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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 24-March 1, 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
Natalie Wojcik - Michigan
  • Won two of her events and the all-around to help the Wolverines defeat New Hampshire
  • Claimed the outright title on bars (9.950), floor (9.950) and in the all-around (39.675), while tying for second on beam (9.900) and placing fourth on vault (9.875)
  • Matched her career high on bars and floor, while becoming one half of the first duo in Michigan’s program history to score 39.650 at the same meet
  • Earns her ninth career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and fourth of the season
Event Specialist of the Week

Gabby Wilson - Michigan
  • Recorded podium finishes on all three of her events to help the Wolverines defeat New Hampshire
  • Won vault for the fourth time this season with a season-high 9.925
  • Tied for third on bars with a season-best score of 9.875, while placing third on floor (9.900)
  • Collects her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor
Freshman of the Week
Sierra Brooks - Michigan
  • Recorded podium finishes on all of her events in the Wolverines’ dual-meet victory against New Hampshire
  • Tied for second on vault (9.900) and beam (9.900), and finished second on bars (9.925), floor (9.925) and in the all-around (39.650)
  • Posted a new career-high in the all-around and was part of the first duo in Michigan’s program history to score 39.650 at the same meet
  • Earns her seventh career Freshman of the Week honor and seventh in as many weeks

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols was named the Gymnast of the Week for the fifth time this year after making the most of her return to the all-around competition for the first time since Jan. 20 by tying the second-best mark in the NCAA this season with a 39.825. The senior now has three all-around marks of 39.800 or higher in just five attempts. She took home event titles in all-around, bars (9.95), beam (9.975) and floor (9.925) to bring her career total to 141 event titles.

Specialist of the Week
Andrea Maldonado - Iowa State
Maldonado earned Event Specialist of the Week honors following her 9.950 performance in the floor competition to help Iowa State to a win over No. 25 Michigan State. She became the first Cyclone since 2004 to have three 9.950s on floor in the same season.

Newcomer of the Week
Ragan Smith - Oklahoma
Smith was named the Newcomer of the Week for the second straight week after another stellar performance in the all-around. The freshman tallied 9.9s on bars, beam and floor, while adding a career-high 9.85 on vault. She ended with a 39.550 in the all-around in just her third time competing in 2020. Smith has now posted a 9.9 or higher on bars in nine of 10 meets this season.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Michaela Burton - Pittsburgh
Senior Michaela Burton (Downers Grove, Ill.) from Pittsburgh was voted EAGL Gymnast of the Week on March 3rd. In a meet with West Virginia, Burton came in first place on bars (9.850) and beam (9.900). All six of her scores were 9.850 or higher over the two meets she competed in. Pitt posted their second best score in program history, and highest road score (196.500), after falling to No. 21 Southern Utah on Monday (196.00-197.075).

Specialist of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Senior Khazia Hislop (Concord, Mass.) of UNC earned EAGL Specialist of the Week honors on March 3rd. Hislop earned first place in all three events she competed in. Khazia scored a 9.900 on both vault and floor, while posting a 9.8025 on beam. She now is ranked 10th in the nation on vault with an average score of 9.891. This is the seventh Specialist of the Week award for Hislop in eight weeks. The Tar Heels defeated George Washington (196.325-195.500) on Friday.

Rookie of the Week
Ciara Ward - Pittsburgh
Freshman Ciara Ward (Prince Frederick, Md.) of Pittsburgh was named EAGL Rookie of the Week on March 3rd. after recording six scores of 9.775 or higher in the two meets Pittsburgh competed in this week. Wards score of 9.875 on vault (vs. WVU/Rutgers) and 9.825 on bars (vs. Southern Utah) were both career-highs, while posting a score of 9.800 on floor in both meets. Ciara's efforts helped Pittsbrugh to a 2-1 weekend with two scores of 196.000 and 196.500.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Ariana Castrence – Temple
Ariana Castrence was outstanding on Sunday afternoon in Maryland’s Terrapin Invitational. The sophomore competed all four events for the Cherry and White, earning a spot on the podium on vault, floor and in the all-around. The Waldorf, Md. native tied her career-high on vault with a 9.875 to earn second place on the event, posted a 9.825 on bars, a 9.7 on beam and tied her career-best on floor with a 9.85 to earn a share of second place. Castrence took the all-around crown, her fourth title of the season, with a 39.25. Her superb vault was instrumental in helping the Owls set a new program record on the event (49.15).

Specialist of the Week
Emma Firmstone – Yale
Captain Emma has been integral to success all season, but especially this past weekend in Maryland. Emma competed on Beam and Floor and delivered very high scores on both events. On Beam, Emma stuck her routine for a score of 9.85, which won her the beam title. Following that, Emma got a season high floor score of 9.8, which directly contributed to tying the teams season high floor score, as well as setting a season high team total.

Rookie of the Week
Emma Wiley – William & Mary
Emma Wiley broke in to the bar line-up for the first time this season to set her season and career-high score of a 9.625. She has also been in every vault line up this season.

Coaches' Choice
Charlotte Cooperman – Yale
Charlotte contributed three very strong scores to our line ups in Maryland, which led the team to tie season highs on Vault, and Floor, as well as a season high team score. On beam, Charlotte once again began the line up with a hit routine that scored a solid 9.725. On floor, Charlotte showed off her powerful and clean tumbling for another 9.725. Lastly, Charlotte set a new career and season high vault score with a gorgeous yurchenko full, that scored 9.8.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Maya Reimers – Bridgeport
Reimers posted three solid scores for the Knights in their 5 team meet at SCSU. Maya had just received terrible news of a loss from home the evening before the competition, and even though her heart was heavy, she still competed with pride and kept her head held high. Maya took the title on floor with her 9.925 and a sky high double layout. Her 9.825 beam score was the highest on the floor for the Knights and she ended her day with a sky high layout full on vault.

Specialist of the Week
Melanie Wojewda – West Chester
Melanie tied WCU individual uneven bar record earning a three way tie for 1st place on that event. She then went to beam and hit an impressive routine for a 9.65.

Rookie of the Week
Bianca Leon - Southern Connecticut State
In the Owls home meet against Bridgeport, Brown, Rhode Island College and West Chester, Bianca Leon won the balance beam event with a score of 9.825. On the bars, Leon scored a 9.750 for a tie of sixth place which is the second-best score of the event for the season and the fourth-best of the year for Southern Connecticut.

Coaches' Choice
Jackie Kutcher – Southern Connecticut State
Senior Jackie Kutcher posted a 9.650 on the bars for her second-best score of the season in her signature event which was good for 13th place in the five-team meet against Bridgeport, Brown, Rhode Island College and West Chester. Kutcher spent all of last season coming back from injury and only competed in the bars. This season, she has competed in all three events five times, including her last four competitions.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Hannah Demers - Central Michigan
Freshman Hannah DeMers had two outstanding performances this past week. In Friday’s meet against Western Michigan, the freshman placed first on bars with an impressive 9.950 including a 10 from one judge. She also placed first all-around with a 39.375, second on vault (9.875) and sixth on beams (9.775). In Sunday’s meet at Illinois, DeMers placed first on vault (9.850) and won all-around with a 39.350. She also tied for third on beam (9.800) and on floor (9.875). For the weekend, DeMers set personal bests on bars (9.950), beam (9.800), floor (9.875) and in the all-around (39.375).

Specialist of the Week
Claudia Goyco - Ball State
Junior Claudia Goyco’s career-best score on her floor routine helped Ball State to a school record team score on Sunday. Her 9.925 floor mark set a personal best and lifted BSU to a 195.800 score, the best for a single meet in school history. It was her fourth 9.900 of the season and third in as many meets. She has scored 9.800 or better on floor in every meet this season.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Gabrielle Cooke - Illinois State
For the second time this season, Cooke was honored by the MIC this time as Gymnast of the Week. Cooke was previously honored with the Performance of the Week award, thanks to a stellar effort on the floor in the tri-meet for the Redbirds against Bowling Green and Temple. The Chicago native tied for first on floor with a season-high 9.900, which helped her receive a 39.125 in all-around and finish first last weekend against the Cougars. Cooke tied for fourth on bars with a 9.800 and scored a 9.750 on beam and a 9.675 on vault to finish seventh in both events.

Performance of the Week
Angelica Labat - Illinois State
Labat was honored by the MIC for the sixth time in 2020. This week, she earned the league's Performance of the Week after she scored a 9.900 on beam to tie for the event win. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native also tied for fourth on floor with a 9.850 and finished second in all-around with a 38.775 for the Redbirds against BYU.

Newcomer of the Week
Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso - SEMO
Solorzano-Caruso captured three individual event titles as she finished in the top-three of every event she competed in during Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics double weekend in Tennessee and Louisiana. The Courtice, Ontario, Canada native, won the all-around title this past Friday at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic against Northern Illinois with a personal-best score of 39.350. The mark tied head coach Ashley Lawson (Godwin, 2/21/04) for fifth all-time in SEMO history. Solorzano-Caruso tallied a pair of personal-best 9.850s on vault (second) and bars (second) before concluding the meet with 9.825s on beam (third) and floor (PR, second) for the career-high all-around total at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic. On Sunday at Centenary, she topped the meet on both the bars with her second-consecutive career-best score of 9.850 and in the all-around (39.100). Solorzano-Caruso also posted a pair of 9.750s for second on vault and beam and was third on floor (9.750)..

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Isabelle Fox - Alaska-Anchorage
Alaska-Anchorage junior Isabelle Fox (Houston, TX) became just the second Seawolf in program history to reach the 39-point plateau twice in a career, while earning the fifth-best all-time all-around at UAA (39.100) in the second meet vs. Seattle Pacific (Feb. 29). Fox’s efforts resulted in a season-high 192.600 total for UAA. She won the all-around, balance beam (9.90), and tied for first on floor (9.85). Her balance beam routine matched the second-best score in team history. In the first meet vs. SPU (Feb. 28), Fox finished on podium in all four events, including a win on bars with a career-high 9.875. She became the third Seawolf ever to break 39 all-around (39.025). This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Fox.

Specialist of the Week
Sophia Hyderally - Alaska-Anchorage
Alaska-Anchorage senior Sophia Hyderally (Daphne, AL) won the uneven bars (9.85) and placed second on the balance beam (9.875), helping UAA earn a season-high 192.600 total in the second dual vs. Seattle Pacific (Feb. 29). Hyderally tied the seventh-best bars score and ninth-best beam score in program history in that contest. In the first meet vs. SPU (Feb. 28), she placed third on bars (9.825) to help UAA earn the dual win. This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Hyderally.

Freshman of the Week
Emma Milne - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Emma Milne (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) tied her own MPSF and school record on the balance beam with a 9.925 to win the event in a dual meet win at Sacramento State (Feb. 28). She achieved that score for the second consecutive meet, and helped the beam team to the second-best score in school and conference history with a 49.250. Milne also won her first uneven bars title with a 9.900, becoming the seventh all-time Spartan to record that mark in the event. She added a season-best 9.650 in the leadoff spot on vault. This is the first career MPSF honor for Milne.

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Karley McClain - Southern Utah
Karley McClain was named MRGC Gymnast of the Week for the second-consecutive week after setting a new career-high in the all-around with a 39.525 in the Flippin' Birds' win over Pittsburgh. Her score is tied for the third-highest in program history and the highest in 10 years. It is also the second-highest mark in the MRGC this season, just behind Shannon Evans' 39.550 set two weeks ago.

Specialists of the Week
Vault - Morgan Alfaro - Southern Utah
Co-Uneven Bars - Emily Muhlenhaupt - Boise State
Co-Uneven Bars - Becky Rozsa-Thompson - Southern Utah
Co-Balance Beam - Sofi Sullivan - Utah State
Co-Balance Beam - Autumn Jorgensen - Southern Utah
Co-Floor Exercise - Madison McBride - Southern Utah
Co-Floor Exercise - Karley McClain - Southern Utah

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Cameryn Nichols - Ithaca
Nichols had her second-best All-Around day of the season this past Sunday when the Bombers traveled to SUNY Cortland for a tri-meet involving Springfield College. She amassed a final tally of 37.850 that was just shy of her personal best and topped both gymnasts from Cortland who also competed in all four rotations on Sunday. Her best two events came on vault and floor exercise, as she finished with runner-up performances in each event scoring a 9.500 on vault and a 9.775 on floor which was also her second best score on floor this season. She added solid performances on bars and beam, registering a seventh-place mark on bars with a 9.350 and a 9.225 to place 14th on beam

Specialist of the Week
Jamie Sklenar - Brockport
Sklenar posted Brockport’s top score on the vault of 9.675, as the team compiled an event score of 47.375. Sklenar had the second-best performance on the balance beam, with a 9.40 score to help earn a team beam score of 46.150.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Evanni Roberson - Washington
  • Scored her second perfect 10.00 on beam this season, earning first place in the event.
  • Secured her seventh out of eight potential all-around titles with a score of 39.575.
  • Helped the Huskies claim their second-best team score in program history (197.600) against No. 4 Utah.
Specialist of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
  • Won every event she competed in.
  • Took first on vault (9.875), bars (9.975) and beam (9.975).
  • Led the Bruins to a season-high total on beam (49.525) against No. 18 Oregon State.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Abby Paulson - Utah
  • Performed the Red Rock’s meet-clinching beam routine (9.95) against No. 13 Washington.
  • Helped her team claim the first-ever Pac-12 Regular Season Championship.
  • Ranks No. 9 in the nation on beam
Coaches' Choice
Kennedi Davis - Arizona
  • Tied for first place on beam (9.875), helping Arizona to a season-high team score in the event (49.175) against No. 8 California.
  • Her 9.875 score on beam matched her career-high for the third consecutive week in a row.
  • Earned a 9.775 on vault to help the GymCats earn a season-high score of 49.20 in the event.

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Trinity Thomas - Florida
Florida’s Trinity Thomas, a sophomore from York, Pa., registered the nation’s leading total for the weekend (39.825) as the Gators defeated No. 10 Georgia to finish SEC regular-season action at 7-0. Thomas’ all-around total equals the nation’s No. 2 mark for 2020 as well as Florida’s record (shares with Alaina Johnson and Bridget Sloan). She also claimed three event wins on vault (9.95), uneven bars (9.975) and floor exercise (9.95), and shared second on beam (9.95).

Specialist of the Week
Luisa Blanco - Alabama
Alabama’s Luisa Blanco, a freshman from Dallas, Texas, scored a career-high 9.95 on balance beam to earn the event title in the win over No. 12 Kentucky. Blanco also scored a career-best 9.95 on the floor exercise in just her third floor routine for the Tide to win a share of the event title and pace Alabama to a 49.550, its highest team total on the event since 2018. She posted a 9.825 on vault to tie for eighth place.

Freshman of the Week
Helen Hu - Missouri
Missouri’s Helen Hu, a freshman from Chicago, Ill., won three titles as Mizzou finished first in a quad meet against No. 11 Minnesota, Ohio State and Lindenwood. Hu won the all-around and beam and tied for the bars crown. She tied her career bests in the all-around (39.475) and on beam (9.975) and went 9.875 on bars en route to her wins. Hu became only the second Tiger in program history with at least two scores of 9.975 on beam.

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

Emma Grant - UW-La Crosse
Grant tied for first in the all-around (38.475) in UW-La Crosse's dual at UW-Whitewater on Feb. 29. She also won individual titles on the balance beam (9.800) and floor exercise (9.850). Her score of 38.475 in the all-around is tied for eighth-highest in school history. Grant's score of 9.800 on the balance beam is tied for fourth in UW-La Crosse history, while her score of 9.850 on the floor exercise is tied for fifth. Grant set career-highs in all-around (38.475), vault (9.625), uneven bars (9.200), balance beam (9.800) and floor exercise (9.850). UW-La Crosse set season-highs in overall (191.975), uneven bars (47.825), balance beam (48.050) and floor exercise (48.100), while tying its season-high on the vault (48.000).

Katie Kalland - Hamline
Competing at the John Zuerlein Invitational on Feb. 28, Kalland won the balance beam with a career-best 9.800. The score is the highest for the team in any event this season and is tied for the best mark in the WIAC in the balance beam. She added a 9.250 on the floor exercise, which also established a personal season best.