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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 3-5, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Lizzy LeDuc - Illinois
* Tallied a career high and tied the program best with a 9.950 on beam in a win vs. Minnesota
* Recorded season highs on both bars (9.875) and floor (9.900) to help the Illini to a 196.025
* Won four event titles, including the all-around with a total score of 39.500
* This is her second Gymnast of the Week honor this season and in her career
* Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Lizzy LeDuc (Jan. 16, 2017)

Co-Event Specialists of the Week
Paige Zaziski - Michigan
* Finished in the top three on all three of her events during Michigan’s dual meet at Maryland
* Matched a career high on beam (9.875) and tied a season best on vault (9.875)
* Notched a 9.875 on bars to help lead the Wolverines to a conference win
* This is her first career Event Specialist of the Week award
* Last Michigan Event Specialist of the Week: Lauren Marinez (Jan. 23, 2017)

Ashley Lambert - Nebraska
* Completed the weekend with two solid performances on the road at Oklahoma and at home vs. Iowa
* Set a new season high with a 9.925 on floor vs. the Hawkeyes to win her second event title of the season
* This is the third Event Specialist of the Week honor she has earned in her career
* Last Nebraska Event Specialist of the Week: Jennie Laeng (Feb. 1, 2016)

Freshman of the Week
Taylor Houchin - Nebraska
* Started the weekend strong by tying her career high on vault (9.900) to finish second at No. 1 Oklahoma
* Earned an event title on vault (9.875) in a dual meet with Iowa, and also picked up a third-place finish on floor (9.875)
* Wins her second Freshman of the Week award this season and helped the Huskers knock off conference-unbeaten Iowa
* Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Taylor Houchin (Jan. 16, 2017)


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kirah Koshinski - West Virginia
Koshinski’s honor follows her stellar performance in the No. 24-ranked Mountaineers’ 195.95-194.875 win at Kent State on Feb. 4, as she earned the vault and floor wins with matching 9.9 scores, as well as finished second on balance beam with a career-high 9.8 mark. She paces WVU with seven event wins this season, including four on floor, and shows 16 career event victories.

Specialist of the Week
Nicole Lehrmann - Oklahoma
In the quad meet, Lehrmann set or tied her season high on both bars and beam. The Austin, Texas, native scored a season-high-matching 9.925 on bars before recording a season-best 9.85 on beam. She tied for second on bars and sixth on beam in the meet. Lehrmann is currently tied for fifth in the nation on bars with an average of 9.900.

Newcomer of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols again posted the highest all-around score in the nation last weekend, recording a 39.850. She scored at least a 9.925 on all four events, including a perfect 10.0 on beam. The 10.0 was her first on beam and the second overall of her career. Nichols is the first OU freshman to ever score a 10.0 on beam and just the second Sooner ever to post a perfect total on two different events, joining Haley Scaman (three on floor, two on vault). The Little Canada, Minn., native added marks of 9.925 on vault, 9.95 on bars and 9.975 on floor as she swept the individual titles for the third consecutive meet.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Tyra McKellar - Towson
Junior Tyra McKellar (Frederick, Maryland), of Towson University was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week on February 7th, after her allaround performance that led Towson to go 1-2 at George Washington’s Brownie & Girl Scout Meet this past weekend. McKellar won the all-around with a season-best 39.250, her first all-around title of the season. Additionally, she set a season-best score of 9.875 to tie for second-place on floor and recorded a season-best 9.750 on vault to help Towson set a season-best team total for that event (48.775). Currently, McKellar ranks 8th among EAGL gymnasts for the all-around with a season-average of 38.825. She ranks fourth on uneven bars (9.785) and ninth on floor exercise (9.806).

Co-Specialists of the Week
Chelsea Raineri - George Washington
Raineri made a pair of podium appearances to help the Colonials to a quad-meet win with a top-EAGL team score (196.400) at their annual Brownie & Girl Scout Meet on Sunday. She tied her career-high score with a 9.900 to claim the floor exercise title. She also tied for second place on vault with a 9.875. Raineri rounded out her solid day on uneven bars where she tied for sixth with a 9.80.

Danielle Mulligan - New Hampshire
In the same competition, but for UNH, Mulligan was the Bars Champion for the third week in a row (scoring 9.875, 9.900, and 9.900 again). After recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in high school, Mulligan was limited to uneven bars all last season. She performed on the balance beam for the first time this weekend to nail a 9.850 for a third place tie. The sophomore is still the top EAGL performer on bars (9.875 avg.), and is now ranked second in the conference on the beam (9.850 avg.).

Rookie of the Week
Riley Freehling - New Hampshire
Freshman Riley Freehling (Southington, Connecticut) from the University of New Hampshire earned the EAGL Rookie of the Week honor on February 7th for her balance beam performance in the Wildcats’ 2-1 finish at George Washington with Towson and Ball State. Freehling helped UNH to a second-place team finish and season-high team score of 196.075, by posting a 9.825 to tie for seventh place on beam. She has now scored a 9.825 or above in the event in three of the last four meets. The freshman’s score was just 0.025 shy of her personal best of 9.850 on the beam, which she achieved in Week Two. Freehling is tied for 16th in the EAGL conference on the beam (9.740 avg.), with a high score of 9.850 on the season.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Daisy Todd – Temple
Todd earned season-highs on vault and floor with scores of 9.775 and 9.725 respectively. The freshman posted her second-highest all-around score of the season to take second overall in the all-around at the Ken Anderson Memorial Invitational. She also shared a piece of the bar title for her second individual event title of the season on the event. Todd's all-around performance led the Owls to a record-breaking 193.95 and a victory over Pitt for the first time since 1995.

Rookie of the Week
Jade Buford – Yale
Buford scored a season- and career-high on floor with a 9.85 for first place in Yale’s meet with Brown. The score marked the highest by an ECAC gymnast on any event last weekend. Buford also had a 9.725 on beam, contributing to season-highs for Yale as a team on beam and overall team score.

Specialist of the Week
Tatiana Winkelman – Yale
At Yale's Senior Meet versus Brown, Winkelman won beam with a 9.825 and had the second-highest score on uneven bars with a 9.8. Her bar score contributed to Yale's highest uneven bar team score in 14 years (and the third-highest in school history). Both Tatiana's scores were the second-highest scores of her career as a senior. Her scores helped lift Yale to their highest team beam score and highest overall team score of the season.

Coaches' Choice
Allison Bushman – Yale
Bushman scored a career-high 9.825 on uneven bars in Yale’s win over Brown last weekend, tying teammate Megan Ryan for top spot in the event.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Majesta Valentine – West Chester
Competing against Division I opponents from Temple and Pitt at the Ken Anderson Invitational, Valentine won the all-around with a score of 39.075. She also posted a win in the floor exercise (9.85) and tied for top spot on bars (9.775).

Rookie of the Week
Nina Whittaker – Bridgeport
Whittaker scored a personal-best 9.8 on the vault in Bridgeport’s win over Southern Connecticut State, finishing second in the event to teammate Kimberly Stewart.

Specialist of the Week
Brianna Comport - Bridgeport
Comport helped Bridgeport secure wins over Division I-foes Cornell, Penn and North Carolina State University, currently ranked at 28th in the nation, and Southern Connecticut State University in two separate competitions last week. The senior scored 9.9 on both the beam and floor against SCSU, good for top spot in both events, then followed with a 9.875 on beam and 9.9 on floor against N.C. State. Her beam score was good for first place, while she tied on floor with teammate Maya Reimers.

Coaches' Choice
Kathleen Aberger – Southern Connecticut State
Aberger registered another strong performance in the meet against UB, including a personal-best score on the beam (9.8). In all, she was Southern's top finisher on the bars (9.725), fourth overall, and also placed second on the beam.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Katherine Prentice - Northern Illinois
Junior Katherine Prentice set two and tied two of her personal records against Bowling Green last Friday. Prentice set her vault record at 9.825 and her all-around personal record at 39.175. The Huskie was able to tie her previous beam and floor highs at 9.850 and 9.875, respectively.

Specialist of the Week
Jovannah East - Bowling Green<
BGSU freshman Jovannah East continued the torrid start to her collegiate career with two event victories and two new personal records during a pair of MAC duals against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. At NIU, East set a new PR on the balance beam and tied for first overall with a 9.850. She added a victory on the vault with another 9.850. Those were her third and fourth event victories of the season. On Sunday against WMU, East set a new PR with an outstanding 9.875 on vault and finished second. She tied for fourth with a 9.800 on the beam. East has a 9.800 or better in eight of her ten routines this season; she leads the MAC in vault average (9.830) and is second on beam (9.760).


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Gabrielle Cooke - Illinois State
Cooke had a second-place finish on the balance beam with a score of 9.750, to help her win the all-around competition with a career-high score of 38.950. Central Michigan placed first with a score of 194.950. The Redbirds were close behind with their best score of the year so far of 194.075. Cooke took fifth place in two events with scores of 9.850 on floor and 9.775 on vault. She also scored a 9.575 on bars, placing her in the top ten on all events.

Specialist of the Week
Kierstin Sokolowski - Lindenwood
Sokolowski won the award after recording a 9.850 on the beam at the Texas Woman's dual meet. She won the competition by 0.050, her first overall beam victory of the season. Sokolowski's score was a career-high for her on that event.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Katie Won
San Jose State junior Katie Won (Mesa, AZ) recorded a career-best 39.225 to win the all-around title against UC Davis (Feb. 3). She led the Spartan vault team to tie for second-place (9.800), finished third on the uneven bars (9.800), tied for third on balance beam (9.775), and tied for first on floor with a career-best (9.850). Her 39.225 all-around is the top score in the MPSF this season. This is Won’s third career MPSF weekly honor, earning one gymnast and newcomer award in 2015.

Specialist of the Week
Kaprece Nadonza
San Jose State sophomore Kaprece Nadonza (Palmdale, CA) won her first collegiate event title with a career-high 9.850 uneven bars routine against UC Davis (Feb. 3). This is Nadonza’s first career MPSF honor.

Freshman of the Week
Rita Koenigbauer
Air Force freshman Rita Koenigbauer (Ira Township, MI) made her collegiate debut in the dual win at Seattle Pacific (Feb. 4), where the Academy registered a season-high 192.675 – the 21st-highest score of head coach Doug Day’s tenure. Koenigbauer garnered a score of 9.775 to finish fourth on the balance beam, tied for the team’s third-highest mark of the season on that event. Her score helped the Falcons tally a season-high 48.925 on beam. This is the first career MPSF honor for Koenigbauer.


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme - Boise State
Shani Remme was the MRGC Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around last Friday against Southern Utah with a 39.450. The score is tied for the 21st-best all-around score in school history, and is also a career high for the sophomore. The native of Loomis, Calif., also was named the Balance Beam Specialist of the Week after winning the event outright thanks to a 9.9 against the Thunderbirds.

Specialists of the Week
Ann Stockwell - Boise State - Co-Vault
Ann Stockwell earned co-Vault Specialist of the Week honors thanks to a season-high 9.875 on the apparatus. She also won the conference title on vault at last year's MRGC Championship.
Madison McBride - Southern Utah - Co-Vault
McBride tied for the vault event title on Friday against Boise State, scoring a career high 9.875 to lead the Thunderbirds. Currently, McBride is tied for the top average on vault in the country with teammates Stacie Webb and Danielle Ramirez.
Sandra Collantes and Diana Mejia - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars
Diana Mejia and Sandra Collantes tied for the win on bars to both earn co-Uneven Bars Specialist of the Week after earning 9.9's. It is the second-straight weekly recognition on bars for Mejia and the first-career weekly nod for Collantes for her work on bars.
Shani Remme - Boise State - Balance Beam
Madison Ward - Utah State - Floor Exercise
Ward captured two event titles last Friday against in-state rival BYU, helping the Aggies record a 195.850-194.850 victory in front of 3,313 fans at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. It was Utah State’s 500th win in program history. Against the Cougars, Ward began the meet by claiming the vault title with a personal-best 9.850. She punctuated the meet by winning the floor title for the fifth consecutive meet with a career-high-tying 9.900. Sandwiched in between those two events, she tied for seventh on bars with a 9.775.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast and Freshman of the Week
Madison Kocian - UCLA
* Madison Kocian scored a career-high 39.625 in the all-around to capture her third all-around title in her first four collegiate meets.
* She captured first place on floor for the second time this season with a career-high 9.95, leading the team to a season-high floor score of 49.3.
* The gold medalist also set a new career-high on beam with a 9.95, placing second.
* In addition, she received a season-high score on vault, scoring 9.875 for the third consecutive meet to help UCLA achieve a season-best 49.3 team vault score.
* Kocian is the only Bruin to compete on every event in every meet this season.

Specialist of the Week
Elizabeth Price - Stanford
* Elizabeth price won both vault (9.875) and bars (9.950) in the Cardinal's upset of WASHINGTON, earning herself Specialist of the Week honors for the second time this season.
* Price has won vault and bars in all four meets she has competed in this season and has scored a 9.900 or higher in 50-of-80 (62.5 percent) of her performances during her collegiate career.
* Price has won nine of the 12 events in which she has competed this season.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kiana Winston - Alabama
Winston posted the highest all-around total in the SEC this season in leading Alabama to defeat No. 3 Florida with a career-best 39.700. It marks the third time this season that she has posted a career best in the all-around. Winston is one of just four gymnasts in the nation to score 39.7 or better in the nation this season and the only one from the SEC. She also scored one of just three 10.0s on the floor exercise this season on Friday, and the only one in the past week. Her 10.0 on the floor exercise pushed Alabama to a 49.625 team score, the highest in the SEC this season. Winston also won the uneven bars with a 9.95 and was second on the beam with a 9.9. Her scores also helped propel the Crimson Tide to a 197.825 team mark, the highest in the nation last week and tied for the highest in the SEC this season. She has scored 9.95 or better seven times this season.

Specialist of the Week
Nickie Guerrero - Alabama
Guerrero won the vault and balance beam in helping lead Alabama in the win over No. 3 Florida. All three of her scores on the night were 9.9 or better. She posted season-best 9.9 on the floor exercise to push Alabama to a 49.625 team score, the highest in the SEC this season. Her winning 9.925 on the vault helped the Tide tie its season best of 49.375.

Freshman of the Week
Jessica Yamzon - Arkansas
Yamzon won her second straight individual all-around title, her second career individual all-around title and her third career individual title overall, in helping lead No. 24 Arkansas to a 196.375-196.075 win at No. 17 Auburn. She scored career bests on uneven bars, floor exercise and balance beam on the way to a career-best 39.275 in the all-around. Yamzon was one of six gymnasts to score a season best and one of five gymnasts to score a career best on uneven bars, where Arkansas scored a 49.200, its highest team score in any event this season. She led off the team’s final rotation on balance beam, scoring a 9.875, as Arkansas matched a season best and outscored Auburn 49.125-48.575 in the rotation for the comeback win.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Eboni Jackson - Winona State
Jackson won the all-around competition at the John Zuerlein Invitational on Feb. 3, with a score of 38.325 - her second-highest total of the season. She outscored the second-place finisher by over a full point. Jackson won the floor exercise with a score of 9.725 and won the vault with a score of 9.650. She finished third in the uneven bars and tied for second on the balance beam. Jackson recorded her highest scores of the season in the vault and balance beam.

Specialist
Haruka Hasebe - Winona State
With a score of 9.625, Hasebe took first place in the balance beam at the John Zuerlein Invitational on Feb. 3. She edged out UW-Stout’s Kenzie Hyde by just .025. Hasebe recorded her highest total of the season on the beam. She also finished second in the uneven bars with a score of 9.500.