Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 5-7, 2018
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Olivia Karas - Michigan
* Finished first in the all-around competition with a score of 39.350 in the Wolverines’ season-opening win over No. 4 Alabama
* Claimed the individual event title on floor (9.925), tied for fourth on bars (9.875) and vault (9.825), and took sixth on beam (9.725)
* Posted the top all-around score in the conference and eighth nationally over the weekend
* The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her fifth career Gymnast of the Week honor and first of the season

Event Specialist of the Week
Brianna Brown - Michigan
* Notched a team-high 9.900 on bars to tie for second in the event in Michigan’s victory over No. 4 Alabama
* The score led the Big Ten and tied for seventh nationally
* The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her first Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Lauren Bridgens - Penn State
* Posted five top-five finishes in her collegiate debut, helping the Nittany Lions defeat Eastern Michigan
* Recorded a 39.050 to tie for first place in the all-around competition
* Tied for the vault title (9.825), placed second on uneven bars (9.800), finished fourth on beam (9.700) and fourth on floor (9.725)


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maddie Karr - Denver
Karr’s Gymnast of the Week honor comes after she won the all-around (39.500), vault (9.925) and beam (9.900) titles during Saturday’s season opener at Arizona. She also tied for second on bars (9.850). Her vault score was the highest in the nation, and she is currently ranked No. 1 in the country on the event. The DU sophomore’s marks on vault, bars and beam, and in the all-around were the highest in the conference last week.

Specialist of the Week
Kaitlyn Schou - Denver
Schou earned Event Specialist of the Week after competing on beam and floor on Saturday, finishing second on beam. Her beam tally of 9.875 was just .025 off her career high. She is tied for No. 12 in the nation on beam after last week’s meet, and she is also tied for No. 2 on the event in the conference. Additionally, she led off the Pioneers’ floor rotation, helping DU to the third-highest score on the event in a season opener.

Newcomer of the Week
Lynnzee Brown - Denver
Brown, this week’s Newcomer of the Week, had one of the most successful collegiate debuts for a DU freshman, winning the floor title and finishing second in the all-around and on vault. Her all-around score of 39.425 is the second-best in a DU freshman’s first meet, as was her 9.900 on vault. Nationally, Brown is now No. 2 on vault, tied for No. 6 on floor and No. 7 in the all-around. She is also No. 2 in the Big 12 in the all-around and on floor.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Cami Drouin-Allaire - George Washington
Senior Cami Drouin-Allaire (Shorham, New York) of George Washington was voted EAGL Gymnast of the Week on January 9th after leading the Colonials to a third-place finish in a quad meet at No. 10 Kentucky this past weekend. The Biology major won the all around competition in front of a sold-out crowd, with a total score of 39.100. This is the thirteenth time in the past 15 meets that the senior has eclipsed the 39.000 all-around mark. Drouin-Allaire placed third on both vault (9.825) and floor (9.850), while adding a 9.725 on bars and a 9.700 on beam. She earned the highest floor score (along with teammates Jillian Winstanley and Madeline Siebold) and also tallied the highest all-around score in EAGL during the first weekend of competition.

Specialist of the Week
Casey Lauter - New Hampshire
Senior Casey Lauter (Northport, New York) of New Hampshire was tabbed as the first EAGL Specialist of the Week for the 2018 season after winning the beam title at the Little Boston Invitational (against Temple, Maryland, and Towson), with a 9.925. Not only was this mark her highest score since January 30th, 2016, it was the highest score posted on any event in EAGL this past weekend and it also ties Peng-Peng Lee of UCLA and Sarah Finnegan of LSU with the top-beam score in the nation during Week One. Lauter anchored a UNH beam lineup that scored a 49.150 which currently holds a No. 2 national ranking along with Arkansas. The senior co-captain helped the Wildcats to total the top-team score in EAGL during Week One, a 194.175.

Rookie of the Week
Lauren Diggan - New Hampshire
Freshman Lauren Diggan (Sinking Spring, Pa.) of New Hampshire earned EAGL Rookie of the Week honors on January 9th for her three-event performance contributing to the Wildcats’ top team score in EAGL posted this past weekend. In her collegiate debut, Diggan was the lone Wildcat to achieve a 9.700 or above in three events. She matched teammates Erin Carroll and Marissa Toci for the Wildcats’ top vault score (9.750, tied 7th). Additionally, she was one of only two Wildcats (Danielle Doolin) to compete in three events and compiled top aggregate score of all UNH competitors (29.175; 9.750 vault, 9.700 Bars, 9.725 floor).


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Katy Clements - Central Michigan
Katy Clements opened her senior year with a win on the Balance Beam with a score of 9.875, which helped her to be ranked 12th Nationally. She was second on floor with a 9.875 to her CMU teammate. Katy also scored a 9.800 on vault to take second behind another one of her CMU teammates. The 9.800 on vault was also her highest season opener on vault in her career at CMU. With Katy’s performance, she helped CMU earn a third-place National ranking after the first weekend.

Specialist of the Week
Lacey Rubin - Eastern Michigan
Redshirt senior Lacey Rubin had an impressive outing in the regular season opener against Penn State Saturday, Jan. 6, in State College, Pa. Rubin started her day on bars, where she notched a 9.850 to take her first event title of the year. Additionally, the Plainview, N.Y.-native ended her day by posting a 9.775 on beam, which was good for the second-best event score and a team-high on the apparatus.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Mikailla Northern - Illinois-Chicago
Northern started the season in the dominant fashion that made her the MIC's Athlete of the Year last season. She turned in three top-3 performances in four rotations, winning the floor exercise, taking second on the vault, and placing third on the beam. Northern was second in the all-around competition, despite not being able to tumble or vault in the two weeks leading up to the meet due to a bone bruise. It is her seventh overall Gymnast of the Week award after winning it three times in each of her first two seasons.

Performance of the Week
Serena Baker - Illinois-Chicago
Baker showed why she is one of the MIC's top performers on the bars. A second team All-Conference honoree on the apparatus last season, Baker won the event with a career high-tying score of 9.825. It is the sophomore's first weekly award. The Performance of the Week rewards an athlete with the best overall performance on one event.

Newcomer of the Week
Kayla Baddeley - Illinois-Chicago
Baddeley shined in her first collegiate meet. The freshman from Bridgewater, Mass. won the beam competition, scoring 9.825, and took sixth on the vault. She also contributed to the Flames' team score on the floor exercise.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Mariana Murphy - Air Force
Air Force junior Mariana Murphy (Phoenix, AZ) won the balance beam (9.775) and all-around (38.675), leading the Falcons to a 193.425-191.350 victory over Wisconsin-La Crosse in their season-opener (Jan. 6). She placed within the top-half of the field in the remaining three events, scoring a 9.650 on the vault and matching 9.625 scores on the uneven bars and floor exercise. Murphy helped Air Force register the highest season-opening team total of Doug Day’s coaching tenure. This is Murphy’s first career MPSF weekly award.

Specialist of the Week
Jessica Kirkpatrick - Air Force
Air Force freshman Jessica Kirkpatrick (Broomfield, CO) scored a 9.775 to win the uneven bars against Wisconsin-La Crosse in her collegiate debut (Jan. 6). Leading the Falcons to a share of the top six scores on the event, she bettered the 12-gymnast field by 0.775 points. Kirkpatrick helped Air Force register the highest season-opening score of Doug Day’s coaching tenure (193.425), as the Falcons won the dual meet.

Freshman of the Week
Tyler Davis - Air Force
Air Force freshman Tyler Davis (Rowlett, TX) won the vault (9.750) and finished second all-around (38.075) in the season-opening win over Wisconsin-La Crosse (Jan. 6). She also earned runner-up honors on the floor exercise (9.700), while scoring a 9.525 on the uneven bars and 9.100 on the balance beam. Davis helped Air Force register the highest season-opening score of Doug Day’s coaching tenure.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* Last year’s seven-time Pac-12 gymnast of the week MyKayla Skinner earned the first 2018 Pac-12 gymnastics weekly honor after helping her team kick their season off with a 197.000-194.275 season-opening win over BYU.
* Skinner picked up her first win of the new season with a 9.90 on bars, followed by the individual event title on beam with a score of 9.90.
* She also won the all-around, starting her season strong after setting the Utah single-season all-around win record as a freshman last year with 12. Her score tied Utah teammate MaKenna Merrell-Giles for first place, each tallying a 39.475 for the victory.
* Skinner is currently ranked in the top 10 in the country on beam (No. 4/tie), all-around (No. 5/tie), bars (No. 7/tie) and vault (No. 8/tie).

Specialist of the Week
Christine Peng-Peng Lee - UCLA
* Senior Christine Peng Peng Lee made a huge debut in her sixth year, helping the Bruins shine in it’s 196.250-193.200 season-opening win over Ohio State on Saturday.
* Lee took the top score on the uneven bars with a near-perfect 9.975, beating out teammates Kyla Ross (9.900) and Nia Dennis (9.825) for the win.
* She also won on balance beam with a score of 9.925, contributing to UCLA’s combined score of 49.025 in the third rotation.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Kyana George - California
* Freshman Kyana George made her Cal debut with a 9.85 on her floor routine, good for second among the Bears in the event.
* George turned in a strong all-around debut, taking second with a 39.350 and a pair of top-two finishes on bars (9.90) and beam (9.875).
* Her score helped Cal take the title in the five-team NorCal Classic for the fourth season in a row Monday night with a 195.475, edging out Stanford (194.925), San Jose State (194.475), UC Davis (194.400) and Sacramento State (192.875).


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
Finnegan opened the season by setting a career high in the all-around with a score of 39.650 in LSU’s home opener over No. 19 Arkansas. She totaled three titles on the night (all-around, bars, beam) and finished second on the other three events. Finnegan also tied her career high on bars with a 9.95 in the anchor spot of the lineup. Her scores on beam and all-around rank No. 1 in the nation after week one.

Specialist of the Week
Kiana Winston - Alabama
In her first meet wearing the SEC Graduate patch after earning her degree in psychology, Winston won both the uneven bars (9.925) and balance beam (9.900) at No. 7 and defending Big 10 Champion Michigan. She is ranked in the top-five nationally in both events following the first week of the season. Winston also took fourth place in the floor exercise in the Crimson Tide’s season opener in Ann Arbor.

Freshman of the Week
Jazmyn Foberg - Florida
Foberg was runner-up in the season opener all-around at 39.125. That total is the second highest among the nation’s freshmen and highest among SEC freshmen so far in 2018. Her total was the fifth-highest ever for a Gator freshman in a season opener. Foberg took Third on floor at 9.825. She was inserted mid-meet into the all-around lineup, as senior All-American Kennedy Baker suffered leg cramps during uneven bars competition and was held out of the remaining three events. Foberg took Baker’s slot in the beam lineup, helping UF post the nation’s top beam team total of 2018.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Amanda McBrayer - UW-Oshkosh
McBrayer won the all-around competition and shared first place on the vault as UW-Oshkosh rallied to defeat visiting Hamline University (Minn.), 183.525-183.475, on Jan. 6. McBrayer compiled 36.95 points in winning the all-around competition. She also placed first on the vault with 9.375 points, fourth on the uneven bars with 9.00 and sixth on the balance beam with 9.40. McBrayer shared the top listing on the vault with the Pipers’ Julia Crysz-DeBoer.

Specialist
Kiya Bjorge - UW-Eau Claire
After being sidelined most of the pre-season with a knee injury, Bjorge won both events she competed in and helped the Blugolds to a 181.275-175.800 victory over Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on Jan. 6. She won the floor exercise, recording a 9.275, and then went on to take first in the balance beam with a score of 9.575.