Women's Gymnasts of the Week – March 13-18, 2018
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rae Balthazor - Illinois
* Collected three event titles to help the Illini take first place at the East Lansing Big Five meet with a season-best team score of 196.850
* Claimed the all-around title (39.525), finished first on beam (9.900) and bars (9.925), placed second on floor (9.925) and 18th on vault (9.775)
* Posted career-high scores on floor (9.925), beam (9.900) and in the all-around (39.525)
* Earns her first career Gymnast of the Week honor

Event Specialist of the Week
Ivy Lu - Minnesota
* Recorded a pair of top-10 finishes to help the Gophers take third at the Piscataway Big Five meet
* Claimed the event title on bars (9.950) and took eighth on beam (9.850)
* Ranks second in the nation on bars with a Regionally Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.955
* Collects her third career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
* Collected three individual titles, including her eighth all-around title of the season, at the Piscataway Big Five meet
* Claimed the all-around title (39.450), finished second on vault (9.875) and bars (9.925), placed sixth on floor (9.825) and ninth on beam (9.825)
* Ranks fifth nationally on beam (9.925 RQS), 12th in the all-around (39.485) and 13th on bars (9.910)
* Earns her fifth career Freshman of the Week honor


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols was named Gymnast of the Week after an outstanding weekend that saw the sophomore post a pair of perfect scores. Against Alabama, Nichols posted a perfect 10 on vault, before posting a perfect 10 on floor at TWU. Nichols now has 13 career perfect scores and needs just a 10 on bars this season to complete her second “gym slam”. The sophomore posted her seventh and eighth all-around scores of 39.7 or higher with a 39.800 at Alabama and a 39.850 at TWU. She took home six event titles and both all-around titles this weekend. Nichols scored a 9.975 or higher on five routines and is the only gymnast in the nation to score a 39.8 in the all-around in more than one meet.

Specialist of the Week
Natalie Brown - Oklahoma
Brown was named the Event Specialist after helping OU to scores of 49.500 and 49.575 on beam this weekend. Brown scored a 9.9 or higher on beam at both meets, setting a season high with a 9.925 on against TWU. Brown has now posted a 9.9 or higher in four of six meets she has competed in this season.

Newcomer of the Week
Emily Glynn - Denver
Glynn set a new career high of 9.925 on bars at Arkansas on Friday, helping Denver to tie the program record on the event (49.450). She also added a 9.825 on floor, which is only .025 off of her career best. Her score on floor contributed to Denver’s season-high road score on the event (49.275) and helped DU to its top overall road score of the season (196.725).


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols was named Gymnast of the Week after an outstanding weekend that saw the sophomore post a pair of perfect scores. Against Alabama, Nichols posted a perfect 10 on vault, before posting a perfect 10 on floor at TWU. Nichols now has 13 career perfect scores and needs just a 10 on bars this season to complete her second “gym slam”. The sophomore posted her seventh and eighth all-around scores of 39.7 or higher with a 39.800 at Alabama and a 39.850 at TWU. She took home six event titles and both all-around titles this weekend. Nichols scored a 9.975 or higher on five routines and is the only gymnast in the nation to score a 39.8 in the all-around in more than one meet.

Specialist of the Week
Natalie Brown - Oklahoma
Brown was named the Event Specialist after helping OU to scores of 49.500 and 49.575 on beam this weekend. Brown scored a 9.9 or higher on beam at both meets, setting a season high with a 9.925 on against TWU. Brown has now posted a 9.9 or higher in four of six meets she has competed in this season.

Rookie of the Week
Emily Glynn - Denver
Glynn set a new career high of 9.925 on bars at Arkansas on Friday, helping Denver to tie the program record on the event (49.450). She also added a 9.825 on floor, which is only .025 off of her career best. Her score on floor contributed to Denver’s season-high road score on the event (49.275) and helped DU to its top overall road score of the season (196.725).


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Tori Edwards – Temple
Edwards closes out her first-year regular season on a high note winning ECAC gymnast of the week. This past weekend Temple competed at Kent State against their host and George Washington. In her final regular season meet of the year Edwards posted a new career high all-around score of 39.175 which was second out of the all-around competitors. To achieve her new career high she scored a 9.775 on vault, 9.725 at bars, 9.8 on the beam and placed second in the meet with a floor routine score of 9.875. Edwards will look to finish off the year strong this weekend when the Owls head to the University of Pennsylvania for the ECAC Championship.

Specialist of the Week
Alex Hartke – Penn
Hartke finished off her season strong in her specialty the floor exercise. The senior helped the Quakers to win the event over ECAC opponent William & Mary. Hartke’s score of 9.85 helped the team score a 48.575 for the event. Hartke and the rest of the Quakers will host the ECAC Championship this Saturday as they look to finish the season off with a win.

Rookie of the Week
Jacey Baldovino – Yale
Jacey Baldovino closes out her freshman regular season campaign racking up another weekly award. All together Baldovino has been recognized seven times throughout the year for her accomplishments. The Bulldogs competed against Bridgeport, Brown and Centenary this past weekend where Baldovino saw herself win the all-around with a score of 39.075. She also placed first on vault with a new career high of 9.8. She also scored a 9.75 on bars, 9.775 on beam and a 9.75 on floor. Baldovino secured her spot as the number one ranked all-around gymnast in the ECAC and also qualified for NCAA Regionals in the all-around.

Coaches' Choice
Maggie McAvoy – Brown
Senior Captain Maggie McAvoy closes out the regular season winning coaches choice. In the final meet of the regular season McAvoy competed in just one lone event, floor exercise. McAvoy completed her floor routine not using her arms to garner a score of 9.6 to close out her regular season. The senior will look to put a cap on her career as a Bear when Brown joins its ECAC competitors at the University of Pennsylvania this Saturday for the championship.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Meghan Chan – West Chester
West Chester closed out its regular season with a home meet and senior day last weekend. Chan a senior from Northvale New Jersey ended her regular season on a high note. She scored a 9.7 on vault which earned her second place. She was third place on the uneven bars with a score of 9.7 and finished off her season with a season high and victory on the balance beam with a score of 9.8. Chan will look cap off her career as a Golden Ram when the team heads to Southern Connecticut for the ECAC Division II Championship.

Specialist of the Week
Kelly Aycock – Bridgeport
Aycock had a great meet for the Purple Knights as they tried to close out the regular season strong. The Junior specializes in the uneven bars and the floor exercise each week for the team. This weekend she scored a 9.75 on bars and placed second with a 9.85 behind her teammate Maya Reimers who finished with a 9.925.

Rookie of the Week
Keara Loughlin – Southern Connecticut State
Loughlin set a new person-best score on the balance beam this past weekend. Loughlin was the Owl’s top finisher on the day and placed second overall with a score of 9.775. The score helped the Owls to a new program record on the beam with a 48.625. The Owls also set a new team-program record score with a 192.25.

Coaches' Choice
Delaney Cahill – Bridgeport
Cahill, 2016 ECAC Gymnastics Rookie of the year returned this season after missing her sophomore campaign. She now specializes on the balance beam and leads the Purple Knights off for the event. With her consistent effort and scores Cahill helps the team start out strong every week. To finish off the regular season was no different as she scored a 9.75 on the balance beam which helped lead the team six for six beam streak going for the first time this year.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Jovannah East - Bowling Green
Jovannah East, a sophomore from Zion, Ill., had the best individual meet of her two-year career and led BGSU to a victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday. The team’s 196.475 is the second-best total in school history, and the Falcons finished the MAC season in second place with a 3-3 record. East won two events and the all-around competition, tying her personal best in a victory on floor (9.925). She also set a new personal record in the all-around, earning the third-best total in BGSU history (39.425). East won the vault outright with a 9.87t; she has won the vault eight times in 12 meets in 2018, including outright wins in all six MAC meets. In addition, she finished third (9.875) on beam and recorded a 9.750 on bars. Her efforts helped BGSU tie season-best team scores on vault (48.950) and beam (49.225) and set new season standards on bars (48.950) and floor (49.325). Her all-around score of 39.425 is the highest of the week in the MAC. For the season, East has recorded 18 wins and 30 top-three finishes. She owns nine scores of 9.9 or better, including at least one in six consecutive meets.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Martucci - Northern Illinois
NIU junior floor specialist shined once again on floor, earning a 9.900 on the event against the Falcons on Saturday. Her 9.900 marks her fourth this season.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Schyler Jones - Texas Woman's
Jones posted a career-high 39.400 in all-around versus top-ranked Oklahoma Sunday. The senior from Denton also matched career-bests on bars with a 9.800 and on floor with a 9.900. On vault and floor, Jones was the high-finisher for TWU and beat out three OU gymnasts on each event.

Performance of the Week
Dani Maciel - UIC
Maciel led a Flames squad that set several personal highs in the win over Western Michigan. On the balance beam, she finished in second place with a career high 9.875. It was also the highest score by any Flame on the beam this season, tying with teammate Toni Alicke in the same meet. Maciel also scored a season high on the floor with a 9.775.

Newcomer of the Week
Ashley Albrecht - UIC
Albrecht returned to the all-around competition for the first time in five meets against New Hampshire. She finished the day with a season high 9.775 on the floor, good for fifth place. Her season high 38.850 all-around score landed her second. Both of those showings were her highest of the year in the respective events.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Kelley Hebert - UC Davis
UC Davis freshman Kelley Hebert (Dublin, CA) won the balance beam outright with a 9.925, while finishing second in the all-around at 39.375 during a road quadrangular at Sacramento State with No. 13 Oregon State and No. 17 Arizona State (Mar. 16). The beam score tied the school and conference record, while the all-around total tied for eighth in MPSF history and tied for 3rd in the school record book. The 39.375 also tied a school record for a road meet, matching Alexis Brown in last year's MPSF Championship. Hebert added a 9.800 on vault and bars, plus a 9.850 on floor. Her overall score put her atop the MPSF rankings for all-around RQS (39.180). Hebert earned a conference-high seven MPSF weekly honors this year, all in the last eight weeks.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Salamone - Air Force
Air Force sophomore Anna Salamone (Bayport, NY) capped the regular season with first-place finishes on her two signature events during the Falcons' meet at Seattle Pacific (Mar. 17). Salamone scored a 9.800 to win the vault and added a 9.825 to share the uneven bars title. The 9.800 was the secondhighest vault total of her career. She helped Air Force to the top-three scores on the uneven bars and a 192.850-192.625 road win. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly award for Salamone, including a second-best four this year. Air Force collected eight of the 11 MPSF Specialist awards this year.

Freshman of the Week
McKenna Zimmermann - Seattle Pacific
Seattle Pacific freshman McKenna Zimmermann (San Jose, CA) had her finest meet as a collegian, achieving three career-highs and picking up two victories in the regular season finale against Air Force (March 17). Zimmermann topped the balance beam field by scoring 9.750, her highest total in the event. She improved her uneven bars best with a mark of 9.625. Zimmermann surpassed 38 points in the all-around for the fourth consecutive week and won that competition with a career-high 38.675. She helped SPU eclipse the 192 plateau for the fourth-straight week, with a 192.625 total. This is Zimmermann's first career MPSF honor.


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme (39.575) - Boise State
For the 10th-straight week a Bronco took home MRGC Gymnast of the Week honors, with junior Shani Remme taking home the honor for the ninth time this season after delivering a career-high all-around score of 39.575, the second-highest in MRGC history. Remme also earned MRGC Bars Specialist for the fourth time this season as she turned in a 9.925 score on the event.

Specialists of the Week
Ann Stockwell (9.875) - Boise State - Co-Vault
Jill Van Mierlo (9.875) - BYU - Vault

Shani Remme (9.925) - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars
Jazmyn Estrella (9.925), Utah State - Co-Uneven Bars

McKinley Pavicic (9.950) - Utah State - Balance Beam
Madison Ward (9.900) - Utah State - Floor Exercise



Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* Triple winner in Utah's 198.150-196.350 win over SEC rival and then-No. 20 ranked Georgia, winning the all-around, bars (tie) and beam.
* Tied personal-best in the all-around (39.725) and floor (9.975) while setting a season high on beam (9.95). Her 39.725 all-around score was the best in the Pac-12 this week and tied for the seventh-best score in Utah history.
* Moved into second in Utah's career record books with her 19th career all-around victory.
* Ranked No. 2 in the country in the all-around this week and is the highest ranked all-arounder in the Pac-12.
* Helped Utah to a 198.150 win against Georgia, the program’s first 198 score since the 2015 Pac-12 Championship, also tying for the fourth-highest score in school history.

Specialist of the Week
Katelyn Ohashi - UCLA
* Scored her third perfect 10 of the season on floor exercise, the most in the nation on floor this year. Now has five perfect 10s in her career (three on floor, two on beam).
* Scored 9.95 or higher on her last six floor routines, including three perfect 10s.
* Set a new career high with a 9.95 to tie for first place on uneven bars.
* Her mark on bars helped UCLA earn a season-high team score of 49.625, the sixth-highest bars score in school history.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Anna Glenn - UCLA
* Scored 9.9 on both routines she competed in the Bruins' win over San Jose State, including a career-high 9.9 on vault to help the Bruins record a season-best 49.625 on the event. The score was UCLA's fifth-highest vault total ever.
* Made her competitive debut on balance beam and scored 9.9 to tie for second place with her twin sister Grace.
* Helped UCLA record a season-high 198.275 team score, the Bruins' highest team total in 14 years.
* Earned her first-career Pac-12 weekly honor this week.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
Finnegan became the second gymnast in school history to earn perfect scores on three different events after anchoring the Tigers’ bars and beam lineups with 10.0 scores Saturday in the regular-season finale against Arizona. She pushed LSU’s total to a 49.750 on bars for a school record and the second-highest score in NCAA gymnastics since 1998. In the third rotation, Finnegan helped LSU tie the school record on beam with a 49.725. LSU became the first team since 1998 to go 49.700+ on both bars and beam in the same meet. Finnegan won her fifth all-around title this season and the seventh in her career with a 39.700. She became the fifth gymnast in school history to earn a 39.700 or higher in the all-around twice in one season. Finnegan now owns three career perfect scores for her career, with all of them coming during this season. She is the only gymnast in the SEC to have a perfect 10.0 in three different events this season and one of two in the nation.

Specialist of the Week
Braie Speed - Arkansas
Speed posted multiple 9.900’s for the third time in four meets, tying her career high on bars with a 9.950 and winning her fourth vault title of the season. She led Arkansas to its second-highest bars score of the season of 49.550. Arkansas is one of three teams in the country to score a 49.550 or higher on bars multiple times this season, with Speed being a scorer in each one.

Freshman of the Week
Sarah Shaffer - Arkansas
Shaffer had the highest all-around score by a freshman in the conference this past weekend while setting a new career high with a 39.500. As a scorer on all four events, she helped lead Arkansas to a program-record score of 197.300 in a first-place finish in the Arkansas Tri Meet. Her all-around score was the highest by a Razorback since 2016, as she set career highs on the floor with a 9.950 (the fourth highest score in program history) and on the beam with a 9.900. Shaffer has posted a 9.900 or higher on floor in six of the last eight meets.