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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – March 2-4, 2018
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Briannah Tsang - Penn State
* Recorded four podium finishes, including her eighth all-around title of the season (39.500), in the Nittany Lions' quad-meet against Pittsburgh, Temple and West Virginia
* Claimed the individual event title on floor (9.925) and beam (9.875), took third on vault (9.900) and tied for sixth on bars (9.800)
* Her individual event titles on floor and beam marked her sixth and third titles of the season in those events, respectively
* The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her fifth career Gymnast of the Week honor and fourth of the season

Event Specialist of the Week
Taylor Houchin - Nebraska
* Recorded top-five finishes on vault and bars in two meets this weekend with scores of 9.875 or better
* Tied for second and third on bars (9.900) and vault (9.875), respectively, at the Elevate the Stage Augusta meet
* Finished at the top of the podium on vault (9.975) after earning a perfect 10 from one judge at the Masters Classic
* Collects her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Nicole Biondi - Illinois
* Recorded podium finishes in three events, including a career-high 39.425 in the all-around, helping the Fighting Illini to a season-high team score of 196.700 against Lindenwood and Bowling Green State
* Finished at the top of the podium on floor (9.900) and in the all-around (39.425), finished second on bars (9.875), and fifth on beam (9.875) and vault (9.775)
* Hit career-high marks on beam, floor and in the all-around
* Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor

Lauren Bridgens - Penn State
* Recorded podium finishes in three events in the Nittany Lions' quad-meet against Pittsburgh, Temple and West Virginia
* Finished at the top of the podium on bars (9.925) and vault (9.925), finished second in the all-around (39.425), sixth on floor (9.850) and 17th on beam (9.725)
* Registered a career-high mark on vault, while tying her career-high scores on floor and bars Earns her fourth career Freshman of the Week honor

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maggie Nichols - Oklahoma
Nichols was named the Gymnast of the Week after an incredible performance against No. 7 Michigan. The sophomore earned a perfect score on both vault and beam to bring her career total to 11. Nichols now has six perfect 10s on beam, three on vault, one on floor and one on bars. She finished the night with a 39.900 mark in the all-around for the second time this season. Nichols is the only gymnast to post multiple scores of at least 39.8 or higher this season with three such marks. She tied her season high on bars with a 9.95 and added another 9.95 on floor.

Specialist of the Week
Stefani Catour - Oklahoma
Catour paced the Sooners to an incredible 49.700 on beam, leading off with a career-high 9.950. The senior placed second in the meet on beam as one of just two gymnasts to record a 9.95 or higher on the apparatus. Catour was also steady on bars, scoring a 9.875 in the No. 3 spot.

Newcomer of the Week
Anastasia Webb - Oklahoma
Webb tallied three scores of 9.9 or higher for the second time this season, putting up a 39.525 in the all-around. Her mark in the all-around was the third time this season she has posted at least a 39.500 or higher and her third-best score of the year. The freshman posted matching scores of 9.9 on vault, beam and floor to take third at the meet on floor and beam and fourth on vault. She has scored a 9.9 or higher on beam four times, helping lead the Sooners to their No. 1 ranking on the apparatus.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Cami Drouin-Allaire - George Washington
Senior Cami Drouin-Allaire (Shoreham, NY) of George Washington earned her fourth overall and second-straight EAGL Gymnast of the Week honor on March 6th, after posting the highest all-around in the league this season during the Colonial’s two-meet weekend where they went 5-0. On Sunday against Maryland, Rutgers and Towson, Drouin-Allaire broke her career-high score for the third-straight meet with a conference-high 39.600, an all-around score that ranks second in program history. The senior co-captain also finished the day on the podium in all four events while matching her season-high on vault, breaking her career-high on bars, and posting a team-high 9.900 on floor. On Friday, at Towson with Rutgers, Drouin-Allaire also won the all-around (39.525), floor (9.900) and tied for first on beam (9.875). Drouin-Allaire has broken the 39.000 threshold in the all-around seven out of nine weeks this season. She ranks No. 1 in EAGL and No. 12 in the Nation for all-around. Additionally, she ranks No. 1 in EAGL and No. 6 in the Nation on vault.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Cortni Baker - Towson
During Towson’s second meet of the weekend where the Tigers totaled the fourth-highest team score in school history (and second-highest under Coach May), Baker posted a 9.875 on vault for second. This was just 0.025 below her career-best she posted on Friday night (9.900), which is the 10th highest score in program history. Baker also tied for second on bars (9.875) on Friday night and contributed on three events in each of the Tigers’ two meets during Week Nine. Currently she ranks No. 4 (tied with Madison Nettles of UNC) in the league on vault.

Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
Hislop earned her third-straight honor after getting to the podium on each of her three events against the No. 6 team in the Nation (Alabama). She tied for first on vault (9.875), tied for second on beam (9.900) and tied for third on floor (9.900). Currently, she is ranked 1st in the EAGL and tied for 13th in the nation on floor with an RQS of 9.910. The sophomore extended her streak of earning at least 9.900 on floor to five consecutive meets. Her performance makes this her fourth straight competition earning at least 9.800 in all three events and her third time receiving at least two scores of 9.900+ in one competition.

Rookie of the Week
Haley Brechwald - Pittsburgh
Freshman Haley Brechwald (Springfield, Va.) of Pittsburgh earned her fifth EAGL Rookie of the Week Award on March 6th after totaling a career-high 39.375 all-around which is tied for fourth in program history. In Pitt’s 2-1 finish against Penn State, West Virginia and Temple, Brechwald earned the Panther’s lone individual event title in scoring a season-high 9.875 on beam, adding to the team’s four-best mark in program history. Additionally, she finished tied for second on floor with a 9.875, while finishing in the top ten on both vault with a sixth place finish and a ninth place finish on bars.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Taylor White – William & Mary
White was instrumental last weekend for the Tribe as they put up the third-best score in school history. The teams score was 195.10 against West Chester university. White competed in all four events setting a couple of new career highs along the way. She won the beam title with a new career-high mark of 9.8 and tied her career highs on vault (9.675) and bars (9.75). Her score helped William & Mary set a new school record on the event with a 49.125. To finish up her competition she completed a floor routine for a score of 9.5. When all was done she finished second in the all-around with a new career high mark of 38.725.

Specialist of the Week
Samantha Henry – Cornell
The sophomore had a stellar performance in her lone event for the Big Red this past weekend. Henry competed with a floor routine that tied the Cornell floor record that hasn’t been hit in over a decade. She is also only the second gymnast in school history to achieve a mark that high on any event.

Rookie of the Week
Katie Waldman – William & Mary
Waldman helped William & Mary achieve its third-best score in school history last weekend. She won the all-around competition with a mark of 39.3 which is second-best in school history. She has the meet’s top score in three of the four events. Vault with a 9.825, bars, 9.875 and floor 9.825. Her score on the bars is a new career high and is tied for third in school history. The floor score is also a new career high for the freshman. To round out the all-around score she set a career high on beam with a score of 9.775.

Coaches' Choice
Erin Howell – Brown
Erin Howell, a sophomore from Egg Harbor Township competed in her first meet of the season last weekend. Howell was not supposed to compete but after a teammate was unable to compete on bars last minute, Howell stepped in. She went second on bars and put up her second-best score of her career with a 9.675.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Kathryn Doran – Bridgeport
Doran a freshman from Oakville Ontario had a stellar meet setting a couple of new career best scores. Her new career marks came on her bars routine with a 9.9 and her floor routine with a 9.725. She also scored a 9.55 on vault and a 9.8 for her beam routine. In total she scored 38.975 for her all-around score. All her scores counted toward the Purple Knights new season high mark of 194.8.

Specialist of the Week
Madison Brent – West Chester
Brent competed in just one event last weekend against The College of William & Mary setting a new career high. She completed a floor routine that tied her for first place and a career-high score of 9.825.

Rookie of the Week
Lauren Ramirez – Bridgeport
Ramirez anchored the beam for the Purple Knights last weekend as they competed at Brown University in a quad meet. After a fall from a teammate in the rotation, Ramirez stepped up and posted a score of 9.75 to help aid the team in their victory at the quad meet.

Coaches' Choice
Emily Balasco – Southern Connecticut State
Balasco and the Owl’s competed at Brown this past weekend in a quad meet that featured fellow ECAC foe University of Bridgeport. Balasco competed in three events but just one of them scored for the Owls. Her two exhibition events came on the vault and floor where she hit on both of the events. She scored a 9.575 for the beam routine.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Ashley Potts - Northern Illinois
NIU senior Ashley Potts hit a career-high 9.900 in the Huskies home-win over Western Michigan on Sunday, adding to the second highest team floor score in school history with a 49.300. Potts rounded out her first-place 39.275 all-around score tying for first with a 9.850 on the uneven parallel bars, tying for second with a 9.800 on vault and earning a 9.725 on the on the balance beam.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Martucci - Northern Illinois
NIU junior Anna Martucci earned a 9.975 on Sunday to record NIU gymnastics’ highest individual score since Margaret Mroz hit a perfect 10.0 on the same event during the 1995 season. The high-score is her fifth score of 9.900 or better this season.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kierstin Sokolowski - Lindenwood
Sokolowski tied the highest mark of the season in the MIC on the vault with a 9.875, and recorded the highest mark of the year in the conference on the beam with a 9.925. She also scored a 9.750 on the bars during a tri-meet with Illinois and Bowling Green. Sokolowski won the overall vault title, and tied for second on the beam.

Performance of the Week
Gabrielle Cooke - Illinois State
Cooke scored a career-best of 9.900 on the floor, and won the event by 0.100. The sophomore standout also won the vault (9.825), tied for first on beam (9.775), and tied for second on the bars (9.750). The Chicago, Illinois, native won the all-around title at the event with a career-best score of 39.250. ISU won the meet against MIC foe Centenary with a 193.600-191.075 margin.

Newcomer of the Week
Kayla Baddeley - Illinois-Chicago
On Sunday, Baddeley continued to nail routine after routine. She scored 9.800 on the beam and the vault, and had a 9.750 on the floor against Michigan State, taking first on the vault, third on beam, and fifth on floor. She has competed in those three events in every meet she has participated in, and her total of 29.350 on Sunday was her three-event season high. It was her second win on the vault, and her fourth podium finish on the beam, of the season.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Kelley Hebert - UC Davis
UC Davis freshman Kelley Hebert (Dublin, CA) totaled a conference record and first-place 39.525 all-around in a home meet with Air Force (Mar. 2), leading UCD to the fourth-highest score in MPSF history with 196.350. Hebert’s four-event total broke what was then the oldest record in MPSF Gymnastics history, the individual all-around, set in 2004. She tied a school record with a winning 9.95 on floor, also tied for third in MPSF history, and achieved only one other time in the MPSF since 2005. She added a pair of first-place tying 9.85 scores on vault and uneven bars, and a second-place 9.875 on balance beam. The Aggie beam team compiled an MPSF record 49.250. This is the conference-high fifth MPSF weekly honor for Hebert, all in the last six weeks.

Specialist of the Week
Kyla Kessler - UC Davis
UC Davis freshman Kyla Kessler (Fremont, CA) finished second allaround with 39.200 in a home meet with Air Force (Mar. 2), becoming just the fourth first-year Aggie to crack the 39-point barrier more than once. She scored 9.825 on vault, beam and floor, plus a 9.725 on bars. Kessler’s beam score helped UC Davis set a school and conference record 49.250 in the event, while her floor routine boosted that squad to a conference season-best 49.275. The overall 196.350 ranks third in UC Davis history and fourth in the all-time MPSF record book. This is the second MPSF weekly honor for Kessler (Feb. 6).

Freshman of the Week
Anna Salamone - Air Force
Air Force sophomore Anna Salamone (Bayport, NY) matched the secondbest uneven bars score in Academy history at the San Jose State Quad (Mar. 4), as she garnered a first-place and MPSF season-high 9.900. She became the first Falcon to reach the 9.900 mark on bars since 2003. Air Force totaled a season-high 194.500, fourth-highest in Doug Day’s coaching tenure. At UC Davis two days earlier (Mar. 2), Salamone scored a career-best 9.850 vault to tie for first (third vault title of the year) and a 9.825 on bars to tie for third. This is the fourth career MPSF weekly award for Salamone, including three this year. Air Force also has seven of the nine conference specialist awards in 2018.

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme (39.450) - Boise State

Specialists of the Week
Molly Jozwiakowski (9.900) - Southern Utah - Co-Vault
Faith Leary (9.900) - Utah State - Co-Vault

Kirsten Yee (9.925) - Southern Utah - Co-Uneven Bars
Brittni Hawes (9.925) - BYU - Co-Uneven Bars

Natasha Trejo-Marsh (9.900) - BYU - Balance Beam
Shani Remme (9.925) - Boise State - Floor Exercise

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Jess Clemens - Springfield
Clemens, a junior for Springfield College, was phenomenal for the Pride this past weekend in its final competition before the 2018 NCGA East Regional Championships. Clemens recorded a career-best 38.425 in the all-around competition in a dual meet versus Division-I Cornell, as her meet was highlighted by a career-best vault (9.650), a 9.550 on the uneven bars, a 9.550 on floor and a 9.675 on beam. Clemens was part of a record-breaking performance for the Springfield College vaulters, who combined for a program-best 47.975 in the event.

Specialist of the Week
Stephanie Mager - Brockport
Stephanie Mager captured the vault title in the Brown Bears invite on Sunday, winning the event with a score of 9.775, bypassing NCAA Division I and II competitors. The junior also competed on the floor, where she scored a 9.550 and the beam, collecting a score of 9.400.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Elizabeth Price - Stanford
* Led the Cardinal to a second-place finish Friday night at the Elevate the Stage meet against then No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Georgia and No. 33 Illinois.
* Scored at least 9.900 in every event, winning the uneven bars (9.950) and vault (9.900), finished second on floor exercise (9.900) and third on balance beam (9.900) to garner her sixth all-around title of the season (39.775).
* Currently ranked second in the nation in the all-around, fifth on vault, and is tied for third place on bars and floor.
* Earned two 10s this season for Stanford and three during her career, the only gymnast in program history to achieve perfection in three events: vault, uneven bars and floor exercise.

Specialist of the Week
Sofie Seilnacht - California
* Earned her her first event title of the season with a career-high 9.925 performance on beam last week, helping the Bears match their program-high team score of 49.350 in the event.
* Helped then No. 18 California to a 196.925-193.525 win over Central Michigan in their final home meet of the season last week.
* Tied for first place on floor with teammates Toni-Ann Williams, Arianna Robinson and Kyana George, posting a score of 9.825.
* Claimed her first Pac-12 weekly honor of the season, the first Specialist of the Week award for Cal this year.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Kyana George - California
* Took home a share of the gold on the floor exercise with a 9.825 performance in last weekend’s home victory against Central Michigan.
* Tallied 9.850 on bars, helping the Bears to a 49.375 team total; the fifth-highest team total in the event in school history.
* Tied for second place on vault with a 9.850, and finished second in the all-around, recording a score of 39.325.
* Earned her second career Pac-12 weekly honor this week.

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kennedi Edney - LSU
Edney posted three career highs and took home event titles on vault and bars Sunday afternoon against No. 15 Auburn to lead the Tigers to back-to-back SEC regular season titles and a perfect record against league opponents. She finished with a 39.775 in the all-around for the third-highest score in the country and tied with teammate Sarah Finnegan for the best in the league in 2018. Edney became the third LSU gymnast to post a 39.700 or higher this season, which marked the first time in school history a trio has achieved that score in the same season. She posted a 9.975 on bars and floor for career highs. Edney has now scored a 9.975 or higher on three of four events during her collegiate career.

Specialist of the Week
Erin Macadaeg - LSU
Macadaeg captured the beam title against No. 15 Auburn on Sunday with a 9.95, a season high that tied her career high. She led off the beam squad that posted a 49.525, which tied their season high and marked the second-best score in the nation this week.

Freshman of the Week
Lexi Graber - Alabama
Graber earned the first all-around win of her career with a career-best 39.550 in Alabama’s victory over North Carolina. It marked just her second collegiate all-around performance. Graber tied her career-best marks of 9.9 on the uneven bars and balance beam and posted a career-best 9.850 on the floor exercise. Her scores helped lift Alabama to a season-best 197.525 team score, a season-best 49.475 on the uneven bars, and a season-best tie of 49.400 on the floor exercise.

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)