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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 18-20, 2019
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
Won the all-around competition for the third straight week with a total score of 39.450, a top-20 score in the nation
Took first on vault (9.825), beam (9.950) and floor (9.825) and tied for second on bars (9.850)
Earns her sixth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor and the second of the season

Taylor Houchin - Nebraska
Won the all-around competition with a total score of 39.450, a top-20 score in the nation
Took home her third straight uneven bars event title (9.900) and set new season-high scores on beam (9.850), floor (9.900) and in the all-around
The 2017-18 Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her second Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor and the first of the season

Event Specialist of the Week
Megan Schweihofer - Nebraska
Took first place on beam with a score of 9.900, marking a new season-high
Helped Nebraska to a 194.850-194.325 victory against Rutgers
The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her first Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award

Freshman of the Week
Natalie Wojcik - Michigan
Took first in the all-around with a score of 39.325
Won two individual events, scoring 9.900 for her second win on bars and 9.950 for her second win on beam, as well as finished second with a 9.875 on vault
Earns her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Brenna Dowell - Oklahoma
Dowell was named the Gymnast of the Week for the second time this season after taking home the all-around title on Saturday. The senior, who has only competed in the all-around twice in her career, set a career high with a 39.625. Dowell added a career high on beam with a 9.925 and season highs on vault and floor with a 9.925 on each event. The Odessa, Mo native also tallied a 9.85 on bars. Dowell took home three event titles from the meet, all-around, vault and beam.

Specialist of the Week
Karrie Thomas - Oklahoma
Thomas was named the Event Specialist of the Week for the first time in her career. Thomas, who transferred from Maryland in the offseason, made her Sooner debut on Saturday as she set a career high on bars. The sophomore broke the 9.9 mark for the first time in her career, taking home a share of the event title with a 9.9 in the No. 4 spot.

Newcomer of the Week
Olivia Trautman - Oklahoma
Trautman once again took home Newcomer of the Week accolades. The freshman tied her career high on floor with a 9.975, earning a 10.0 from one judge. Trautman led off a stellar beam rotation with a 9.875 and added a 9.8 on vault

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Drew Grantham - NC State
Grantham’s first-place all-around finish (39.175) helped the Pack to a 3-0 finish at a quad meet against Towson, William & Mary, and Cornell. Her all-around is also the highest posted in EAGL so far this season. Additionally, Grantham won the vault title with a 9.825, which was a season-high. She added a 9.800 on floor and a pair of 9.775’s on bars and beam.

Specialist of the Week
Emma Winer - New Hampshire In the Wildcats’ 3-0 win over Pittsburgh, Temple and Bridgeport, Winer set a personal best with a 9.900 on balance beam to help UNH set a school-record of 49.425 on that apparatus. She tied for second on the event. The junior then tied another career high with a 9.850 to share first place on floor exercise with teammate Ava Watkins. Winer originally scored a personal best of 9.850 on floor against Iowa five days earlier in a dual meet win.

Rookie of the Week
Hannah Baddick - New Hampshire
Baddick was instrumental in helping UNH establish an all-time school record on balance beam (49.425) with a career-high 9.900 , which tied for second place. Baddick has been UNH’s top beam performer in two of three meets this season and has finished no worse than second place. With an average score of 9.825 on beam, Baddick is tied for No. 3 in EAGL with Simone Banen of George Washington.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Jade Buford – Yale
2018 ECAC Gymnast of the Year Jade Buford is awarded her first Gymnast of the Week award in 2019. Buford won the all-around and helped lead the Bulldogs to a victory at home over University of Pennsylvania. She started the day off for the squad at vault scoring a 9.65. She kept her consistency and excellent scores going as she scored a 9.7 on the uneven bars, a 9.775 on the beam and anchored the floor routine with a 9.725. Her scores added up to a early season high in the all-around with a mark of 38.85

Specialist of the Week
Cassidy Jung – Brown
Jung, a senior from San Marino California earned a career high score on the beam. She earned a score of 9.85 with her performance which also won her the event and guided the Bears to a season high score on the apparatus.

Rookie of the Week
Samantha Sakti – William & Mary
Sakti helped the Tribe to a second-place finish at the season opening Towson University Quad meet. She led the team on vault with a top score of 9.75. Her highlight of her collegiate debut was winning the floor title with an impressive 9.925. This mark also tied the school record.

Coaches' Choice
Jordyn Mannino – Pennsylvania
After competing on the uneven bars just twice in 2018 Mannino went back to the event this past weekend to score a career high. On the uneven bars she scored a 9.675. She also competed in the floor exercise for the Quakers score a 9.8 to lead the team. Her 9.8 score is her second-best mark ever competing in that event.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Jessica Meakim – West Chester
2018’s Rookie of the Year, Jessica Meakim, earns her first weekly award in 2019. She placed second on vault with a score of 9.375. Meakim also won the floor exercise with the highest score of the meet at 9.825.

Specialist of the Week
Keara Loughlin – Southern Connecticut State
Loughlin competed in just one event for the Owls against Brown University. She scored a team leading 9.75 on the balance beam which stood as the third best score at the meet.

Rookie of the Week
Cassidy Girolamo – Southern Connecticut State
Girolamo became just the second gymnast over the last decade to compete in the all-around for the Owls. She was also the only gymnast in a meet against Brown University that competed in all four events. She scored a team high 9.675 on vault to finish third at the event. She scored a 9.65 on beam, a 9.625 for her floor routine and a 9.4 on the uneven bars. Her scores added up to a 38.35. A mark that out did Cadi Borsellino who had been the first athlete in a decade to compete in the all-around at a meet last year.

Coaches' Choice
Yoli Nodarse – West Chester
Nodarse was able to compete her way into the floor exercise line-up for the Golden Rams. She led the team off for the event scoring a 9.675 helping the team to their best overall score for an event at the meet. Her score also placed her third for the floor exercise. Nodarse also competed on the balance beam for the team scoring a 9.65 placing her in second.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Jovannah East - Bowling Green
Jovannah East competed on three events in Saturday’s match against UIC, posting the best scores of the week in the MAC in each of the three events. She tied BGSU’s school record with a 9.950 on beam (earning a perfect 10.0 from one judge) and added a 9.900 on floor. Her 9.825 on vault was tied with teammate Taylor Worthington for the best mark in the MAC this week. An NCAA individual qualifier in the all-around a year ago, East led Bowling Green to a 194.825 team score, the best in the MAC this week and tied for the highest team score in program history in a home opener.

Specialist of the Week
Taylor Worthington - Bowling Green
Taylor Worthington set new personal bests on both events she competed on during a dual meet against UIC, scoring a 9.825 on vault and posting a 9.900 on balance beam. Her score of 9.825 on vault was tied (with her teammates) for the best vault score in the MAC this week and her beam score was second in the MAC this week, behind only teammate Jovannah East. She helped lead the Falcons to a team score of 194.825, the best mark in the conference this week. It is also tied for the best score in a home opener in program history.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Courtney Mitchell - Lindenwood
Last Friday evening, Mitchell had several of Lindenwood's top performances in the team's win over visiting Winona State. Mitchell earned first-place finishes on vault (9.800), bars (9.900), beam (9.850), and all-around (39.075). The Olathe, Kan. native matched an all-time program record and set a new career-high with her score of 9.900 on bars. Mitchell, a sophomore, set a new career-high in the all-around and tied for the seventh-highest mark in program history with her score of 39.075.

Performance of the Week
Riley Mahoney - UIC
Mahoney won the vault with a new career high of 9.850. In that rotation, all six Flames set a season high. Mahoney's score was 0.025 higher than her previous career best. Later, she hit her beam routine for a score of 9.825. With UIC on beam in the meet's final rotation, Mahoney's performance was instrumental in helping the team hold off the host Falcons for a 195.200-194.825 win.

Newcomer of the Week
Anna Kaziska - Southeast Missouri State
The freshman from Louisville, Kentucky, captured two event titles as Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics totaled 189.800 in its home opener Friday at Houck Field House against San José State. In the third and fourth rotations, Kaziska registered event winning performances in the SEMO anchor position. Kaziska posted a 9.825 on beam in the second to last rotation. She then hit a personal-best floor mark of 9.900 in the final rotation to tie SJSU's Taylor Chan for the individual event title. Kaziska also finished second in the all-around competition with a career-best 38.850. She recorded a 9.625 on vault and 9.500 on bars at the dual.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Kelley Hebert - UC Davis
UC Davis sophomore Kelley Hebert (Dublin, CA) won the floor exercise (9.875) and all-around (39.200), making her season debut in the latter, helping the Aggies total an MPSF season-high 195.225 in a dual win at Seattle Pacific (Jan. 18). She also tied for second on vault (9.775) and balance beam (9.825). The team total was the highest for the program in a January meet since 2014. UC Davis' 49.075 on beam also ranks in the top-10 in school history. This is Hebert’s eighth career MPSF weekly award, fourth as gymnast of the week.

Specialist of the Week
Aya Suzuki - UC Davis
UC Davis senior Aya Suzuki (San Francisco, CA) won the uneven bars with a career-high 9.850 in the Aggies’ dual win at Seattle Pacific (Jan. 18). She added a 9.800 on balance beam, helping UC Davis break the 49-point barrier in the final rotation and collect an all-time top-10 Aggie total in the event (49.075). UCD scored 195.225, the program's highest for a January meet since 2014. This is the second career MPSF weekly award for Suzuki, both as a specialist (Mar. 13, 2018).

Freshman of the Week
Carli Orcutt - San Jose State
San Jose State freshman Carli Orcutt (Tucson, AZ) recorded her best meet in her young collegiate career in helping the Spartans win at Southeast Missouri (Jan. 18). She posted career-bests of 9.700 on vault and 9.750 on uneven bars. Orcutt also made her debut on floor with a 9.725. She tied for fourth on vault and was third on bars. This is the first career MPSF honor for Orcutt.

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Madison Ward-Sessions - Utah State
Ward-Sessions had a night to remember against the Cougars. Besides winning the floor event, she also captured the beam crown with a career-best 9.800. She began her night with a 9.800 on vault to tie for third and a 9.750 on bards to tie for second.

Specialists of the Week
Shannon Evans - BYU - Co-Vault
Sarah Means - Boise State - Co-Vault

Shylen Murakami - Southern Utah - Uneven Bars
Shani Remme - Boise State - Balance Beam
Madison Ward-Sessions - Utah State - Floor Exercise

National Collegiate Gymnastics Association East

Gymnast of the Week
Eleanor LaFountain - Ursinus
LaFountain put together an impressive all-around score of 37.175 in Sunday’s dual meet at West Chester. She placed third with a 9.675 on the floor and scored a 9.425 on the beam and a 9.300 on the vault. LaFountain’s all-around score was a personal best.

Specialist of the Week
Rachel Filipski - Cortland
Filipski tied for eighth place out of 18 competitors (and was Cortland’s top finisher) on vault with a 9.675 against two Division I schools in a tri-meet with Air Force Academy and West Virginia University, hosted by Air Force. Filipski was also Cortland’s second-best performer (12th overall) on floor with a 9.50 and placed 16th on beam with an 8.625.

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
MyKayla Skinner - Utah
Skinner posted the top two scores in vault with 9.975 points (first), on bars with 9.925 points (second), floor with 9.90 (second) and all-around with 39.625 points (first).
She is ranked nationally in vault (No.1) and in the all-around (No.3).
Has 11 wins this year, which gives her 88 wins in her career tying her for fourth in program history.

Specialist of the Week
Justine Callis - Arizona State
Callis scored a career-high 9.925 points on beam to win the individual title.
Posted 9.775 points in her collegiate debut on bars.
Callis won the first individual beam title of the season for the Sun Devils.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Margzetta Frazier - UCLA
Frazier seized her first career event victory on floor with a career-high 9.950 points.
In the leadoff position on uneven bars, she posted a career-best 9.925 points, which put the Bruins on pace to tally a national-best 49.700 points.
UCLA posted a season-high 197.775 points, recording 197 points or more in the first three meets of the year for the first time in school history.

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
Finnegan, a senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., won the all-around title Friday against No. 3 Florida with her score of 39.700, the highest in the SEC this season and the second-highest score in the nation this year. Finnegan pushed her career wins total to 55 for ninth in school history with wins on vault (9.925), bars (9.975), floor (9.95) and the all-around.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Ariana Guerra - Alabama
Guerra, a senior from League City, Texas, tied her career best on the floor exercise with a 9.925 to help lead No. 17 Alabama to the win at No. 10 Georgia. She also posted a season-best 9.850 on vault and a 9.800 on bars.

Rachel Gowey - Florida
Gowey, a junior from Urbandale, Iowa, won the individual title on beam with a 9.925 to help No. 3 Florida with the win at No. 5 LSU. It was Gowey’s second consecutive beam win this season. She also recorded a 9.800 on bars.

Freshman of the Week
Trinity Thomas - Florida
Thomas, a freshman from York, Pa., was runner-up in the all-around with a score of 39.650 as the Gators improved to 2-0 with Friday’s win at No. 5 LSU. Thomas’ total is the nation’s sixth highest for 2019 and is the top by a freshman. She finished second on vault (9.875), shared second on beam (9.9) and third on bars (9.925).

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)

Blaise Wilson - UW-Whitewater
Wilson won the all-around competition with a score of 37.800 to help the Warhawks post a team score of 186.000 in the team’s first meet of the season at UW-Stout on Jan. 18. She tallied a personal record score of 9.725 to win the floor exercise and tied a career high with a 9.425 in vault, good for sixth place. Wilson also tied for first on the uneven bars with a 9.700 and placed 10th on the balance beam with an 8.725.

Frankee Hutton-Lau - UW-Whitewater
Hutton-Lau won the balance beam and placed second in the floor exercise during the team’s season-opening meet at UW-Stout on Jan. 18. She tallied a score of 9.575 on beam, more than two-tenths higher than the runner-up, and a 9.675 on floor, only five-hundredths behind teammate Blaise Wilson. Hutton-Lau’s performance helped the Warhawks record a team score of 186.000.