks – Temple
Eubanks rebounded from a 9.225 on vault to post one of her best bar routines of the season for the Owls. The freshman scored a 9.7 on bars to help Temple to a season-best 48.725 in the event, her second-best score of the season.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Majesta Valentine – West Chester
Valentine had another record-breaking week for WCU. Competing against the University of Maryland, Temple and Southern Connecticut State University, the senior tied her school record in the all-around with a score of 39.3, good for first place. She also tied for first on floor with a score of 9.925, and took top spot on beam with a score of 9.875 to set a new program record in the event.

Specialist of the Week
Madison Brent – West Chester
Competing against Division I competition, Brent posted a career-best score on floor for the Golden Rams. The junior scored a 9.85, tying for fourth and helping her team break the team program record in the event.

Rookie of the Week
Keylea Brothers – Southern Connecticut State
Brothers scored a 9.525 on beam and 9.7 in the floor exercise in SCSU’s quad-meet against Maryland, Temple and West Chester.

Coaches' Choice
Kelsey Campbell – Bridgeport
Facing competition from UCLA and Utah State University, Campbell placed second in the all-around with a total of 38.750 on Monday. The junior then followed up with another second-place showing in the all-around competition on Sunday, scoring 38.825.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Catie Conrad - Eastern Michigan
Junior Catie Conrad competed all-around in a pair of meets against Towson and Ball State, helping the Eagles to their top two scores of the season, 196.000 and 195.950. Against Towson, Conrad scored a 9.65 on vault to place ninth, after which she tied her career-best on bars with a 9.90 to take second. On beam, she took fourth with a 9.775, matching that score on floor with a seventh-place finish. Ultimately, she won the all-around, totaling a 39.100. Against Ball State later in the week, Conrad had her best all-around meet of the year. Conrad finished third on each individual event, notching a 9.80 on vault, a 9.85 on bars, a 9.825 on beam, and a 9.825 on floor. Her all-around total of 39.300 was her best of the season and just behind her career-high of 39.350.

Specialist of the Week
Kendall Valentin - Eastern Michigan
Junior Kendall Valentin had an incredible week for the Eagles, helping EMU to the team’s best two scores of the season against Towson and Ball State at 196.000 and 195.950. Against Towson, Valentin tied her career-best on bars with a 9.925 to win the event, while she also won beam with a 9.875, just off her career-best. Later in the week against Ball State, Valentin tied her personal-best on bars again with another 9.925 to claim gold once again, as well as silver on beam with a 9.85.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Mikailla Northern - Illinois-Chicago
Northern had a record-setting meet on Sunday against WMU, recording career-high marks on vault (9.850) and bars (9.875), while also setting a season-best 9.850 on floor. The sophomore took home event titles on vault, bars and floor, and set a personal-best 39.325 in all-around competition to take home the top spot.

Specialist of the Week
Erin Alderman - Texas Woman's
Alderman matched her career-high and set a season-high on floor exercise with a score of 9.875 Sunday against top-ranked Oklahoma. The Fair Oaks, California, native also made her second competitive appearance on beam and totaled an impressive 9.825 against the Sooners. This honor is the second of Alderman's career with the first being awarded two weeks ago.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Kristi Hayashida - Seattle Pacific
Seattle Pacific senior Kristi Hayashida (Mililani, HI) tied the16-year-old school record on the balance beam with a winning 9.925, while the Falcons compiled a season-high 192.600 in a quad meet at UC Davis (Feb. 24). Hayashida nailed a near-flawless routine to equal the school standard established by Alison Siegel (Feb. 3, 2001-Pre-MPSF era). Her mark also equaled the 15-year old MPSF beam record set by Sacramento State’s Nirvana Zaher (Feb. 22, 2002-inaugural MPSF season). This is Hayashida’s second career weekly honor, earning one specialist award last year.

Specialist of the Week
Courtney Soliwoda - Sacramento State
Sacramento State junior Courtney Soliwoda (North Las Vegas, NV) posted a career-high and second-place 9.90 on balance beam at the UC Davis Quad (Feb.24), which broke her previous best of 9.85 in the event. She now ranks second in the MPSF with a beam RQS of 9.78. Soliwoda added a 9.65 on vault in last Friday’s meet. This is Soliwoda’s first career MPSF weekly award.

Freshman of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) tied for first on the floor at the UC Davis Quad meet (Feb. 24), as she tied her career-best with a 9.875. She posted her third consecutive floor title and fourth this season, and is tops in the MPSF on the event (9.855 RQS). Chan added a 9.700 on beam as well as a fifth-place tying 9.750 on vault. This is the record-setting fifth MPSF freshman award for Chan, including her third consecutive.


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme - Boise State
Remme was named the conference’s Gymnast of the Week after recording a 39.375 in the all-around to claim the AA title against the Crimson Tide. The sophomore has been the MRGC Gymnast of the Week in four out of the eight possible weeks.

Specialists of the Week
Courtney McGregor - Boise State - Co-Vault
McGregor – who had only previously earned Uneven Bars and Gymnast of the Week honors – came up big in vault and was able to tally a 9.875 to lead the way for the Broncos and earn Vault Co-Specialist of the Week. The 9.875 was a season high for the freshman from Christchurch, New Zealand.
Tyly Bozzuto and Virginia Brownsell - Southern Utah - Co-Vault
Bozzuto set a new personal best and Brownsell tied her previous personal best as they both scored a 9.875 in Ann Arbor against the Michigan Wolverines.
Brittni Hawes - BYU - Uneven Bars
Hawes, a junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, picked up her third Bars Specialist of the Week award, scoring a 9.925 on the event and capturing the individual title against No. 17 Iowa. The Cougars finished the meet with their highest team score in MRGC history, scoring a 196.425 to the Hawkeyes’ 196.550.
Alex Esmerian - Boise State - Balance Beam
Going in the No. 5 spot, the junior from Auburn, Calif., came through big and performed a near-perfect routine to garner a 9.95 from one judge and a 9.9 from the other. With five hit routines in the bag, the Broncos were able to forgo their sixth position and conclude the meet with the 196.675.
Makenzie Douglas - BYU - Co-Floor Exercise
A native of Queen Creek, Ariz., Douglas matched a career-high 9.900 on floor to share Floor Specialist of the Week honors, finishing second on the event against Iowa. Douglas earned Vault Specialist of the Week the first week of the season.
Madison Ward - Utah State - Co-Floor Exercise
In both of Utah State’s meets this past week, Ward placed third on floor each time out. At the Nebraska-hosted Masters Classic on Saturday, Ward had a career-high-tying 9.900, marking the fifth time this season she has recorded that score on the event. Prior to that, she tallied a 9.875 on floor at a UCLA-hosted tri meet on Feb. 20, helping the Aggies place second with a 195.700. At the Masters Classic, Ward also placed 21st on vault (9.600) and tied for eighth on bars (9.825) as 22nd-ranked Utah State (7-7, 2-2 MRGC) took third in the quad meet with a season-high road score of 196.200, which is the seventh-best score in program history and the third-highest road score.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast and Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* MyKayla Skinner has now been named Gymnast of the Week six times and Freshman of the Week four times this season.
* Skinner won the all-around (39.750), vault (9.9), beam (9.95) and floor (9.95) in Utah's 197.600-194.850 win at Arizona State.
* She placed second on bars (9.95) and her 39.750 all-around score is the best in the Pac-12 this week.
* Skinner had career highs on both bars (9.95) and beam (9.95).
* She helped Utah earn the best road score by a Pac-12 team this season (197.600) and has now won 30 of a possible 40 individual titles in her collegiate career.

Specialist of the Week
Hallie Mossett - UCLA
* Hallie Mossett scored a career-high 9.975 and earned a 10.0 from one judge on floor exercise against Arizona over the weekend.
* She also scored a 9.825 on beam to help UCLA defeat Arizona, 197.725-196.275.
* Mossett's 9.975 floor score gave the senior her first victory of the season and helped UCLA achieve a season-best 49.625 on floor and its second-highest team score of the season (197.725).
* Mossett has scored 9.8 or higher on every routine she has competed this season.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alex McMurtry - Florida
McMurtry scored a 10.0 on floor exercise in just her second performance on the event this season and the seventh floor performance of her career. It was her first win on floor of her collegiate career. McMurtry also shared the evening’s vault title with teammate Rachel Slocum with a nearly perfect 9.975 for her Yurchenko double. She was runner-up on balance beam at 9.925. It was the only 10.0 posted by a SEC gymnast last weekend. The 10.0 was McMurtry’s fifth of her career as she owns perfect marks on three events (3 bars, 1 vault, floor). She is the second Gator to earn a perfect mark on three or more events. Only Gator Great Bridget Sloan recorded a collegiate ‘Gym Slam’ (a 10.0 on each of the four events).

Specialist of the Week
Rachel Slocum - Florida
Slocum shared the vault title versus No. 13 Missouri with teammate Alex McMurtry. She equaled her collegiate-best of 9.975 for the second time of the last three meets. It was Slocum’s fourth consecutive vault win and fifth of the season. She also set her collegiate floor best of 9.925. Slocum has been consistent on vault this season, with seven of her eight performances for her front handspring pike-front half twist vault scoring a 9.925 or better.

Freshman of the Week
Amelia Hundley - Florida
Hundley turned in the nation’s third-highest all-around total of last weekend – 39.625 – and the top total among SEC competitors to win her second collegiate all-around title. Her total shares the No. 15 highest total among the nation’s competitors of 2017. Among the SEC all-arounders, that total is second behind teammate Alicia Boren’s 39.725 and equals the league’s highest among freshmen all-arounders. She also matched her collegiate-high of 9.975 to win her second consecutive bars title (and third overall) of the season. Hundley took second on floor with a collegiate best 9.95 and also set her collegiate-best of 9.875 on vault. She has won five event titles in 2017 – three bars & two all-around.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Lisa O’Donnell - UW-Whitewater
One week after setting a National Collegiate Gymnastics Association record in the all-around, O’Donnell scored big again with a 38.800, just shy of last week’s record-setting performance, to help the Warhawks post a score of 191.275, which ranks among the top five in program history, at UW-La Crosse. She tied for first on both the floor exercise and the balance beam and led or tied for the team lead in all four events. O’Donnell’s 9.725 in the floor exercise tied for the school’s 20th-best performance and helped UW-Whitewater post a 47.975, good for the 16th-best score in the program record book. She finished the meet with a 9.700 on the balance beam, good for a tie for 17th in school history, and helped the team finish with a 37.675, which cracked the top 10 in the program record book. O’Donnell also tied for second on the uneven bars with a 9.675 and placed second on the vault with a 9.700. Her scores helped the Warhawks finish with top 12 scores in school history in each event.

Specialist
Amy Enright - UW-La Crosse
Enright won the uneven parallel bars (9.725) in UW-La Crosse's dual victory over UW-Whitewater on Feb. 24. Her score of 9.725 tied a season high.