Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 25-28, 2018
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast and Freshman of the Week
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
* Recorded five podium finishes, including the all-around title, in the Gophers' tri-meet against Illinois State and Ohio State
* Claimed individual titles on beam (9.900), floor (9.950) and in the all-around (39.600), and finished third on bars (9.900) and vault (9.850), respectively
* Posted the top all-around score in the conference and eighth-best nationally over the weekend
* Earns her second career Gymnast of the Week honor and her second career Freshman of the Week honor

Event Specialist of the Week
Sienna Crouse - Nebraska
* Recorded top-five finishes on both of her events with scores of 9.850 or better, helping the Huskers defeat Michigan
* Posted a career-high 9.975 on vault, the second-highest score in the nation, to win the event
* Tied for fourth on floor with a score of 9.850
* The Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her second career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols posted a nation-high 39.775 in the all-around on Friday night and now sits at No. 1 in the nation with a 39.700 average. The sophomore took home the all-around title against No. 5 Florida, along with event titles on bars (9.950) and floor (9.975). Nichols rounded out the meet with a 9.875 on beam. Along with her No. 1 ranking in the all-around, Nichols ranks in the top ten on three events as she is first on vault (9.925), second on bars (9.942), and sixth on floor (9.917).

Specialist of the Week
Carly Woodard - Oklahoma
Woodard reached new heights, scoring a 9.950 on beam in just her second collegiate meet to help lead OU to a season-high 49.550 on beam. Woodard’s 9.950 is a new season and career high, besting her score of 9.875 in her debut. The freshman walk-on led the Sooners on beam with the highest individual score and finished third overall at the meet.

Newcomer of the Week
Anastasia Webb - Oklahoma
Webb was named the Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season after setting a career-high in the all-around with a 39.625, moving her into seventh nationally with a 39.475 average. Webb set three career highs over the weekend, tallying at least 9.9 on three events for the first time this season. She led the team with a 9.950 on bars, sharing the event title with Nichols, and added a 9.925 on floor, a 9.9 on vault and a 9.850 on beam.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Jillian Winstanley - George Washington
Senior Jillian Winstanley (Arlington, Mass.) of George Washington earned her second EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor on January 30th, after tying the highest all-around in EAGL this season (set by NC State’s Chelsea Knight last week) and placing first in the all-around in an EAGL match-up against New Hampshire. Winstanley led the Colonials to defeat the Wildcats en route to tallying their season-high of 196.175. As a result, GW took a share in the No. 1 spot with North Carolina State after four weeks of competition. In addition to her 39.450 all-around title, she won vault outright (9.875) and tied for first on beam (9.900). She added a second-place tie on floor (9.875) and fifth-place finish on bars (9.800). This is her second time this season claiming the all-around title and the fourth-straight week she landed on the podium in all-around. Her 9.900 on beam matches her season and career-best mark.

Specialist of the Week
Liz Pfeiler - George Washington
Senior Liz Pfeiler (Decatur, Georgia) of GW was tabbed as EAGL Specialist of the Week after her three-event performance which led GW to post the highest team score during Week Four. She set season-high scores on both bars (9.775) and beam (9.900), while adding a 9.775 on vault. Her 9.900 was good enough to tie for first place (with Gymnast of the Week Jillian Winstanley) and was 0.150 above her previous season-high on the event. Her bars and vault scores tied for sixth. Each of her scores placed her in the top-3 for GW.

Rookie of the Week
Lauren Diggan - New Hampshire
Freshman Lauren Diggan (Sinking Spring, Penn.) of the University of New Hampshire was honored as EAGL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after her outstanding three-event performance which led the Wildcats to tally a season-high 195.925 against GW. The newcomer set career-highs on vault (9.850) and floor (9.900). She earned the floor title and finished third on vault. Additionally, her bar score of 9.875 tied for first place with three other gymnasts. In all three events she competed in, Diggan posted the highest or tied for the highest score in the UNH lineup. Currently, Diggan ranks No. 1 in the league on bars with an average score of 9.819.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Kyra Levi – Pennsylvania
Senior Kyra Levi continued her outstanding senior year be posting a high scoring, consistent weekend. Levi won the uneven bars routine with a score of 9.8 and continued her consistency with a balance beam score of 9.7 and floor score of 9.75. Her balance beam score helped the Quakers score a 48.475 on the event and her floor exercise had the team reach a 48.950.

Specialist of the Week
Alex Hartke – Pennsylvania
Alex Hartke helped University of Pennsylvania increase its team score from the previous week. She had a beam score of 9.525 to help the Quakers get a team score of 48.475. She then matched her career high with her floor exercise routine getting a score of 9.875. The score led the team on the event and capped the weekend on a high note.

Rookie of the Week
Jacey Baldovino – Yale
Freshman Jacey Baldovino continued her outstanding season. Baldovino started the weekend for the Bulldogs with a solid routine on the balance beam to get a score of 9.6. She continued her success with a floor exercise that garnered a 9.75 to help Yale get a team score of 48.0. She achieved a career high with a vault score of 9.675 and capped her weekend off on the uneven bars. Her bars routine received a score of 9.8 and was the third career high mark she got in this past weekend’s meet.

Coaches' Choice
Izzy Herczeg – Cornell
Izzy Herczeg came through in a big way for Cornell this past weekend. She competed in her first ever collegiate meet and was already putting her name in the Big Red record books. She performed a great balance beam routine that garnered a score of 9.85 which is good enough for fifth-highest in school history for the event. She also helped out by competing on vault and getting a score of 9.45.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Meghan Chan – West Chester
Senior Meghan Chan had an outstanding week in the three events she competed in this weekend. Chan tied for second on vault with a score of 9.575, second on uneven bars with a score of 9.625 and rounded out her weekend with a fourth-place finish on the balance beam scoring 9.75. Chan helped her team sweep the tri-match and improve to 6-0 as the Golden Rams beat SUNY Cortland and Rhode Island College.

Specialist of the Week
Alexandra Avendano – Southern Connecticut State
Senior Alexandra Avendano competed in her two events this weekend achieving two top four finishes. She finished fourth for the Owls on vault with a score of 9.5. She then grabbed second place overall with a great floor routine that garnered a score of 9.775. The two performances helped the Owls to sweep a quad-meet against Brown University, Springfield College and SUNY Brockport.

Rookie of the Week
Morgan Gatewood – Southern Connecticut State
Gatewood led the team on the balance beam this weekend. In a meet that the Owls swept a quad meet they needed good performances. Gatewood did this by nailing her balance beam routine to get a score of 9.7. The routine and score were good enough for her to grab third for the event.

Coaches' Choice
Jordan Miranda – West Chester
Miranda helped the Golden Rams out in a big way this weekend by coming in and leading off for the uneven bars. She hit a score of 9.45 to start off the bars routing for the team in which she was stepping in when needed. She also competed in an exhibition spot on the balance beam and floor continuing to show that she will be prepared to jump into the lineup at any point for the Golden Rams.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Ashley Potts - Northern Illinois
NIU senior captain Ashley Potts tied the sixth-highest all-around score in school history at the Huskies' "Beauty and the Beast" competition against Central Michigan on Sunday with a final score of 39.350. Potts earned her career high balance beam score of 9.900 to be the first Huskie to make her way onto the overall beam top-10 list since Megan Melendez hit the same score in 2014 against CMU. To round out her all-around score, she posted a 9.800 on vault to begin the afternoon, went to bars next earning a 9.875 and finished on floor with a 9.775.

Specialist of the Week
Lacey Rubin - Eastern Michigan
Redshirt senior Lacey Rubin was a vital piece in EMU’s best performance of the season Saturday, Jan. 27, at the MSU quad. The Plainview-N.Y. native started her day on bars where she notched a season-best 9.825, which served as a team-high and the third best score overall in the event. She then went on to earn a score of 9.85 with her routine on beam, which earned her a share of the event title in addition to helping the beam squad tally its best team score of 2018 with a 48.925. Eastern ended the quad with a season-high team score of 194.950, topping both Rutgers and Pittsburgh for the Eagles’ first wins of the season.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alexis Brawner - Southeast Missouri State
Brawner, a Chesterfield, Michigan native, won individual titles in five of the six events she competed in this past weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She started the weekend with three first-place finishes in a 192.700-192.200 victory over Penn on Friday. Brawner matched her career-high of 9.900 on floor and tied her season-high on vault with a 9.825. She also added a 9.800 in the anchor position on bars. On Sunday in a quad meet at Temple with Ithaca and Cornell, Brawner placed first in vault (9.800) and floor (9.875) and finished third on bars (9.75).

Performance of the Week
UIC Bars Squad
UIC's bars lineup of Albrecht, senior Riley Cholod (Bowmanville, Ont.), sophomore Toni Alicke (Talheim, Germany), senior Katie Snyder (Oswego, Ill.), sophomore Serena Baker (Sarnia, Ont.), and junior Mikailla Northern (St. Louis, Mo.) combined to post 49.125 points. Not only was that the Flames' highest team score on the bars this year, but their highest on any apparatus to date. Alicke, Baker, and Northern each scored 9.850 and tied for first place. Snyder was right behind them with a 9.800. The team dropped its lowest score, which was a 9.775, achieved by both Albrecht and Cholod. All six gymnasts set personal season highs.

Newcomer of the Week
Ashley Albrecht - UIC
Albrecht was named Newcomer of the Week for the first time. She placed fourth in the all-around competition with a season high 38.650. In addition to her bars score, her results on the beam and floor exercise were also season highs. Albrecht showed remarkable mental toughness, as one of her grips broke near the end of her bars routine. Undaunted, she switched grips and went back up to score a 9.775.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State sophomore Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) won the all-around with a career-best 39.025 last Friday (Jan. 26) to help lead the Spartans to a 194.425-191.775 win over Sacramento State. Chan won her first career all-around title in just her third meet competing in all events. She won individual titles on the balance beam (9.750, tie) and on the floor (9.850). Chan also recorded a second-place tie on vault (9.800) and added a 9.625 on bars. She is the MPSF leader on floor with a 9.842 average, second on vault (9.775), and fourth in the all-around standings (38.675). This is Chan’s first career MPSF Gymnast of the Week award, though was a conference record seven-time freshman of the week last year.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Salamone - Air Force
Air Force sophomore Anna Salamone (Bayport, NY) claimed a share of the uneven bars title at 22nd-ranked BYU last Friday (Jan. 26). Salamone scored a career-best 9.875 to tie for first, a personal improvement of 0.050, and the second-straight week bettering her score on the event. Salamone also was the Falcons’ top scorer on the vault, as she posted her second-highest score of the season with a 9.725. This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Salamone, including two this year.

Freshman of the Week
Kelley Hebert - UC Davis
UC Davis true freshman Kelley Hebert (Dublin, CA) tied her collegiate best with a 38.950 all-around during the Aggies’ home opener with West Virginia and UIC (Jan. 26). She finished second on the balance beam (9.800), and tied for fifth on floor (9.775), en route to third all-around. She helped UC Davis to season-highs on vault (48.575) and beam (48.825). This is the first career MPSF honor for Hebert.


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme - Boise State

Specialists of the Week
Megan McBride (9.850) - Southern Utah - Co-Vault
Rachel Obmann (9.850) - Boise State - Co-Vault
Mary Frances Bir (9.850) - Boise State - Co-Vault
Shani Remme (9.875) - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars
Natasha Trejo-Marsh (9.875) - BYU - Co-Uneven Bars
Shannon Hortman-Evans (9.875) - BYU - Co-Uneven Bars
Shani Remme (9.900) - Boise State - Balance Beam
Shani Remme (9.925) - Boise State - Co-Floor Exercise
Mackenzie Douglas (9.925) - BYU - Co-Floor Exercise



National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Jess Clemens - Springfield
Jess Clemens, a standout junior for Springfield College, had an impressive meet this past Saturday, as she helped the Pride to a season-high team score of 188.300, including a program-record score of 48.575 in the floor exercise rotation. Competing against Division-I Brown, Division-II Southern Connecticut and Brockport, Clemens produced a career-best 38.175 to win the all-around competition, as her performance was highlighted by a career-high 9.775 in the floor exercise. Additionally, Clemens posted a 9.375 on vault, 9.575 on the uneven bars and 9.450 on the balance beam.

Specialist of the Week
Bailey Gildemeyer - Cortland
Bailey Gildemeyer tied the school record on balance beam with her winning score of 9.825 in Cortland’s tri-meet at Division II West Chester University that also featured Rhode Island College. She helped the Red Dragons post a team balance beam score of 48.35 that is the third-best in school history. Gildemeyer also finished fifth out of 17 on vault with a 9.525 and tied for fifth of 18 on floor with a 9.55 as Cortland finished second with a season-high 185.35.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
* Helped the undefeated Bruins take first place at the Metroplex Challenge with a season-high team score of 197.625, marking the 500th coaching victory for UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field.
* Won the all-around with a career-high 39.700 and took home first on vault and bars (tie), posting scores of 9.925 in both events. Also placed second on beam with a season-high 9.975 and tied for third on floor (9.875).
* Has placed first on bars in UCLA’s last three meets and is tied for third in the nation in the event with an average score of 9.925.
Currently ranked in the top five in the country in three events, tying for No. 3 on bars, No. 5 on beam and ranking third on the all-around.

Specialist of the Week
Christine Peng-Peng Lee - UCLA
* Scored a perfect 10 on beam at the Metroplex Challenge, earning her second perfect 10 on beam and fourth overall perfect 10 score of her career.
* One of three gymnasts to be awarded perfect 10’s this season, joining Stanford’s Elizabeth Price and Florida’s Alex McMurty.
* Currently tied for first in the country on beam, with an average score of 9.925.
* Bruins have earned the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week title for four weeks in row, with Lee her third of the season.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Cairo Leonard-Baker - Arizona State
* Voted Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week for the third-consecutive week.
* Helped ASU to a 196.800 effort over the Golden Bears' 194.850 in the Gym Devils’ Pac-12 home opener, the program's best team tally since the 2006 NCAA Championships.
* Led the Gym Devils with a career-high all-around score of 39.575, which tied for first with Cal’s Toni-Ann Williams. Score also ranks No. 26 (tie) in the ASU record book.
* Also posted a 9.950 to win bars and led the Gym Devils with a career-high 9.925 on floor, earning second place.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alex McMurtry - Florida
McMurtry posted the first 10.0s in the nation this season on both vault and balance beam as No. 5 Florida edged top-ranked Oklahoma Friday night at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. She is the first Gator in school history to earn two 10.0s in a single meet, and now has a school-record career total of nine 10.0s. Following Friday’s performance on beam, McMurtry has recorded a perfect mark on each apparatus during her college career, becoming the second Gator and 10th student-athlete in NCAA history to complete the feat.

Specialist of the Week
Sophia Carter - Arkansas
Carter guided the Razorbacks to their second highest score in program history against No. 11 Georgia after setting a program record on the balance beam with a score of 9.975 and having the fourth highest floor score in team history with a 9.950. The win against the Bulldogs was just the third in team history. Carter is the only freshman in the SEC to score over a 9.950 on multiple events, making her responsible for two of the three highest scores in the conference among freshmen this season on any event. She is one of two freshmen in the country to score a 9.950 on two events, and the only freshman to score a 9.950 and a 9.975.

Freshman of the Week
Alyssa Baumann - Florida
Baumann scored a 9.925 on floor in the final routine of the meet to help No. 5 Florida clinch the win over top-ranked Oklahoma Friday night at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. She also scored a 9.975 on beam, the second freshman at Florida to post a nearly-perfect mark in the event (Bridget Sloan in 2013).


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

All-Around
Brooke Terry - UW-Stout
Brooke Terry claimed four personal best scores, including a first-place finish in the all-around in only her second career all-around performance, as UW-Stout defeated UW-Eau Claire, 186.575-185.475, in Menomonie on Jan. 19. She scored a personal-best 37.725 in winning the all-around event. Terry also scored personal-bests on the uneven bars (9.200), the balance beam (9.650) and the floor exercise (9.575). Terry was seventh on the bars, third on the balance beam and third on the floor exercise. Terry also contributed a fourth-place finish of 9.300 on the vault.

Specialist
Jessica Ahrens - UW-La Crosse
Jessica Ahrens, a sophomore for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women’s gymnastics team, helped lead the Eagles to a dual meet victory over Hamline, as she won a pair of events, including vault, where she scored a 9.600, before earning a first-place finish on the balance beam, producing a career-best score of 9.775.