Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 12-18, 2018
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sienna Crouse - Nebraska
* Recorded top-five finishes on all five events with scores of 9.825 or better in the Huskers' dual meet against top-ranked Oklahoma
* Posted a career-high 39.550 in the all-around to take second in the event
* Finished at the top of the podium on vault (9.925) and bars (9.925), tied for fourth on floor (9.875) and tied for fifth on beam (9.825)
* The Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her first career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor

Event Specialist of the Week
Ivy Lu - Minnesota
* Claimed the title in both of her events to help the Gophers defeat Northern Illinois and Lindenwood at the Mardi Gras Invitational
* For the second straight week, she earned a perfect 10 from one judge on bars to claim the event title and finish with a score of 9.975, tying the Gophers' program record
* Posted a perfect 10 on beam for the title, making her the second Gopher in program history to record a perfect score on any event
* Collects her second career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Lauren Bridgens - Penn State
* Recorded podium finishes in all five events, helping Penn State defeat Cornell and Penn
* Finished at the top of the podium on bars (9.900), beam (9.775), floor (9.850) and in the all-around (39.300) and tied for second on vault (9.775)
* Posted career-high scores in the all-around and on floor
* Earns her second career Freshman of the Week honor


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maddie Karr - Denver
Karr tallied the second highest all-around score in program history on Friday at BYU with a career-best 39.750. Additionally, she set a new career high on beam (9.950), which ties the program’s fifth-highest score, and her near-perfect 9.975 on vault matches the seventh-highest score in school history. In addition to her all-around title, she captured wins on vault, bars and beam. She now owns 20 titles this season, bringing her career total to 43, which is the eighth most in program history.

Specialist of the Week
Alex Mark - Oklahoma
Marks was named the event specialist for the first time in her Oklahoma career. The junior tied her career high with a 9.9 on vault in the No. 2 spot. Her Yurchenko full put her in second place at the meet in just her second competition of the season.

Newcomer of the Week
Anastasia Webb - Oklahoma
Webb was honored for the fifth time this season as she had yet another solid performance for the Sooners. The freshman put up at least two scores of 9.9 or higher for the third time this season. Webb took home a share of the bars title with a 9.925 on the apparatus and came in third on floor with a 9.900. She also contributed a solid 9.850 to the beam lineup and now ranks eighth nationally on the event.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Chelsea Knight - NC State
Senior Chelsea Knight (Waldorf, Md.) of North Carolina State University collected her second 2018 EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor on February 19th for her first-place finish in the all-around at a quad meet where the Pack went 2-1 against #6 Michigan, UNC and Brown. She led NC State to post a team and league season-high 196.575 score. Her 39.350 was her second-highest all-around of the season. She added a 9.950 on beam which was a career-high, the fourth-highest beam score in school history and is currently tied for the highest score in EAGL this season. In addition to her first-place finish on beam, Knight placed third on bars with a 9.875, went 9.775 on vault, and 9.675 on floor.

Specialist of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Sophomore Khazia Hislop (Concord, Mass.) of the University of North Carolina was honored as EAGL Specialist of the Week for the first time this season on February 19th, after her three-event performance (all of which eclipsed the 9.900 mark) led UNC to post a season-high 196.050, going 1-2 in a quad meet against #6 powerhouse Michigan, EAGL opponent NC State and Brown. Hislop averaged 9.916 across three events in the meet and is ranked second in the EAGL on vault and first on floor after Week 7. She set a new career-high score of 9.925 on vault, just missed her career-best on floor by 0.025, and tied her career-high on beam for the second straight week. She won the vault title (9.925), tied for second on floor (9.925), and tied for third on beam (9.900) in the quad meet.

Rookie of the Week
Lauren Diggan - New Hampshire
Freshman Lauren Diggan (Sinking Spring, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire earned her third EAGL Rookie of the Week award for the 2018 season after her three-event effort led the Wildcats to a win over Bowling Green. Diggan recorded a career-high 9.925 on bars, which won her the individual title in the dual. As a result, Diggan boasts the highest average on bars in EAGL (9.854). Her 9.925 score is tied for the highest score that any EAGL gymnast has recorded this season on bars. Diggan added a third place finish on vault (9.775) and tied-for-third finish on floor (9.800) during Week 7.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Jacey Baldovino – Yale
Freshman Jacey Baldovino continues her stellar first year by winning her first gymnast of the week award. Baldovino again raised the bar in setting her career high in the all-around. Her new mark of 39.25 is the third highest in Yale history. To complete her outstanding score Baldovino posted a vault score 9.75, uneven bars (9.8), balance beam (9.875) and a floor exercise of 9.825. Her scored helped the Bulldogs top William & Mary and finish with a team score of 194.7 second highest in school history.

Specialist of the Week
Jessica Wang – Yale
Junior Jessica Wang had a great weekend specializing in the bars and beam. Her beam routine garnered a 9.8 score which is a season high for her. Wang’s uneven bars routine set a new career high for her. The routine scored a 9.9 which claimed first place in the Bulldogs last home meet of the season. The mark also continued a six week streak of scoring 9.8 or better on the bars.

Rookie of the Week
Katie Waldman – William & Mary
Katie Waldman set new career highs in the all-around and the vault this past weekend as the team traveled to Yale. Her new career high for the all-around came in at 38.95 good for third in the meet. Her new career high in vault is a 9.825 which won her the first place in the event. She rounded out her career high all-around score with a bars score of 9.725, beam (9.65) and floor exercise (9.755).

Coaches' Choice
India Anderson – Temple
India Anderson came in and competed for the Owls for the first time this year. The junior was returning from a 2017 injury and was originally not scheduled to score for Temple. Anderson was originally slated to compete as an exhibition. A last-minute change was needed to be made for the floor routine and Anderson stepped up in a big way scoring a 9.7.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Kathryn Doran – Bridgeport
Doran had a solid meet this past weekend as the Purple Knights competed in a quad meet. She posted a top score for the all-around with a mark of 38.6. Doran highlighted her day with a score of 9.8 for her bars routine. Her vault score marked a 9.5, a beam routine of 9.725 and a floor score of 9.525 completed her score in the all-around.

Specialist of the Week
Kelli Tereshko – Bridgeport
Tereshko garners her second consecutive specialist of the week award after posting another great bars score. She tied her teammate and anchor on the event, Kathryn Doran, with a score of 9.8.

Rookie of the Week
Melanie Wojedwoda – West Chester
Melanie Wojewoda set a new career high this past weekend at the Ken Anderson Invite. Wojewoda competed in the uneven bars event and finished fourth place in the quad meet. Her routine and career high is now 9.775.

Coaches' Choice
Allie Lesperance – Southern Connecticut State
Lesperance and the Owls competed in a tri-meet this past weekend at Towson. She led the team on the vault and finished fourth place overall with a score of 9.75. Lesperance also completed a floor routine that score 9.475 for the Owls.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Jovannah East - Bowling Green
Jovannah East, a sophomore from Zion, Ill., competed as an all-around gymnast for the first time in her BGSU career on Sunday (Feb. 18) at New Hampshire. She was the Falcons’ top scorer in all four events and earned a top-three finish in each. On bars, she competed for the first time and achieved a 9.825, as BGSU earned its best team score of the season in that event (48.825). The Falcons also earned a season-best 48.900 on beam, as East tied her career record and placed second with a 9.875. She tallied a season-best 9.900 and shared the floor exercise crown, her tenth event victory of 2018. She also added 9.800 on vault, which earned second place. Overall, East posted a 39.400 in the all-around; that score is fourth-best in BGSU history. East is in the top-50 nationally and second in the MAC for vault and floor average. She has scored 9.8 or above in 19 of 22 events this season (.864) and 47 of 54 in her career (.870).

Specialist of the Week
Kira Hoy - Western Michigan
Senior Kira Hoy recorded a career-best 9.875 on the beam to help lead the Western Michigan gymnastics team to a 48.400 score, winning the event at Ohio State on Saturday. The Broncos claimed the top-three overall spots on the balance beam with Hoy winning her first event of the season.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Mikailla Northern - UIC
Northern broke the 39 point barrier for the second time this year. She scored 39.050 points in capturing first place for the first time in 2018. In addition, she was the balance beam champion with a score of 9.775. She also had strong performances on the vault and parallel bars, taking second place on both of those apparatuses. Her vault score was the highest among the Flames.

Performance of the Week
Alexis Brawner - Southeast Missouri State
Brawner, a Chesterfield, Michigan, native, garnered MIC Performance of the Week laurels after she posted a score of 9.875 on floor to win the title on Sunday versus UIC. She received a 9.85 from the first judge and a 9.90 from the second judge during the annual Pink Up Meet at Houck Field House to secure the title.

Newcomer of the Week
Gabrielle Adams - Southeast Missouri State
Adams, a Mesa, Arizona, native, earned MIC Newcomer of the Week after she won her first-career event title on Sunday against Illinois-Chicago at Houck Field House. Adams posted a personal-best score of 9.800 on vault in the opening rotation to claim the event title. She also added a 9.700 floor routine in the final rotation for Southeast.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Kelley Hebert - UC Davis
UC Davis freshman Kelley Hebert (Dublin, CA) won the all-around in the road dual at Air Force (Feb. 17) with a 39.250, tying the school record for a freshman. She won the vault outright with the career-high 9.850 while tying for the meet win on floor with another career-best 9.900. She also finished second on beam with a 9.800. Hebert became the 13th gymnast and third freshman in school history to score 9.9 or higher on floor. She helped UC Davis score a 194.950, tying its No. 6 all-time road total, while the floor squad totaled 49.125 for another season-high. This is the third career MPSF weekly honor for Hebert, previously earning two freshman awards (Feb. 13, Jan. 30).

Specialist of the Week
Kaprece Nadonza - San Jose State
San Jose State junior Kaprece Nadonza (Palmdale, CA) competed on vault and uneven bars in a tri-meet at Sacramento State with Seattle Pacific (Feb. 16). She won the vault with a career-best 9.825 and helped the Spartan vault team to a 48.950, tying for the sixth-best score in school history. She added a 9.725 on bars. This is the second career MPSF weekly award for Nadonza, earning one specialist honor last year.

Freshman of the Week
Tyler Davis - Air Force
Air Force freshman Tyler Davis (Rowlett, TX), after missing the last two meets with injury, scored a career-best 9.900 to share the event title on the floor exercise against UC Davis (Feb. 17). It was the first 9.900 Falcon score on the floor in more than 13 years and tied for the third-highest in program history. It was also just the second score of 9.900-or-higher for Air Force on any event since the end of the 2004 season. Davis paced Air Force to a season-best team score of 48.975 on the floor exercise and helped the Falcons to their third-highest total of the season (193.300). This is the second career MPSF weekly honor for Davis (Jan. 9).


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Courtney McGregor (39.500) - Boise State

Specialists of the Week
Courtney McGregor (9.900) - Boise State - Vault
Courtney McGregor (9.900) - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars
Shani Remme (9.900) - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars

Autumn DeHarde (9.925) - Utah State - Balance Beam
Shani Remm (9.950) - Boise State - Co-Floor Exercise
Shannon Hortman Evans (9.950) - BYU - Co-Floor Exercise




National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Candis Kowalik - Brockport
Candis Kowalik had a strong showing in only her second time competing as an all-around gymnast, scoring a 38.575 on the road against SUNY Cortland. The junior took third on both the beam and the floor, with a 9.850 on the floor and a 9.700 on the beam. Kowalik also took fifth on the bars with a 9.550 and placed eighth on the vault with a 9.475.

Specialist of the Week
Brittany Vasile - Brockport
Brittany Vasile shined bright for the Golden Eagles this week in two separate meets, taking first on the floor in both competitions. The senior kicked off the weekend with a strong 9.850 on the floor in a home meet against Rhode Island College. Vasile topped her Saturday score on Sunday on the road against Cortland, earning a career-high 9.900.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* Led the No. 3 Utes to a 197.550-197.425 upset road win over the No. 2 Bruins last weekend.
* Won or tied for first on three of four individual events, scoring a near-perfect 9.975 on floor, 9.950 on vault and 9.925 on beam.
* Matched season-high scores in all three events where she took home gold.
* Scored a 39.625 to win her fifth all-around of the season, the 17th of her career. Currently holds the No. 2 spot in the nation in the all-around category with an average score of 39.600.
* Ranked in the top 20 in the country in all four events, placing No. 4 on vault, 8 on floor, 13 on bars, and 16 (tie) on balance beam.

Specialist of the Week
Katelyn Ohashi - UCLA
* Scored a season-high 9.9 on uneven bars in last week’s meet against the then-No. 3 Utes, leading her team in the event.
* Tied for gold in the two other events, tallying a 9.975 on floor to tie with teammate Felicia Hano and Utah’s MyKayla Skinner. Also posted a 9.925 on beam to match Skinner and MaKenna Merrell-Giles.
* Currently ranked No. 4 in the nation on balance beam, an event which the Bruins squad is ranked #1 in the country.
* Claimed her first Pac-12 gymnastics weekly award this season, the seventh for team UCLA who have combined to earn every Pac-12 Specialist of the Week title this season.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Cairo Leonard-Baker - Arizona State
* Helped No. 17 Arizona State to a 196.575 effort against No. 13 Washington (197.025), which marked the 25th-best team total in program history despite the loss.
* Tied for the all-around title with Washington’s Hailey Burleson, posting a 39.525, picking up wins on bars (9.950) and floor (9.900), increasing her total wins this season to nine individual titles.
* Led the Sun Devils in scoring on vault, bars, floor and the all-around.
* Matched career-high scores on vault (9.850) and bars (9.950).
* Now holds the No. 10 spot in the nation on uneven bars with an average of 9.893.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
Over the weekend, Finnegan recorded six scores of 9.90 or higher as she helped lead LSU to back-to-back team score of 198 for the first time in school history as well as a school-record 49.725 on bars. At the GymQuarter Invitational Friday, she posted a 39.775 for the top all-around score in the nation in week seven, the best in the SEC in 2018, and the second best in the nation this season. Finnegan won the all-around and also took home event titles on bars and beam against three Top-25 teams. She set a season high on beam and tied her career high with a 9.975. On Sunday at against Texas Woman’s, she competed in two events, scoring a 9.95 on bars and 9.90 on beam for the event win.

Specialist of the Week
Lexie Priessman - LSU
Priessman took home three titles and set three career highs over the weekend in wins at the GymQuarter Invitational and at home against Texas Woman’s. She tied her career high on bars with a 9.95 on Friday, and then returned Sunday and registered a career-high 9.975 on bars. Priessman anchored floor with a career-high 9.95 Sunday to push LSU to a 198.175 team score, which is the best in the nation in 2018.

Freshman of the Week
Christina Desiderio - LSU
Desiderio recorded a pair of career-high scores of 9.90 on beam and another career-high score of 9.875 on floor over the weekend. She took home the first beam title of her career with a 9.90 on Sunday against Texas Woman’s. Desiderio tied for the highest score on beam by a freshman in the SEC this week with both of her performances.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

All-Around
Sierra Beaver - UW-Stout
Beaver scored a career-best 37.950 in taking first place in the all-around in a dual with UW-La Crosse on Feb. 16. She scored career-bests in finishing second on the floor exercise (9.600) and second on the uneven bars (9.650). Beaver finished sixth on the balance beam (9.400) and eighth on the vault (9.300).

Specialist
Hannah Lewis - UW-Eau Claire
Lewis put together her best performance of the season in a dual at Winona State University (Minn.) on Feb. 15. She tied the school record on the uneven bars with a first-place score of 9.650. Lewis also scored a 9.225 on the floor exercise to finish eighth.