Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 2-4, 2018
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Briannah Tsang - Penn State
* Recorded podium finishes on four events, including her fifth-straight all-around title (39.475), in the Nittany Lions' dual-meet win over Michigan State
* Claimed the individual event title in on floor (9.925) and vault (9.850), tied for second on beam (9.850) and tied for fifth on bars (9.850)
* Her individual event titles on floor, vault and in the all-around marked her 15th career title on each event
* The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her third career Gymnast of the Week honor and second of the season

Event Specialist of the Week
Grace Williams - Nebraska
* Recorded a pair of podium finishes to help the Huskers defeat Minnesota
* Posted a 9.925 on beam, tying her season-high, to win the event
* Took second on vault (9.850) and placed seventh on floor (9.850)
* The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
* Recorded her fourth-straight all-around title in the Gophers' dual meet at Nebraska
* Claimed the all-around title (39.475), took second on bars (9.900) and beam (9.900), placed fifth on vault (9.825) and seventh on floor (9.850)
* Posted scores of 9.825 or better in all of her events
* Earns her third career Freshman of the Week honor


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols dominated against No. 4 UCLA, taking home three event titles including the all-around in which she put up a 39.900, the highest score in the nation to date and just .025 off her career-high. Nichols was phenomenal throughout the meet putting up four scores of 9.95 or higher. The highlight of the meet came when she closed out on beam with her first perfect 10 of the season. Nichols now has eight perfect 10s and four on beam in her career. She also won the bars event title and shared beam with teammate Anastasia Webb and UCLA’s Peng Peng Lee. Nichols’ 10 on beam clinched the meet for OU as the Sooners needed at least a 9.975 to win.

Specialist of the Week
Stefani Catour - Oklahoma
Catour was steady in competition, helping the Sooners to victory with her scores on both bars and beam. On bars, she tallied a season-high 9.875 in the No. 3 spot. On beam, Catour was the leadoff gymnast as the final rotation began with both teams tied. Catour got the Sooners started strong with a career-high 9.950, helping OU to a new school record 49.775 on beam.

Newcomer of the Week
Bre Showers - Oklahoma
In her first season of competition for OU after being sidelined for the entire 2017 season with injury, Showers put together a solid performance for the Sooners against No. 4 UCLA. Showers led off on both floor and vault and all three of her scores counted toward the Sooners’ team scores. On vault, she secured a 9.850 on her Yurchenko full and earned a 9.825 on floor. Beam was the highlight of the night for Showers as she put together a near perfect routine in the No. 2 spot. Showers earned a career-high 9.975, including receiving a 10.0 from one of the judges.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Jillian Winstanley - George Washington
For the second-straight week and third time this season, Senior Jillian Winstanley (Arlington, Mass.) of George Washington earned the EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor after posting the highest all-around in EAGL this season (39.525) en route to her team tallying the top total in EAGL so far in 2018 (196.525). In GW’s Pink meet where the Colonials went 3-0 against Kent State, William & Mary and UWOshkosh, Winstanley placed first in the all-around while tying for first on vault (9.900). Additionally she collected two more second-place finishes (9.875 bars and 9.875 beam) and tied for third on floor (9.875). Winstanley earned her third all-around title of the 2018 season and her 39.525 puts her in sole possession of fourth place on GW’s all-time all-around score list (her career-high is a 39.550). Winstanley finished on the all-around podium for the fifth-straight week. She has scored above a 39.000 in the last four meets and has broke the 39.000 threshold 11 times since the start of the 2017 season.

Specialist of the Week
Casey Lauter - New Hampshire
For the second time this season, senior Casey Lauter (Northport, New York) from the University of New Hampshire, was recognized as EAGL Specialist of the Week for her spectacular beam performance. In an EAGL dual where UNH posted a season-high 196.125 to defeat North Carolina, Lauter matched her career-high (9.950) and recorded the highest score on beam out of any EAGL gymnast this season. She now holds highest beam average in EAGL and the seventh highest average beam score in the nation (9.900). Only eight gymnasts in the country have recorded a higher score this season on beam.

Rookie of the Week
Haley Brechwald - Pittsburgh
Freshman Haley Brechwald (Springfield, Va.) collected her third EAGL Rookie of the Week award after claiming the all-around title in a home quad meet against Temple, Towson and NC State. She beat out six other all-around gymnasts with a 39.025, while also tying for first on vault (9.825) and floor (9.875). She added a tied-for-third finish on vault (9.700) and tied-for-ninth finish on beam (9.675). The newcomer has now won the all-around for the third time this season and has collected nine total titles.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Jade Buford – Yale
Sophomore Jade Buford had a great weekend competing in all four events against Iowa State, Northern Illinois and West Virginia. This was the fourth consecutive meet in which Buford competed in the all-around. She scored a season high on beam with a 9.725 and tied her season high on vault with a 9.725. She rounded out the four events with a 9.7 on floor and a 9.625 on the uneven bars for an all-around score of 38.775.

Specialist of the Week
Darcy Matsuda – Pennsylvania
Matsuda had a fantastic weekend setting two career highs. She first set a career-high with a 9.85 on the balance beam helping the Quakers post the second-best score in school history of 49.075. She continued her outstanding weekend by hitting her second career mark of 9.8 for her floor exercise. This performance helped the Quakers win the event with a 48.675 and get the overall win against Ivy-rival Cornell.

Rookie of the Week
Jacey Baldovino – Yale
Baldovino gets her second consecutive rookie of the week as she continues to have an outstanding freshman year. This week she posted a season high in the all-around with a 38.95. She hit a season high marks on both the vault (9.725) and the balance beam (9.825). She to complete her all-around score she got a 9.725 on the uneven bars and a 9.675 for her floor routine.

Coaches' Choice
Regan Butchness – Brown
Regan Butchness stepped up in a big way for Brown this past weekend. She won the beam in the home opener with a score of 9.8. The score was a season best for Regan and helped to provide leadership for the team. She will look to continue her success as Brown heads to Maryland to compete against Rutgers University and The College of William & Mary.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Maya Reimers – Bridgeport
Sophomore Maya Reimer had a great weekend winning two events for the Purple Knights. She scored a 9.7 on vault and 9.85 in the floor exercise to win both of those events. In her final event, balance beam, she hit a mark of 9.7. Reimers was a top competitor for the Purple Knights as they went on to set an season high score of 194.35.

Specialist of the Week
Madi Brent – West Chester
Senior Madi Brent went out and set a season high in her specialty, the floor exercise. She received a score of 9.75 to earn the season high score and tie for second. The score was not only a milestone for Brent but it also helped the team earn their highest score on the floor exercise this season.

Rookie of the Week
Emily Balasco – Southern Connecticut State
Freshman Emily Balasco wins her first rookie of the week award in 2018. The freshman tied for first place on the beam to help the Owls win their dual meet against Rhode Island College. Balasco received a score of 9.65 for her performance on the balance beam.

Coaches' Choice
Nina Wittaker – Bridgeport
Whittaker posted a career high this past weekend with her floor exercise routine garnering a 9.775. The score was good enough to earn second at the event in which the Purple Knights snagged first through fourth. She also competed on vault to earn a score of 9.675 to help the team get a 48.4 for the event.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachel Stypinski - Kent State
All-American Rachel Stypinski tied Kent State’s uneven bars record and earned a personal-best 39.550 to win her third all-around title of the season in Kent State’s quad meet Sunday at #25 George Washington. Stypinski’s all-around score is tied for the 3rd-highest in program history and she became just the 7th Kent State gymnast ever to score a 9.950 on bars and won the event by 0.075. She also picked up a win on the balance beam with a 9.925, which is tied for the 8th-highest score in program history. Stypinski matched her season-high with a 9.900 to finish 2nd on floor exercise and added a 9.775 on vault to tie for 6th. Her scores on bars and beam are the best in the MAC this season and her floor routine earned the second-best score in the conference.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Martucci - Northern Illinois
NIU junior captain Anna Martucci recorded her second 9.900 on floor for the season on Friday in the quad-meet hosted by Iowa State. She tied for first with Iowa State’s leading scorer. Martucci and the Huskies also took on West Virginia and Yale.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alyssa Wiggle - Illinois State
Wiggle had a strong meet, as she tied for first in the all-around (38.650) in just her second meet competing in the all-around. The Dearborn, Michigan, native had solid performances on the uneven bars (9.725), beam (9.725), and the floor competition (9.725) to earn MIC Gymnast of the Week honors for the first time in her career.

Performance of the Week
Gabi Cooke - Illinois State
Cooke was named the MIC Performer of the Week for the second time in 2018, after she tied her season-best on the floor competition (9.875). The Chicago, Illinois native also took first place on the vault (9.750) and finished second in the all-around (38.525).

Newcomer of the Week
Courtney Mitchell - Lindenwood
Mitchell competed in the all-around competition for the first time in last Sunday's tri-meet with Illinois State and Winona State. She finished with an all-around score of 38.275. She had top-five finishes overall in the bars, beam, and floor. Mitchell scored a 9.750 on the beam and floor, which she was competing in for the first or second time on the season. Her score on the bars was a 9.650. Mitchell helped Lindenwood win the team title at the tri-meet.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Annie Juarez - Sacramento State
Sacramento State senior Annie Juarez (Westfield, IN) set her career-high in the all-around by over one point (39.125) and finished first in a threeteam meet which featured Air Force and the host Alaska Anchorage (Feb. 3). Juarez opened the competition with a career-high 9.775 on balance beam where she tied for third-place. She then scored a season-high 9.850 on floor to place second. A third-place tying 9.700 on vault was then followed by a third-place 9.800 on bars. Her total marked the first time this season a Hornet surpassed 39. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly award for Juarez, previously earning three specialist and one freshman honor.

Specialist of the Week
Emily Luers - Air Force
Air Force junior Emily Luers (Maineville, OH) posted a career-best 9.800 to finish second out of 18 gymnasts on the balance beam in a road tri-meet with Sacramento State and the host Alaska-Anchorage (Feb. 3). Luers added 0.050 points to her overall score for the first 9.800 of her career. She led the Falcons to a season-high team score of 48.575 on the beam, and helped Air Force to the overall team win in the meet (193.100). This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Luers, while the Falcons have now earned four of the five MPSF specialist awards this year.

Freshman of the Week
Kyla Kessler - UC Davis
UC Davis true freshman Kyla Kessler (Fremont, CA) finished second in the all-around with 39.250, tying the school record for a freshman, in a home quad meet (Feb. 3). She took part in a four-way tie for the meet title on beam (9.825), then tied for the floor exercise win (9.875). Kessler also posted 9.800 on vault and 9.750 on bars, both career-bests. UC Davis became the first MPSF team in 2018 to break the 195-point barrier, scoring a second-place 195.150 against No. 21 Stanford, San Jose State and Seattle Pacific. This is the first career MPSF honor for Kessler.


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme (39.350) - Boise State

Specialists of the Week
Mary Frances Bir (9.950) - Boise State - Vault
Brittni Hawes (9.925) - BYU - Uneven Bars
Autumn Jorgensen (9.875) - Southern Utah - Co-Balance Beam
Alex Esmerian (9.875) - Boise State - Co-Balance Beam
Shani Remme (9.875) - Boise State - Co-Balance Beam
Sarah Means (9.875) - Boise State - Co-Balance Beam
Autumn DeHarde (9.925)- Utah State - Floor Exercise



National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Co-Specialists of the Week
Tali Twomey - Springfield
Tali Twomey, a sophomore for Springfield College, had an impressive showing in the Pride’s dual-meet victory over Cortland, as she helped the maroon and white to it’s best team score of the year (188.700). A sophomore Rehabilitation and Disability Studies major at Springfield College, Twomey tied the Springfield College program record in the floor exercise with a score of 9.825. Twomey also competed on vault on Sunday, as she registered a mark of 9.325, tying her for eighth in the event.

Courtney Christoforo - Ithaca
The Bombers continued to get excellent performances from its freshmen class on Sunday, as Ithaca dropped a tightly contested dual-meet at NCGA East leader Brockport 188.925-to-188.575. Christoforo turned in a standout performance on uneven bars, smashing her previous personal best by .225 to register a 9.500 that was the top overall score in the rotation on the afternoon. She has now improved in each of the past two meets and continues to establish herself as a mainstay in the lineup for IC in the event.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MaKenna Merrell-Giles - Utah
* Earned No. 2 Utah’s first 10.0 of the season on vault, the first perfect score of her career, in the Utes’ season-high 197.700 win over Washington last weekend.
* Took home gold on vault, floor and in the all-around against the Huskies. Tallied a season-high 9.975 on floor and a career-high 39.675 in the all-around.
* Her four wins on floor are the most on any event by a Ute this season. The Utes are currently the nation's top ranked team on floor (49.480), led by No. 2 Merrell-Giles (9.940).
* Also ranked No. 5 in the nation in the all-around (39.565 average), No. 4 on vault (9.925) and tied for 25th on bars (9.86).

Specialist of the Week
Felicia Hano - UCLA
* Scored the first perfect 10 of her career, the first 10.0 score of six awarded in an exciting meet at Pauley Pavilion between No. 4 UCLA and No. 1 Oklahoma. Her perfect floor routine tied for the win in the event with teammate Katelyn Ohashi who also received a 10.000.
* Helped the Bruins set another season-high score of 197.950, just shy of Oklahoma’s 198.050 which handed UCLA their first loss of the season.
* Currently ranked No. 8 in the country on floor with an average score of 9.912.
* Earned the first Pac-12 gymnastics weekly award of her career, the fifth honor in a row for the Bruins.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Rachael Flam - Stanford
* Posted a 39.375 to take home the gold in her first time competing in the all-around this season.
* Tied for the win with teammate Elizabeth Price on vault (9.875), shared first with teammate Kaylee Cole on balance beam (9.825), and tied for first on floor (9.875), recording season bests in all events she competed in. Her scores also helped Stanford win or share first in all four rotations.
* Led the Cardinal squad to tally a season-high 196.150 points on Friday to capture a quad-meet win against the host UC Davis, San Jose State and Seattle Pacific.
* Claimed her first-career Pac-12 newcomer weekly award.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Myia Hambrick - LSU
Hambrick won three titles on Friday night to lead the Tigers to a win over No. 6 Kentucky, their third top-10 win of the season. She set a career high in the all-around with a score of 39.700 and tied her career high on floor with her second-straight score of 9.975. Hambrick has won all five floor event titles this season with a score of 9.95 or better in every performance. The nation’s top performer on floor, she is the only gymnast in the country to score at least a 9.95 or better in at least four meets and one of two to score at least a 9.90 in at least four meets. Hambrick is seventh in the nation with an all-around score and second in the SEC behind teammate Sarah Finnegan.

Specialist of the Week
Kiana Winston - Alabama
Winston scored a meet-best 9.95 on the floor exercise to help clinch No. 10 Alabama’s win over No. 8 Arkansas in Tuscaloosa Friday. Her score paced the Crimson Tide to a season-best 49.400 on the floor exercise and a season-best 197.000 overall. Winston also won the uneven bars with a 9.900 to lead the Tide to a 49.325 on that event.

Freshman of the Week
Sarah Shaffer - Arkansas
Shaffer scored two 9.900s on the final two events at No. 10 Alabama to lead Arkansas with the two highest scores and help secure its highest road score of the season. It is the second straight 9.900 on floor for Shaffer, as she tied or set career highs in the final two events. She finished first in the all-around and was the only underclassman in the SEC to score a 9.900 on the road this past weekend.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

All-Around
Tori Erickson - UW-Eau Claire
Erickson won her second straight all-around competition at the Gershon/McLellan Invitational at UW-La Crosse on Feb. 2. Erickson, who set a new school record in the all-around last week, tallied the seventh-highest score in program history with a 37.500. She finished tied for second on the balance beam (9.550), tied for third on the floor exercise (9.600), fourth on vault (9.500) and 11th on the uneven bars (8.850).

Specialist
Kate Mierow - UW-Whitewater
Mierow led the Warhawks in two events and scored at least a 9.500 in each of the three events she competed in at Division I Rutgers University (N.J.), where UW-Whitewater also faced Division I Ohio State and Division II West Chester (Pa.). She recorded a career-best 9.750 on the balance beam, good for a tie for seventh overall and tied for the No. 5 result in program history, and helped the team post the fifth-best mark in program history on the apparatus. Mierow also led the team in the floor exercise with a 9.725, good for 10th overall, to help the team finish with the eighth-best score in program history (48.300). She added a score of 9.500 on the uneven parallel bars, good for a tie for 15th. Mierow’s performance helped the Warhawks record a season-high score of 191.275, good for a tie for 10th in program history.