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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 16-22, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Nicole Artz - Michigan
* Scored a perfect 10.0 on floor to propel the Wolverines to a home win vs. Illinois
* First perfect 10.0 for Michigan since March 2014, and only 19th perfect score on floor in school history
* Recorded a 39.425 while competing in the all-around for the first time this season
* This is her ninth Gymnast of the Week honor and first of the 2017 season
* Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Nicole Artz (March 7, 2016)

Event Specialist of the Week
Lauren Marinez - Michigan
* Won beam vs. Illinois with a score of 9.875
* Finished tied for second with a career-high 9.900 on bars
* The performance helped the Wolverines eclipse 197.000 for the first time in 2017
* This is her first Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor
* Last Michigan Event Specialist of the Week: Nicole Artz (Jan. 16, 2017)

Freshman of the Week
Clair Kaji - Iowa
* Earned a career-best score of 9.900 on floor to win her second event title of the season
* Registered her collegiate best on beam with a 9.875 to finish fourth in the event
* Helped lead the Hawkeyes to an upset victory vs. Ohio State with a season best 196.175
* Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Charlotte Sullivan (Jan. 9, 2017)


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 her second 2017 EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor on January 24th after her all-around performance in UNC’s home meet against Florida. For the second week in a row, Morgan Lane was the only Tar Heel athlete to compete in the all-around. She posted a score of 39.250 to extend her streak of 39.000 or better performances to 11 consecutive meets. That score earned her second place behind Florida’s Alicia Boren (39.625). Lane was on the podium on two of the four apparatuses. On beam, she notched a season-best score of 9.875 to tie for third place with Grace McLaughlin of Florida. She also posted a season-best score of 9.875 on floor exercise to tie for third place. On vault, Lane had a 9.700 to earn seventh place among all competitors. She notched a season-best score of 9.800 on bars to tie for seventh place with fellow Tar Heel Mekyllah Williams. Additionally, Lane achieved the highest all around score in EAGL this weekend with a season-high of 39.250.

Specialist of the Week
Chelsea Raineri - George Washington
Senior Chelsea Raineri (Telford, Pennsylvania) of George Washington was recognized as EAGL Specialist of the Week on January 24th for the third time in a row. In the Colonials’ win over Towson, Raineri made a trio of podium appearances, and earned a share of two event titles, helping GW to continue its undefeated record this season. The two-time reigning Specialist of the Week, Raineri continued her hot start to the season with shares of the uneven bars (9.80) and floor exercise (9.80) titles. She rounded out her day with a third-place showing on vault by scoring 9.775.

Rookie of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Freshman Khazia Hislop (Concord, Massachusetts) from UNC was voted EAGL Rookie of the Week after Week Three. During her second week of collegiate competition, Hislop returned to the lineup on beam and floor for North Carolina. She scored a career-best of 9.775 on the balance beam to earn seventh place among all competitors. On the floor exercise, Hislop had a stellar performance, notching a career-best of 9.925 to take second place on the event. With that score, Hislop posted the highest individual event score in EAGL this weekend.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Caroline Moore – Pennsylvania
Moore won three events last weekend as Penn hosted Ivy-rival Yale. The sophomore won vault with a 9.7, beam with a score of 9.8 and also tied for top spot in the floor exercise with a career-best 9.875. Her floor score also helped the Quakers post a team event-high with a 49.025.

Rookie of the Week
Daisy Todd – Temple
In her first home meet as a collegiate gymnast, Todd recorded a season-high 38.8 all-around score that included a season-high beam score. Todd also matched her season-highs on both bars and floor. Her bar mark also provided Todd her first event title, topping all bar competitors of the afternoon. Todd's all-around score ranks in a tie for seventh all time in program history.

Specialist of the Week
Alex Hartke – Pennsylvania
Hartke scored a career-high 9.875 on the floor exercise to tie with teammate Caroline Moore for first place. Her score helped Penn capture a dual-meet win over Yale, 193.575-191.125.

Coaches' Choice
Megan Ryan - Yale
Ryan scored a career-high 9.8 to tie for first place on bars in Yale’s meet with UPenn last weekend. The junior, who is limited in competition to just two events, also scored a 9.475 on vault.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Alexandra Avendano – Southern Connecticut State
Avendano notched the highest individual finish on the day for the Southern Connecticut State University gymnastics team in its three-team meet at New Hampshire on Saturday. She placed fourth overall on the floor exercise with a 9.75 in that event as the Owls took third place as a team against UNH and Pittsburgh. She also posted a 9.65 on the vault.

Rookie of the Week
Bella D’Orazio – West Chester
D’Orazio scored a 9.45 on bars for the Golden Rams over the weekend. Competing from the lead-off spot, the freshman’s score represented a season best and marked the third time in as many competitions she has contributed a score for West Chester.

Specialist of the Week
Tiffany Elliott – Southern Connecticut State
Elliott had the Owls' top score on the vault with a 9.675, which was good for 12th overall. She also posted a 9.5 on the floor.

Coaches' Choice
Meghan Chan – West Chester
Chan recorded the best beam score of her collegiate career, recording a 9.8 to finish fourth against Division I competition from Rutgers University, Brown University and nationally-ranked University of Nebraska. The junior also posted a 9.5 mark on vault for West Chester.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachel Stypinski - Kent State
Rachel Stypinski won all four events and posted the 4th-highest all-around score (39.525) in Kent State history in a dual meet vs. Western Michigan. In addition to a personal-best all-around performance, Stypinski also earned a new career-high on vault (9.825) and matched her previous best on bars (9.900). She was the only gymnast to earn a score of at least 9.900 in the meet, and did so both on bars and floor. Stypinski captured her second straight all-around title by a margin of 0.525 points. The junior currently ranks first in the Mid-American Conference in all-around, bars, beam and floor while also ranking in the Top 15 nationally in each event.

Specialist of the Week
Lacey Rubin - Eastern Michigan
Senior Lacey Rubin had an outstanding meet in the team’s 195.925 – 194.650 road victory over Central Michigan, Friday, Jan. 20. Rubin played a pivotal role in helping the team post the sixth-best team score in the EMU record books, along with helping the bars lineup tie the program record with a 49.225 on the event. Individually, Rubin tied her career-high on bars, scoring a 9.9 after a beautiful routine to take second. Additionally, the senior also finished atop the podium on beam, scoring a strong 9.875, which was just behind her personal-best.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Mikailla Northern - Illinois-Chicago
Northern was solid on all four events on Friday evening at the Utah Quad, recording a 9.725 on vault, 9.675 on bars, 9.775 on beam and 9.725 on floor to compile a season-high 38.900 all-around total. The St. Louis, Mo. Native has scored a 9.575 or better this season on all events, and took the all-around crown on Jan. 6 at Michigan State (38.675).

Specialist of the Week
Katey Oswalt - Lindenwood
Oswalt earned the honor this week for the beam. She scored a 9.850 in that event in the dual against Southeast Missouri. She easily won the overall competition by 0.075. Her performance also played a key role in the Lady Lions overcoming a deficit and winning in the final rotation.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Caitlin Soliwoda - Sacramento State
Sacramento State junior Caitlin Soliwoda (North Las Vegas, NV) claimed her second-straight all-around title to start the season (39.025), leading the Hornets to a win at Air Force (Jan. 21). Soliwoda also tied for first-place on beam with a 9.80, while adding scores of 9.75 on vault, 9.775 on bars, and 9.70 on floor. Her all-around average of 38.975 is the best in the MPSF this season. This is Soliwoda’s first career MPSF weekly honor.

Specialist of the Week
Annie Juarez - Sacramento State
Sacramento State junior Annie Juarez (Westfield, IN) competed on floor for the first time since midway through her freshman year in 2015, leading the Hornets with a mark of 9.825 in its win at Air Force (Jan. 21). Juarez, who had missed the last 1.5 seasons to injury, earns her third career specialist, and fourth career weekly honor.

Freshman of the Week
Darian Burns - Seattle Pacific
Seattle Pacific freshman Darian Burns (Atlanta, GA) tied for third- place with a career-high vault (9.80) at No. 19 Oregon State, a meet which also included No. 26 Northern Illinois (Jan. 21). Burns is the No. 1-ranked vaulter in the nation among USAG competitors (9.787 average). She also competed on the uneven bars (9.275) and balance beam (9.100) at Oregon State. This is the first career MPSF honor for Burns, while she is the first SPU Falcon in two years to earn the newcomer/freshman weekly award (Ariana Harger--Feb. 10, 2015).


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme - Boise State
Remme, a sophomore from Loomis, Calif., recorded a team-best 9.875 on beam at Utah, tying for fourth on the event. Remme also led the Broncos in the all-around, recording an MRGC-best 39.275 and finishing sixth overall. Remme finished the meet scoring a 9.800 on vault, 9.825 on bars and a 9.775 on floor

Specialists of the Week
Mary Francis Bir - Boise State - Vault
Frances Bir, a redshirt junior from Huntington Beach, Calif., led Boise State with a 9.875 on vault at the University of Utah as the Broncos finished third behind Utah (197.625) and Denver (196.875) in a quad meet also featuring Illinois-Chicago (193.250). Frances Bir finished tied for fourth overall on vault during the meet.
Courtney McGregor - Boise State - Uneven Bars
McGregor, a freshman from Christchurch, New Zealand, recorded a 9.900 on bars, tying for second on the apparatus and matching the highest mark on the event in the MRGC this season.
Shani Remme - Boise State - co-Balance Beam
Tyly Bozzuto, Autumn Jorgensen, Stacie Web, Danielle Ramirez - Southern Utah - co-Balance Beam
Bozzuto, a senior from Mesa, Ariz., was one of four Thunderbirds scoring a 9.875 on beam as Southern Utah recorded a 196.150-194.150 over Stanford in its 2017 season opener. Bozzuto was first on the event for the T-Birds with freshman Autumn Jorgensen (Orem, Utah) competing third, senior Stacie Webb (Phelan, Calif.) competing fourth and senior Danielle Ramirez (Corona, Calif.) competing fifth and all earning a 9.875. All four gymnasts shared the individual event title during the meet.
Madison Ward - Utah State - Floor Exercise
Ward recorded a career-high 9.900 on floor to capture the individual title on the event, helping Utah State defeat in-state rival BYU, 195.300-195.200, this past Friday at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah. It was the Aggies’ fourth consecutive victory on the road over the Cougars.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast and Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* For the third week in a row, UTAH Freshman MyKayla Skinner has been named both the Gymnast and Freshman of the week. Only one other time since the advent of the Freshman / Newcomer of the Week award in 2013 has the same gymnast won both awards in the same week (Toni-Ann Williams in 2015).
* This week Skinner won four individual titles titles (vault, beam, floor, all-around) to lead UTAH to victory over No. 7 Denver, No. 15 Boise State and Illinois-Chicago.
* Her 39.775 all-around score is the second-best in the country this year and is tied for fifth in UTAH history. 39.775 all-around score is tied for the best ever by a Ute freshman.
* Skinner scored career bests on every event (9.975 vault, 9.9 bars, 9.925 beam, 9.975 floor, 39.775 all-around) this weekend.
* Her 9.975 floor score is tied for No. 1 in the nation. and she has now won 13 of 15 possible titles in UTAH's first three meets.
* Skinner also helped UTAH to a season-high 197.625 score, which ranks third in the country this season and moved the Utes up one place to No. 4 in the national rankings.

Specialist of the Week
Toni-Ann Williams - California
* Toni-Ann Williams repeated as the floor champion for the third week in a row with a 9.90, and picked up a second event title of her three events with a season-high 9.875 on vault.
* Her floor title was one of two season-highs she set on the evening, also adding a 9.875 on bars to finish third.
* The Randallstown, Md. product now has a team-high four event titles and seven top-three finishes this season.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week



Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alicia Boren - Florida
Boren used collegiate-bests to win both all-around (39.625) and floor exercise (9.95) at North Carolina on Jan. 20. It was her first floor title of her collegiate career, and the all-around win was her second overall and first of the season. Boren’s all-around total ties for the nation’s sixth highest of 2017. It is the highest turned in by a SEC gymnasts so far this season. Boren also used 9.925s to take second on vault and beam plus was third on bars (9.825). In the current national rankings, she is No. 8 in all-around, No. T3 in beam, No. T4 in vault and No. T16 in floor. Boren shares first among the 2017 Gators with five event titles (2 beam, 1 vault, floor, all-around).

Specialist of the Week
Alex McMurtry - Florida
McMurtry appeared in three events at North Carolina and won each title. She opened the meet with a 9.90 on uneven bars to win her third consecutive meet title for the event this season. McMurtry anchored the Gators vault lineup with a season-best 9.95 for her Yurchenko full twist. She also anchored Florida’s balance beam lineup with a collegiate-best 9.95. McMurtry holds the following national rankings: No. 6 vault, No. 6 bars and No. T14 on beam. She shares first among the 2017 Gators with five event titles (3 bars, 1 vault, beam).

Freshman of the Week
Mollie Korth - Kentucky
While the Wildcats put up a school record score of 197.100, Korth led the way with the all-around title after posting a 39.450. She earned two individual titles in the bars (9.875) and floor (9.950) while earning the all-around crown. Korth has competed in three meets as a Wildcat and she has won the all-around at each.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Alex Kopp - Gustavus Adolphus
Kopp notched her best performance of the season, placing first in the all-around with a 37.700 in the home opener for the Golden Gusties on Jan. 21. To get her total, Kopp earned season-high scores on three of the four events. She placed third on vault with a 9.550, first on the balance beam with a 9.625, and fourth on floor exercise with a 9.500. Kopp also placed sixth on the uneven bars with a 9.025. She led the Gusties in all four events in the loss to UW-Whitewater. Her total helped the Gusties to their second-highest team score of the year.

Specialist
Chloe Rehberg - UW-Whitewater
Competing in just her second meet back after suffering a season-ending injury in 2016, Rehberg placed first in the vault with a score of 9.700 to help the Warhawks to a 188.275-181.725 victory at Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on Jan. 21. Her mark helped UW-Whitewater post a score of 48.000, good for the seventh-highest score on the vault in program history.