Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 8-14, 2018
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Paige Zaziski - Michigan
* Finished first in the all-around competition with a score of 39.450 in the Wolverines’ dual-meet victory over Ohio State
* Tied for first on bars (9.900), tied for second on beam (9.875), tied for fifth on vault (9.850), and tied for eighth on floor (9.825)
* Posted the top all-around score in the conference and 11th-best nationally over the weekend
* Earns her first career Gymnast of the Week honor

Briannah Tsang - Penn State
* Finished first in the all-around competition with a season-best score of 39.425 in the Nittany Lions’ dual-meet against Nebraska
* Claimed the individual event title on floor (9.900), tied for first on bars (9.900), tied for fourth on beam (9.800) and tied for fifth on vault (9.825)
* Her individual event titles marked her 13th career floor title, 12th career all-around title and second career bars title
* The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her second career Gymnast of the Week honor and first of the season

Event Specialist of the Week
Emma McLean - Michigan
* Won both her events with scores of 9.950 or better, matching the top scores in the nation so far this season, helping the Wolverines defeat Ohio State
* Posted a career-high 9.975 on floor, earning a perfect 10.0 from one of the judges to win the event
* Collected the event title on vault with a score of 9.950
* The Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her fourth career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor and first of the season

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Syd Townsend - Michigan
* Recorded two scores of 9.900 or better in just her second career meet to help the Wolverines defeat Ohio State with a nation-leading team score of 197.550
* Tied for the win on bars with a 9.900 for her first career event win
* Finished second on vault with an 9.925
* Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor

Kynsee Roby - Nebraska
* Posted a pair of top-five finishes in her collegiate debut, helping the Huskers defeat Penn State
* Recorded a 9.825 on beam to tie for second place
* Earned a score of 9.850 on bars to tie for fifth place
* Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Brenna Dowell - Oklahoma
Dowell was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for the first time in her career. It’s her seventh overall nod as she was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week six times in 2015. Against Georgia, Dowell was a key component as she recorded a score of at least 9.9 on all three events she competed. Her impressive 9.95 on vault earned her the event title and currently leads the nation. The Odessa, Mo. native also tallied a score of 9.9 on bars and floor, sharing the floor event title.

Specialist of the Week
Kaitlyn Schou - Denver
Schou tied the fifth-highest beam score in program history on Sunday and set a new career high with her 9.950 performance. She won the event title—the second of her career—while securing a team score of 49.325 on the event, which ties the program’s fifth-best mark and was the highest beam score in the Big 12 Conference this week. In this week’s national rankings, she moved up to No. 5 on beam (9.912 average).

Newcomer of the Week
Anastasia Webb - Oklahoma
In her collegiate debut, Webb was outstanding as she competed in the all-around for the Sooners. Tallying at least a 9.825 on all four events with a high of 9.875 on bars and beam, she came in second in the all-around with a 39.400, the top all-around mark for Oklahoma. On vault, she performed one of the more unique vaults, an Omelianchik, boasting one of four 10.0 start value vaults in the OU lineup. All four of her scores counted during the meet as she helped lead the Sooners to victory.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Jillian Winstanley - George Washington
Senior Jillian Winstanley (Arlington, Mass.) of George Washington was voted EAGL Gymnast of the Week on January 16th for her 39.425 all-around performance leading the Colonials to a first-place finish at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational against Ball State, Cornell, and Pennsylvania. GW posted the top 2018 team score in the league (195.325) at its home opener, as Winstanley finished the day on the podium in all four events – talking second-place on vault (9.875), first on bars (9.825), first on beam (9.900), and second on floor (9.825). Winstanley’s 9.900 on beam matched her personal-best and marks the seventh time in her career that she has scored a 9.900 on beam. The finance major’s 39.425 earned first place at the quad meet, is the highest all-around in EAGL so far this season, and marks the 31st time in her career that she has scored a 39.000 or better in the all-around.

Specialist of the Week
Lauren Cahalan - Towson
Senior Lauren Cahalan (Reisterstown, Md.) from Towson University was tabbed as EAGL Specialist of the Week on January 16th after her two-event performance which included a first-place finish on beam in the Tigers’ 2-0 home opener against Temple and William & Mary. After missing last season due to multiple surgeries which put her career in jeopardy, Cahalan finished first on floor with a career-high 9.875 and also finished third on beam with a 9.750. She was one of three Tigers to collect an individual event win as Towson posted the top score in all four events and in all-around.

Rookie of the Week
Haley Brechwald - Pittsburgh
Freshman Haley Brechwald (Springfield, Va.) from the University of Pittsburgh was voted EAGL Rookie of the Week after her first-place all-around performance (38.925) in her collegiate debut against Oregon State University. In addition to tying for the all-around title in the home opener, Brechwald won vault outright (9.825), tied for first on bars (9.775), placed 9th on beam (9.475), and second on floor (9.850). As Pittsburgh posted its highest opening team score (194.125) since 2012, Brechwald tied or posted the Panthers’ highest score on every event except for beam.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Kyra Levi – Pennsylvania
Levi, Co-captain of the squad had great start to her season. Levi anchored the uneven bars with an impressive score of 9.8 to lead the team for the event. The high score helped Penn finish with a team score of 47.075. The 9.8 was good enough for third overall at the meet. She capped off her day with a 9.6 in the floor exercise.

Specialist of the Week
Jaylene Everett – Temple
Everett started her season by posting a career high in the floor exercise. She led the Owls in the event with a 9.825 and an overall team score of 48.6, good enough for third at the Gold Out hosted by Towson. She continued her afternoon earning fourth place on the vault with a score of 9.725, Temples highest score in the vault.

Rookie of the Week
Jacey Baldovino – Yale
Baldovino, competing in her first collegiate meet, had an outstanding start to her career. She claimed second in the all-around (38.650) competing against Illinois, Rutgers and Southern Connecticut State. She started her day on the beam with a score of 9.725, then moved to the floor exercise and received the same score. During her vault she received a 9.65 and finished her day on the uneven bars with a score of 9.55 to cap off the impressive start to her collegiate career.

Coaches' Choice
Charlotte Cooperman – Yale
Cooperman started off her young career by leading the Bulldogs on the beam, her specialty. She gained momentum for the Bulldogs by scoring 9.65. The solid routine was a great start to her career.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Kate Aberger – Southern Connecticut State
Aberger had a great weekend competing Southern Connecticut States quad-meet against Rutgers, Illinois and Yale. She had two top six finishes that included a third-place finish in the floor exercise (9.75) and sixth on the beam with a 9.8. The score during the floor exercise set a new career mark for her while she tied her career best on the beam. She capped off the meet by posting the Owls best score on bars with a 9.5.

Specialist of the Week
Sarah Boyd – West Chester
Boyd nailed her routine for her specialty, the beam. She hit a score of 9.8 which currently ranks her first in that event among all Division II teams. The score helped to set the pace for the Rams as they won three of four events at this weekends quad meet.

Rookie of the Week
Kathryn Doran – Bridgeport
Doran started off her career in fashion. She tied for first place on bars against the University of New Hampshire with a score of 9.825. She also took second place on the beam with another outstanding score of 9.825. She capped off the meet with a floor exercise score of 9.475.

Coaches' Choice
Emily Loughery – West Chester
Loughery had a solid weekend competing in both the beam and floor for the Rams. She posted a beam score of 9.625 and won the floor exercise by performing a new routine to get a score of 9.7.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachel Stypinski - Kent State
All-American Rachel Stypinski won three of four events en route to a 39.375 and an all-around title to start the 2018 season Sunday in a dual meet against Centenary College. Stypinski’s top scores were on floor and bars, where she earned a 9.900 on both apparatus. Her 9.875 on beam was 0.150 higher than any other competitor.

Specialist of the Week
Gianna Plaksa - Central Michigan
Junior, Gianna Plaksa, built upon her week one bars score by recording a career high 9.875 on the uneven bars. This helped her capture a victory in her first event of the day against Eastern Michigan. She also finished with a second-place finish on the floor with a score of 9.825.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Schyler Jones - Texas Woman's
Jones opened the 2018 season inside Kitty Magee Arena with first place finishes on vault, beam, floor, and all-around against Lindenwood to help the Pioneers set a program record in a season opener with an overall team score of 193.525. The senior vaulted to a 9.875, just a tenth of a point below her career high, and also recorded a 9.875 on floor for TWU. Jones anchored on balance beam with a 9.775 and recorded a 9.525 on the uneven bars to take the all-around title with a score of 39.050.

Performance of the Week
Courntney Mitchell - Lindenwood
Mitchell, a freshman, received scores of 9.90 and 9.85 from the judges for an average of 9.875. That score tied for the fifth-best in program history. She finished first overall with that mark, and led Lindenwood to a team score of 48.925 on the bars, the fourth-best in the school's records book.

Newcomer of the Week
Lindsey Bates - Southeast Missouri State
Bates, an Oviedo, Florida native, won her first career all-around title on Friday against Illinois State with a season-best score of 38.950. She also tied for first place to win the bars (9.725) and beam (9.700) titles. Bates posted season-bests on all four events to win the all-around crown including a 9.775 on floor and a 9.750 on vault.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Alexis Beown - UC Davis
UC Davis senior Alexis Brown (Huntington Beach, CA) broke the 39-point barrier in the all-around for the ninth and 10th time in her career, scoring 39.200 at the NorCal Classic (Jan. 8), followed by a 39.050 in a road dual win at Seattle Pacific last Friday (Jan. 12). She recorded scores of 9.675-9.850-9.850-9.825 in her four events in the five-team NorCal meet to place third in the all-around race. She then won uneven bars (9.800) and floor (9.900), and added a second-place balance beam routine (9.825) en route to the all-around title at SPU. This is Brown’s eighth career MPSF weekly award.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Salamone - Air Force
Air Force sophomore Anna Salamone (Bayport, NY) had a stellar afternoon at eighth-ranked Denver last Sunday (Jan. 14), as she led the Falcons on her two signature events. In the squad’s first road meet of the season, she registered the Falcons’ highest individual event finish, scoring a career-best 9.825 to tie for third on the uneven bars. She also matched her personal-best 9.775 on the vault and was sixth in the meet. Salamone paced Air Force to season-high team scores on both events (48.550 on vault, 48.725 on uneven bars). This is the second career weekly award for Salamone.

Freshman of the Week
Alaska-Anchorage freshman Isabelle Fox (Houston, TX) delivered the best two all-around scores for a Seawolf since 2016 with a 38.375 (Jan. 12) and a 38.725 (Jan. 14), leading UAA to a pair of home victories over Cortland. She scored a 9.60 or better on seven of eight routines, winning floor exercise both nights with a 9.70 and a 9.775. Fox also helped the Seawolves break 190 Sunday (190.975), despite being down to just eight healthy gymnasts.


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme - Boise State
Remme helped lead the Broncos to the victory with an all-around score of 39.475. She won three of the four events in the meet, scoring a 9.875 on bars, a 9.875 on beam and a 9.875 on floor. The junior’s 9.875 on bars earned her MRGC Bars Specialist of the Week.

Specialists of the Week
Megan McBride - Southern Utah - Vault
McBride earned the vault event title in the Flippin' Birds' season opening meet against the Broncos, after scoring a career-high 9.900. The team went on to score a 48.925 on vault with the help of McBride's 9.900.
Shani Remme - Boise State - Uneven Bars
Jill Van Mierlo - BYU - Balance Beam
Van Mierlo posted a 9.900 on the balance beam last Friday against No. 10 California. The score led to BYU’s victory over Cal, 196.025 to 194.350, as well as van Mierlo winning the all-around title with a 39.175.
Mackenzie Douglas - BYU - Co-Floor Exercise
Shannon Hortman-Evans - BYU - Co-Floor Exercise
Douglas and Evans both earned Floor Specialist of the Week after matching career highs of 9.900 on floor. Their scores contributed to an event score of 49.225, the Cougars' highest event score of the meet.


National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Jess Clemens - Springfield
Jess Clemens, a junior Sports Biology major at Springfield College, helped the Pride to its highest-ever season-opening team score at West Chester this past weekend, as she won the all-around competition with a score of 37.400. Clemens’ all-around score included marks of 9.475 on vault, 9.125 on the balance beam, 9.250 in the floor exercise and 9.550 on the uneven bars. Clemens was the Pride’s top performer on the bars, as the junior is now the No. 3-ranked all-around gymnast in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA).

Specialist of the Week
Emma Schulz - Cortland
In her first week as a collegiate gymnast, Schulz competed in three events in three different meets and earned a pair of wins on balance beam at Division I Alaska Anchorage. Schulz tied for first at UAA on beam Friday with a 9.80, which is tied for the third-best score in the event in school history. She also tied for third on floor with a 9.50. Two days later, Schulz outright won beam at UAA with a 9.75, tied for second on floor with a 9.70, and placed fourth on vault with a 9.575. Schulz opened the week at Brockport Tuesday with a third-place effort on vault (9.425) as well as registering a 9.525 on floor.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* Utah sophomore MyKayla Skinner earned consecutive Pac-12 gymnast of the week honors, her ninth-career accolade, tying the Pac-12 record for weekly honors set by UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa’s from 2009-13.
* Skinner won the all-around with a score of 39.70 this weekend, which tied for the eighth-best score in school history. She also took the win on floor (9.975), bars (9.95, tie) and vault (9.95, tie), and tied for second on beam (9.825). She now has seven wins in the first two meets of the season.
* Her nearly-perfect floor routine was a crowd favorite at the Elevate the Stage meet in Reno this weekend, and her scores helped the Utes take second with a score of 196.975, behind UCLA’s 197.200.
* Skinner is currently ranked in the top five in the country in the all-around (No. 2), bars (No. 3/tie) and vault (No. 2/tie).

Specialist of the Week
Christine Peng-Peng Lee - UCLA
* For the second week in a row UCLA senior Christine Peng-Peng Lee is honored as the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week.
* Had a solid showing at Elevate the Stage this weekend, scoring a 9.925 on the uneven bars to help the team clinch the victory in the event with a total of 49.375, setting the pace for the Bruins to win the meet. UCLA scored 197.200 points to take first, defeating No. 2 Utah (196.975), Washington (195.725) and Stanford (195.350).
* In the individual results, Lee tied for second on beam with a score of 9.825, and took third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.925.
* Currently tied for first in the country on bars with an average of 9.950.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Cairo Leonard-Baker - Arizona State
* True freshman Cairo Leonard-Baker earned her first Pac-12 honor this week, and the first honor for ASU of the season after a strong performance this weekend on the road.
* ASU earned its third victory of the season, defeating No. 16 West Virginia, 196.475-195.875, on Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum. Leonard-Baker was crowned the meet all-around champion, finishing at a cumulative count of 39.425, a career high.
* Posted a career-high 9.925 on bars, leading the team to a season-high score of 49.125. Her career-high 9.900 on floor also helped ASU notch another season high of 49.125 in the event.
* Leonard-Baker’s scores led ASU to their best team total since March 2, 2007. It also accounts for the 26th best team total in Gym Devil history.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Myia Hambrick - LSU
Hambrick put up the top all-around score in the conference this week with a 39.550 to lead LSU to victory at Florida. She matched her career high on floor with a 9.95 in the anchor spot. Hambrick also put up a 9.90 in the second spot of beam and 9.90 in the second spot of vault.

Specialist of the Week
Kiana Winston - Alabama
Winston led Alabama to a win over Georgia, taking top honors on the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She posted her second consecutive 9.925 score for her second win of the season on the uneven bars. Winston also scored her second 9.9 in a row on the balance beam for her second win of the season on that event. She recorded a season-high 9.9 on the floor exercise. Winston is ranked third in the nation on the uneven bars and first in the SEC, and is sixth nationally on the balance beam.

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Sarah Shaffer - Arkansas
Shaffer recorded Arkansas’ highest all-around score since April 2, 2016 and the highest by a freshman since 2015 with a 39.325. She was Arkansas’ anchor and the Razorbacks’ fourth scorer on the balance beam, helping Arkansas secure its highest beam score of 49.250 since March 8, 2014. In total, Shaffer took second on the floor and all-around, and fourth on the vault, recording her highest event score of 9.875 against No. 6 Kentucky. Her all-around score is tied for the seventh-highest in the conference this season, and is the highest all-around score by a freshman in the SEC.

Ella Warren - Kentucky
In Kentucky’s road win at Arkansas, Warren posted a career high 9.875 on bars to tie for third place as she helped the team win the bars’ team title with a 49.275. She also competed on the floor for the first time in her career, posting a 9.8 to tie for fifth place as the Wildcats took the team title in the floor exercise with a 49.100.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

All-Around
Lisa O'Donnell - UW-Whitewater
O'Donnell won the all-around and claimed first place in three different events on Sunday to lead the Warhawks to a 186.850-185.175 victory at Hamline (Minn.). Two days earlier, she won two events and finished second in the all-around competition in a 188.175-183.500 triumph at UW-Eau Claire. Against Hamline, O'Donnell tied the No. 18 mark in program history with a 38.300 thanks to wins on the uneven parallel bars (9.650), floor exercise (9.725) and balance beam (9.550). Her performance in the floor exercise helped UW-Whitewater post the ninth-best team score in the event in program history. In the meet at UW-Eau Claire, O'Donnell placed first in the floor exercise with a 9.600 and first on bars with a 9.550, and finished with a 37.125 in the all-around.

Specialist
Lewa Evans - UW-Whitewater
Evans won the vault during two away meets last week to help the Warhawks to a 2-0 record. On Friday in UW-Whitewater's 188.175-183.500 victory at UW-Eau Claire, Evans tied for first with a 9.600 to help the team total a 47.375. During the team's 186.850-185.175 triumph at Hamline (Minn.), she scored a 9.500 to lead all competitors and help the Warhawks post a 47.025 on the apparatus. Evans also tied for third in the floor exercise with a 9.650 to help UW-Whitewater record a 48.250 in the event, the ninth-highest score in program history.