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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 23-28, 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
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
  • Won her fifth straight all-around title and set a new Gophers’ record with a score of 39.850 to help Minnesota win the Big Five meet last weekend in College Park, Md.
  • Earned her first career perfect 10 on vault
  • Scored a 9.925 or higher on each event and won every event title
  • Collects her 16th career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and fourth this season
Event Specialist of the Week
Ava Verdeflor - Penn State
  • Claimed the first event title of her career with a 9.950 on the uneven bars at last weekend’s Big Five meet in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Also set a new personal record with her bars score
  • Has twice received Academic All-Big Ten recognition (2019 and 2020)
  • Earns her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award
Co-Freshmen of the Week
Adeline Kenlin - Iowa
  • Posted a pair of career highs to help lead Iowa to a Big Five victory last weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Scored career-bests on bars (9.900) and vault (9.850)
  • Finished tied for fifth on bars, tied for sixth on vault and tied for eighth on beam (9.850)
  • Collects her third career Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
Kinsey Davis - Nebraska
  • Recorded a career-high score of 9.95 on uneven bars at last weekend’s Big Five Meet in College Park, Md.
  • Placed second on uneven bars out of a field of 30 gymnasts
  • Posted the program's highest uneven bars score since March 16, 2019, and the second-highest bars score ever by a Husker freshman
  • Earns her first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade


Big 12 Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Lynnzee Brown - Denver
Brown competed in Norman last weekend against the No. 3 Sooners, Lindenwood and Texas Woman’s and topped the podium in all-around, floor and bars. Her near-perfect 9.975 on floor was the highest in the Conference last weekend, as was her all-around score of 39.650. She shared the top spot on the bars with a season high-tying score of 9.950. The Kansas City senior also shared her team’s top score on beam. This is the sixth career recognition of Brown as Gymnast of the Week.

Specialist of the Week
Karrie Thomas - Oklahoma
Thomas is event specialist now back-to-back weeks, scoring a 9.875 on bars in her first week of performing fifth in the lineup after being leadoff the previous seven meets. It helped OU claim its highest team score on bars this year, 49.475. Also, on beam, the senior earned her third straight score of 9.9 or better.

Newcomer of the Week
Audrey Davis - Oklahoma
Davis claimed a pair of event titles against Denver, TWU and Lindenwood, and scored career highs in both. She won her first vault title of the season, landing her Yurchenko 1.5 for a career-high 9.95 in just her second attempt at the vault this season. On bars was another career-high of 9.95, as she stuck her double front dismount, and doing so after a fall on beam. The freshman from Plano, Texas maintains her pace of claiming at least one event title in every meet she has competed in 2021.



East Atlantic Gymnastics League
Gymnast of the Week
Emily Shepard - NC State
Shepard’s 39.375 in the all around was the second-highest all around score of her career and was good enough to earn her the individual all around title for the second consecutive meet. She posted a 9.900 on bars for the third time this season, winning the individual title and tying her career best. Her beam score of 9.850 was a career high and gave her a share of the individual beam title.

Specialist of the Week
Jenna Weitz - Towson
In her first meet of the weekend, Weitz set a career high of 9.875 on vault and helped Towson to its highest vault score in program history. She also scored matching 9.800s on beam and floor, placing fifth and third respectively. In her second meet, she scored a 9.725 on vault, 9.750 on beam and 9.725 on floor, helping the Tigers to a win and a 5-0 overall weekend record. This is Weitz’s second Specialist of the Week honor of 2021.

Rookie of the Week
Allison Zuhlke - Towson
In her first meet of the weekend, she set or tied career highs on vault, bars and beam to help the Tigers tie their season high and break the program record on vault. Her 9.900 on bars is a career high and a top-10 program score. In her second meet, she tied her career high on vault, helping Towson to a win and a 5-0 overall weekend record. This is Zuhlke’s second Rookie of the Week honor.



Mid American Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Hannah Demers - Central Michigan
Demers posted a 39.300 to win the all-around and lead CMU past Bowling Green over the weekend. She also tied for first on vault (9.850) and finished in the top 3 on bars (3rd, 9.800), beam (2nd, 9.750) and floor (2nd, 9.900).

Specialist of the Week
Natalie Hamp - Northern Illinois
Natalie Hamp tied her career high and earned her fourth win on uneven parallel bars on the season with a 9.875 on bars versus Kent State. Hamp’s score was the highest of the meet (tied with two 9.875s on floor exercise). She achieved the mark for the second time this season and the second time in her career.



Midwest Independent Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Angelica Labat - Illinois State
The Chesapeake, Va., native won the all-around title in last Friday's tri-meet with Southeast Missouri and Centenary in Cape Girardeau. A pair of event wins on vault (9.900) and on bars (9.775) for Labat helped her put together a career-high score of 39.100 to take home the top spot in the all-around. It marked her fourth all-around win of 2021 and she currently ranks No. 47 in the country in the all-around for ISU.

Performance of the Week
Aleah Leman - Lindenwood
Leman competed on Vault in Lindenwood's quad meet at Oklahoma over the weekend, leading the Lions with a 9.925, which set a career-high for her in the event.

Newcomer of the Week
Madeline Gose - Texas Woman's
Gose turned in matching 9.775s on beam to lead the way for TWU in the event in both competitions this week, first in the quad with Oklahoma, Denver, and Lindenwood and then against Arizona and Air Force. The freshman scored 9.750 or higher in each event this week, turning in first-place finishes against Air Force and Arizona with a 9.800 on vault and a 9.825 on floor. In 21 events thus far this season, Gose has cleared 9.700 in 17 of them.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Gymnast of the Week
Daija Stevenson - Air Force
Stevenson (Atlanta, GA) scored a 38.850 for a first-place all-around in the home-opening tri-meet with Arizona and Texas Woman’s University (Feb. 28). Stevenson’s efforts helped the team score a season-best 193.350. Her 9.800 on the floor was high enough for a three-way tie for third, helping Air Force to a season-best 48.750 in the event. This is the eighth career MPSF weekly award for Stevenson, including six-straight as gymnast of the week.

Specialist of the Week
Briona Carswell - Air Force
Carswell (Phoenix, AZ) scored an impressive 9.850 for a first-place finish on the balance beam in the home-opening tri-meet with Arizona and Texas Woman’s University (Feb. 28). The score equals her season-best mark. Carswell’s efforts helped Air Force to a season-high 193.350. This is the third career MPSF weekly award for Carswell.

Freshman of the Week
Lauren Macpherson - San Jose State
Macpherson (Gilbert, AZ) competed in the all-around in her Spartan debut in a dual meet at Stanford (Feb. 27). Despite starting the meet with a 9.275 on bars, she rebounded on vault with a 9.750, the second-best Spartan vault score. Macpherson then ended the meet strongly as she led SJSU on the balance beam with a 9.775. This is the first career MPSF honor for Macpherson.



Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship
Gymnast of the Week
Leighton Varnadore - Utah State

Specialists of the Week
Vault - Morgan Alfaro, Southern Utah; Logan Varnadore, Utah State
Uneven Bars - Gabriela Cavinta, Boise State; Anyssa Alvarado, BYU
Balance Beam - Abby Stainton, BYU; Adriana Popp, Boise State
Floor Exercise - Abbey Miner-Alder, BYU



Pac-12 Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Margzetta Frazier - UCLA
  • Tied a career-best 39.550 in the all-around, winning the event in then-No. 13 UCLA’s win over Oregon State.
  • Also tied a career-high 9.95 on the bars, leading the Bruins to a collective 49.550, their highest team score on any event this year.
  • Finished with top-three finishes on beam (9.900) and floor (9.850).
  • Has competed in the all-around in all six meets this season, scoring 39+ in each.
Specialist of the Week
Jaedyn Rucker - Arizona State
  • Tallied her first career victory with a career-high 9.950 floor performance, contributing to then-No. 4 Utah’s win over then-No. 9 California.
  • Added a 9.825 on the vault, having both of her scores count towards Utah’s team total.
  • Earned her first Specialist of the Week award; also a two-time Coaches Choice in 2021 after missing her freshman year due to injury.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Emily White - Arizona State
  • Earned career-highs on bars (9.925) and beam (9.900) in then-No. 17 Arizona State’s win over Arizona. The bars scored also matched the program’s highest score in the event this season.
  • Won the bars and beam titles for her first career individual wins.
  • Contributed to the Sun Devils’ fifth straight victory over the Wildcats.
  • Helped lead Arizona State to a second straight team score of 197+ against Washington, compiling 9.800+ scores on the beam and vault.
Coaches' Choice
Sara Ulias - UCLA
  • Posted a third-place 9.925 in the bars event against Oregon State, recording a new career best.
  • Helped UCLA finish with its highest event score of any event this season (49.550).
  • Walked onto the team after a year of recovering from a back injury.
  • First-time Coaches Choice award winner.


Southeastern Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Trinity Thomas - Florida
Thomas, a junior from York, Pa., collected her fourth all-around title of 2021 and 18th of her career with a 39.750 in the win over No. 18 Auburn. Thomas’ score was the highest mark last weekend in the SEC and the second highest among the nation’s competitors. She recorded a pair of 10.0 on bars and floor, the second Gator to earn two 10.0 in a single meet.

Specialist of the Week
Cally Nixon - Kentucky
Nixon, a junior from Miami, Fla., scored a career-high 9.975 on bars to help Kentucky earn the win over No. 2 LSU. Nixon’s scored tied eight-time NCAA Champion Jenny Hansen for the top uneven parallel bars score in program history.

Freshman of the Week
Ellie Lazzari - Florida
Lazzari, a freshman from Wheaton, Ill., recorded her collegiate best of 9.975 to win a share of the beam title against No. 18 Auburn and helped set the school record for a team score in the event (49.700). It marked the third beam win this season for Lazzari. She also set her collegiate best on floor with a 9.90 and led off the bars lineup with a 9.825.



Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)
Gymnasts of the Week
Blaise Wilson - UW-Whitewater
Wilson (Sr., Thornton, Colo./Legacy) won the all-around competition and placed first in a pair of individual events against Winona State University (Minn.) on Feb. 26 - the Warhawks’ first competition in nearly one year. She posted a score of 37.875 to defeat the runner-up by more than 2.5 points. Wilson claimed the uneven bars with a 9.500, two-tenths higher than the runner-up, and finished first on balance beam with a 9.625, her highest score on any event. She also tied for third on vault with her 9.350 and placed fourth on floor exercise with a score of 9.400.

Specialist
Madi Vanderpool - UW-La Crosse
Vanderpool (So., Lenexa, Kan./Lenexa) won the vault title (9.650) in UW-La Crosse's 188.150-185.600 dual victory over UW-Oshkosh on Feb. 27. She also tied for second (9.625) on the uneven bars. Vanderpool tied her career-highs in both events.