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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – March 1-7, 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 sixth straight all-around title and tied for the second-best score in program history with a 39.725
  • Earned the event title on bars (9.975) and beam (9.975)
  • Also posted a 9.925 on floor for third place and 9.850 on vault for fourth
  • Collects her 17th career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and fifth this season
Event Specialist of the Week
Clair Kaji - Iowa
  • Won the event title on floor, tying a career-high with a 9.925, to lead the Hawkeyes to a victory over Illinois
  • Also tied for second on beam (9.900) and was fifth on bars (9.800)
  • Has twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was a 2020 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
  • Secures her third career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award
Freshman of the Week
Mya Hooten - Minnesota
  • Secured the floor title, earning the first perfect 10 of her career
  • Became the first Gopher in program history to accomplish perfection on floor
  • Scored a 9.875 on vault for second place and 9.800 on bars for fifth
  • Collects her third career Big Ten Freshman of the Week award


Big 12 Conference
Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Lynnzee Brown - Denver
Brown’s 39.825 in the all-around against Southern Utah and Utah State was a school record by a half-tenth, topping the previous record of 39.775, which she owned a share of. Her 9.975 on bars came under pressure to hit in the anchor position to keep DU from counting a fall on the event, and it contributed toward DU's program record of 49.625. Brown added another near-perfect 9.975, this time on floor, which counted toward DU's 49.600 on the event, which tied the second-best score in program history. The senior matched her career high on beam in the lead-off position, and her 9.950 on vault helped DU to its best score of the season on that event. All four of her routines contributed to the team’s final score of 197.650, a season high and the fifth-best score in school history.

Anastasia Webb - Oklahoma
With two weekend competitions for the Sooners, Webb won a total of eight event titles and earned two perfect 10s. In her final meet at home, she notched her second career perfect 10 on beam. She added a 9.9 on vault and a 39.5 in the all-around to earn three event titles as the Sooners took down No. 11 BYU. On Sunday, Webb had a career night, posting an incredible 39.850 in the all-around to tie for the second-highest score in the nation in 2021. Along with her all-around title, Webb swept the event titles with her second perfect 10 on vault, a career-high 9.975 on bars, a 9.925 on beam and a career-high 9.95 on floor. The senior now has four career perfect 10s, including two on vault. On the weekend, Webb notched a career high on every event and in the all-around. Her scores boosted the Sooners into a tie for No. 1 in this week’s rankings. Individually, Webb ranks second in the nation on vault and beam, and is third in the all-around.

Specialist of the Week
Katherine LaVasseur - Oklahoma
LeVasseur made an important contribution to the Sooners' wins in their double weekend. At home, the freshman tallied a 9.875 on vault - the second highest score of the meet - and a 9.85 on bars which helped OU to its third highest team score of the season. On Sunday, LeVasseur added two scores of 9.9-plus to help the Sooners move into the No. 1 ranking. The freshman added a 9.9 on vault to help OU to a 49.725 on the event, the second highest score this season (only to themselves) and the third highest in program history. On bars, LeVassuer nailed her routine and stuck her dismount to earn a career-high 9.95 and help Oklahoma to a season-best 49.525 on the event.

Newcomer of the Week
Jessica Hutchinson - Denver
Hutchinson had a standout performance for Denver, earning three career high scores of 9.9+. She started with a 9.900 on vault, which contributed to DU's season-high 49.300 on the event. She added another career-high 9.900 on bars, coming under the pressure of needing a hit routine to keep DU from counting a fall on the event. It also became a part of Denver's program record-setting 49.625 performance on bars. She capped off her meet with a personal best of 9.950 on floor, which also counted toward DU's team score of 49.600, which tied the second-highest score in school history. All three of her scores helped Denver to a season-high 197.650, which became the fifth-best score in DU history.



East Atlantic Gymnastics League
Gymnast of the Week
Ariana Castrence - Temple
Castrence had one of the most impressive weekends in Temple gymnastics history. The junior put up two scores that exceeded the Owl’s program record all-around total and went 9.800 or better in all eight of her routines. At Friday’s meet, she won three events: bars (9.875), floor (9.875) and the all around (39.350), with her all around total breaking the previous best Temple mark of 39.275. At Sunday’s meet, she led the Owls to a season-best score of 195.400, again winning three event titles—vault (9.850), floor (9.875) and the all around (39.325).

Specialist of the Week
Emerson Hurst - Towson
At Friday’s meet, Hurst tied for first on beam with a 9.850. At Sunday’s meet, the junior scored a 9.975 on beam, the highest beam score in program history. She won beam outright and led the Tigers to a 49.050 on the event. Hurst also made her season debut on floor, scoring a 9.800 to lead Towson to a 49.025 on the event.

Rookie of the Week
Kendall Whitman - George Washington
On Friday’s meet, she placed third on vault with a 9.875. On Sunday’s meet, Whitman earned a new career high of 9.825 on beam. She posted scores of 9.800 or above in five of the six events she competed.



Mid American Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Hannah Demers - Central Michigan
Demers led CMU to a first-place finish at the Illinois State quad with a career-best mark of 39.375 in the all-around. DeMers tied for first on floor with a career-high mark of 9.925, finished second in the all-around and on vault (9.850) and fourth on beam (9.775).

Specialist of the Week
Annie Hammond - Central Michigan
Hammond won bars with a season-high mark of 9.925 as CMU took first at the Illinois State quad meet.



Midwest Independent Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Angelica Labat - Illinois State
The MIC Gymnast of the Week honor is the third for Labat this season, as she previously earned the award on Feb. 16 after winning a pair of all-around titles for the Redbirds and again last week for her performance in the tri-meet with Southeast Missouri and Centenary. Overall, this is Labat's fifth MIC Gymnast of the Week honor in her career and her tenth total MIC weekly recognition. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native won the all-around win for the fifth time this season, breaking her previous career high set the week before with a 39.400 in ISU's home quad meet with Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and Lindenwood. Labat tied a season best with a 9.900 to take the event win on vault and set a career best with a 9.900 on bars to finish in a tie for second place.

Performance of the Week
Cameron Topp - Illinois State
Topp's honor is the first for her this season and the first weekly honor of her career. The Martin, Michigan, native set a career best on floor with a 9.925 to tie for first place on Senior Day for the Redbirds. That mark bested her previous high score of 9.900 that won her the MIC individual title in the event in 2019.

Newcomer of the Week
Madeline Gose - Texas Woman's
The freshman posted a career high in a tri-meet against No. 1 Oklahoma and Centenary with her 9.850 on beam, and hit 9.800 on vault and floor. Gose's effort was enough to tie for third on beam. She has now posted a 9.7 or higher in 21 of 24 events in which she has competed this year.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Gymnast of the Week
Tia Gin - San Jose State
Gin (San Luis Obispo, CA) was the top allaround performer of the meet at Air Force with a 38.900 (Mar. 5). Gin also won the floor as she tied her career-best with a 9.800. She led the Spartans on the vault with a 9.725 to finish second, and added seasonbests 9.650 on the uneven bars and 9.725 on the balance beam. This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Gin.

Specialist of the Week
Briona Carswell - Air Force
Carswell (Phoenix, AZ) tied the 12th-best balance beam routine in MPSF history with a first-place 9.90, as the Falcons matched their season-high with a winning 193.350 at home against San Jose State (Mar. 5). Carswell produced the MPSF’s first 9.90 score in any event in 2021. She then recorded a 9.800 on beam to share sixth-place in the quad meet at Eastern Michigan (Mar. 7). This is the fourth career MPSF weekly award for Carswell.

Freshman of the Week
Lauren Macpherson - San Jose State
Macpherson (Gilbert, AZ) recorded the team’s highest individual score with a career-high 9.850 on the uneven bars to win the event title at Air Force (Mar. 5). She had a career-best 9.800 on the balance beam to finish second, and added a 9.700 on vault, en route to a second-place all-around of 38.325. This is the second career MPSF weekly award for Macpherson, repeating the honor from last week.



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

Specialists of the Week
Vault - Allix Mason, BYU; Rebecca Wells, Utah State; Leighton Varnadore, Utah State
Uneven Bars - Emily Muhlenhaupt, Boise State
Balance Beam - Elease Rollins, BYU
Floor Exercise - Brittney Vitkauskas, BYU



Pac-12 Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Maile O’Keefe - Utah
  • Posted the highest all-around score (39.725) in the Pac-12 this season, leading then-No. 4 Utah to a win over then-No. 23 Oregon State and the conference regular season title.
  • Earned first or a share of the top spot in four of five categories, scoring at least 9.900 in all four individual events.
  • Recorded a 9.900 on the vault, 9.95 on bars, 9.975 on beam and 9.900 on the floor; she’s the only Pac-12 gymnast to score a 9.975+ on the beam this season.
  • Fourth Gymnast of the Week accolade of the 2021 season.
Specialist of the Week
Emi Watterson - California
  • Earned a perfect 10.000 score on the uneven bars, just the second perfect mark in the event in program history and the fourth overall.
  • Added a 9.950 first-place mark on the beam, winning both competitions against then-No. 10 UCLA.
  • Contributed to then-No. 9 California’s program-best 198.050 collective score.
  • First Specialist of the Week honor of the 2021 season.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Chae Campbell - UCLA
  • Won her third all-around title of her freshman season, putting up a career-high 39.625 against then-No. 9 California.
  • Took first place on vault with a 9.950, her fourth win in the event this season.
  • Added a personal best 9.875 on uneven bars, a 9.875 on beam and a 9.925 floor score.
  • Third Freshman of the Week honor of the 2021 season.
Coaches' Choice
Chloe Widner - Stanford
  • Won the beam (9.850) and vault events (9.875) in a meet against Washington and Boise State.
  • Took the all-around title with a 39.275 score.
  • Earned Stanford’s first Conference weekly award of 2021.


Southeastern Conference
Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Luisa Blanco - Alabama
Blanco, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, scored a 39.700 to win the all-around against No. 1 Florida. Blanco also won the vault (9.925), uneven bars (9.95) and balance beam (9.925) against the Gators. She has posted 39.550 or better in her last four all-around appearances, winning all four. On Friday, Blanco tied her career-best marks on the vault and uneven bars.

Kennedy Hambrick - Arkansas
Hambrick, a junior from Pearland, Texas, won the all-around with a score of 39.700 to help the Gymbacks to a program-record team score of 197.425, scoring 197+ on the road for the first time since 2012 and the first win at Auburn since 2017. The win also helped Arkansas secure a spot in the evening session of the SEC Championships for the first time in program history. Hambrick also won the vault with a 9.95, and tied for second place on bars (9.925) and beam (9.90).

Specialist of the Week
Megan Roberts - Georgia
Roberts, a junior from Toronto, Canada, posted three career-high scores and won two event titles in the win over No. 14 Kentucky. Roberts matched her career highs on both vault (9.95) and bars (9.925) to win the event titles. She was Georgia’s leading scorer on floor (9.90) to earn second place.

Freshman of the Week
Haleigh Bryant - LSU
Bryant, a freshman from Cornelius, N.C., scored a career-high 39.625 in the win over No. 22 Missouri. Bryant started the night with a perfect score on vault, the first 10 of her career. She is the fourth LSU freshman to score a perfect 10 and only the second freshman to earn one this season. Bryant closed the meet with a 9.95 on floor, good for second place.