Women's Gymnasts of the Week – March 7-12, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Bailie Holst - Minnesota
* Set a personal record to win the all-around competition at the Big Five meet hosted by Iowa
* Ended the meet with a 39.425 and four top-10 individual event finishes
* Tallied a 9.925 on bars to finish third in the event
* This is the first career Gymnast of the Week honor for Holst

Jennie Laeng - Nebraska
* Recorded a new career high with a 39.400 to win the all-around competition at the Big Five meet hosted by Illinois
* Earned two runner-up finishes in the meet on floor (9.900) and on beam (9.875), pacing the Huskers to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title
* Also recorded a top-five finish on vault with a 9.825
* This is the second Gymnast of the Week award in Laeng’s career

Event Specialist of the Week
Paige Zaziski - Michigan
* Claimed an event title and two additional top-10 finishes at the Big Five meet hosted by Iowa
* Secured the event title on bars with a 9.950 to help lead the Wolverines to a share of the Big Ten title
* Notched 9.850 on beam to finish fourth and also hit a 9.800 on vault to finish ninth
* This is the second Event Specialist of the Week honor for Zaziski this season and in her career

Freshman of the Week
Lexi Funk - Michigan
* Finished third in the all-around and had three top-10 finishes at the Big Five meet hosted by Iowa
* Matched a career best with a 39.275 in the all-around competition to lead Michigan to an overall score of 197.150
* Recorded a 9.850 on three separate events (bars, beam and floor)
* This is the second Freshman of the Week honor that Funk has received


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maddie Karr - Denver
* Won her sixth all-around title against No. 10 Boise State, scoring a 39.625 mark.
* Won the vault title with a 9.950 mark to record her seventh consecutive vault title and 22nd overall title this season, good for second most by a Denver freshman in program history.
* Matched the highest all-around score by a Big 12 gymnast this week and tied the sixth-highest all-around score in program history.
* Tied her personal best on bars with a 9.900 score to help DU set the school record on the event with a 49.450.

Specialist of the Week
AJ Jackson - Oklahoma
* Helped the Sooners to a 197.800-796.775 victory at No. 17 California, capping an undefeated regular season.
* Tallied a 9.95 on floor to claim the event title, the highest score of the meet for any competitor on any event.
* Recorded a 9.9 on vault to finish third on the event.
* Has now scored at least a 9.9 on vault eight times this season and at least a 9.95 on floor in six straight meets.

Newcomer of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
* Contributed a pair of 9.9 scores on both bars and beam to claim a share of the individual titles on both events.
* Has not scored below a 9.9 on either event this season.
* Ranks in the top five in the nation for every event, including first place in all-around, floor and tied for first on beam..


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Chelsea Knight - NC State
Junior Chelsea Knight (Waldorf, Maryland) of North Carolina State University was recognized as EAGL Gymnast of the Week for the second time this season after her two-meet all-around performance helping the Wolfpack to go 3-1 for Week Ten. Knight had the best meet of her career Friday against Towson, setting a career best 39.525 to win the all-around competition. Knight had four impressive rotations, including a career-best 9.925 on bars. Individually, Knight won the vault, bars and beam rotations, while finishing second on floor. On Sunday, against Stanford, Yale, and GW, Knight was once again relied on as an all-arounder. She led the team on beam (9.825) and scored for the team on three of the four rotations (Vault: 9.750, Beam: 9.825, Floor 9.800).

Specialist of the Week
Amanda Fillard - NC State
Senior Amanda Fillard (Centereach, New York) of NC State earned her first EAGL Specialist of the Week honor this season for her three-event performances in the Pack’s 3-1 weekend. Fillard set a career best on bars on Friday night against Towson with a score of 9.925 to highlight the senior’s busy weekend. Fillard scored for the team on every rotation of the weekend. On Friday, she won the bars competition (9.925) and took fourth in vault (9.775).

Rookie of the Week
Melissa Temkov - Towson
Freshman Melissa Temkov (Smithville, Ontario, Canada) was tabbed as EAGL Rookie of the Week for the first time this season after her performance for the Tigers against Cornell and Brockport. Temkov impressed on the balance beam on Sunday’s meet, sharing the event title with teammate Mary Elle Arduino after posting a career-high 9.875. It was Temkov’s first time back in the lineup since competing on vault on Feb. 12, and she drastically improved her career best on the balance beam, improving from 9.675 on Jan. 29, to 9.875.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Caroline Moore – Penn
Moore took first place in two events and finished in third in another as the Quakers finished second in a quad-meet with Temple University, Southern Connecticut State University and Ithaca College last weekend. The sophomore took top spot in vault with a career-high 9.85, the second-best mark in program history, then finished first on beam with a career-best 9.875. Both of those scores were the highest in the respective events among ECAC competitors for the week.

Specialist of the Week
Emma Cullen – Penn
Cullen anchored Penn's uneven bars line up and scored her career high, winning the event with a score of 9.925. This ranks as the second-best mark in program history and also contributed to the record-breaking event team score of 49.2. The former bars record had been standing since 2004.

Rookie of the Week
Jade Buford – Yale
Buford scored career-highs in multiple events en route to a top-five finish in the all-around in Yale’s meet with George Washington University, Stanford University, and North Carolina State. The freshman totaled 39.0 in the all-around, scoring a career-best 9.775 on bars before posting an identical mark on beam and in the floor exercise. Her scores helped Yale post a team mark of 194.575, its highest team total of the season.

Coaches' Choice
Megan Ryan – Yale
Despite being limited to two events, Ryan continued her strong performances in Yale’s quad-meet last weekend. The junior scored a 9.8 on bars to finish in the top five and also scored 9.625 on vault to help Yale post a season-high team score of 194.575, the third-highest team mark in program history.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Majesta Valentine – West Chester
Valentine closed the regular season with another first-place showing in the all-around in West Chester’s meet against Ursinus College. The senior posted a score of 39.175 points the all-around, boosted by wins in the vault (9.725), bars (9.75) and floor exercise (9.875). Valentine also finished third on the balance beam (9.825).

Specialist of the Week
Brianna Comport – Bridgeport
Comport posted three first-place finishes in four events across two meets for the Purple Knights last week. The senior began the week by winning the beam (9.950) and tying for first in the floor exercise with teammate Maya Reimers with a mark of 9.9. She then took top spot on beam against Arizona State University and Sacramento State University, scoring 9.925 on the apparatus.

Rookie of the Week
Alexandra Lesperance – Southern Connecticut State
Lesperance posted a team-best 9.65 on the vault in SCSU’s meet against Brown University, Rhode Island College and Bridgeport. The freshman bettered that mark later in the week, scoring 9.675 to finish fifth in the Owls’ meet with UPenn, Temple and Ithaca.

Coaches' Choice
Selena Swanger – West Chester
Swanger finished second in the all-around last weekend, totaling 38.6 to set a new career best. The senior finished second on vault with a 9.625, and also tied for third in the floor exercise with a mark of 9.675.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Anna Corbett - Western Michigan
Senior Anna Corbett led Western Michigan in all-around in both meets this week, scoring a 39.175 and 39.150. On Senior Day, she scored her 39.175 to help the Broncos to a 195.475 victory over Southeast Missouri State, the highest team score in a home meet this season. Against the Redhawks she won two events, scoring a 9.850 on vault and 9.875 on beam to take home both titles. On Tuesday against UIC and Ball State she also scored a 9.850 on beam, her highest of the season.

Specialist of the Week
Jamyra Carter - Northern Illinois
NIU senior Jamyra Carter tied the school record at Central Michigan on Saturday with a 9.950 uneven parallel bars routine. Carter has seen a lot of success this season etching her name in the record book five times tallying six scores in the NIU record book for her career. Her 9.900 regional qualifying score ties her for 13th in the nation, and she is tied for the tenth overall average sitting at 9.880.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Mikailla Northern - Illinois-Chicago
Northern had two impressive meets last week, scoring the two-highest all-around totals in her career. The St. Louis, Mo. native matched her career-high 39.325 to take the all-around crown on March 7 against Western Michigan and Ball State before scoring a 39.125 all-around on Saturday against Oregon State.

Specialist of the Week
McKinzie Jones - SEMO
Jones put together a strong meet last weekend, posting two scores of 9.800 or better and collecting the event title on beam. Her score of 9.850 on beam was a season-high. Jones also scored a 9.800 on floor, placing third on the event.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Lauren Rice - Sacramento State
Sacramento State junior Lauren Rice (Henderson, NV) scored a season-best 39.200 to place second all-around in the team’s win at Arizona State (Mar. 10), in which the Hornets totaled an all-time MPSF Top-30 score of 195.275. She scored a second-place 9.825 on bars, third-place tying 9.825 on floor, as well as a 9.800 on beam and 9.750 on vault. This is Rice’s fifth career MPSF weekly award (two-time gymnast, three-time freshman).

Specialist of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) tied for first on floor with a 9.900 in a meet at No. 29 Arkansas, with Centenary (Mar. 10). It was Chan’s fifth consecutive week with at least a share of the floor title, and enters the postseason as the MPSF’s leader in the event (9.865 RQS). She also recorded a fourth-place vault (9.800) in the regular season finale. This is the record-setting seventh MPSF weekly freshman award for Chan, including her fifth consecutive.

Freshman of the Week
Rachel Kreager - UC Davis
UC Davis senior Rachel Kreager (Santa Rosa, CA) set career-highs on uneven bars (9.875) and balance beam (9.825) in her final home meet (Mar. 10). She helped UCD score its No. 8 bars score of all-time (48.975), and became just the 14th gymnast in school history to achieve 9.875 on bars. Her beam score tied her personal record, tied for third in the meet, and helped the Aggies tie the school and MPSF event record of 49.175. As a team, the Aggies scored their best total of the year (195.775), No. 5 score in their history and tied for 10th best all-time in the conference. This is Kreager’s second career MPSF Specialist award, earning one other this year (Jan. 31).


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme - Boise State
Remme had a career-high 39.525 in the all-around to earn Gymnast of the Week honors. The 39.525 was also the ninth-best all-around score in school history and the third all-around victory for Remme this season.

Specialists of the Week
Courtney McGregor and Sarah Means - Boise State - Co-Vault
The pair both earned 9.9s with matching Yurchenko one and a halves to split the event title.
Courtney McGregor - Boise State - Uneven Bars
McGregor scored a career-high 9.95 last Friday night to win the event and secure the honor for the third time this season.
Stacie Webb - Southern Utah - Balance Beam
She scored just the second 10.000 in the MRGC since its founding. No one else in the MRGC has scored a perfect mark on beam, as the only other 10.000 came from Boise State’s Ciera Perkins on vault in 2015.
Sandra Collantes and Ann Stockwell - Boise State - Co-Floor Exercise
For the second-straight week it was Sandra Collantes and Ann Stockwell sharing the event title on floor with matching 9.925s, securing them Floor Specialist of the Week honors.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kaytianna McMillan - Oregon State
* Kaytianna McMillan registered the first 10.0 by an Oregon State gymnast in nine years, when Tasha Smith accomplished the feat on the floor exercise.
* McMillan's 10 on the uneven bars is the first for and OSU gymnast on the bars since Elizabeth Jillson in 2003.
* She went on to win titles on floor (tied career-high, 9.950) and in the all-around with a career-best 39.650. Her all-around score ties as the third-highest all-around mark in OSU history.
* McMillan's efforts on Senior Day also helped lead the Beavers to a season-best score of 197.475 and their third straight team score over 197. It goes down as the fifth-best score in program history.

Specialist of the Week
Christine Peng-Peng Lee - UCLA
* Christine Peng-Peng Lee earned her second perfect 10 of the season on uneven bars to win the event for a team-best seven times.
* Lee has five scores of 9.95 or better on bars and has moved up to No. 2 in the nation on the event.
* Additionally, Lee placed second on balance beam, scoring 9.925. She has six scores of 9.9 or better on beam this season and is averaging 9.933 in her last three meets.
* This marks Lee's third Specialist of the Week honor this season, and the 7th for UCLA. Four different UCLA gymnasts have won the award this season: Lee, Kyla Ross, Katelyn Ohashi, and Hallie Mossett.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* MyKayla Skinner won her sixth Freshman/Newcomer of the Week award this season after placing second in the all-around at No. 7 Georgia with a 39.425.
* Her 39.425 all-around score was the best all-around score by a Pac-12 freshman last week and the third best overall.
* She was also Utah's highest finisher on floor (9.925) and vault (9.875), finishing third on both.
* Skinner remains the nation's No. 2-ranked all-arounder.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Ashleigh Gnat - LSU
Gnat capped off her career inside the PMAC by winning four of five events and taking second on another. She set the second-best all-around score of her career with a 39.700 against No. 26 New Hampshire, which tied for the 14th-best all-around score in school history. Gnat finished with a score of 9.90 or better on all four events. On bars, she set a new career best with a 9.90 in the anchor spot. Gnat also tied her career high on beam with a 9.95. For the season, Gnat owns nine floor titles, which is one off the school record of 10. She also owns eight vault titles, which is two off the school record for a single season (10). Over her career, Gnat owns 20 floor titles (5th all time, 21 vault titles (8th all time) and 11 beam titles (8th all time). She ranks No. 1 on vault, No. 3 on floor and No. 11 on beam in the national rankings.

Specialist of the Week
Kiana Winston - Alabama
Winston posted career-best marks in both her routines against the Iowa State Cyclones last Friday. She earned a 10.0 from one judge and a 9.95 from the other to score a career-best 9.975 on the balance beam. Winston also scored a career-best 9.9 on the vault to start the meet.

Freshman of the Week
Mollie Korth - Kentucky
Korth earned her sixth all-around title this season, with this one coming on the road at No. 15 Missouri. She earned her sixth bars win of the season, tying her career high on the event with a 9.925. Korth did not score below a 9.825 in any event in the win, and finished in third on the vault with a 9.875. She improved her all-around RQS 39.450 and No. 12 in the country.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Alex Kopp - Gustavus Adolphus
Kopp led Gustavus Adolphus in its regular-season finale against UW-La Crosse. She placed second on vault with a 9.575, third on bars with a career-high 9.500, sixth on beam with a 9.275, and won the floor exercise with a season-high 9.650. Kopp’s efforts combined for a first-place all-around finish with a season-high 38.000. She recorded three top-10 program finishes: her vault was the ninth-highest in school history, her career-high on bars is the sixth highest in school history, and all-around the fourth highest. Kopp led the Gusties to a team score of 184.725, their third-highest of the season and fourth-highest in program history.

Specialist
Katie Fiorilli - UW-Whitewater
Fiorilli won the vault and placed among the top four in two other events in a 192.125-188.850 victory over Hamline University (Minn.) in the team’s final regular-season meet on March 11. She tied a season high with a 9.675 on the vault to win the event by nearly one-tenth of a point. Fiorilli also collected a season-high mark of 9.675 in the floor exercise to place third overall and posted a 9.625, her second-highest score of the year, on the uneven bars. Her performance on the bars helped the Warhawks register a 48.375 in the event, good for the second-highest score in program history. With Fiorilli’s help, UW-Whitewater also finished with a 48.525 in the floor exercise, good for the third-best mark in the team’s record book.