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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 16-19, 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
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
  • Collected five podium finishes in the Gophers’ quad-meet victory against Rutgers, Bowling Green and Ursinus
  • Took home the event title on beam (10.0) and in the all-around (39.550), took second on floor (9.875) and bars (9.850), and finished third on vault (9.825)
  • Became the third Gopher in program history to score a perfect 10.0 on beam
Event Specialist of the Week
Tiarre Sales - Minnesota
  • Earned top-five finishes on both of her events in Minnesota’s quad-meet victory against Rutgers, Bowling Green and Ursinus
  • Took second on beam with a score of 9.975, receiving a 10.0 from a judge to average 9.975 on the event for a new career-high
  • Recorded a 9.775 on bars to take fifth place
Freshman of the Week
Sierra Brooks - Michigan
  • Recorded podium finishes on all five of her events, highlighted by a career best score in the all-around, in the Wolverines’ dual meet victory at No. 13 Illinois
  • Claimed individual event titles on floor (9.900), beam (9.900) and in the all-around (39.500), took second on vault (9.850) and placed third on bars (9.850)
  • Posted scores of 9.850 or better in all of her events and earned the beam title for the second straight week

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols claimed her third-straight Gymnast of the Week award after becoming the first gymnast in 2020 to eclipse the 39.900 mark, posting it against No. 19 Arkansas. Nichols is the first gymnast to score a 39.900 or better since 2009 as the Oklahoma senior has done it four times in her career and is the only gymnast in the history of the NCAA with multiple scores of 39.900 or better. Nichols also notched a pair of perfect 10s on the weekend, both coming on vault, serving as the 18th and 19th perfect scores of her career.

Specialist of the Week
Andrea Maldonado - Iowa State
Maldonado collected her first-career Conference honor earning Event Specialists. The junior tallied a career-high 9.950 on floor at No. 18 Georgia in just her third collegiate competition. She also earned a 9.900 in her second-career attempt in the Cyclones’ win over No. 24 West Virginia. Maldonado is the second Iowa State gymnast since 2007 to score a 9.950 on floor.

Co-Newcomers of the Week
Ragan Smith - Oklahoma
Smith continued her strong first season in Norman, claiming her third-straight Conference honor as she was named the Co-Newcomer of the Week. She notched a 9.95 on bars at No. 9 Alabama to take home the event title, before adding a 9.925 score at home against No. 19 Arkansas. Smith has yet to earn lower than a 9.925 on bars this season and ranks third nationally in the event.

Makayla Maxwell - Iowa State
Maxwell was named the Co-Newcomer of the Week as she tallied a 9.950 on vault on just her third official attempt in the event. She is the first Cyclone since 2012 to score a 9.950 on vault, and is just the second freshman in program history to accomplish the feat.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Lauren Kent - NC State
Junior Lauren Kent (Willow Springs, N.C.) from NC State was voted EAGL Gymnast of the Week on January 21st after participating in five events, and earning the highest score on the team on beam (9.800). Lauren also came in a three-way tie for second place on bars (9.825) and finished in fifth place in all-around (39.050). NC State (194.425) finished third this weekend in a quad-meet between Lindenwood (193.300), UNC (194.425) and Kentucky (196.375).

Specialist of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Senior Khazia Hislop (Concord, Mass.) of UNC earned EAGL Specialist of the Week honors on January 21st. Hislop led UNC to a second place finish in a quad-meet this weekend, competing in three events and placing in the top-five of each event. The senior placed third on beam (9.875), fourth on floor (9.875), and fourth on vault (9.850). This is the second week in a row she has earned the Specialist of the Week honor.

Rookie of the Week
Elizabeth Culton - North Carolina
Freshman Elizabeth Culton (Durham, N.C.) of UNC was named as EAGL Rookie of the Week on January 21st after competing in five events and finishing fourth in the all around (39.075) behind three gymnasts from No. 11 Kentucky. She also finished second on beam (9.900) and top-five on bars (9.800). This was just her second collegiate appearance and this is also her second Rookie of the Week honor.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Ariana Castrence – Temple
Ariana Castrence was nothing short of spectacular in Temple’s home opener Pink Meet on Saturday night. The sophomore broke the program’s all-around record with a 39.275 (9.8- vault, 9.8- bars, 9.825- beam, 9.85- floor). Castrence also won the event title on all four events to help propel the Cherry and White to victories over Cortland and SCSU.

Specialist of the Week
Madison Smith – Cornell
Cornell had two meets this past weekend to open the 2020 season. At Towson on Friday night, Maddie led the team on both beam and floor, her 9.8 on beam helping the Big Red hit a new first meet beam team scoring record of 48.7. On Sunday afternoon, Maddie's floor score of 9.75 again led the team, and that same score on beam solidified a fantastic start for her.

Rookie of the Week
Rebekah Lashley – Penn
Freshman, Rebecca Lashley had a solid performance this past weekend. She scored a career high on beam with a 9.750 which helped Penn score a season high on beam with a 48.7. Her floor score of 9.750 and vault score of 9.525 helped Penn score a season team high 192.850.

Coaches' Choice
Emma Hansen – Brown
Emma Hansen performs big routines for the Bears week after week. She remains calm and always gives it her all. Emma's clutch performances are key to Brown's success. She earned a career-high 9.825 on beam this weekend in a tough and very loud quad meet. She was poised and fierce for her team.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Julianna Roland – Bridgeport
Roland wowed the entire coaching staff, the crowd and her teammates in Sunday's home opener. She brought in a 9.825 on bars, which is a personal best for the sophomore all-around competitor. She matched that score on the balance beam, which was the highest score on the team. In just the second meet of the season, Julianna scored over a 39 in the all-around. All of her scores counted towards the team total of a 193.625.

Specialist of the Week
Sarah Boyd – West Chester
Sarah had another amazing day on the balance beam under a lot of pressure. Her score of 9.8 tied for second place.

Rookie of the Week
Katy Koopman – Bridgeport
Koopman began the meet in Bridgeport with a sky-high tuck full Yurchenko to improve on her 8.95 debut in Florida. After a solid exhibition performance in the first meet, Katy worked her way into the beam lineup and stuck her triple series for a personal best 9.775. She ended her meet with a n impressive triple full for a 9.5 on floor.

Coaches' Choice
Yoli Nodarse – West Chester
Yoli had two very strong performances on the uneven bars and balance beam. On both events the pressure was high due to counting some falls. Yoli handled the pressure very well and stepped up when the team needed it.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachel DeCavitch - Kent State
Kent State freshman Rachel DeCavitch dazzled the judges at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational in just her second collegiate meet. The freshman set a new personal best on all four events and posted the highest all-around score by a Kent State gymnast since former MAC Gymnast of the Year, Rachel Stypinski, scored a 39.500 at the 2017 MAC Championships. DeCavitch finished in first place on all five events at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational and led Kent State to a dominating victory over its competition. Her performance marks the first time a Golden Flash has won all four events and the all-around since Jan. 20, 2017 when Stypinski did so against Western Michigan.

Specialist of the Week
Morgan Tong - Central Michigan
Morgan Tong placed 1st on the beam with a 9.900 at Eastern Michigan University. The sophomore not only helping her team secure the win, she also broke her personal record on the event.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Isabel Goyco - Texas Woman's

Performance of the Week
Bria Northrop - Texas Woman's

Newcomer of the Week
Gayla Griswold - Lindenwood
Griswold led the team with a 9.775 on the floor, marking the second-straight week she has led the team in floor scoring. The Baton Rouge, La. native also finished with scores of 9.700 on the vault and 9.675 on the beam in just her second-career collegiate competition.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State senior Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) won event titles on vault (9.750) and floor (9.900), on her way to the MPSF’s top all-around score of the year (38.875), as the Spartans recorded a 2020 conference-best total 194.375 in a dual win at Alaska-Anchorage (Jan. 18). Chan’s 9.90 on floor led an MPSF team season-best 48.975 in the event. Chan added a 9.725 on bars and 9.500 on beam. This is the 11th career MPSF weekly honor for Chan (fourth as gymnast of the week).

Specialist of the Week
Jada Mazury - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Jada Mazury (Calgary, AB, Canada) recorded a 9.750 on bars to finish fifth, 9.725 on beam to tie for fourth, and 9.825 on floor to place second, as she helped the Spartans to an MPSF season-high 194.375 to win a dual at Alaska Anchorage (Jan. 18). Mazury also helped the Spartans to an MPSF season-best floor total 48.975. This is the first career MPSF honor for Mazury.

Freshman of the Week
Kelley Hebert - UC Davis
UC Davis junior Kelley Hebert (Dublin, CA) won the floor exercise (9.900) and finished second on the balance beam (9.850) in a dual meet at No. 30 Arizona State (Jan. 17)…Hebert’s floor score marks her 12th 9.9-plus score (ninth on floor), and her 32nd event title (13th on floor) in her career. Hebert, the reigning back-to-back MPSF Gymnast of the Year, earns her 14th career weekly conference honor.

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Abbey Miner - BYU
Miner set a career-high all-around score of 39.375. Her performances on vault (9.850) and floor (9.875) contributed to her record, earning her MRGC Co-Vault and Co-Floor Specialist of the Week.

Specialists of the Week
Co-Vault - Abbey Miner, BYU; Leighton Varnadore, Utah State
Uneven Bars - Shylen Murakami, Southern Utah
Co-Balance Beam - Helody Cyrene, BYU; Autumn DeHarde, Utah State; Sofi Sullivan, Utah State
Co-Floor Exercise - Abbey Miner, BYU; Hannah Nipp, Southern Utah

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Camryn Nichols - Ithaca
Nichols enjoyed a fantastic college debut this past Saturday, January 18, when Ithaca opened its 2020 season at Brockport. The IC rookie posted Top-6 finishes in three of the four rotations, while she finished the day with a 37.400 overall all-around score. Nichols top performances came on the vault and floor exercise, as she finished the meet runner-up in both events. She registered a 9.700 on floor and a 9.500 on vault. She also topped the 9.000-threshold in the other two events, registering a sixth-place mark of 9.150 on bars and a 12th-best 9.050 on balance beam.

Specialist of the Week
Lexi Castellaneta - Brockport
Lexi Castellaneta has been an integral part of the Golden Eagles rotations, continuously posting top notch performances. The sophomore helped lead the Green and Gold to their fourth win of the season with a sweep of Ithaca and Springfield on Saturday. The Watkins Glen, NY native posted three top five finishes in three of the four events, including fourth in the vault with a score of 9.475 and then first in the beam with a 9.700 and first on the floor with a personal best score of 9.775.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
  • Won the all-around with a score of 39.750, assisting her team to a tri-meet road victory at BYU.
  • Took first place in the vault (9.875), beam (9.975) and bars (10).
  • Tied for the second-place spot on floor (9.9).
  • Scored her NCAA record 11th career 10.0 on bars.
Specialist of the Week
Emi Watterson - California
  • Earned first-place finishes on both bars (9.975) and beam (9.875).
  • Posted career-high scores in both of her events.
  • Helped her team win their rivalry meet against Stanford with 197.325 points.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Nevaeh DeSouza - California
  • Took third place in the all-around with a score of 39.350 in Cal’s win over Stanford.
  • Earned first place on beam (9.875).
  • Set career-high scores on vault (9.8), beam (9.875) and floor (9.85).
Coaches' Choice
Madi Brunette - Stanford
  • Posted career-highs on both vault and floor against No. 18 California.
  • Tied for second place on vault (9.825).
  • Scored a 9.875 on floor to take fourth place.

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kiya Johnson - LSU
LSU’s Kiya Johnson, a freshman from Dallas, Texas, won three event titles in the win over No. 20 Auburn. Johnson opened the night by matching her career high on vault with a 9.925 to finish second. She matched her career high on bars with a 9.80 and finished first on beam with a 9.90. Johnson ended her night with a career-high 9.975 on floor to give her a career-high 39.600 to win the all-around.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Makarri Doggette - Alabama
Alabama’s Makarri Doggette, a freshman from Pickerington, Ohio, led Alabama to its best home-opening score in program history against No. 1 Oklahoma with a 197.400. Doggette posted three scores of 9.9 or better against the Sooners, including a 9.950 to win the uneven bars. Her score on the uneven bars pushed Alabama to a 49.425 team mark, UA’s best total since 2018. She also posted a 9.925 on the floor exercise and a 9.900 on the balance beam.

Helen Hu - Missouri
Missouri’s Helen Hu, a freshman from Chicago, Ill., tallied two scores of 9.9 or better and tied Mizzou’s individual bars record against No. 2 Florida. Hu tallied a career-best 9.95 on bars to win the event title and match the program record on the event. She stands as only the fourth Tiger to ever go 9.95 on bars and was the first to do so since the 2010 season. Hu also scored a 9.9 on beam for her third score of 9.9 or better on the apparatus in as many meets this season.

Freshman of the Week
Raena Worley - Kentucky
Kentucky's Raena Worley, a freshman from Riner, Va., earned her first event win of her collegiate career with a 9.925 floor routine in Kentucky's quad meet with North Carolina, NC State and Lindenwood. Worley reset her season highs on floor (9.925), vault (9.825) and all-around (39.350), and tied her season highs on bars (9.80) and beam (9.80).

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

Annie Corbett - Gustavus Adolphus
Corbett led the Golden Gusties to a 177.975-176.525 victory over the UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 17. She recorded career highs on all four events and in the all-around. Her winning total of 37.275 in the all-around is the best in the conference this season. In addition to placing first in all-around, Corbett won both the uneven bars (9.400) and balance beam (9.475), while placing fourth on both the vault (9.200) and floor exercise (9.200). Her effort helped the Gusties to an undefeated 2-0 start on the season for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.

Jessica Ahrens - UW-La Crosse
Ahrens won the balance beam (9.750) and placed third on the vault (9.475) in UW-La Crosse's dual victory at Hamline University (Minn.) on Jan. 18. Her score in the balance beam is the best in the conference this season.