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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – March 1-5, 2017
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Olivia Karas, - Michigan
* Earned an all-around title for the second-consecutive meet with a 39.600 vs. top-ranked Oklahoma
* Matched her career high on bars (9.950) and on floor (9.950) to lead the Wolverines to a 197.525 team score
* Recorded top-10 finishes on vault (9.875) and on beam (9.850)
* This is the fourth career Gymnast of the Week honor for Karas

Co-Event Specialists of the Week
Emma McLean - Michigan
* Earned a third-consecutive Event Specialist of the Week honor after a pair of scores that eclipsed the 9.9 mark vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
* Tied for the event title on vault with a 9.900 for the third-straight meet and fourth of the season
* Equaled her career high on floor with a 9.925 to finish tied for fourth
* This is the third Event Specialist of the Week award of both her career and season

Bailey Abernathy - Minnesota
* Notched a personal record on floor with a score of 9.950 in her final regular-season home meet for Minnesota
* Hit a 9.875 on vault to win the event as the Gophers defeated BYU in a dual meet
* Earns the three Event Specialist of the Week award of both her career and season

Freshman of the Week
Clair Kaji - Iowa
* Helped lead the Hawkeyes to a dual meet victory vs. in-state rival Iowa State with a pair of top-two finishes
* Posted a season best on floor with a 9.925, which is the third-best score in school history
* Won an event title on beam with a 9.850
* This is the second Freshman of the Week honor that Kaji has received


Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Chayse Capps - Oklahoma
* Produced a 10.0 on beam, securing a road victory for the Sooners against No. 11 Michigan, as well as matching her career-high and the second perfect score of her career on the event.
* Contributed a 9.9 on floor, a 9.85 bars score and a 9.8 on vault to earn second place all-around score of 39.550.
* Has now scored at least a 9.9 on beam in six straight meets and at least a 9.9 on floor in four straight competitions.

Specialist of the Week
Leah Lomonte - Denver
* Scored a career-high 9.9 on bars on Senior Night for Denver.
* This marks her first score of 9.9 or higher since her sophomore season on beam, also coming after an injury that nearly ended her gymnastics career last season.
* Notched a second place finish on the event.

Newcomer of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
* Recorded her first 10.0 on bars, completing a sweep of perfect scores in every event this year.
* With the score, Nichols becomes the ninth collegiate gymnast to complete a “GymSlam” and the first since Florida’s Bridget Sloan accomplished the feat in 2015.
* Has five perfect scores this season, tying with Haley Scaman for the most perfect marks in an OU career.


East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Meghan Pflieger - New Hampshire
Senior Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, New York) of the University of New Hampshire was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week for the second time this season. While suffering with a stomach bug, the senior co-captain scored a 39.300 to be crowned the all-around champion in Sunday’s meet, which was also Senior Day. Additionally,she placed first on floor on Wednesday (9.850), and on the beam (9.875) and floor (9.875) on Sunday. Pflieger has now scored a 9.800 or better on the beam in six straight meets, and seven out of the last eight. She has also recorded a 9.850 or higher on the floor in each of the last four meets, and a 39.200 or higher in three of the last four meets. The Barneveld, N.Y. native is tied for second in the EAGL conference on the floor (9.865 RQS), fourth on the all-around (39.135 RQS), fourth on the beam (9.860 RQS), tied for fifth on the vault (9.810 RQS).

Specialist of the Week
Danielle Mulligan - New Hampshire
Sophomore Danielle Mulligan (Farmingdale, New York) of the University of New Hampshire earned her third EAGL Specialist of the Week honor on March 7th after her performance in the Wildcats two-meet weekend. At the University of Maryland with Temple, West Chester, and William & Mary on March 1st, Mulligan posted scores of 9.925 on bars (1st, T-career high) and 9.700 on beam (15th). On March 5th against Yale and Brown, Mulligan went 9.825 on bars (T-3rd), and 9.775 on beam (T-4th). The sophomore notched her eighth straight individual victory on bars in Wednesday’s meet while tying a career high (9.925). In each of the 10 meets this season, Mulligan has not scored lower than a 9.825 on bars (five scores of 9.900 or higher). Mulligan ranks first in the EAGL conference, and is tied for 12th nationally, on bars (9.895 RQS).

Rookie of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Freshman Khazia Hislop (Concord, Massachusetts) of the University of North Carolina was tabbed as EAGL Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season, on March 7th. In the Tar Heel’s win over William & Mary, the freshman scored a 9.875 on floor and a 9.850 on beam. Hislop earned first place honors in both of her events. On floor, Hislop scored above 9.850 for the seventh meet in a row after receiving a score of 9.875 from the judges this week. Tying William & Mary’s Briana Gironda for first, Hislop earned a 9.850 on beam and extended her streak of scoring at least 9.800 to six consecutive weeks. She has scored at least 9.775 on beam in all but the first competition of this season.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Caroline Morant – Brown
Morant totaled 39.075 in the all-around in Brown’s tri-meet with the University of New Hampshire and Yale University. The Illinois native earned 9.8 marks in the vault, bars and floor exercise. The score stands as the top mark among ECAC competitors last week, and also represents the second-best all-around score of the senior’s career.

Specialist of the Week
Breahna Wiczkowski – Temple
Wiczkowski had a strong showing in Temple’s win over Cornell University on Saturday. After leading off the bar lineup with a 9.5, Wiczkowski shattered her own career-high beam score with a 9.925. The score not only secured her the event title, but also stands as the first ever 9.925 on beam in Temple gymnastics history. The score stands as the highest beam score among ECAC gymnasts for the 2017 season.

Rookie of the Week
Emma Firmstone – Yale
Firmstone scored a 9.8 on floor, a 9.775 on beam, and a 9.625 on vault in Yale’s tri-meet with UNH and Brown. The freshman started out a vaulting line-up that scored the third-highest vault team score in school history with a career-high score on vault. Firmstone also came within .025 of setting new career-high marks on beam and the floor exercise.

Coaches' Choice
Jordan Mitchell – Brown
Mitchell turned in a strong score in the all-around, posting a 38.1 behind solid scores in the vault (9.5) and on beam (9.725). It marked the first time this season Mitchell had competed in the all-around for Brown.


Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Selena Swanger – West Chester
Swanger went 3-for-3 in both of West Chester’s meets last week. The senior started her week with a season-best score of 9.7 on vault, and also scored 9.725 on floor and 9.65 on beam in the Golden Rams’ meet with UNH, Temple, the University of Maryland and the College of William & Mary. Later in the week, Swanger had qualifying marks in the vault (9.65), beam (9.575) and floor (9.675) in a quad-meet featuring multiple Division I competitors.

Specialist of the Week
Kimberly Stewart – Bridgeport
Stewart scored a 9.875 on vault in Bridgeport’s meet with WCU, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday. The senior tied for first place with teammate Maya Reimers in the event. Stewart also registered a 9.725 in the floor exercise.

Rookie of the Week
Maya Reimers – Bridgeport
Reimers had another strong showing in the all-around for UB last weekend, totaling 38.925 to finish fifth overall in a meet featuring competitors from multiple Division I schools. The freshman finished tied for first in the vault (9.875), and also scored 9.875 in the floor exercise to finish fourth in the event.

Coaches' Choice
Michaela Gilbert – Southern Connecticut State
Gilbert set a new school record on beam, scoring 9.85 to lead the Owls in their win over Springfield. The sophomore also scored a 9.35 on bars in the meet.


Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kasey Janowicz - Central Michigan
After coming off multiple injuries, sophomore Kasey Janowicz competed in the all-around for the first time this season and did not disappoint. Janowicz tied her career record and posted the second highest all-around score in the MAC this season with a 39.400, placing in the top five in each event. The sophomore placed first on bars with a career high of 9.900 and also set a season high on beam with a solid score of 9.825, tying for fifth in the event. Janowicz took second on vault (9.800) and third on floor (9.875) en route to the Chippewas’ 196.375-194.975 victory over Rutgers. Their 196.375 was the highest team score in the MAC this season.

Specialist of the Week
Macey Hilliker - Central Michigan
Junior Macey Hilliker led the Chippewas on floor last weekend in an impressive 196.375-194.975 victory over Rutgers. Hilliker won the title with a 9.950, besting her previous career high of 9.925 and giving her the second highest score on floor in the MAC this season. The Chippewas currently rank second in the MAC in team RQS on floor and will entertain Northern Illinois at home in their last meet of the season on Saturday, March 11.


Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alexis Brawner - Southeast Missouri
Brawner had a remarkable weekend, as she was instrumental in two meet wins. She collected scores of 9.700 or better in all but one event and won four event titles. She posted two all-around scores above a 39.000, including a career-best 39.225. Her 9.900 on floor Sunday not only tied a career-high but also gave the Redhawks the win over Air Force by only .025 points.

Specialist of the Week
Katey Oswalt - Lindenwood
Oswalt won the award after recording a 9.900 score on the vault in a tri-meet with Texas Woman's and Wisconsin-Whitewater. That mark was Oswalt's best vault of her career, and tied for second among all gymnasts in Lindenwood history in that event. It was also the highest score in any event by a Lindenwood gymnasts this year. Oswalt now has two 9.900 scores in her career, after also scoring one on the beam in 2016.


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Caitlin Soliwoda - Sacramento State
Sacramento State junior Caitlin Soliwoda (North Las Vegas, NV) won the all-around (39.225) and tied for first-place on the balance beam (9.75) in a three-team meet against UC Davis and Seattle Pacific (Mar. 4). Her all-around total was the second-highest of her career. She added a second-place tying finish on floor (9.875), third-place on vault (9.825), and fourth-place tying result on bars (9.775). This is Soliwoda’s second career weekly award, earning her previous honor this year (Jan. 24).

Specialist of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) won two titles against No. 22 Utah State (Mar. 5), leading a big Spartan win and the second-highest team score of the year (195.150). Chan tied her career-high with a winning 9.850 on beam, and set a career-best on floor with a first-place 9.925, her fourth consecutive floor title. Her 9.925 floor matches the highest score in the MPSF this year and is tied for 11th all-time in the conference. Chan is the 10th gymnast in school history to score a 9.925 on floor. She added a career-high 9.800 on vault to finish second. This is the record-setting sixth MPSF freshman award for Chan, including her fourth consecutive.

Freshman of the Week
Stephanie Relova - San Jose State
San Jose State sophomore Stephanie Relova (Danville, CA) helped the Spartans to a big win over No. 22 Utah State (Mar. 5), as the team scored its second-highest this year of 195.150. Relova finished third on bars as she tied her career-high with a 9.825, and tied for third on beam with a 9.800. This is Relova’s second career MPSF Specialist award, earning one other this year (Feb. 14).


Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shannon Hortman - BYU
BYU’s Shannon Hortman, a freshman from American Fork, Utah, earned her third Gymnast of the Week award after scoring a 39.200 in the all-around in the Cougars’ 196.050-195.000 defeat at Minnesota. Hortman led the Cougars on vault with a 9.850, finishing second overall, and finished among the top five on bars and beam with a 9.850 and 9.825, respectively. Hortman rounded out her total with a 9.675 on floor.

Specialists of the Week
Tyly Bozzuto - Southern Utah - Vault
Bozzuto, a senior from Mesa, Ariz., recorded a career-high 9.900 on vault to win the event and help Southern Utah post a school-record 197.025 on Senior Night, beating North Carolina State (191.625). The Vault Specialist of the Week award is the second straight for Bozzuto this season.
Shani Remme - Boise State - Uneven Bars
Remme, a sophomore from Loomis, Calif., scored matching 9.900s on bars and beam to capture individual titles against Utah State and help the Broncos post a 196.700-195.675 MRGC victory over the Aggies in Boise. Remme has now earned two Bar Specialist of the Week and five Beam Specialist of the Week awards this season.
Shani Remme - Boise State - Balance Beam
Remme, a sophomore from Loomis, Calif., scored matching 9.900s on bars and beam to capture individual titles against Utah State and help the Broncos post a 196.700-195.675 MRGC victory over the Aggies in Boise. Remme has now earned two Bar Specialist of the Week and five Beam Specialist of the Week awards this season.
Ann Stockwell and Sandra Collantes - Boise State - Floor Exercise
Boise State’s Ann Stockwell, a junior from Newcastle, Calif., and Sandra Collantes, a redshirt junior from Lima, Peru, scored matching 9.925s on floor to share the individual title against Utah State and also share the Floor Specialist of the Week. The award is the second for Collantes this season and first on floor for Stockwell


Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast and Freshman of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
* MyKayla Skinner won her seventh Gymnast of the Week award this season after winning the all-around (39.650), vault (9.95), bars (9.95) and floor (10.0) to lead Utah past Stanford 197.500 - 196.275.
* Skinner had the highest all-around score in the country this week (tied with teammate Baely Rowe) with a 39.650.
* Her 10.0 on floor is the first perfect score on floor in the Pac-12 this season.
* She is undefeated this season in the all-around and on vault and has 34 victories this season of a possible 45 individual titles.

Specialist of the Week
Katelyn Ohashi - UCLA
* Katelyn Ohashi scored her first career perfect 10 on the balance beam, leading UCLA to a 197.525-196.800 win over California.
* Ohashi won both events in which she competed, scoring career-high marks of 10.0 on beam and 9.925 on floor.
* Ohashi has scored 9.9 or higher on her last five beam routines, averaging 9.955 over those five routines.
* She is the fourth Bruin this season to score a perfect 10, and is just the seventh Bruin in history to score a 10 on beam.


Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kiana Winston - Alabama
Winston won her fifth all-around title of the season with the highest road all-around total in the SEC this season and the highest all-around total in the nation last week, posting a 39.650 at No. 8 Georgia. It is the second-highest all-around total of her career, following a 39.700 earlier this season against Florida, which stands as the second-highest all-around total in the league this season. Winston also won the floor exercise with a 9.950, marking her eighth floor exercise score of 9.925-or-better this season. She won the uneven bars with a 9.925, her fifth 9.9-or-better uneven bars score of the season. Winston was second on the balance beam behind teammate Nickie Guerrero, after scoring a 9.925, her fifth 9.9-or-better beam score of 2017. She also led Alabama to a 197.700 the highest road score in the SEC last week and tying LSU for the highest road tally in the SEC this season.

Specialist of the Week
Ashleigh Gnat - LSU
Gnat anchored the Tigers’ vault lineup with a perfect 10.0 on Sunday against Florida. It marked the senior’s eight career perfect score for the second-most in school history. Gnat is the only gymnast in the country to own two 10s on vault this season. Gnat ranks No. 1 in the nation on vault with an RQS of 9.955 and is a part of the top vault team in the country. The Tigers now own the two highest vault scores in the country: a 49.600 on the road against Alabama and 49.625 versus Florida, over the last two seasons. Gnat followed her performance on vault with a 9.925 on beam to finish second. The third-ranked floor performer in the country closed out the afternoon with a 9.95 to capture the title. Gnat helped LSU capture the SEC Regular Season Championship with the win over the Gators. For her career, Gnat owns 53 total titles, 20 vault titles, and 19 floor titles.

Freshman of the Week
Aspen Tucker - Missouri
Tucker set or tied three career-highs as she claimed two wins and helped the Missouri gymnastics team to a win over No. 18 Auburn with the third-best team score in program history. She totaled a career-best 39.450 in the all-around, a total that ties for the third-highest freshman all-around total in school history. Tucker also tied for first on vault with a 9.9 to claim the first individual event win of her career. Additionally, she tallied a career-best 9.9 on floor and tied her career mark with a 9.850 on bars. Tucker now ranks tied for 24th nationally on vault.


Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

All-Around
Baylee Tkaczuk - UW-Oshkosh
Tkaczuk counted a season-best 38.15 points to win the all-around competition during UW-Oshkosh's 187.125-184.625 road win over Hamline University (Minn.) on March 4. Tkaczuk reached her all-around score by totaling winning figures of 9.775 points on the balance beam and 9.475 on the uneven bars. She also tallied 9.50 points in the floor exercise and 9.40 on the vault. Tkaczuk’s scores on both the balance beam and uneven bars were season highs. UW-Oshkosh’s Jessica Bernardo finished second to Tkaczuk in the all-around competition with 37.45 points.

Specialist
Samantha Ardy - Gustavus Adolphus College
Ardy had a career performance on at the Blugold Invitational on March 3. She led the Golden Gusties on both vault and uneven bars and was the second-highest score on the balance beam. Ardy tied for first on bars with a score of 9.475. She had a career high on vault after throwing a new skill and placing second with a 9.55. On the balance beam, Ardy placed sixth with a 9.425. She helped lead the Gusties to the second-highest team score of the season and third-highest team score in program history.