Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 3-5, 2020
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 of the Week
Mia Takekawa - Illinois
  • Earned the highest all-around score of any Big Ten competitor during the first week of the season posting a 39.350 at Missouri
  • Won individual titles on bars (9.825), beam (9.900) and all-around, becoming the first Illini freshman to do so since Nicole Biondi on March 4, 2018
  • Earns her first Big Ten Gymnast and Freshman of the Week
Event Specialist of the Week
Alissa Bonsall - Penn State
  • Posted Penn State’s top score on bars with a 9.875, earning fourth place at the Collegiate Challenge versus Arizona State, Auburn and Denver
  • Earned an 11th place finish on floor with a 9.725



Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols claimed her 11th career Gymnast of the Week award after posting the second-highest all-around score in the nation with a 39.625. She took home the bar title at the Collegiate Challenge with a 9.975 score. She added a 9.925 on the floor, a 9.875 on the vault and a 9.850 on the beam, helping the Sooners to the team title, recording victories over No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Cal and No. 22 Stanford. Nichols has now scored at least a 9.9 on bars in 25-consecutive meets. Additionally, she has scored at least a 9.9 in two or more events in all 31 meets of her Oklahoma career.

Specialist of the Week
Alexis Vasquez - Denver
Vasquez earned her first career Event Specialist of the Week honor after scoring a 10 on the beam. The perfect score was the first of the sophomore’s career and also serves as the first 10 of the 2020 NCAA season. She became just the second Pioneer to register a 10 on the beam as she helped Denver to a 49.425 team score in the event and 196.700 overall team total, both program records for highest score in the season opener. Denver won the Collegiate Challenge with victories over No. 13 Auburn, No. 21 Arizona State and No. 25 Penn State.

Newcomer of the Week
Ragan Smith - Oklahoma
Smith earned Newcomer of the Week as she posted a 39.275 in the all-around in her Oklahoma debut, including a 9.95 on bars which was good for the second-highest score of the meet. She also paced the Sooners on beam with a 9.9. Smith became just the third Oklahoma freshman since 2015 to score a 9.95 or better in at least one event in their opening meet.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Maya Reimers – Bridgeport
In her senior debut, Reimers began the season with a solid beam set for a 9.75 for the Knights.

Specialist of the Week
Hayley Bangart – Bridgeport
Opening her sophomore year, Hayley was in two competitive lineups for the Knights. She was strong on bars for a 9.45 and showed off her floor routine in Florida for a 9.475.

Rookie of the Week
Hannah Barry – Bridgeport
With the team's second highest score on the event, Hannah brings in a solid routine and score in her debut as a Knight with a 9.6.

Coaches' Choice
Regan Dillon – Bridgeport
After spending all of her freshman and sophomore seasons working back from injury, Dillon started her first competitive season strong for the Knights. Scoring a 9.55 on uneven bars, she was able to showcase all of her hard work over the past two seasons.



Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
  • Ross won the all-around at the Collegiate Challenge with a score of 39.725 (helping her team to a second place finish).
  • She took first on floor (9.95), and tied for first on vault (9.9) and beam (9.95).
  • Ross secured UCLA's highest all-around score in a season opener since 2004.
Specialist of the Week
Samantha Sakti - UCLA
  • In her UCLA debut at the Collegiate Challenge, Sakti tied for first place on beam with Ross.
  • She posted a career-high 9.95 on beam.
  • Sakti earned a 10.0 from one of the judges.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Chloe Widner - Stanford
  • In her collegiate debut at the Collegiate Challenge, Widner scored 9.8 or higher in every event.
  • She placed sixth or higher in three events at the Collegiate Challenge.
  • Widner finished sixth in the all-around with an overall score of 39.325.
Coaches' Choice
Margzetta Frazier - UCLA
  • Frazier competed on beam and in the all-around for the first time at the Collegiate Challenge.
  • She was instrumental in her team’s second-place finish.
  • Frazier took second in bars with a score of 9.95.
  • She also secured fifth in the all-around with a score of 39.475.



Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Mollie Korth - Kentucky
Korth, a senior from Cambridge, Wis., placed first in the all-around with a 39.375 in the Wildcats’ season opener at No. 5 Utah. Kentucky’s team score of 195.350 placed 10th in the nation for the opening weekend behind four events of 9.800 or better from Korth.

Specialist of the Week
Aspen Tucker - Missouri
Tucker, a senior from Lehigh Acres, Fla., won two event titles in the opening meet against Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Tucker took first in the vault and tied for first on bars with identical scores of 9.825. She also recorded a 9.875 on floor to place third in that event.

Freshman of the Week
Helen Hu - Missouri
Hu, a freshman Chicago, Ill., won her first event title in her collegiate debut against Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Hu scored a 9.900 on beam to tie for first place. Her 9.900 was the highest score recorded by a Mizzou freshman in a season opener.