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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – March 4-10, 2019
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference

Gymnast and Freshman of the Week
Natalie Wojcik - Michigan
Posted a career-high 9.950 on floor exercise to tie for the victory
Matched her career best on balance beam (9.950), earning her ninth win in 10 meets this season
Scored a 9.900 on bars and took second in the all-around with a 39.650
Earns her fourth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and seventh Freshman of the Week honor

Event Specialist of the Week
Paige Williams - Minnesota
Took first place on floor exercise after the judges awarded her a 9.975, including one 10.000, for her performance at Friday's meet against Georgia, Arkansas, and Michigan State
Williams' score boosted the Gophers into second place over Arkansas at the last possible moment, giving Minnesota a team score of 197.025 to the Razorbacks' score of 197.000
Earned a new career-high score on floor and ties the school record on the event
The 2017-18 Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects her second career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor and the second in as many weeks

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Brenna Dowell - Oklahoma
Dowell received Gymnast of the Week, for the third time this season, after setting a career and season high in the all-around. The senior earned a 39.725 with four scores of 9.925 or better, taking home the all-around and floor titles against No. 7 Michigan.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Emily Glyn - Denver
For the third meet in a row, Glynn tallied a season-best 9.925 on bars during DU’s meet against No. 18 Nebraska, No. 21 Arizona State and Pittsburgh on Sunday. She finished third overall on the event and contributed to Denver’s 49.475 on the event, which ties the second-highest score in program history. Glynn also appeared in the vault lineup for the second time this season and tied her career high.

Carly Woodard - Oklahoma
Woodard was instrumental in leading the Sooners to a season-best 49.625 on beam, tallying a 9.925 on the event. It was the sophomore’s third score of 9.9 or better this season and good for third place at the meet.

Co-Newcomers of the Week
Alexis Vasquez - Denver
Vasquez recorded her seventh-consecutive beam score of at least 9.900 on Sunday and tied for second in the final event standings. Her routine counted toward Denver’s 49.450 on beam, which is now the seventh-highest score in school history.

Karrie Thomas - Oklahoma
Thomas helped the Sooners to a 49.550 on bars, earning a 9.9 on the apparatus in the No. 3 spot. The sophomore transfer now has five scores of 9.9 or better on bars this season.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Drew Grantham - NC State
In the Pack’s 3-0 quad meet victory, Grantham recorded a career-best 39.475 all-around, which ties for ninth in NC State’s record books and is also the highest all-around posted in EAGL so far this season. In addition to winning the all-around title, Grantham tied for first on vault (9.900), tied for first on bars (9.800), took first on beam (9.900) and tied for second on floor (9.875). She earned her thirdconsecutive 9.900 on vault and fourth overall for the season. Additionally, her 9.900 on beam was a career-best score. Grantham anchored the Pack on vault and floor and posted the highest score for the squad on three out of four events.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Khazia Hislop - North Carolina
In UNC’s quad meet at Kent State, Hislop won vault (9.850) and floor (9.950), while adding a second-place finish on beam (9.825). Hislop led the Tar Heels on vault and floor, matching her career high on floor for the third week in a row with a 9.950. Hislop has had 22 podium finishes including finishing first 15 times this season. She continued her streak of 18-straight meets scoring above 9.850 on floor.

Alexa Phillips - NC State
At NC State’s Senior Night, Phillips won the floor title with a 9.900 and placed fifth on vault with a 9.825. She set her season-high on floor, which was the top score for the Pack, and added NC State’s second-highest score on floor. Her scores contributed to NC State’s second-highest team total this season and a 3-0 quad meet victory.

Co-Rookies of the Week
Emerson Hurst - Towson
In the Tigers’ 1-2 finish at a Rutgers quad meet, Hurst won the beam title with an impressive 9.925. Her score was a career-high in addition to being the highest single event score posted by anyone in the quad meet and was the highest single event score posted by a Towson gymnast this season.

Hailey Lui - New Hampshire
In UNH’s win over Yale, Lui matched a personal best on bars (9.800) for the third time this season and earned first-place finishes on beam (9.875) and tied for first on floor (9.875). Since Feb. 17, she has eclipsed the 9.800 mark on floor three times in the last four meets. Her 9.875 was a personal best.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division I

Gymnast of the Week
Jade Buford - Yale
Buford helped Yale to earn the fourth highest team score in school history last weekend as the Bulldogs competed against the University of New Hampshire. Buford competed in the all-around setting a season high with a 39.025. On vault Buford had a great stick finish scoring a 9.7 and tying her season high. On the uneven bars she finished with a 9.725 contributing to Yale's 48.925 team score. On beam she scored a 9.775 and finished her day on the floor with her best score of 9.825, a new season-high.

Specialist of the Week
India Anderson - Temple
Anderson capped of her final meets at McGonigle Hall with two outstanding performances. She anchored the Owls on both Friday and Sunday in her signature event, the floor. The senior won the event both days with an identical score of 9.875. This marked the seventh and eighth time this season that Anderson score a 9.85 or higher on the floor. Her 9.875 was also pivotal in helping the team earn a 49.3 on floor to tie the program record for that event.

Rookie of the Week
Ariana Castrence - Temple
Casterence had an impressive weekend for the Owls competing in the all-around completion on both Friday and Sunday. On Friday she finished with a 38.95 and improved her all-around score on Sunday with a 39.025. On Friday against Maryland University, Southern Connecticut State and West Chester, she scored a career-best 9.85 on floor to propel her to a third-place finish in the all-around. On Sunday she tied her career-best score on vault with a 9.85 where she would take first place. She would also win the all-around title as well with her 39.025.

Coaches' Choice
Rose Hoffman - Pennsylvania
Hoffman who did not compete as a freshman played a big role in helping the Quakers set a new team record for overall score with a 195.075. She would participate in just the vault, but she anchored the event scoring a 9.7. This aided the team to score a season high on the event with a 48.675 and push the team towards its new school record team score.

Eastern College Athletic Conference – Division II

Gymnast of the Week
Hannah Stahlbrodt - Southern Connecticut State
Stahlbrodt continues her terrific freshman campaign winning her fourth gymnast of the week honors. She competed in the all-around in what was a double-meet weekend for the Owls. She was impressive hitting 8-for-8 in her routines. On Friday at Temple she posted a all-around score of 38.725 that was highlighted by a team-high 9.8 on bars and 9.825 on floor. She would also score a 9.75 on beam and a 9.35 on vault. On Sunday, Stahlbrdot improved her score and finished second in the all-around with a 38.95. She posted a team high in all four events starting with a personal best 9.725 on vault, 9.75 on floor and a 9.625 on uneven bars. Her best performance came on the balance beam where she scored a 9.85 and set a new school record.

Specialist of the Week
Kelli Tereshko - Bridgeport
Tereshko posted her two best floor performances of the season. Floor is a new event for the senior and in a two-meet weekend she scored a 9.675 and a 9.7 She also had back-to-back 9.825 performances on the uneven bars for the Purple Knights.

Rookie of the Week
Jordan Peloquin - Southern Connecticut State
Peloquin, wins her second consecutive rookie of the week after hitting 4-for-4 in her routines. On Friday at Temple she recorded a 9.725 on beam and a 9.7 on floor, the teams second-highest score on both events. She would then increase her score in both events on Sunday earning a 9.8 beam score and 9.825 floor score.

Coaches' Choice
Thomara Powell-Brown - Bridgeport
Powell-Brown had a great senior weekend having two of her best performances of her career. On Friday night she scored a 9.775 on the uneven bars. She followed that up on Saturday with an even better uneven bars performance and score with a 9.825.

Mid American Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Denelle Pedrick - Central Michigan
This weekend vs an SEC opponent in number 12 ranked Kentucky, Denelle Pedrick earned a career-high 39.450 All-Around score. Her personal record breakdown consisted of: 9.850 on Vault (FOURTH), 9.850 on Bars (THIRD and TIES CAREER HIGH), 9.875 on Beam, and a 9.875 (FIFTH) on Floor. Pedrick’s career-high 39.450 this week gives her the highest score in the MAC as the next highest scores of 39.250, 39.225, and 39.050 come from the respective gymnasts throughout the MAC.

Specialist of the Week
Skyler Memmel - Central Michigan
Showcasing her talent, athleticism, and leadership Skyler Memmel provided the Chippewas with fight against the number 12 ranked Wildcats from Kentucky. Anchoring the Chippewas, Memmel acquired a CAREER HIGH and TEAM HIGH score of 9.900 on Beam (SECOND). Memmel’s 9.900 personal record earns her the top Beam performer throughout the rest of the MAC as the next highest score is 9.875 from the respective MAC gymnast.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Courtney Mitchell - Lindenwood
Mitchell played a key role in Lindenwood's upset over No. 17 Missouri last week, the team's sixth consecutive first-place finish. The Olathe, Kan. native set a new career-high in the all-around competition (39.350), which was the second-highest all-around score in program history. Mitchell, a sophomore, earned first-place finishes in the beam, floor, and all-around competitions.

Performance of the Week
Mikailla Northern - UIC
Northern turned in a beautiful routine at the Illinois Classic. She earned a score of 9.9 from both judges. It matched the highest score of her career, which she earned on four previous occasions. She finished second in the state and helped UIC post a team score of 196.150, its highest of the season. The Flames won their 10th straight meet and claimed the team state title, breaking Illinois' 11-year stranglehold on the championship.

Newcomer of the Week
Anna Kaziska - SEMO
Kaziska captured the floor title with 9.850 and registered a career-best all-around total of 39.100 for second overall at the State of Missouri Meet this past Sunday against Lindenwood and #17 Missouri. The freshman from Louisville, Kentucky, posted her event winning floor score of 9.850 in the anchor position for Southeast during the final rotation. She also had a beam score of 9.850 for second overall at the tri meet.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Gabby Landess - UC Davis
Landess (San Jose, CA) won the all-around with a career-high 39.175, as the Aggies scored a winning 195.400 in a triangular with Air Force and Seattle Pacific (Mar. 8). She posted a second-place-tying 9.850 on balance beam to help the Aggies to an event score of 49.200 – No. 3 in school history and No. 4 in the MPSF record book. Landess also hit 9.750 on vault, a second-place-tying 9.800 on bars, and 9.775 on floor. This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Landess.

Specialist of the Week
Anna Salamone - Air Force
Salamone (Bayport, NY) had first-place finishes in two events, pacing the Academy to a second-place finish at UC Davis’ with Seattle Pacific (Mar. 8). Salamone posted a meet-high 9.850 on the vault, setting a personal season-high and tying her career-best mark, while helping the team to a meet-best 48.875 total in the event. Salamone continued to lead the Air Force charge in the final event where she posted a meet-high 9.900 on the uneven bars. She recorded her fourth first-place finish on the bars this season as she helped the team to another meet-best 48.775 event total. This is the seventh career MPSF weekly award for Salamone.

Freshman of the Week
Cameo Stapleton - Air Force
Cameo Stapleton (Norman, OK) recorded a career-high 9.80 on the floor in last Friday’s triangular at UC Davis, with Seattle Pacific (Mar. 8). Her mark was good for a third-place tie, helping the Academy break 194 overall and take second-place in the meet. Stapleton has set a career-high on floor in three-straight meets. This is the second career MPSF weekly honor for Stapleton, including a repeat from last week.

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Gymnast of the Week
Shannon Evans - BYU
Evans was named MRGC Gymnast of the Week after scoring a 39.575 in the all-around, earning a 9.900 on vault, 9.850 on bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.950 on floor. Her performance on vault also led her to be named Vault Specialist of the Week. The junior extended her weekly honor streak to nine as she was named Gymnast of the Week and Vault Specialist of the Week for the third time this season.

Specialists of the Week
Shannon Evans - BYU - Vault
Alexis Stokes - Boise State - Uneven Bars
Helody Cyrene - BYU - Balance Beam
Madison Ward-Sessions - Utah State - Floor Exercise

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Ross - UCLA
Earned a perfect 10 on the balance beam, her first in the event this season
Earned marks of 9.95 points on vault, 9.9 points on bars and a perfect 10 on beam
The Bruins posted a season-high 198.325 points, tied for highest score in the nation

Specialist of the Week
Kaitlyn Yanish - Oregon State
Scored a career-high 9.925 points on the vault at #4 LSU
Earned a team-best 9.95 points on the floor to tie for third place
Beavers earned the second-highest score by an opposing team at LSU

Freshman of the Week
Milan Clausi - California
Posted marks of 9.85 points on vault and 9.90 points on the floor to take first place in each event
Second week straight Clausi earned a top 3 finish in all her events and claimed event titles in two of her three performances
Helped the Bears sweep in every event at the dual meet at San Jose State

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Sarah Finnegan - LSU
Finnegan, a senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., posted a season-high 39.800 against No. 15 Oregon State to help the Tigers to a team score of 198.150, the third-highest team score recorded in the nation this season. Finnegan became the fourth gymnast in school history to score 39.800 or higher in the all-around.

Specialist of the Week
McKenna Kelley - LSU
Kelley, a senior from Houston, Texas, anchored the Tigers on floor with a perfect 10.0 in the win over No. 15 Oregon State. The 10.0 marked the first of her career and fourth for LSU in 2019. Kelley’s performance helped the Tigers register a season-high score of 49.675 on the floor exercise.

Freshman of the Week
Trinity Thomas - Florida
Thomas, a freshman from York, Pa., claimed her fifth all-around title with a 39.750 in the Gators’ win over No. 25 Penn State. Thomas also took first place on vault (9.95) and earned a share of first on beam (9.925) and floor (9.975).