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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 9-15, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Lizzy LeDuc - Illinois
* Earned four individual titles (vault, beam, floor, all-around) in the season’s home debut for the Illini
* Scored career highs in the all-around (39.425) and vault (9.850), and tied her collegiate best on beam (9.925)
* Event titles on floor and in the all-around were her first in those events
* This is her first Gymnast of the Week honor
* Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Giana O’Connor (Feb. 29, 2016)

Event Specialist of the Week
Nicole Artz - Michigan
* Finished with a 9.950 on floor to finish first at the Ohio State quad meet this weekend
* The score is currently tied for the best in the nation through the first two weeks of the season
* Artz now has 41 career event titles to her name at the collegiate level
* This is her first Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor
* Last Michigan Event Specialist of the Week: Lindsay Williams (Feb. 15, 2016)

Freshman of the Week
Taylor Houchin - Nebraska
* Notched three top-10 finishes in the season opener vs. Penn State
* Won the first event title of her career on vault (9.900)
* Recorded two scores of 9.825 on bars and on floor in her collegiate debut
* Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Grace Williams (March 2, 2015)


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Chayse Capps - Oklahoma
* Hit three season-highs on her way to the second-best all-around score of her career (39.700).
* Secured the beam title with a 9.975, the highest score of the meet on any event.
* Shared the vault title with teammate Nichols (9.925) while adding a 9.9 as the leadoff on bars and contributed a 9.9 on floor.
* Currently ranks in the top ten nationally in four areas: all-around (T-No.2), vault (T-No.8), bars (T-No.4) and floor (T-No. 3).

Specialist of the Week
AJ Jackson - Oklahoma
* Notched a pair of 9.9’s on both vault and floor in the win over No. 8 UCLA.
* Tied for 17th nationally on vault and holds a share of ninth in the floor rankings.
* Earned the meet’s third-best score on the vault and tied for second-best on the floor.

Newcomer of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
* Recorded a 39.750 all-around total, the highest in the nation this season.
* Scored at least a 9.925 on all four events in the Sooners' victory.
* Grabbed at least a share of all four event titles, winning floor (9.95) and the all-around outright while tying for vault (9.925) and bars (9.925).
* Ranks No. 1 in the nation in all-around, tied for No. 1 in bars and floor while also cracking the top ten in vault (T-No.7) and beam (T-No. 2).


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Morgan Lane - North Carolina
Junior Morgan Lane (Columbus, Indiana) from UNC earned the EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor on January 17th after her all-around performance in the Tar Heel’s 1-2 season-opening finish at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational. Lane won the all-around competition in the quad meet with a 39.150. This is the 10th-consecutive meet in which Lane scored a 39.000 or better in the all-around. Additionally, Lane finished in the top-five on floor (9.850, first) and beam (9.850, tied for fifth). On bars, she tied for sixth place with Alex DeMoura of George Washington with a score of 9.750. Lane finished 10th on the vault with a score of 9.700.

Specialist of the Week
Chelsea Raineri - George Washington
Senior Chelsea Raineri (Telford, Pennsylvania) from GW was recognized as EAGL Specialist of the Week on January 17th for the second-straight weekend. Raineri made a trio of podium appearances to help the Colonials to their fifth consecutive Lindsey Ferris Invitational title. She tied for first place on the vault with a season-high score of 9.875, added a season-high 9.825 on uneven bars (tied for second), and also tied for second place on floor exercise with a 9.825.

Rookie of the Week
Rachel Dugan - Pittsburgh
Freshman Rachel Dugan (Wayne, Illinois) from Pittsburgh was voted EAGL Rookie of the Week after Week Two, making her the second-straight Panther to earn the accolade this season. Dugan won the individual title on bars against No. 21 West Virginia as she dominated the competition with a 9.850, setting a career-high score in her second collegiate meet. The score is the second impressive mark on bars for the freshman, as she hit a 9.700 for the Panthers in her collegiate debut. She ranks eighth in the conference on bars with an average of 9.775.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Caroline Morant – Brown
Morant was rock solid on all four events for the Bears, hitting the second-highest all-around score in her career with a mark of 39.075. She also posted a career-high score of 9.85 on beam, helping Brown break the team scoring record for an opening meet (192.475).

Rookie of the Week
Jade Buford – Yale
Buford scored 38.325 in the all-around to place her fourth in a competitive field featuring Stanford University, Boise State University and UC Davis. Her floor score was the third-highest score in the meet, helping Yale to a 48.525 team floor score.

Specialist of the Week
Nicole Swirbalus – Pennsylvania
Swirbalus scored a 9.85 on beam over the weekend, which currently ranks tops on the event among ECAC competitors. Her scores helped Penn achieve a 193.275 to finish second as a team against George Washington University, the University of North Carolina and Cornell University.

Coaches' Choice
Olivia O’Connor – William & Mary
O’Connor competed in all four events for the Tribe last weekend after picking up an injury earlier in the week. The senior tied for first on vault (9.75), took third on bars (9.75) and placed second in the all-around with a score of 38.550, helping William & Mary register the win over Alaska Anchorage.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Majestia Valentine – West Chester
Valentine finished first in the all-around for the Golden Rams last weekend, scoring 38.875 to help WCU sweep its tri-meet with Southern Connecticut State University and SUNY Cortland. The senior also took top honors in the vault (9.750) and bars (9.650) in the meet, while finishing second in the floor exercise (9.8) and third on beam (9.675).

Rookie of the Week
Nina Whittaker – Bridgeport
Whittaker turned in solid scores of 9.775 on the vault and 9.75 on floor exercise for the Purple Knights in their tri-meet with Brown and New Hampshire. The freshman was a late addition to the Bridgeport meet roster after a last-minute injury to a teammate.

Specialist of the Week
Rotem Porat – Southern Connecticut State
Porat scored 9.825 on the balance beam in SCSU’s tri-meet with West Chester and SUNY Cortland, matching the school record and finishing first in the event.
Coaches' Choice
Julianna Drapkin – Bridgeport
Filling in for an injured teammate, Drapkin scored a 9.625 on the vault and 9.450 on the bars to help Bridgeport finish in first against New Hampshire and Brown.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachel Stypinski - Kent State
Rachel Stypinski scored a 39.400 to win the all-around title at Kent State’s quad meet that featured #11 Michigan, #22 Ohio State and Washington. Stypinski also won the individual bars title with a score of 9.875 and was runner-up on both beam (9.875) and floor (9.925). She currently ranks first in the Mid-American Conference in all-around, bars, beam and floor while also ranking in the Top 20 nationally in each event.

Specialist of the Week
Kendall Valentin - Eastern Michigan
Junior Kendall Valentin led the Eagles to a second-place finish at the Illinois Quad-Meet this past weekend, Jan. 14, competing against Illinois, Rutgers, and UIC. In addition to helping the team score a 194.725, which was nearly three points better than last week, Valentin also won bars with a beautiful routine, scoring a 9.90. Additionally, she also competed on beam, scoring a 9.80.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Meredith LaRoche - Illinois State
LaRoche compiled a personal-best score of 38.925, thanks to a pair of first-place ties on individual events, to win the all-around competition in the opening meet for the Redbirds. The Cocoa, Florida, native recorded a score of 9.750 on the floor and posted a score of 9.700 on the beam to tie for the top spot in both events and rounded out a strong effort with a third-place finish on the bars with a 9.750. She also scored a 9.725 on the vault to finish in a tie for sixth place to round out the night's effort.

Specialist of the Week
Katey Oswalt - Lindenwood
Oswalt earned the award on Tuesday for her vault performance at the State of Missouri meet. She scored a 9.850, the highest individual score for a Lindenwood gymnasts at the competition. Her mark helped lead the Lady Lions to a 48.800 score on the event, the sixth-highest in program history. Lindenwood finished with a 193.400, its highest score in its five years for the second meet of the year.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Julia Konner - Sacramento State
Sacramento State senior Julia Konner (Bethesda, MD) started the season by posting two all-around scores of at least 38.975, helping the Hornets to a No. 24 national team average. Konner finished first all-around at the NorCal Classic in Berkeley (Jan. 9) after scoring 38.975. She posted a 9.800 on vault and added scores of 9.675 on bars, 9.725 on beam and 9.775 on floor. Jan. 13 at home against San Jose State, Konner totaled 39.075, tying for first on vault (9.775) and tying for second on floor (9.825). This is Konner’s first career MPSF Gymnast of the Week honor. She was a newcomer of the week twice in 2014.

Specialist of the Week
Katy Nogaki - UC Davis
UC Davis senior Katy Nogaki (Orange, CA) placed second on vault (9.825) in the Jan. 13 home opener with preseason No. 11 Stanford, No. 15 Boise State and Yale. She sat out the vault in the NorCal Classic at Cal (Jan. 9), but contributed to her team’s 48.400 on beam with a 9.675 score. She followed with a 9.650 beam in Friday’s quad. This is Nogaki’s seventh career MPSF weekly award, five as a specialist in addition to a pair of newcomer awards in 2014.

Newcomer of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) competed in her first collegiate meet at the NorCal Classic in Berkeley (Jan. 9), where she tied for sixth on floor (9.775) and added a 9.775 on vault and 9.575 on beam. At Sacramento State (Jan. 13), she won her first collegiate event as she tied for first on vault with a 9.775, and tied for second on floor (9.825).


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shannon Hortman - BYU
Hortman, a freshman from American Fork, Utah, recorded a conference-best 9.850 on vault and a 39.050 in the all-around as BYU (194.175) finished behind Utah (196.900) in a dual meet in Provo. Hortman tied for third on vault in the meet and was also the top finisher for the Cougars on bars (9.825), along with finishing fourth in the all-around.

Specialists of the Week
Shannon Hortman - BYU - Vault
Diana Mejia - Boise State - Uneven Bars
he senior captain earned a 9.9 on the apparatus to lead the way for the Broncos (195.300) as they were able to defeat Stanford (193.300), UC Davis (193.275) and Yale (188.900) last Friday night on the road in Davis, Calif.
Emily Briones - Utah State - Balance Beam
Briones, a native of San Antonio, Texas, recorded a conference-best and career-high-tying 9.875 on beam to capture the event title as Utah State (195.400) posted victories over North Carolina State (193.900) and Bowling Green (193.275) in the Aggies’ home opener last Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Madison Ward - Utah State - Floor Exercise
Ward, who is from Rexburg, Idaho, won the floor title against the Wolfpack and Falcons with a season-high-tying 9.825 on the event. Ward also appeared on vault and bars for the Aggies, scoring a 9.775 and 9.700, respectively.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast and Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* For the second week in a row, MyKayla Skinner has been named both the Gymnast and Freshman of the Week in the Pac-12.
* Skinner won every event title and the all-around in Utah's 196.900-194.175 road win at BYU on Friday.
* Her 39.600 in the all-around vs. BYU is tied for the third-best all-around score in the nation so far this year and her 9.95 on floor vs. BYU is tied for the best floor score in the nation.
* Skinner has now won nine out of a possible 10 titles in Utah's first two meets of the season.

Specialist of the Week
Peng-Peng Lee - UCLA
* In UCLA's meet at No. 1 Oklahoma on Sunday, Christine Peng-Peng Lee placed first on uneven bars for the second-straight meet, scoring a season-high 9.925.
* Lee also earned a 10 from one of the two judges on balance beam and finished with a season-high score of 9.95, placing second.
* She currently ranks eighth in the nation on bars with an average of 9.9.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Myia Hambrick - LSU
Hambrick captured the all-around title for the second-straight week and the eighth time in her career after tying Alabama’s Kiana Winston with a 39.600. She also won floor with a 9.95 to tie her career high. The junior finished in second on vault as well as beam with scores of 9.925 and 9.900, respectively. In the national rankings, Hambrick is third in the all-around and floor. She also is fourth in the country on vault and 11th on beam. She helped the Tigers to a 197.575 for the best road score against an SEC opponent in school history.

Specialist of the Week
Rachel Schick - Georgia
Schick won three event titles in four total routines against Auburn and NC State. In the process, she set three career highs – her 9.9 on beam against Auburn, followed by her pair of 9.925s against NC State. Schick, an All-SEC honoree in 2016, has been a rock on beam over the last two meets for the Gymdogs, helping the team to its biggest meet-to-meet improvement since 1988 from LSU to Auburn.

Freshman of the Week
Mollie Korth - Kentucky
In just her second meet ever, Korth took her second all-around crown with a 39.575 at Florida. She scored the sixth-highest score in school history. Korth’s score was the highest score ever by a UK athlete since Jenny Hansen, a three-time National Champion. She won on the floor with a 9.925, and also posted career-best scores of 9.900 on bars and 9.875’s on vault and beam. Her efforts helped Kentucky post a 196.950 score, the best in school history.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Kaylee Jondahl - UW-Stout
Jondahl took the top spot in the all-around in a dual with UW-Whitewater on Jan. 13. She tallied 37.500 points to top four other gymnasts. Jondahl was first on the floor exercise (9.750), third on the vault (9.500), fifth on the balance beam (9.350) and eighth on the uneven bars (9.100). As a team, the Blue Devils set their best-ever season-opening score in a 187.850-184.300 loss to the Warhawks.

Specialist
Lauren Zurowski - UW-Eau Claire
Zurowski had solid performances on all three of her events at the Ozone Classic (Tennessee) on Jan. 14. She recorded her personal best on the vault with a 9.600. On the uneven bars, Zurowski scored a 9.500, only .75 below her personal best. She competed as an exhibition on the floor throwing a new routine for the first time and scored a 9.650.