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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 23-29, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Melissa Zurawski - Iowa
* Finished with a career-best score on vault, bars and floor in dual meet victory vs. Maryland
* Tallied a 9.925 on bars to win the event, a score that is tied for third in school history
* Notched second-place finishes on both vault (9.850) and floor (9.875) to pace the Hawkeyes
* This is the first Gymnast of the Week honor of her career
* Last Iowa Gymnast of the Week: Rebecca Simbhudas (Feb. 1, 2010)

Nicole Artz - Michigan
* Won the all-around competition in the Nebraska dual with season high scores on three events
* Tied for first on bars (9.925) and floor (9.900), helping the Wolverines to their season-high score (197.225)
* Also recorded top 10 finishes on beam (9.850) and vault (9.825)
* This is her 10th career Gymnast of the Week honor and second consecutive of the 2017 season
* Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Nicole Artz (Jan. 23, 2017)

Event Specialist of the Week
Bailey Abernathy - Minnesota
* Recorded two 9.925’s in the upset win vs. Ohio State to help the Gophers remain unbeaten in conference
* Won two event titles on vault and floor, registering personal bests in both events
* This is the second Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor of both the season and her career
* Last Minnesota Event Specialist of the Week: Bailey Abernathy (Jan. 9, 2017)

Freshman of the Week
Paige Williams - Minnesota
* Earned two top five finishes in Minnesota’s weekend victory vs. Ohio State
* Received a 9.875 on floor to record a new personal best in the event
* Also scored a 9.850 on vault to help the Gophers to a final team score of 196.800
* Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Lindsay Mable (March 18, 2013)


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast and Newcomer of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
* Posted four marks of at least 9.9 en route to an all-around score of 39.725, the highest mark in the nation over the weekend.
* Swept the individual and all-around honors for the second consecutive week with the top score on every event.
* Cashed in a pair of 9.95’s on vault and bars, a 9.925 on floor and a 9.9 on beam.
* Currently ranks No. 1 nationally in every event, including all-around.

Specialist of the Week
AJ Jackson - Oklahoma
* Recorded a 9.9 on both vault and floor to help the Sooners to a victory against Iowa State.
* The mark on vault was the second-best score on the apparatus during the meet, while her score on floor tied for the second-highest total.
* Scored at least a 9.9 on vault for the third straight meet and for the fourth straight time on floor.
* Currently ranks nationally on vault (No. 8) and floor (No. 10).


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Cami Drouin-Allaire - George Washington
Junior Cami Drouin-Allaire (Shoreham, New York), from George Washington earned the EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor on January 31st after her first-place all-around performance (39.200), which helped the Colonials continue their undefeated season at the Metroplex Challenge in Texas this past weekend. Drouin-Allaire won the all-around title for the second week in a row tying her season-high mark. Additionally, she tied for first place on both vault (9.850) and balance beam (9.875) along with scores of 9.80 on uneven bars and 9.675 on floor exercise. Drouin-Allaire is the top vaulter in EAGL with an average score of 9.867 and ranks third in the all-around (39.033).

Specialist of the Week
Lucy Brett - Pittsburgh
Sophomore Lucy Brett (North Somerset, United Kingdom) of Pittsburgh was recognized as EAGL Specialist of the Week on January 31st for her two-event performance in the Panthers’ dual against EAGL opponent, North Carolina this past weekend. Brett was a dominant force for Pittsburgh on bars and beam, tying for first on beam (alongside EAGL Rookie of the Week, Khazia Hislop of UNC) with a career-high score, which also ranks eighth all-time in Panther history and is the highest mark earned by Pittsburgh this season (9.900). She also notched a career-high score of 9.800 to place second on bars.

Rookie of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Freshman Khazia Hislop (Concord, Massachusetts) from North Carolina was voted EAGL Rookie of the Week for the second-straight week, on January 31st. In her third collegiate meet, Hislop was in the Tar Heel lineup for the balance beam and floor exercise. She set a career-best of 9.900 on the balance beam to earn a piece of the event title (with EAGL Specialist of the Week, Lucy Brett of PITT). Coming off an impressive 9.925 on the floor exercise last weekend, Hislop had another stellar performance, notching a 9.875 to take second place behind Tracey Pearson of Pittsburgh.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Lyanda Dudley – Cornell
Competing against Rutgers University and Michigan State University, Dudley posted an all-around score of 38.775 to finish in third. The sophomore scored 9.875 on floor exercise, tied for the highest score across the ECAC in any event last weekend, good for a second-place finish in the event.

Rookie of the Week
Daisy Todd – Temple
Todd set new season-highs on all four events in her fourth collegiate competition. The freshman scored 38.975 on all-around at the West Virginia quad meet to rank third overall on the day among a group of seven performers. Her score also stands fourth all-time in Temple history for individual all-around scores and helped lead the Owls to a new program record of 193.625. Todd's bar score of 9.825 is also the highest from any Owl this season.

Specialist of the Week
Kaitlin Green – Cornell
Green won the beam event in Cornell’s meet with Rutgers and Michigan State, turning in a score of 9.875. The sophomore also posted a 9.75 on bars, the fourth-best score of the event, helping Cornell post its highest team score of the season (193.45)

Coaches' Choice
Sloane Smith – Yale
Battling injuries, Smith scored a 9.6 on floor exercise to open the event for a Yale line-up that totaled 48.475 in the competition at the Don Tonry Bulldog Invitational.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Majesta Valentine – West Chester
Competing against Division I UPenn, Valentine won the all-around with a score of 39.150. She also posted wins in the balance beam (9.825), floor exercise (9.925) and tied for top spot with her teammate on vault (9.675). Valentine’s floor score broke the individual record for the second time this season, and helped West Chester break the team record for the floor exercise with a total mark of 49.025.

Rookie of the Week
Maya Reimers – Bridgeport
Reimers played a key role in Bridgeport’s two victories over Division I opponents last week. The freshman posted personal bests on the beam (9.9) and floor exercise (9.85) over the course of the week, and finished third in the all-around against Brown (38.525) and second against Yale (38.525)

Specialist of the Week
Brianna Comport – Bridgeport
Comport posted first- and second-place finishes on the balance beam in back-to-back competitions last weekend. The senior took first in Bridgeport’s meet with Brown University with a score of 9.875, and then finished in second (9.825) in a quad meet with Yale, Southern Connecticut State University and Rhode Island College. Comport also finished in first in the floor exercise in both events, scoring 9.875 against Brown on Friday before bettering that performance with a 9.9 the next day.

Coaches' Choice
Madison Brent – West Chester
After missing most of last season due to injury, Brent posted a career-best performance on floor in West Chester’s meet against Penn. The junior scored 9.8, tying her for third in the event.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Ashley Potts - Northern Illinois
Junior Ashley Potts tied for first as an all-around competitor against MAC opponent Kent State and Southeast Missouri State on Sunday, Jan. 29. Potts improved her personal best scores on both vault and the balance beam earning 9.825 and 9.875, respectively. The day ended tying her season high all-around score of 39.000.

Specialist of the Week
Kendall Valentin - Eastern Michigan
Junior Kendall Valentin had another outstanding meet for the Eagles in Kalamazoo, playing a vital role in the Eagles’ victory over WMU, along with also breaking the EMU bars record. Valentin began the meet on bars, matching her career-best with another incredible 9.925, highlighted by a stuck dismount. On the final event of the day, the junior secured a 9.875 to pace the Green and White on beam, helping EMU to the ninth-best beam total in program history.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Bria Northrop - Texas Woman's
Northrop had another career-setting weekend at TWU's home opener Sunday against Iowa State. This season, the freshman from Shawnee, Kan., has continually improved each meet and upped all four of her event scores against ISU - vault by and bars by .075, beam by .175, floor by .100, and all-around by .425. Northrop tied for the title on floor, came in second in all-around, tied for third on vault and beam, and placed sixth on bars.

Specialist of the Week
Navia Jordan - Centenary
With the Ladies hosting a pair of meets this weekend, Jordan performed the final routine in both competitions. On Friday night against Wisconsin-Oshkosh, with the Maroon and White trailing by 0.525 going into the final routine, Jordan needed at least a 9.700 to cement the Centenary win. She answered, turning in the best performance of the night and her second-best score of her collegiate career on floor with a 9.875. Centenary claimed the close meet with the Titans, 191.450-191.250. Jordan completed the weekend floor sweep on Sunday against Air Force, winning the event with a 9.800. Her score helped the Ladies surge past the Falcons on floor (48.550-48.525), but Air Force claimed the 192.000-190.650 win.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Alexis Brown - UC Davis
UC Davis junior Alexis Brown (Huntington Beach, CA) recorded a first-place and 2017 MPSF-high 39.125 all-around in the home dual win over Sacramento State (Jan. 29). She scored 9.750 on vault, a second-place tying 9.775 on bars, a winning and conference season-high tying 9.850 on balance beam, and 9.750 on floor. She also helped the Aggies hit season-bests for beam (48.800), floor (49.100--2017 MPSF event-high) and total (MPSF season-high 194.925). This is Brown’s fifth career weekly honor, earning gymnast of the week once last year (Feb. 9, 2016) and newcomer three times in 2015.

Specialist of the Week
Rachel Kraeger - UC Davis
UC Davis senior Rachel Kreager (Santa Rosa, CA) captured the uneven bars title with a career-high 9.850 in the Aggies’ home win over Sacramento State (Jan. 29). Kreager’s bars’ routine helped UC Davis compile a 48.625 in the event and a 2017 MPSF-high 194.925 team total for the meet. This is Kreager’s first career MPSF weekly honor.

Freshman of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) won her second collegiate title at the Metroplex Challenge (Jan .28), taking first on floor with a 9.850. She was part of the floor team which scored a 49.050, tying for the 14th-best in school history. Chan added a team-best 9.775 on vault and was part of the vault team which collected a season-best 48.750, and tied for 13th highest in school history. This is the second career MPSF honor for Chan, also earning the weekly freshman award two weeks ago (Jan. 17).


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Danielle Ramirez - Southern Utah
Ramirez, a senior from Corona, Calif., recorded a 39.425 in the all-around, the highest all-around total in the MRGC this season, to capture her first Gymnast of the Week recognition of the season. Ramirez also led the Thunderbirds with a 9.875 on vault, sharing MRGC Vault Specialist of the Week honors and claiming the individual title on the event as SUU posted a 195.800-194.650 road victory at North Carolina State. Ramirez tied for first on beam with a 9.875 and finished second on bars (9.800) and floor (9.875).

Specialists of the Week
Danielle Ramirez - Southern Utah - Co-Vault
Sarah Means - Boise State - Co-Vault
Means earned a career-high 9.875 on vault to win the event title as Boise State finished with a 49.050 on their opening apparatus. The recognition is the first career MRGC weekly honor for the Las Vegas native.
Shani Remme and Diana Mejia - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars
Mejia and Remme both received 9.925's on uneven bars in the second rotation to share the event crown. The 9.925 was a career high for Remme and it tied a previous career high for Mejia. The weekly accolade on bars is the second career nod for Mejia.
Shani Remme - Boise State - Balance Beam
Remme kept the momentum rolling into balance beam, tying a career-high 9.925 to win her first beam title of the season. The two honors for the sophomore are the sixth and seventh career weekly accolades of her young career.
Madison Ward - Utah State - Co-Floor Exercise
Ward, a sophomore from Rexburg, Idaho, recorded her fourth consecutive event title on floor, scoring her second consecutive 9.900 on the event as Utah State lost on the road at New Hampshire, 195.175-194.075. Ward also competed on vault and bars for the Aggies, scoring a career-high 9.800 and a 9.750, respectively.
Sandra Collantes - Boise State - Co-Floor Exercise
Collantes - a Second-Team All-America honoree on floor in 2016 - showed her proficiency in the event in posting a 9.9 to capture the victory which was also a new season high. She now has four weekly MRGC career honors to her name.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* MyKayla Skinner has singularly owned the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week title so far this season. This week marks her fourth in a row to earn the conference's top weekly award.
* Once again this week, Skinner won four individual titles titles (vault - 9.875, beam - 9.925, floor - 9.925, all-around - 39.575), this time leading UTAH to a 197.150 score and a road win over No. 19 Washington.
* Her 39.575 winning all-around score was the best in the Pac-12 this week and she is currently ranked second in the nation in the all-around, and first in the Pac-12.
* Skinner has now won 17 of a possible 20 individual titles in UTAH's first four meets. Her 17 titles include winning every all-around, vault, and floor title possible so far this season.

Specialist and Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
* Kyla Ross scored the nation's first perfect 10 on uneven bars so far this season with her 10.0 in the first rotation on Saturday.
* The perfect 10 was the 105th in UCLA history and the first by a Bruin on uneven bars since 2014.
* Ross also earned a perfect score from one of two judges on vault and scored a career-high 9.925 to win the event.
* She earned career-high marks in every event in which she competed this weekend, including a new career-best 9.85 on beam.
* Ross won uneven bars for the third time in as many meets, and now ranks second in the nation on bars with an average of 9.933.
* She led her team to a season-high team score of 197.325 and to a season-high 49.550 on bars, UCLA's highest bars score since 2010.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kennedi Edney - LSU
Edney shined in her all-around debut to capture the title and led the second-ranked Tigers to a score of 197.475 and a win over sixth-ranked Kentucky. Her all-around score of 39.625 was the third-highest for a freshman in school history. Edney became just the second gymnast in school history to earn a 9.925 or higher on all four events in her freshman season. Against the Wildcats, she also won the individual title on beam with a 9.95, and tied for the title on bars with a 9.925. In the national rankings, Edney sits at No. 8 on floor, No. 14 on vault and bars, and No. 22 on beam.

Specialist of the Week
Kennedy Baker - Florida
Baker ended the 11th Annual Gators Link to Pink meet with a perfect 10.0 floor exercise routine. It was her second 10.0 floor routine of her career, as her 2017 perfect mark was two days shy of her one-year anniversary for her first 10.0. Baker is one of two in the nation to record a 10.0 on floor this season and the first among SEC competitors. She is three-for-three for floor wins this season and now owns nine for her career. The perfect mark was the 10th floor exercise 10.0 in Florida’s history, and Baker is now one of three Gators who have earned the score on multiple occasions (Kytra Hunter – 4x, Bridget Sloan-2x, Baker-2x). Her season average of 9.95 puts her in a three-way tie for No. 1 in the current Road to Nationals floor rankings.

Freshman of the Week
Amelia Hundley - Florida
Hundley collected her first two collegiate event title in Florida’s win over Auburn – all-around (39.55) and uneven bars (9.95). The total by Hundley was the second-highest among all SEC competitors last weekend. She is tied for 16th in the latest national all-around rankings with her average of 39.381. Hundley is the first Gator freshman to win an all-around title since Alicia Boren took the 2016 Gators Link to Pink title. She equaled Florida’s season-best of 9.95 to take the uneven bars title. Hundley is tied for ninth in the latest Road to Nationals uneven bars rankings (9.888). She also took second on beam (9.90). Hundley’s marks for all-around (39.55), bars (9.95) and beam (9.90) were personal season bests


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Samantha Wiekamp - UW-La Crosse
Wiekamp captured the all-around (38.550) title at the Lindenwood University (Mo.) Triangular on Jan. 28. Her score of 38.550 is currently the highest among all National Collegiate Gymnastics Association teams. Along with winning the all-around, Wiekamp tied for fourth on the floor exercise (9.750) and tied for sixth on the vault (9.625).

Specialist
Kari Willett - UW-La Crosse
Willett scored a 9.725 on all three of her events at the Lindenwood University (Mo.) Triangular on Jan. 28. She tied for second on the vault, while finishing fourth on the balance beam and sixth on the floor exercise in the meet at the Division II national champions (Lindenwood).