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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 17-19, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alexis Mattern - Ohio State
* Led the Buckeyes to a top 25 victory with an all-around title and a score of 39.375
* Tallied career highs and won event titles on vault with a 9.900 and on bars with a 9.875
* Registered a 9.900 on floor to finish second in the event
* This is her first Gymnast of the Week honor as a Buckeye

Event Specialist of the Week
Emma McLean - Michigan
* Earned two event titles (vault and floor) to help lead the Wolverines to a nonconference win vs. NC State
* Notched a season best 9.975 on vault to win the event for the second time in her career
* Followed that up with a 9.900 on floor to secure an event title, eclipsing the 9.9 mark for the fourth time in five meets
* This is the first Event Specialist of the Week award of her career

Freshman of the Week
Lexi Funk - Michigan
* Scored a 9.825 or better on all three events as Michigan tied a season best 197.225 in Saturday’s win
* Hit a career high on bars with a 9.825 to finish fourth and also finished second on floor with a 9.875
* Rounded out her performance with a 9.825 on beam with her second-best score of the year


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
* Bested her own OU program record all-around total with a 39.925 mark at the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational featuring No. 2 LSU, No. 10 Georgia and No. 15 Missouri.
* The score is the best by a freshman dating back to 1998, according to Roadtonationals.com.
* Concluded the meet with a perfect score on beam, her fourth overall perfect score this season and her second on the event.
* Recorded a trio of 9.975 scores on floor, vault and bars on her way to grabbing at least a share of all four individual titles and her seventh all-around title.

Specialist of the Week
Stefani Catour - Oklahoma
* Matched both of her career highs with a 9.925 mark on bars and a 9.95 on beam.
* Helped the Sooners to the third-best score in program history (198.350).
* Finished fourth on bars and tied for second on beam at the meet out of 24 competitors.
* Part of an OU bar (49.600) and beam (49.625) lineup that posted season-best totals, both standing as the fourth-best in program history on the events.

Newcomer of the Week
Maddie Karr - Denver
* Awarded a 10.0 on vault for the first perfect score of her career, the sixth in program history on vault and the first since 2013.
* Posted a 9.900 on beam, just .025 off her career high to tie for second overall on the event.
* Recorded an all-around mark of 39.025 while facing Minnesota.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Meghan Pflieger - New Hampshire
Senior Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire earned her first EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor for the 2017 season, on February 21st, after her all-around performances in the Wildcats 1-1 weekend which brought a win against Temple and a loss against UNC. The senior Co-Captain was the individual beam champion in Friday’s meet as well as Sunday’s meet. She placed in the top 3 in seven of the eight events, as well as both all-around competitions. Pflieger set two new career highs over the weekend (bars on Friday, all-around on Sunday). She also set a new season high of 9.875 on the beam on Friday, and matched that season high with another 9.875 on Sunday. The Barneveld, N.Y. native ranks third in the EAGL conference on the floor (9.850 RQS), fifth on the vault (9.795 RQS), and sixth on the beam (9.820 RQS).

Specialist of the Week
Danielle Mulligan - New Hampshire
Sophomore Danielle Mulligan (Farmingdale, N.Y.) of UNH was named EAGL Specialist of the Week for the second time this season after her two event performances in the Wildcats’ 1-1 weekend. Against UNC, Mulligan tied her season-high on bars with a 9.900 and against Temple, she returned another 9.900 on bars for first and added a 9.825 on beam for third. The sophomore has now been the individual champion on the bars in six straight meets, and seven meets overall this season. She has scored a 9.900 four times this year. After two uncharacteristic falls on the beam Friday night, Mulligan redeemed herself with a strong score of 9.825 and a third place finish on Sunday. The Farmingdale, N.Y. native ranks first in the EAGL conference, and is tied for ninth nationally, on the bars (9.880 RQS).

Rookie of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Freshman Khazia Hislop (Concord, Massachusetts) was tabbed as the EAGL Rookie of the Week for the fourth time of the 2017 season, on February 21st. In UNC’s victory over EAGL opponent, UNH this past weekend, Hislop put up two top scores for the Tar Heels: a 9.850 on balance beam and a 9.925 on floor exercise. Hislop tied her career-high of 9.925 on floor which earned her a tie for first place with teammate, Morgan Lane. Her performance makes this the fifth straight meet in which Hislop has scored 9.850 or better and this is her fourth time scoring at least 9.900 this season. Hislop’s beam score was good enough for fifth place, just 0.025 points behind the four-way tie for first place.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Caroline Morant – Brown
Morant was solid on all four events in two meets in Missouri this past weekend. She earned a career-high and school-record 9.925 on floor exercise on Friday at the GymQuarters Invitational at Lindenwood University. The senior totaled a 39.025 in the all-around in the meet, and also turned in a solid all-around performance in a tri-meet with Lindenwood at Seattle Pacific (38.975). Morant’s all-around scores were two of the three highest posted by ECAC competitors in the event over the weekend.

Specialist of the Week
Aaliyah Kerr – William & Mary
Kerr earned a share of the floor title at the five-time George Washington with a career-high 9.9. That score ranks tied for fifth in school history in the event. The sophomore also tied the team’s top score on floor (9.775) at the Maryland quad meet later in the week.

Rookie of the Week
Daisy Todd – Temple
Todd posted a solid 38.775 in the all-around in the Owls’ dual with No. 27 New Hampshire. The freshman scored 9.825 on bars, the third time she had done so this season, tying for second place in the process.

Coaches' Choice
Natalie Borden – Penn
Borden was a late addition to the uneven bars lineup, but made her mark in her collegiate debut. The freshman earned a 9.575 to contribute to Penn’s team score of 193.425, its second-highest team score of the season.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Majesta Valentine – West Chester
Competing against Division I Cornell, Valentine took top spot in the balance beam (9.85), floor exercise (9.85) and all-around (39.175) over the weekend. She also tied for second on vault with a 9.75, while her 9.85 on beam equaled the school record. Valentine is currently ranked first in the Northeast region among all Division I, II and III all-around gymnasts.

Specialist of the Week
Tiffany Elliot – Southern Connecticut State
Elliott claimed the top spot on the vault with a score of 9.65 and was seventh on the floor with that same score in the quad-meet with Yale, Springfield and Rhode Island College.

Rookie of the Week
Jordan Miranda – West Chester
Miranda scored a 9.5 on bars for the Golden Rams in their meet against Division I Cornell.

Coaches' Choice
Rose Wortman – West Chester
Wortman scored a 9.725 on the balance beam to earn a tie for fourth in West Chester’s meet against Cornell last weekend. She also earned a 9.625 in the floor exercise.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Katy Clements - Central Michigan
Junior Katy Clements was instrumental in bringing home a narrow 0.1-point victory for Central Michigan (195.775) against Kent State (195.675) this past weekend. Clements took first on the beam with a 9.925. This was a career and season best for Clements, beating out her former top mark of 9.900. She also brought home second on floor with a 9.900 and fourth on vault with a 9.850.

Specialist of the Week
Jamyra Carter - Northern Illinois
Senior Jamyra Carter impressed, Friday against Eastern Michigan, as she recorded her name in the school record book for the fourth time and third time this season. Carter’s consistency on the uneven parallel bars earned her third 9.900 score of her career.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Schyler Jones - Texas Woman's
Jones set a career-high with an all-around score of 39.225, .025 higher than her previous best Sunday inside Kitty Magee Arena. The junior recorded her highest ever score on any event with a 9.900 on balance beam and placed first on vault with a 9.850. Jones was key in helping TWU tie the school record in team score with a 196.000 originally set back in 2003. The team that set that record went on to with the 2003 USAG National Championship.

Specialist of the Week
Kierstin Sokolowski - Lindenwood
Sokolowski earned the honor for the beam after averaging a 9.850 for the week. At the GymQuarters Invitational, she scored a 9.825, which led the team and was third overall, behind two gymnasts from nationally-ranked Nebraska. At Lindenwood's Pink Out meet, she scored a career-best 9.875, which was the best score overall in the tri-meet. Sokolowski also performed on the vault and bars in both events, and had a 9.800 or higher in five of her six routines. She helped Lindenwood go 4-1 on the week. On Sunday, Sokolowski and the Lady Lions tied a team record for a regular season meet with a team score of 195.325.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Alexis Brown - UC Davis
UC Davis junior Alexis Brown (Huntington Beach, CA) had seven wins over two meets, as the Aggies won two duals over Alaska-Anchorage (Feb. 17-19). She had a winning 39.300 all-around Friday--tied for sixth in UCD history--with the No. 1 vault (9.825), beam (9.900) and floor (9.825). That beam result put her into a five-way tie for the school record. She added meet titles Sunday on vault (9.850), floor (9.925), and all-around (38.975). The floor ranked T-4th in school history and T-11th in the MPSF record books, and helped UCD post a total of 49.350 in the event (5th for the program, 7th in MPSF history). Brown also chipped in 9.80 on bars, helping that squad compile 49.225 – second in school history, T-8th in the MPSF. This is Brown’s third weekly honor this year, seventh of her career.

Specialist of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) helped the Spartans to their second-highest team score of the season with a 194.950 in a win at Air Force (Feb. 18). She won the floor title for the second straight week, and third time this year, tying her career-high with a 9.875. Chan added a 9.800 on beam to tie for third and a 9.700 on vault. She helped the beam team to a 48.975, the second-highest of the season and tying for the sixth-best beam score in San José State history. This is the fourth MPSF freshman award for Chan.

Freshman of the Week



Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Courtney McGregor - Boise State
Courtney McGregor led the way with two honors, capturing the Gymnast of the Week honor after winning the all-around title against the Aggies with a 39.250 and also the Uneven Bars Specialist of the Week honor thanks to a 9.9 - tying a career best. The recognition on bars is the second of the season for the freshman from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Specialists of the Week
Ann Stockwell - Boise State - Vault
Ann Stockwell put up a season-high 9.9 on vault to become the Vault Specialist of the Week. The junior has been sensational on the event the past three weeks, going 9.875, 9.875 and now 9.9.
Courtney McGregor - Boise State - Uneven Bars
Sarah Means and Diana Mejia - Boise State - Co-Balance Beam
Sarah Means and Diana Mejia shared Balance Beam Specialist of the Week honors along with Utah State's Melanie Oster, as all three gymnasts earned a 9.9 on the apparatus. Means now has three weekly honors on the season (two on vault and one on balance beam) while Mejia has four (three on uneven bars and one on balance beam).
Melanie Oster - Utah State - Co-Balance Beam
Oster recorded a career-high 9.900 on beam to tie for first on the event in Utah State’s MRGC dual meet against then-No. 7 Boise State last Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The title was the third of Oster’s career as the Aggies recorded a season-high 196.300, which ranks fifth all-time in school history and is the third-highest home score in program history.
Autumn Jorgensen - Southern Utah - Floor Exercise
Jorgensen tied the school record on the floor exercise for the second consecutive week. She recorded the fourth highest mark on the event in MRGC history (9.950) on her way to the event championship against the Cougars of Brigham Young University last Friday inside the Centrum Arena.


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner- UCLA
* MyKayla Skinner won her fifth Gymnast of the Week award this season after the all-around (39.675), vault (9.925) and floor (9.95) to lead Utah past UCLA 197.875-197.500.
* Skinner remains undefeated (7-0) in the all-around and on vault.
* Her 39.675 all-around against UCLA was the best score in the Pac-12 last week.
* Skinner also scored a season-high 9.925 on bars vs. UCLA and has now won 26 of a possible 35 events this season.

Specialist of the Week
Katelyn Ohashi - UCLA
* Katelyn Ohashi earned a pair of 9.95s on beam and a 9.85 and 9.9 on floor as the Bruins competed in two meets in three days over the President's Day weekend.
* Ohashi tied for first on beam at Utah on Saturday with a 9.95, hitting her extremely difficult back handspring / back handspring / layout full series and sticking her dismount. She also followed a fall on floor at Utah and scored 9.85 to keep the Bruins in the hunt.
* At the Bruins' tri-meet on Monday, she hit her series again and scored 9.95 to place second behind only teammate Kyla Ross' perfect 10. On floor exercise, she led off with a career-high-tying 9.9 to tie for first place.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
* Kyla Ross scored two perfect 10s in three days, earning a 10 on bars at Utah on Saturday and a 10 on beam against Utah State/Bridgeport on Monday.
* Ross now has three perfect 10s this season and is the first Bruin to score three perfect 10s in a season since Tasha Schwikert in 2005.
* She won the all-around in the tri-meet Monday, scoring a career-high 39.225 and picking up victories on vault (9.9) and beam (10.0) and a second-place finish on bars (9.925).
* At Utah, Ross scored her second 10 of the season on bars to take first place and also tied for third on vault with a 9.875.
* She finished with six Top 3 finishes on the weekend.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachel Dickson - Georgia
Dickson led the way for the Georgia Gymdogs to claim their highest road score of the season by posting career highs on bars (9.95), beam (9.925) and all-around score (39.55) as UGA finished with a 196.975. She was a top-five finisher on bars, beam and floor, as well as in the all-around, at the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational that featured No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 LSU and 15th-ranked Mizzou. The performance was Dickson’s second all-around that went for 39.5 or better, last achieving the feat in her all-around debut against Missouri on Jan. 27.

Specialist of the Week
Ashleigh Gnat - LSU
Gnat competed in five events over the weekend and did not score lower than a 9.90. She captured her 49th career individual title and 12th of the season with a 9.95 on floor at the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational against No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 10 Georgia and No. 15 Missouri. Gnat has yet to score below a 9.90 on vault or floor this season. She is ranked No. 2 on both vault and floor and No. 6 on beam in the first edition of the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).

Freshman of the Week
Kennedi Edney - LSU
Edney posted a score of 9.90 or better in six of seven events she competed in this past weekend. She tied for fourth on beam at the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational against No. 1 OU, No. 10 UGA and No. 15 Missouri. Edney finished with a score of 39.550 in the all-around for the second-highest score of her career. Against No. 20 George Washington and No. 22 Iowa, she finished first on vault with a 9.95 to tie her career high. The win marked her eighth total title and third vault title. Edney also posted a 9.925 on floor to tie her career high and finish in a tie for second. She finished with a score of 9.90 on bars for third on the event. Edney is ranked No. 6 on vault and No. 8 on bars in the first edition of the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Lisa O’Donnell - UW-Whitewater
O’Donnell posted what is believed to be a National Collegiate Gymnastics Association record in the all-around on Feb. 18, to help the Warhawks defeat UW-Oshkosh with a team score of 192.400, third-highest in program history. Her tally of 38.875 bested the previous high of 38.800 by Eboni Jackson of Winona State University (Minn.) in 2016. O’Donnell won three events against the Titans, placing first on the vault (9.700), uneven bars (9.825, T-3rd in program history) and floor exercise (9.775, 10th in program history). She also helped UW-Whitewater set a school record on the balance beam with a 48.225, placing fourth with a 9.575.

Specialist
McKenzie Foster - UW-Whitewater
Foster won the balance beam to help the Warhawks down UW-Oshkosh on Feb. 18, and remain undefeated with a team score of 192.400, third-highest in program history. Her score of 9.750 is tied for the third-best in program history and helped UW-Whitewater post a school-record mark of 48.225 on the balance beam. Foster also placed fourth on the uneven bars with a 9.600 to help the Warhawks record the program’s fourth-best all-time score of 48.125.