Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 4-6, 2019
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices. More will be added throughout the week as they become available.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast and Freshman of the Week
Natalie Wojcik - Michigan
Made her collegiate debut at the Cancun Classic with a school record for best debut all-around score with a 39.625, tying for 28th best all-time at U-M and placing fifth in the nation
Won vault with a 9.975 scoring the second-best score in the nation, won beam with a 9.925 tying for fourth best nationally and marked a 9.900 to win bars, tying for seventh in the country
Earns her first Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week honors

Event Specialist of the Week
Emma McLean - Michigan
Earned her 11th career victory on floor with a 9.925 tying for eighth nationally at the Cancun Classic
Vaulted a Yurchenko Full earning a 9.875 to earn second place overall
The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her sixth career Big Ten Event Specialist 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 second time in her career after competing in the all-around for the first time at the collegiate level. Dowell is ranked No. 7 nationally after posting a 39.550 to take second at the meet. The Odessa, Mo., native tallied a 9.9 on vault and bars and added a 9.875 on beam and floor. Dowell’s beam score was a career high as she made her collegiate debut on the event.

Specialist of the Week
Jade Degouveia - Oklahoma
Degouveia earned her second career Big 12 honor and first recognition as Event Specialist after setting a career high on both vault and floor. With one of five 10.0 start values in the OU vault lineup, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native nailed her Yurchenko 1.5 for a 9.95. On floor, the junior added a 9.825.

Newcomer of the Week
Olivia Trautman - Oklahoma
In her collegiate debut, Trautman shined as she competed on three events to earn her first career Big 12 weekly honor. The Champlin, Minn., native took home a share of the floor title with a 9.95. Trautman added another score of 9.9 as the leadoff on beam and tallied a 9.850 on her Yurchenko 1.5 on vault. Trautman currently ranks first in the nation on floor.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Caitlyn Fillard - NC State
NC State Senior Caitlyn Fillard (Centereach, New York) was honored as EAGL Gymnast of the Week on January 8th after her all-around performance that led the Wolfpack to a season-opening win against Michigan State. Fillard claimed the allaround title (38.975) and beam title (9.800) in the dual meet. She also tied for second on bars (9.750), tied for fourth on vault (9.725) and placed seventh on floor (9.700).

Specialist of the Week
Paris Phillips - NC State
Senior Paris Phillips (Athens, Georgia) of NC State received EAGL Specialist of the Week honors on January 8th. Phillips posted the Wolfpack’s top scores on the two events she competed and also had podium finishes on both events. She tied for second on vault with a 9.750 and tied for second on floor with a 9.825.

Rookie of the Week
Meredith Robinson - NC State
Freshman Meredith Robinson (Huntersville, North Carolina) of NC State was tabbed as EAGL Rookie of the Week on January 8th after winning the bars title with a 9.775 in her collegiate debut. Robinson also placed 10th on vault with a 9.525.



Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Denelle Pedrick - Central Michigan
Pedrick posted a 9.850 on the floor exercise in the final rotation as the Chippewas won the event, topping a strong field in its season-opening quad meet.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Martucci - Northern Illinois
Senior Anna Martucci picked up where she left off a year ago in NIU’s season opener in a Quad Meet at Alabama. With a 9.800 on floor exercise, Martucci tied for second on the event. Her 9.8 was one of just two scores of 9.8 or higher on the day recorded by a gymnast on one of the three visiting teams. She and teammate Morgan Hooper (beam) were the only gymnasts from Temple, SEMO or NIU to place in the top two on any event.



Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Gabrielle Cooke - Illinois State
Cooke began the season on a high note, winning the all-around competition in the season-opener Friday night at Alaska Anchorage. She picked up event wins on vault (9.775) and floor (9.825) and placed third on beam (9.750) and bars (9.675) to wrap up a strong performance and help the Redbirds defeat the Seawolves. The junior from Chicago, Illinois, followed that up Sunday with a 38.325 in the all-around to finish second, thanks in part to a 9.800 on vault and a 9.850 on floor to take claim two more individual event wins.

Performance of the Week
Savannah Remkus - Illinois State
Remkus set a personal best Sunday on beam with a 9.875 to come away with an event win. The score was the highest individual mark of the weekend for the Redbirds in their two meets against the Seawolves. The Bloomington, Illinois, product also competed on vault and floor in both meets for ISU.

Newcomer of the Week
Alisa Sheremeta - UIC
Sheremeta more than held her own against three national powerhouses in her collegiate debut. She was the Flames' top performer on beam and floor, with scores of 9.850 and 9.825 respectively. She took third place in both events, finishing ahead of gymnasts from Arizona State, Missouri, and Minnesota, all three of which qualified for NCAA Regionals last season. Sheremeta also competed on bars, where she scored 9.625, as UIC turned in a strong team performance and hung with the three Power-5 conference opponents to the very end.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State junior Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) finished second in the all-around at the season-opening NorCal Classic with a 39.025 (Jan. 6), her fifth career 39-plus total. Chan tied for first on floor with the MPSF’s top individual score of 9.90, and added a 9.80 on beam, 9.70 on vault, and 9.625 on bars. This is Chan’s ninth career MPSF weekly award, including her record-setting seven freshman accolades in 2017.

Freshman of the Week
Cortney Cunningham - UC Davis
UC Davis freshman Cortney Cunningham (Hayward, CA) was the lone freshman gymnast in the Aggie lineup, and scored 9.750 on vault and 9.575 on uneven bars at the season-opening NorCal Classic (Jan. 6). She helped UC Davis compile team event scores of 48.750 on vault and 48.225 on bars. The Aggies finished second in the four-team field with a 194.950, eighth in school history and tops among season-opening meets. This is the first career MPSF honor for Cunningham.



Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
Led Utah to the third-best opening day score in school history with 197.175 points for a win over Penn State.
Skinner’s 39.700 all-around score ranks second in the nation and her 9.95 mark is tied for first in both bars and floor.
Had the best opening week scores in Pac-12 in the all-around (39.700), vault (9.95), bars (9.95) and floor (9.95). Has now hit 114-114 career routines.

Specialist of the Week
Katelyn Ohashi - UCLA
Ohashi led the Bruins to a win over No. 11 Nebraska (197.250-195.700), taking first on balance beam with a 9.900 score and tying for first on floor exercise with a 9.950.
Has tallied a first-place finish nine times and a second-place three times on floor exercise in 12-consecutive meets.
UCLA’s 197.250 points was the highest season-opening score since 2005. UCLA has outscored 29-straight opponents over its last nine meets and the Bruins have recorded 49+ points in 63-straight rotations.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Cristal Isa - Utah
In her collegiate debut, Isa scored 9.925 points on the bar, coming in second only to teammate MyKayla Skinner.
The only freshman to compete for the Utes as they defeated Penn State 197.175- 194.450.
Isa also placed fifth on vault with 9.825 points.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
LSU’s Sarah Finnegan, a senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., took home titles on beam (9.95), floor (9.95), and all-around (39.675) in LSU’s season-opening win over. No. 8 California. Finnegan also finished second on vault and bars.

Specialist of the Week
Britney Ward - Missouri
Missouri’s Britney Ward, a senior from Ozark, Mo., claimed the beam event title as Mizzou took first in a quad meet against No. 20 Arizona State, No. 23 Minnesota and UIC in Tempe, Ariz. Ward anchored the Tigers’ first rotation with a 9.95, a score that held up as the highest of the night on beam. The win was Ward’s 29th event title of her Tiger career, including her 16th on beam. It also marked the sixth time in her career she scored a 9.95 or better, which ranks as the second most in Mizzou history. Ward also ranks tied for second nationally on the apparatus after one week of the season.

Freshman of the Week
Rachael Lukacs - Georgia
Georgia’s Rachael Lukacs, a freshman Hillsborough, N.J., helped the GymDogs to a win over No. 18 Ohio State with their best opening meet score since 2007. Lukacs tied for second on the vault and tied for third on floor, finishing only behind fellow Georgia teammates. She also tied for seventh place on bars.



Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

All-Around
Emily Gilot - UW-Oshkosh
Gilot’s collegiate debut was successful as she recorded winning scores on the vault and in the all-around competition during UW-Oshkosh’s 183.525-181.925 season-opening setback to host Hamline University (Minn.) on Jan. 6. Gilot defeated two other all-around participants with her first-place score of 36.800. She won the vault with a score of 9.450, while placing fifth on the balance beam with a value of 9.325. Gilot also recorded scores of 9.150 in the floor exercise and 8.875 on the uneven bars.

Specialist
Meghan Webb - Hamline
Webb was second in the floor exercise (9.600) and balance beam (9.450) and tied for fourth on the vault (9.250) in Hamline University’s (Minn.) 183.525-181.925 win over UW-Oshkosh on Jan. 6.