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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 7-13, 2019
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices. More will be added throughout the week as they become available.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
Won the all-around competition with a total score of 39.475, tying for ninth in the nation
Took first on beam (9.925) and floor (9.850) and earned top three finishes on vault (9.800, third) and bars (9.900, second)
Earns her fifth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor and the first of the season

Event Specialist of the Week
Ivy Lu - Minnesota
Took first place on the uneven bars after sticking her double layout dismount and earning a 9.925 to anchor the Minnesota bars rotation
Her 9.925 tied for the highest-scoring routine of the meet, and helped the Gophers to their best rotation of the meet (49.125)
The 2017-18 Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her fourth career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor and first of the season

Freshman of the Week
Natalie Wojcik - Michigan
Won the all-around competition with a score of 39.450 and two individual events
Hit a 9.950 to win vault, giving her the second-best scoring average in the nation after two weeks, as well as claimed the beam title for the second straight week with a 9.875
Earns her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Lynnzee Brown - Denver
Brown received Gymnast of the Week for being instrumental in helping Denver to an upset victory on the road against No. 6 Michigan and No. 18 Alabama. All four of the sophomore’s scores (all-around total of 39.400) contributed to the team’s total of 196.275, which was the second-highest season-opening score in program history.

Specialist of the Week
Jade Degouvei - Oklahoma
Degouveia was awarded Event Specialist of the Week for the second consecutive week, after setting a career-high on floor with a 9.850 and tying her career-high on vault with a 9.950. The junior has now set or tied her career-high on vault and floor in both meets of the season.

Newcomer of the Week
Olivia Trautman - Oklahoma
Trautman earned Newcomer of the Week for the second straight week, after winning a share of the floor title with a 9.925 as the anchor performance. The freshman also set a career-high on vault with a 9.875 as one of six 10.0 start value vaults in the lineup.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Drew Grantham - NC State
Junior Drew Grantham (Durham, North Carolina) from NC State was voted EAGL Gymnast of the Week on January 15th after posting the highest all-around score in the league so far this season. In the Pack’s home opener against #15 Ohio State, Grantham tied for second allaround with a 39.175. She had three podium finishes, adding a second place tie on beam (9.825) and third place tie on floor (9.825). She outperformed three of her Week One scores and tied her Week One score on bars. Her all-around performance helped NC State post the highest team score in EAGL so far this season (194.925).

Specialist of the Week
Erin Carroll - New Hampshire
Senior Erin Carroll (Kingston, New Hampshire) of UNH earned EAGL Specialist of the Week honors on January 15th. Carroll started out Week Two posting a personal–best score of 9.900 on vault at Southern Utah Monday night to win the event. The senior made it back-to-back top performances on vault with Sunday’s first-place 9.825 at home against Iowa. Prior to this week, Carroll had not scored as high as a 9.825 since March 4th, 2016. This week, she did it twice.

Rookie of the Week
Olivia Miller - Pittsburgh
Freshman Olivia Miller (Monroeville, Pennsylvania) of Pittsburgh was tabbed as EAGL Rookie of the Week on January 15th after earning the all-around title (39.050) in her collegiate debut against WVU, EMU and Utah State. She added two podium finishes, earning second on bars (9.800) with the team’s highest score and fourth on beam (9.700).

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Ariana Castrence – Temple
Casterence had a stellar performance in her second meet of the season. The freshman took first place for her vault score of 9.825 and her all-around performance of 39.15. Her other event scores of 9.75 on the uneven bars, 9.75 on beam and a 9.825 floor routine helped her take home that first place all-around achievement. Castrence all-around score was all just 0.05 points away from the program’s record.

Specialist of the Week
India Anderson – Temple
Anderson tied her career best score in the floor routine event at the Little Boston Invitational last weekend. Her performance on the floor garnered her a score of 9.85, the best score for the team and tied her for second in the event.

Rookie of the Week
Mei Li Costa – Brown
Costa started her career off with a bang after she was not initially slated to compete in the teams opening trip to Alaska. She competed in both the vault and uneven bars for the Brown Bears scoring a 9.675 on vault and 9.85 on the uneven bars. To add onto her accomplishments her uneven bars score is the second-highest score in school history.

Coaches' Choice
Claire Haklik – Cornell
Haklik was cleared to compete for Cornell just before its departure for the Lindsey Ferris Invitational. The sophomore would go on to start her season by scoring a career-best 9.825 on the floor. A score that placed her sixth overall in the meet.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Maya Reimers – Bridgeport
Reimers began her Junior season off with a couple of top-notch performances. In her first meet of the year she competed on both the beam and floor exercise. She scored a 9.65 on beam and a 9.85 for her floor routine. In her second meet she would compete at both events again while adding in at vault. The second meet consisted of a 9.6 at vault, 9.75 on the beam and a 9.8 floor routine.

Specialist of the Week
Tiffany Coleman – Southern Connecticut State
At University of Bridgeport’s quad meet, Coleman started off strong after a year off from rehabbing an injury. The senior would score a 9.7 on vault which was a team high score and placed her at tenth among all competitors.

Rookie of the Week
Ashley Duke – West Chester
Duke started her collegiate career off strong as she went three for three against Maryland University. The team started on the balance beam where she scored her best mark of the day with a 9.65. She next competed at vault where she scored a 9.475. Duke finished her day at the uneven bars with a score of 9.6, a mark that tied for the highest on the Golden Rams squad.

Coaches' Choice
Kelly Aycock – Bridgeport
Aycock, a senior captain for the Purple Knights, made her return in the season debut after recovering from an injury. She started her year off strong with an uneven bars score of 9.625 and a floor score of 9.825. The second meet of the season was just as good for the senior as she scored a 9.725 on the uneven bars and a 9.675 for her floor routine.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Rachael Underwood - Western Michigan
The Western Michigan gymnastics team opened the 2019 season with a 195.075 to 193.950 victory over Northern Illinois Sunday at University Arena. The Huskies entered the meet as the favorite to win the Mid-American Conference this season, according to the league's preseason poll. Western Michigan senior Rachael Underwood had a banner day, placing first on vault (9.800), beam (9.850), floor (9.900) and all-around (39.275). She also took fifth on bars (9.725). The 195.075 is one of the highest season-opening scores in Western Michigan history and the best under sixth-year head coach Penny Jernigan.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Martucci - Northern Iillinois
In just her second outing of the season, senior Anna Martucci scored a season-best 9.900 on floor exercise to tie for first place in the event and lead the NIU floor squad to a score of 49.100, the first 49+ event score of the season for the Huskies. In addition, Martucci was a late addition to the beam line-up due to injury and came through with a 9.700 in her first beam routine of the season to contribute as one of the Huskies’ counting scores. NIU’s team total of 193.950 was its best score of the season.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Bria Northrop - Texas Woman's
Northrop (Jr., Shawnee, Kansas) competed in the All-Around for the first time this season against No. 19 Arizona State last Saturday, placing first with a score of 39.225. Her well-balanced performance saw her at the top of the leaderboard on Floor with a 9.875 and second on Beam with a 9.800.

Performance of the Week
Kayla Baddeley - UIC
Baddeley led the Flames' dominant beam rotation with a career high 9.850. It was the second beam win of her career, and first since January 7 of last year. Not only did she turn in the best performance of her career, she led a sweep of the top six spots on beam by the Flames' entire beam squad. Baddeley also tied her career high on floor (9.800), taking third place, and was fourth on vault with a 9.700. She completed the all-around for the second straight week.

Newcomer of the Week
Anna Kaziska - Illinois State
Kaziska recorded personal bests in all four events on Friday, Jan. 11 at Iowa en route to being crowned beam and all-around champion. The freshman from Louisville, Kentucky, utilized back-to-back scores of 9.800 or higher in the final two rotations to capture the all-around title with 38.825. In the third rotation, Kaziska notched a floor routine of 9.825 good for second at the dual. She then concluded the meet with a mark of 9.850 on beam. Kaziska also tallied a 9.750 on vault for third and 9.400 on bars at the dual. She now has four scores of 9.700 or higher in 2019.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Taylor Chan - San Jose State
San Jose State junior Taylor Chan (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) tied her career-best all-around 39.175 in a tri-meet at No. 16 Boise State (Jan. 13). She is the only MPSF Gymnast to reach a 39 through the first two weeks. Chan led the Spartans on the balance beam with a 9.825, floor with a 9.800, and uneven bars with a career-high 9.800. She tied for second all-around, tied for third on floor, and tied for fourth on beam. This is Chan’s 10th career MPSF weekly award, third as gymnast of the week, including a repeat from last week.

Specialist of the Week
Mackenzie Miller - Alaska-Anchorage
Alaska-Anchorage junior Mackenzie Miller (Waterford, MI) helped the Seawolves to a two-meet sweep of Brown with four scores of 9.625-plus (Jan. 11-13). She led UAA on bars (9.725) and produced a 9.625 floor routine in Friday’s 192.400-186.900 victory as UAA set a record for its highest score in January. Sunday, Miller tied a career-high and seventh-best bars score in program history with 9.825 to aid a comeback UAA win. She also had a 9.725 floor routine as the Seawolves posted their 10th-best floor total (and another January record) with 48.650. This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Miller.

Freshman of the Week
Daija Stevenson - Air Force
Air Force freshman Daija Stevenson (Atlanta, GA), in her collegiate debut, posted a 9.825 on the balance beam which became the Falcons' highest score at the tri-meet at No. 16 Boise State (Jan. 13). Stevenson’s success on the beam helped lead Air Force to a No. 16 national ranking in the event (48.950). This is the first career MPSF honor for Stevenson.

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shani Remme - Boise State
Remme took the top spot in the all-around (39.500), floor (9.900) and balance beam (9.950). Her all-around score is the highest in a season opener in school history, while her score on the balance beam was also a career high for the senior. Her balance beam score is the highest in the nation this season, while her all-around (ninth) and floor (13th) rank her in the top 20.

Specialists of the Week
Madison Ward-Sessions (9.850) - Utah State - Vault
Shannon Evans (9.875) - BYU - Co-Uneven Bars
Courtney McGregor (9.875) - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars
Emily Muhlenhaup (9.875) - Boise State - Co-Uneven Bars
Shani Remme (9.950) - Boise State - Balance Beam
Madison Ward-Sessions (9.900) - Utah State - Co-Floor Exercise
Shani Remme (9.900) - Boise State - Co-Floor Exercise
Shannon Evans (9.900) - BYU - Co-Floor Exercise

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Candis Kowalik - Brockport
Candis Kowalik continues to be a staple for the Golden Eagles, starting her senior season right where she left off. Last week Kowalik competed in two meets, both of which she had standout performances. In the team’s dual meet against SUNY Cortland on Tuesday, she grabbed a first-place spot on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.500 and a fourth-place finish on the vault with a 9.275. She then stepped up her game even more in this weekend’s Rhode Island College Quad meet, where she ranked in four of the five categories. The Warwick, R.I. native soared to the top, securing a first-place All-Around finish with a score of 37.975 as well as a first-place finish on the beam where she posted a 9.625. Her other top ranks came on the bars and the floor events, where she brought home a third-place finish in both.

Specialist of the Week
Tali Twomey - Springfield
Tali Twomey, a junior Rehabilitation and Disability Studies major at Springfield College, had an impressive first meet of the 2019 season, as she won a pair of individual events at the Rhode Island College Quad Meet this past weekend, which included the Anchorwomen, Brockport and Ursinus. Twomey had the top vault score of the day, registering a 9.500 as the Pride’s first competitor of the rotation, while also winning the floor exercise with a mark of 9.825. Twomey, who won the 2018 NCGA National Championship in the floor exercise last season, is the No. 1-ranked Division III gymnast on floor in 2019. Twomey’s efforts helped the Pride to a second-place finish at the quad, as the maroon and white produced a team score of 183.300.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
Recorded her fourth perfect 10 on uneven bars and sixth overall perfect 10.
Recorded a season-high on beam with a mark of 9.9
Ranked nationally in the all-around (No.2), bars (No.2), floor (No.3), vault (No.6) and beam (No.13).

Specialist of the Week
Katelyn Ohashi - UCLA
Recorded the first perfect 10 of the season on the floor highlighted by a split double layout opening pass.
Scored 9.9 or higher on all four routines she competed in this season and also ranks first in the nation on beam and floor.
Ohashi and the Bruins would go on to score 49.7 on the floor and 49.475 on beam.

Freshman of the Week
Margetta Frazier - UCLA
In her collegiate debut, Frazier scored a 9.925 to tie for second on floor exercise and debuted on vault with a score of 9.825 to tie for fifth place.
Led off on bars with a score of 9.925 and helped the Bruins record a season-best 49.450, placed second overall.
Frazier and the Bruins posted 197.7 points to win the Collegiate Challenge, with the third-highest score in the nation.

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Alicia Boren - Florida
Florida’s Alicia Boren, a senior from Franklin Lakes, N.J., opened the 2019 season with a 39.575 in the all-around against No. 11 Missouri, equaling Florida’s all-time high total in a season opener for second consecutive season. It was her 12th all-around win as a Gator. Boren shared wins for vault (9.875), balance beam (9.90) and floor exercise (9.925).

Specialist of the Week
Abby Milliet - Auburn
Auburn’s Abby Milliet, a senior from Denton, Texas, scored a 9.900 or better on all three of the events she performed on in Friday’s win over No. 4 LSU. Milliet won the individual title on beam with a 9.900, and tied for first on bars with a 9.925. She also recorded a 9.900 on floor to close out the night.

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Derrian Gobourne - Auburn
Auburn’s Derrian Gobourne, a freshman from Sarasota, Fla., scored a 39.475 in her first competition in the all-around as No. 17 Auburn defeated No. 4 LSU at Auburn Arena. She tied for first in the all-around and earned individual titles in vault (9.900) and floor (9.950).

Trinity Thomas - Florida
Florida’s Trinity Thomas, a freshman from York, Pa., was runner-up in the all-around with a 39.475 as Florida won its season opener over No. 11 Missouri. It was the highest ever for a Gator making their all-around debut in a season opener. Thomas won the uneven bars at 9.95, the second-highest bars mark for a Gator in a season opener.

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

Amanda Malo - Gustavus Adolphus
Malo led the Golden Gusties as they opened the season at the Best of Minnesota, hosted by the University of Minnesota on Jan. 12. She placed second in the all-around competition and first among NCAA Division III competitors with a total of 36.600. She led the way for the Golden Gusties on floor with a 9.325, a 9.200 on vault, a team-high 9.225 on bars and a 8.850 on the balance beam. Malo’s performance helped the Gusties to the highest season-opening total in program history with a 182.175.

Kennedy Utz - Winona State
Competing at the Best of Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in the first meet of the season, Utz placed eighth overall on both the floor exercise and vault. She scored a 9.500 on floor exercise, which was second among NCAA Division III athletes at the meet and a 9.450 on vault which was third for Division III competitors. Winona State placed third among four teams at the meet with a score of 182.325.