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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 22-24, 2021
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 three events to lead Michigan to a win over No. 4 Minnesota on Jan. 22
  • Captured her second all-around title in as many weeks and 15th of her career (39.600), while also winning on bars (9.925) and beam (9.95).
  • Chosen as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year
  • Earns her 10th career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and first this season
Event Specialist of the Week
Clair Kaji - Iowa
  • Earned two event victories to help Iowa past No. 13 Ohio State on Jan. 23
  • Won titles on the floor (career high-tying 9.925) and beam (9.875)
  • Twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was a 2020 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
  • Secures her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week accolade
Freshman of the Week
Adeline Kenlin - Iowa
  • Placed in the top three in both events she competed in during Iowa’s victory over 13th-ranked Ohio State on Jan. 23
  • Earned a share of her first career individual title by scoring 9.875 on the bars
  • Also tied for third on the beam (9.825)
  • Collects her first career Freshman of the Week award


Big 12 Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Anastasia Webb - Oklahoma
As Co-Gymnast of the Week, OU’s Webb becomes one of just seven gymnasts in Big 12 history to claim the honor at least three consecutive weeks. She continued a dominant start to 2021, picking up her second all-around title in a win over West Virginia, also winning a second beam title and second floor title. On the floor, following two falls in the rotation, Webb matched a season high 9.925. On beam, the Sooner again followed two falls, and came up big with a 9.925. This is the sixth career Gymnast of the Week honor for the senior from Morton Grove, Illinois.

Rylie Mundell - Denver
In just her second collegiate meet, DU’s Mundell earned Co-Gymnast of the Week and Newcomer of the Week. Making her home debut against Air Force, Mundell was the only Big 12 gymnast to score 9.90 or better in all routines last week. Her 9.975 on bars is the highest score by a DU freshman in program history and matched the highest score on bars in the country last weekend. Mundell topped the podium on bars and vault, and was second on beam, helping the Pioneers to a final score of 197.000, the quickest DU has achieved that scoring plateau in school history.

Specialist of the Week
Alexis Vasquez - Denver
Denver’s Vasquez earned Event Specialist for the second straight week and the eighth time in the junior’s career. Anchoring on beam, she scored a near-perfect 9.975. It was the highest score on beam in the country last weekend and matched the highest score by a Big 12 gymnast in any event. The score contributed to the Pioneers’ 49.450 team score on beam, tying the ninth-highest in program history.



East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Emily Shepard - NC State
Sophomore Emily Shepard (Olathe, Kan.) from N.C. State was voted EAGL Gymnast of the Week for the second consecutive week on Jan. 26. Shepard recorded the first 9.900+ of her career, putting up a 9.900 on bars, which was good enough for first place on that event. In addition to her bars title, Shepard won the all around and finished second on floor.

Specialist of the Week
Elizabeth Culton - North Carolina
Sophomore Elizabeth Culton (Durham, N.C.) from North Carolina was voted EAGL Specialist of the Week on Jan. 26. Culton posted a career high 9.950 on beam, earning her first place at the meet and putting her in a tie for first place nationally. Culton also tied her personal best on bars, posting a 9.875 and earning her a national ranking of No. 16. Her 9.850 on floor also tied her career high from a year ago. She earned two first-place podium finishes and one third-place finish in UNC’s season-opening win at New Hampshire.

Rookie of the Week
Madison Benson - NC State
Freshman Madison Benson (Coppell, Texas) from N.C. State was voted EAGL Rookie of the Week on Jan. 26. Benson posted the third highest score for the Wolfpack on vault and improved her scores on both of her events from the previous week. Her 9.800 on vault tied her for the best event score by a Wolfpack freshman at the meet.



Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Abby Fletcher - Kent State
Senior Abby Fletcher kicked off her final season as a Golden Flash with an impressive performance on three events, including a dazzling 9.875 floor routine to pick up the individual event title. She wasn’t done there as she posted a 9.750 on beam to finish tied for second place, and a 9.750 on vault to tie for fourth place. Fletcher helped the Flashes post an impressive 194.675 total score in the season opener, the highest score by any MAC team this season. Her individual score of 9.875 ranks first in the MAC and tied for 25th in the country.

Specialist of the Week
Kyndall Gilbert - Kent State
Gilbert started her collegiate career off in impressive fashion, winning the individual title on vault with a 9.850. Her vault score is the highest in the Mid-American Conference through one week and tied for 23rd in the country. The freshman wasn’t done there as she posted a 9.725 on floor and finished in 6th place.



Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso - Southeast Missouri State
Solorzano-Caruso captured the all-around crown last Friday at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic with a 39.050. The Courtice, Ontario, Canada native, matched career-bests on vault (9.850, second) and floor (9.825, second) that she set at the 2020 installment of the Tennessee Collegiate Classic on Feb. 28, 2020. She also added a 9.625 on bars and a beam mark of 9.750.

Performance of the Week
Courtney Mitchell - Lindenwood
Mitchell earned the award for her performance on vault at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic this past weekend as the senior set a new career-high for the event, scoring a 9.900.

Newcomer of the Week
Ashley Albrecht - Southeast Missouri State
In her second career meet as a member of the Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics team, Albrecht registered her first three career scores of 9.700 or higher as a Redhawk last Friday at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic. Albrecht, a redshirt-junior from Everett, Washington, notched a pair of 9.750s on bars (fourth) and floor (sixth) at the tri meet. She also added a 9.725 vault.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Daija Stevenson - Air Force
Air Force junior Daija Stevenson (Atlanta, GA) made her 2021 debut in a tough road meet at No. 7 Denver (Jan. 24), and finished with a 38.850 all-around. Stevenson scored 9.750 on both the vault and balance beam, 9.700 on bars, and 9.650 on floor, helping Air Force to season high team scores in all events. Her vault was a top-five result in the meet. This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Stevenson, but first as gymnast of the week.

Specialist of the Week
Cam Barber - Air Force
Air Force senior Cam Barber (Rockledge, FL) produced season-high numbers on the uneven bars (9.700) and balance beam (9.750) in the rigorous road meet at No. 7 Denver (Jan. 24), helping the Falcons to season-high team marks in each event (48.575 on beam, 47.250 on bars). This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Barber.



Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Karley McClain - Southern Utah

Specialists of the Week
Vault - Abbey Miner-Alder, BYU
Uneven Bars - Emily Muhlenhaupt, Boise State; Maia Fishwick, Utah State
Balance Beam - Autumn DeHarde, Utah State
Floor Exercise - Karley McClain, Southern Utah; Maddi Nilson, Boise State; Abbey Miner-Alder, BYU



Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Hannah Scharf - Arizona State
  • Secured the all-around title in then-No. 15 Arizona State’s showdown against UCLA, earning a total score of 39.475.
  • Bars score of 9.875 represented a new season high and tied her career high; vault score of 9.875 was also a season high.
  • Third all-around win of her career and finished in the top four in every event, including second-place finishes on vault, bars and beam.
  • Led the Sun Devils to their highest road score so far this season.
Specialist of the Week
Nia Dennis - UCLA
  • Took home a pair of first-place finishes in the vault and floor events, in which she gained second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2020.
  • Floor score of 9.950 clinched UCLA’s win over then-No. 15 Arizona State.
  • Floor routine celebrating Black culture attracted viral acclaim.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Frida Esparza - UCLA
  • Won the uneven bars in her collegiate debut, producing a score of 9.900 for her first win.
  • Added a 9.800 score in her first performance on the beam, an event UCLA went 6-for-6 on.
  • Joined Chae Campbell as Bruins freshmen to compete in the season opener against the Sun Devils.
Coaches' Choice
Jada Mangahas - Arizona State
  • Set new career highs on vault and floor with scores of 9.800 and 9.850, respectively.
  • Made her collegiate debut on the beam after stepping in after a late change in the rotation, scoring 9.775 points.
  • Contributed to Arizona State’s second straight beam performance eclipsing 49.000 points.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Megan Skaggs - Florida
Skaggs, a senior from Marietta, Ga., won the all-around (39.500) and balance beam (9.95) at No. 8 Arkansas, her first appearance in both lineups since the 2019 NCAA Regional. Skaggs’ all-around total led all SEC competitors last week and shares the No. 3 total among last weekend’s all-around competitors.

Specialist of the Week
Savannah Schoenherr - Florida
Schoenherr, a junior from Columbus, Ga., won the vault at No. 8 Arkansas with a collegiate-best 9.95. It marked the third win of her career and first since the 2019 NCAA Regional. Schoenherr also posted a season-best 9.85 on bars.

Freshman of the Week
Haleigh Bryant - LSU
Bryant, a freshman from Cornelius, N.C., won the all-around (39.475) and vault (9.90) against No. 11 Georgia. Bryant matched her career high on vault as the Tigers’ anchor performer, and her average all-around score is the best by a freshman in the nation.