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Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 6-8, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Briannah Tsang, Penn State
*Finished first in the all-around competition with a score of 39.350 in the season-opening quad meet
*Earned individual event titles in vault (9.850) and floor (9.850), and tied for the beam title (9.825)
*Secured the top all-around score in the conference over the weekend
*This is her first Gymnast of the Week honor

Event Specialist of the Week
Bailey Abernathy, Minnesota
*Notched a 9.900 on floor to finish tied for first vs. Denver
*The score marked a personal record for the senior
*Collects her first Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Charlotte Sullivan, Iowa
*Recorded a 38.900 to finish second in the all-around competition in her collegiate debut
*Led the Hawkeyes in the all-around competition
*Finished in the top-10 on vault (9.750), bars (9.700) and beam (9.775) in the quad meet


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Chayse Capps - Oklahoma
For the sixth time in her career, Capps has been recognized as the conference's gymnast of the week. It is her 12th overall nod from the Big 12, one shy of tying the conference records. Against Alabama, the senior was a key component in OU's victory, recording a 39.575 all-around score in the win. Capps posted four marks of at least 9.85, scoring a 9.9 on both vault and bars, a 9.85 on beam and a closing with a 9.925 on floor. She sits in the top eight nationally in four categories, including the all-around (T-2nd), vault (T-8th), bars (T-4th) and floor (T-3rd).

Specialist of the Week
Stefani Catour - Oklahoma
Catour, the Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week, competed on both bars and beam in OU's win, scoring a 9.9 and 9.85, respectively. Her 9.9 on bars ties for the fourth-best total in the country on opening weekend. The accolade represents the second of Catour's career, having also earned the honor once last season.

Newcomer of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols impressed in her collegiate debut, posting the top all-around total in the nation with a 39.725. The Little Canada, Minn., native recorded four scores of at least 9.9 in her first meet as a Sooner and won the all-around, bars (9.975) and floor (9.95) titles. She also tallied OU's top team score on beam with a 9.9 and contributed a 9.9 on vault. After the first weekend of competition, Nichols sits first in the national rankings in all-around and checks in in the top eight on vault (T-8th), bars (1st), beam (T-5th) and floor (T-1st).


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Chelsea Knight - NC State
Junior Chelsea Kight (Waldorf, Maryland) from NC State earned the EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor on January 10th after her all-around performance which helped the Pack to a 194.925 against Florida. Knight collected top-five finishes on bars (tied fourth, 9.800), beam (second, 9.900), floor (tied second, 9.850), and all-around (fourth, 39.350). Her scores on beam, floor, and all-around were career-bests. Her all-around score was the top mark in the league this past weekend and along with Gabrielle Yarussi of Towson, she posted the top score in the league on beam as well.

Specialist of the Week
Chelsea Raineri - George Washington
Senior Chelsea Raineri (Telford, Pennsylvania) from George Washington was recognized as EAGL Specialist of the Week on January 10th after her performance on three events which helped the Colonials to post the top team score in the league after Week One. Raineri made a trio of podium appearances at GW’s season-opening win. She won the bars title with a 9.800 and placed second on the vault with a 9.850. She rounded out the meet by tying for second on floor exercise with a 9.850. Her bars score was the second-highest in the league for Week One, just behind teammate, Camille Drouin-Allaire.

Rookie of the Week
Alecia Petrikis - Pittsburgh
Petrikis made her collegiate debut Saturday evening against regional power Ohio State as the Panthers opened the 2017 season at Fitzgerald Field House. In front of the home crowd, Petrikis posted the team’s top score of 9.825 on floor exercise, tying with teammate Tracey Pearson for second place.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week

Rookie of the Week

Specialist of the Week

Coaches' Choice



Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week

Rookie of the Week

Specialist of the Week

Coaches' Choice



Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Katy Clements, Central Michigan
Katy Clements led the way for the Chippewas as she placed first in all three events she participated in, boasting a 9.9 in two out of the three. The junior had an impressive showing in the first meet of the season, helping her team take first over both Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Hamline University. CMU will open up their MAC events next week against Western Michigan University.

Specialist of the Week
Courtney Dowdell, Northern Illinois
Senior Courtney Dowdell competed on the uneven bars and floor for the Huskies. Her bars routine with a score of 9.825 earned her a fourth place tie, and her 9.825 floor routine earned her a third place tie.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Schyler Jones - Texas Woman's University
Jones began the 2017 campaign by capturing the all-around title at the Arizona Tri-Meet Jan. 6. The junior from Denton scored a 38.650 to outdo ranked Division I opponents No. 18 Arizona and No. 30 Utah State. Jones finished second on vault (9.750), third on beam (9.625), and ninth on floor (9.725) and bars (9.550).

Specialist of the Week
Katey Oswalt - Lindenwood
Oswalt recorded a 9.750 on the floor, the highest mark of the day for a Lindenwood gymnasts. She tied for eighth overall in the event which included athletes from Big Ten Iowa and the MAC's Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Her score helped Lindenwood score a 48.300 on the event, which was the team's best event on the day.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Casey Bell - Air Force
Air Force junior Casey Bell (The Woodlands, TX) scored a career-high 9.825 to win the floor exercise and lead the Falcons to a season-opening win over Winona State (Jan. 7). She added a fourth-place finish on vault (9.475), and was sixth in her collegiate debut on uneven bars (9.350), in helping Air Force to its highest season-opening score since 2013 (190.875), and first opening-meet win since 2014. This is Bell’s first career MPSF honor.

Specialist of the Week
Analise Howard - Air Force
Air Force sophomore Analise Howard (Westminster, CA) returned to competition after sitting out all of 2016 with an injury, and won the uneven bars (9.775) in her collegiate debut against Winona State (Jan. 7). She added a sixth-place result on balance beam (9.450) in helping Air Force to its highest season-opening score since 2013 (190.875), and first opening-meet win since 2014. This is Howard’s first career MPSF honor and the first-ever Falcon Gymnast to earn the weekly specialist award.

Newcomer of the Week
Anna Salamone - Air Force
Air Force freshman Anna Salamone (Bayport, NY) won the vault title (9.75) during the Falcons’ season-opening win over Winona State (Jan. 7). She added a fifth-place finish on the uneven bars (9.475) in helping Air Force to its highest season-opening score since 2013 (190.875), and first opening-meet win since 2014. This is Salamone’s first career MPSF honor, and the first Falcon to earn the freshman/newcomer award since March 18, 2014 (Kara Witgen).


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shannon Hortman - BYU
Hortman, a freshman from American Fork, Utah, scored a 9.800 on beam to finish tied for third overall in her collegiate debut and also led the Cougars with a 38.975 in the all-around, finishing second in the meet. Overall, BYU finished second at its season-opening quad meet at Penn State (194.625), scoring a 194.225 and finishing ahead of Temple (191.925) and Bowling Green (190.725).

Specialists of the Week
Mackenzie Douglas - BYU - Vault
Douglas, a junior from Queen Creek, Ariz., scored a 9.775 on vault to lead the Cougars to an overall mark of 48.600 in the event. Douglas finished tied for third overall in the event.
Brittni Wilde Hawes and Jesse Westergard - BYU - Uneven Bars
Wilde Hawes, a junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Westergard, a sophomore from Norwell, Massachusetts, each tied career highs with matching 9.900s on bars. The duo finished tied for second overall and helped the Cougars to a meet-high 49.225 on the event.
Shannon Hortman - BYU - Balance Beam
Madison Ward - Utah State - Floor Exercise
Ward recorded a 9.825 on floor to capture the individual title on the event in Utah State’s opener at Arizona on Friday. The title was the second of Ward’s career as the Aggies finished second in the tri-meet with a season-opening score of 191.600.



Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast and Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
MyKayla Skinner, Utah
* In her college gymnastics debut, Skinner won the all-around with a 39.55 and won three events before a crowd of 14,675 as the Red Rocks defeated Michigan 196.625 to195.525 in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
* Her 39.55 all-around score was the fourth best in the nation on the opening weekend of competition.
* Scored a 9.90 on vault, bars, and floor to win all three events. Placed second on the beam, scoring a 9.85.
* Skinner's 9.90 on bars tied for the fourth-highest bars score in the nation this weekend, and her 9.90 on floor tied for fifth.

Specialist of the Week
Elizabeth Price, Stanford
* In the Cardinal's season-opener at the NorCal Classic Monday night, junior standout Elizabeth Price led the way scoring a 9.950 on both the vault and the bars, winning both events.
* Price's vault score tied for the highest in the nation on the opening weekend of competition, while her bars score tied for second nationally.
* Price also competed on the beam, scoring a 9.4.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Myia Hambrick - LSU
Hambrick captured the seventh all-around of her career and 20th individual title total with a 39.575 Friday night. Her score tied for the second best in the country and the best overall amongst SEC gymnasts. She finished in a tie for second on vault with a 9.925 for the fourth-best score in the country. Hambrick helped the team set the best vault score in a season opener in school history. The 9.875 on beam also went toward the 49.450, which was the best event score in a season opener in school history. Hambrick’s scores in each rotation helped the Tigers to the best vault and beam scores in the country as well as the second-best bars and floor scores. Overall, the junior was a part of the team that finished with the best season opening score in school history. It was also the best team score this early in the season by an NCAA team in the last 20 seasons.

Specialist of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
Finnegan took the uneven bars and beam titles in the Tigers’ 197.825-193.600 victory over Georgia. She finished with a score of 9.95 on beam for the best in the country and 9.900 on bars for the fourth-best in the country. The wins were the sophomore’s fourth and fifth individual titles, respectively. Finnegan’s score on beam helped the Tigers to the best event score in the country and the best for the team in a season opener in school history.

Freshman of the Week
Kennedi Edney - LSU
In her first collegiate meet, Edney secured the vault title and finished tied for second on uneven bars. She posted a 9.95 on vault with her Yurchenko 1 ½ to tie for the best score in the country. As a part of the vault lineup, Edney helped LSU to its best score on the event in a season opener in school history. LSU’s vault score ranks as the best in the country. Edney totaled a solid 9.875 on bars to tie for the 15th-best score in the country. The Tigers’ bars score ranks second in the country.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Tori Erickson - UW-Eau Claire
In Erickson’s first time competing in the all-around since her first year, she recorded personal bests in the vault (9.625), balance beam (9.625), floor exercise (9.8) and all–around (37.525). Erickson tied for the second on the vault competing against NCAA Division I Central Michigan University and Hamline University (Minn.), and placed fifth on the balance beam and third on the floor exercise.

Specialist
Kelly Johnston - Winona State
Johnston won the balance beam in the Warriors meet against NCAA Division I - Air Force Academy. Her score of 9.625 came after routines that scored a 9.60 and 9.65. As a team, the Warriors scored 47.525 on the beam, tied for sixth best all-time in school history.