Women's Gymnasts of the Week – March 1-3, 2019
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Olivia Karas - Michigan
Posted a career-high 39.650 in the all-around, tying for second place at Utah
Tied a career high on beam with a 9.925, tying for the win
Also tied for the win on bars with a 9.925 and scored a 9.925 on floor to finish tied for second
The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her sixth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week plaudit and the first of the season

Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
Won the all-around competition with a total score of 39.650 versus Pittsburgh
Posted a career-high score of 9.975 on the beam to win the event title and took the uneven bars event title with her 9.950-scoring routine
Finished top 3 in all events (9.850 on vault, 9.875 on floor) and is ranked in the top 15 individuals in the nation on vault, bars and beam
Earns her 10th Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor and the sixth of the season

Event Specialist of the Week
Paige Williams - Minnesota
Claimed both the vault and floor event titles this weekend during Minnesota's meet against Pittsburgh
Earned a career-high score of 9.900 on vault to take first and posted a 9.925 on floor exercise to win the title
The 2017-18 Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Natalie Wojcik - Michigan
Competed in the all-around competition finishing with a final score of 39.475
Scored a 9.925 to earn her eighth win on beam this season
Posted her fourth 9.900 on floor this season
Earns her seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor



Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maddie Karr - Denver
Karr tabbed Gymnast of the Week, for the second consecutive week, after helping lead DU to the program’s highest-ever road score (197.775) and the second highest score all-time. The junior won the all-around (39.675) and vault (9.900) titles, while also capturing a share of the beam title with a career-high tying 9.950.

Specialist of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols earned Event Specialist of the Week for her clutch performance on both beam and bars against No. 2 UCLA. The junior took home the beam title with a score of 9.975, making it her fourth 9.975 in her last five meets. She also earned a 9.925 on bars, which is her seventh score of 9.9 or better this season.

Newcomer of the Week
Oliva Trautman - Oklahoma
Trautman recorded Newcomer of the Week for her outstanding routine on floor against the Bruins. The freshman capped off an incredible meet for the No. 1 Sooners earning a 9.950 on floor, her ninth score of 9.9 or better this season. The gymnast has yet to earn below a 9.9 on the event and posted her fifth score of 9.95 or better this season.



East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Alex Zois - George Washington
For the second time this season, fifth year Alex Zois (Crofton, Md.) was voted EAGL Gymnast of the Week. In fitting senior day fashion, Zois closed out her career in the Smith Center with a personal best 39.425 in the all-around to finish in a tie for first place, her third straight all-around title and seventh of the season. The score also ties the highest all-around in EAGL so far this season. In GW’s 1-1 finish that brought a win over Maryland and a loss against BYU, Zois had a personal-best and first place score of 9.875 on vault, a 9.825 on bars, a season-high matching second place score of 9.875 on beam, and a firstplace 9.850 on floor. Zois paced he squad in three events – Vault, Beam, and Floor. Zois is ranked No. 1 in EAGL for all-around (#31 in the nation).

Specialist of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
For the fourth-straight week, junior Khazia Hislop (Concord, Mass.) of UNC was tabbed as EAGL Specialist of the Week. In the Tar Heels dual win on the road against William & Mary, Hislop led North Carolina on vault and floor, matching her career high on floor for the second week in a row with a 9.950. By placing in first twice more, Hislop has 19 podium finishes this season including finishing first 13 times. Hislop continued her streak of 17-straight meets scoring above 9.850 on floor. In addition to her 9.950 on floor, she added a 9.875 on vault (1st) and a 9.800 on beam (4th). She ranks first in EAGL on vault and floor, which is good for #21 and #19 in the nation, respectively.

Rookie of the Week
Simone Banen - George Washington
For the second time this season, freshman Simone Banen (Wycoff, New Jersey) earned EAGL Rookie of the Week honors. Banen competed in three events for the Colonials in their 1-1 meet against Maryland and BYU. She earned a career-high score of 9.850 on bars to place fifth in the trimeet. Banen’s 9.800 on floor ranked second on the team and earned her a spot on the podium at third. Currently, Banen ranks #11 in EAGL on bars, tied with Meredith Robinson of NC State.



Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Caroline Caponi – William & Mary
Caponi post a career high 39.025 in the all-around competition as William & Mary competed against University of North Carolina. She led the team and tied for second overall on the uneven bars scoring a 9.8. She recorded a season-high 9.75 on vault to help the Tribe register the program’s sixth-best score in school history in the event. The final scores she achieved to reach her new career-high all around were a 9.8 floor routine score and a 9.675 on the balance beam.

Specialist of the Week
Natalie Yang – Penn
Yang who specializes on the balance beam had an outstanding week for the Quakers as they had a two-meet week. She started her week off with a 9.875 beam routine against Southeast Missouri on Mar. 1. This set a new career-high, the second consecutive week she did so and won the event. Then on Sunday Yang scored a 9.725 as the Quakers scored an over 48.6 on the beam against Lindenwood University and University of Illinois Chicago.

Rookie of the Week
Samantha Sakti – William & Mary
Sakti tied for the beam title with a 9.85 in a dual meet against the University of North Carolina. She would also post a new career-high on vault with a 9.8, tying her for third. She also competed on the floor scoring a 9.8.

Coaches' Choice
Monica Servidio – Temple
Servidio had an outstanding meet as the Owls competed against No. 23 Ohio State University and No. 24 University of West Virginia. Servidio would tie her second-highest all-around score with a 39.025. She scored a 9.725 on vault, a career-best 9.825 on the uneven bars, a 9.75 on beam and finished off with a 9.725 on floor.



Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Kelly Aycock – Bridgeport
Senior captain, Kell Aycock continued to be one of Bridgeport’s most consistent performers. She led the team’s floor lineup this week and scored a 9.8. She was also the second highest score on the uneven bars with a 9.75.

Specialist of the Week
Crystal Gwinn – Bridgeport
Gwinn stuck her Yurchenko layout full on vault for the Purple Knights scoring an impressive 9.825. She also was the teams second highest performer on the floor with a score of 9.75.

Rookie of the Week
Jordan Peloquin – Southern Connecticut State
Peloquin, a first-year transfer, posted a team-leading 9.825 on the balance beam placing her in second place at the event. When it came to vault she scored a 9.5 and finished in sixth place on floor scoring a 9.7.

Coaches' Choice
Annie Bailey – West Chester
Bailey competed for the first time in her collegiate career this past weekend due to suffering an injury before the season started. She began the day as competing exhibition on both floor and balance beam. However, when a teammate got hurt she was pulled into the beam lineup. She had a great routine for the team as a quick substitute and scored a 9.55 for the Golden Rams.



Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachel Underwood - Western Michigan
Western Michigan senior Rachael Underwood won the vault this past weekend at Kent State with a 9.825, was runner-up on the balance beam with a 9.825 and finished third on the floor exercise, recording a 9.875. She also took first in the all-around totaling a 39.275, which is one of top scores in the Mid-American Conference this season and tied her season high.

Specialist of the Week
Dara Williams - Kent State
Senior Dara Williams sparked a huge night for Kent State on Friday, as she set a career-high 9.925 on bars and led the Flashes to a season-high 49.025 on the event. Williams took home the individual bars title by .075 over the second-place finisher. The senior team captain earned her seventh event win of the season, which leads the team. Williams also recorded a 9.800 on vault to finish in second place. Her impact helped the Flashes to its second-best home score of the season at 195.700.



Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Miki Northern - UIC
Northern (St. Louis, Mo.) won the floor and all-around competitions, and had two second place showings (vault and bars) in UIC's tri-meet at Lindenwood. Her scores on vault (9.775), beam (9.775), and floor (9.875) all tied her season highs, and her all-around total of 39.250 was her best of the season. It was her sixth all-around championship. She has five top-two finishes on bars and floor. She has the MIC's highest National Qualifying Score on floor and AA. This is the tenth Gymnast of the Week award of Northern's storied career, and second this season.

Performance of the Week
Erin Alderman - Texas Woman's
Alderman (Sr., Fair Oaks, California) posted a career-high 9.900 on Beam, which topped the leaderboard at the TWU Quad on Sunday. She would cap the meet, tying a career-high on Floor with a 9.875. This is Alderman's second MIC Performance of the Week honor in three weeks.

Newcomer of the Week
Alisa Sheremeta - UIC
Sheremeta (Circleville, N.Y.) displayed consistency on bars with her second straight 9.775 – her second highest score of the season. She improved her floor score from the previous meet with a 9.800, marking her seventh 9.8 or higher. Among MIC newcomers, she ranks first on bars, second on beam, and first on floor. Sheremeta earned the newcomer honor for the fourth time this season.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Kelley Hebert - UC Davis
Hebert (Dublin, CA) won the all-around with a 39.275 in a road triangular at Sacramento State with No. 14 California (Mar. 1). Hebert captured the balance beam title outright with an MPSF season-high-tying 9.900, which also equaled the eighth-best all-time in the conference. She also tied for the floor win, with another 9.900. UC Davis scored 195.450 for its best road score of 2019. The Aggies' 49.150 on beam and 49.100 on floor are conference season-highs, while the beam total ranked tied for sixth in MPSF history. This is the 12th career MPSF weekly award for Hebert, including five this year and the last three consecutively.

Specialist of the Week
Cameo Stapleton - Air Force
Stapleton (Norman, OK) led the Falcons on the floor as she posted a career-best 9.725 to tie for third in the event in a dual win at Centenary (Mar. 1). Stapleton then upped her previous career-high mark with a 9.775 score in a quad-meet with No. 28 Arizona and Centenary at Texas Woman’s University (Mar. 3). She helped Air Force to a 48.800 team score and a second-place team finish in the meet (194.650). This is the first career MPSF honor for Stapleton.

Freshman of the Week
Jackie Sampson - Sacramento State
Sampson (Glendale, AZ), in her second meet of 2019 and final career home meet, scored a second-place 9.875 on the beam as well as a fifth-place 9.85 on uneven bars against No. 14 California and No. 36 UC Davis (Mar. 1). The 9.875 on beam was a career-high and the highest by a Hornet in the event this year. This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Sampson, including a repeat from last week.



Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shannon Evans - BYU

Specialists of the Week
Sarah Means - Boise State - Vault
Courtney McGregor - Boise State - Uneven Bars
Alex Esmerian - Boise State - Balance Beam
Madison Ward-Sessions - Utah State - Floor Exercise



National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Jess Clemens - Springfield
Jess Clemens, a senior Sports Biology major at Springfield College, had a record-breaking performance in the all-around competition this past week, as she produced a career-best mark of 38.750, which passed the previous Springfield College program record, which was 38.550. Clemens’ performance also helped the Pride to break its team-scoring (190.725), balance beam (48.350) and floor exercise (48.600) records, as she posted a 9.775 on the balance beam to also tie the previous school record in that event. Clemens started the day with a 9.625 on vault, moved on to a 9.650 on the uneven bars to finish first overall, and finished off the day on floor with a 9.700.

Specialist of the Week
Ali Rushlow - Springfield
Ali Rushlow, a sophomore Physician Assistant major at Springfield College, helped the Pride set a new team-scoring record this past weekend, as the maroon and white defeated Rhode Island College with a 190.725, marking the first time in program history that Springfield has eclipsed the 190 plateau. Rushlow started the meet by winning the vault rotation with a 9.650, before posting a 9.600 on balance beam, and wrapping up the day with a career-best 9.775 on floor. Rushlow’s beam and floor score also helped the Pride to break their rotational records in those events, producing a 48.350 on beam and a 48.600 on floor.



Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
Scored two perfect 10s on the vault and on the uneven bars.
Tied her career-high and national season-best all-around score with 39.850 points.
Only gymnast in the nation to score multiple perfect tens in a single meet this year.

Specialist of the Week
Kaitlyn Ohashi - UCLA
Placed second on beam (9.950 points) and first on floor (perfect 10)
Scored her ninth career perfect 10, seven on floor and two on beam
Undefeated this year on the floor with eight wins.

Freshman of the Week
Milan Clausi - California
Finished in top 3 in all events she competed in, vault (first), beam (third), and floor (third)
Earned a mark of 9.875 points to win the vault.
The Bears’ 196.975 points were their best of the season and ranked fifth in school history



Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
Finnegan, a senior from Lee's Summit, Mo., earned her ninth all-around title of the season with a 39.675 in the Tigers' win over No. 7 Georgia. Finnegan scored a perfect 10.0 as anchor on the balance beam.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Ariana Guerra - Alabama
Guerra, a senior from League City, Texas, scored career-highs of 9.95 to place first on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise to help lead the Crimson Tide to a win over No. 12 Auburn. Guerra's scores helped her team score season-best marks on all three events, including a 49.500 on the floor exercise.

Lexie Priessman - LSU
Priessman, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, scored a 10.0 on the uneven bars - the first of her career - in the Tigers' win over No. 7 Georgia following a three-week hiatus from competition due to injury. Priessman is the fourth gymnast in the country to score a 10 on bars this season and the fourth LSU gymnast in school history to achieve the perfect mark on bars.

Freshman of the Week
Trinity Thomas - Florida
Thomas, a freshman from York, Pa., was runner-up in the all-around at 39.550 in the Gators' win at No. 20 Arkansas. Thomas won her fifth uneven bars title of the season with a 9.925 and shared her sixth floor exercise title with a 9.925.



Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

All-Around
Kacey Mortenson - UW-La Crosse
Mortenson won the all-around title (37.925) in UW-La Crosse's dual victory at Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on March 1. She also won the uneven bars (9.600) and balance beam (9.500), while finishing fourth on the vault (9.375). Mortenson set season-highs in the all-around, uneven bars and balance beam.

Specialist
Hannah Lewis - UW-Eau Claire
Lewis is coming off back-to-back uneven bars title wins. On March 1, she had the best routine of her career thus far, and stuck her bar dismount. She won the event with a 9.675 against UW-Stout, reaching the second-highest score in school history and a season best for her. Lewis holds the top-five individual scores in school history on the uneven bars.