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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 15-17, 2021
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
Ona Loper - Minnesota
  • Secured all-around title and won or shared top honors in three individual events to lead Minnesota past visiting Iowa in the season-opening meet for both schools on Jan. 15
  • Posted new career-high scores in her wins on bars (9.925) and floor exercise (9.95)
  • Matched her career-high score (39.625) in winning the all-around title
  • Earns her third career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award
Event Specialist of the Week
Lauren Guerin - Iowa
  • Earned a share of the floor exercise title in the Hawkeyes’ season-opening meet at Minnesota on Jan. 15
  • Tied her career high with a score of 9.95 on the floor
  • Helped Iowa to a team score of 196.450, its highest score in an opener during the 17-year tenure of head coach Larissa Libby
  • Secures her second career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week accolade
Freshman of the Week
Hannah Oliveros - Ohio State
  • Shared the title on the beam in Ohio State’s season-opening meet at Michigan on Jan. 16
  • Set a career- and team-high score of 9.90 in the event, the highest score by a Buckeye last weekend and the first OSU individual event winner this season
  • Paced Ohio State to a 196.000 team score, its highest in a season opener under fourth-year head coach Meredith Paulicivic
  • Collects her first career Freshman of the Week award

Big 12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Anastasia Webb - Oklahoma
Webb had a clutch role in No. 2 Oklahoma’s weekend defeat of No. 3 Utah in Norman. She scored a season-high on vault (9.925) to take the event title. The senior from Morton Grove, Illinois also finished second on both the beam (9.9) and the all-around (39.525). She provided matching scores of 9.85 on bars and floor to help lead the Sooners to victory over the Red Rocks. This is the 12th career weekly honor from the Big 12 for Webb and the fifth as Gymnast of the Week.

Specialist of the Week
Alexis Vasquez - Denver
Denver’s Vasquez earned her first event specialist honor of 2021 after claiming the recognition six times in 2020 and collecting Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year. The junior from Arcadia, California scored an event-winning 9.925 on beam in the Pioneers’ opening win on the road at Iowa State. She earned the highest score in the Conference last week by a gymnast who only competed in one or two events. Vasquez’ routine needed to hit for DU not to count a fall in the rotation.

Newcomer of the Week
Rylie Mundell - Denver
Also from Denver, the collegiate debut of Mundell saw her finish on two podiums to help the Pioneers to their second-highest season opening score in program history, 196.600. She scored a 9.90 on the beam, setting a Denver record for the highest score on the apparatus by a freshman in a debut. The Parker, Colorado native’s 9.875 on bars also ranks as one of the best in DU history to begin a career. She placed second in both events.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League

Gymnast of the Week
Emily Shepard - NC State
Shepard competed in the all around for the second time in her career and earned the title with a career best 39.225. She also earned podium finishes on vault and beam and took the title on floor. Her beam score of 9.800 also set a new career high.

Co-Specialists of the Week
Katrina Coca - Pittsburgh
Coca appeared in her first meet for Pitt after recovering from an injury that prevented her from competing during the 2020 season and won the uneven bars with a score of 9.875. She also made her collegiate beam debut and placed second on the event with a 9.825. This was the first meet she competed in since the NCAA Championships Semifinals in 2018 with Kentucky.

Faith Leary - Temple
In her only event of the night, Leary anchored Temple’s final event with a career high of 9.900, which was the highest score of the meet on any event and the highest score of any EAGL gymnast this week. She is one of only nine Owls in program history to earn a score of 9.900 or better on floor.

Co-Rookies of the Week
Carina Jordan - NC State
Jordan finished second in the all around in her collegiate debut and posted the third-best scores for the Wolfpack on vault and bars.

Allison Zuhlke - Towson
Zuhlke put up two scores of 9.700 or better on bars and beam to help the Tigers to their highest opening score in program history. She placed fifth overall on bars and beam and was Towson’s third-best score on those events.

Midwest Independent Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Anna Kaziska - Southeast Missouri State
Kaziska, the 2020 MIC Gymnast of the Year, captured a pair of event titles in Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics season-opening tri meet at Texas Woman's with Lindenwood this past Saturday. Kaziska registered a 9.850 on beam and a 9.800 on floor to earn the pair of titles in the first and second SEMO rotations. She also added a 9.600 on vault. In her career as a Redhawk, Kaziska has accumulated 61 scores of 9.700 or higher and captured 28 individual event titles.

Performance of the Week
Maddie Griffith - Texas Woman's
Griffith led the way on bars, finishing first after a career-high 9.850 in her sole event in the tri-meet. The sophomore eclipsed her previous career-high of 9.800, a mark that she had hit twice - most recently against Air Force on February 23, 2020.

Newcomer of the Week
Madeline Gose - Texas Woman's
Gose turned in a strong performance in her TWU debut, with two top-ten finishes. She posted a 9.750 on the floor, finishing just .05 behind the leaders in that event and tying for third, while following up with a 9.650 on vault and 9.350 on beam.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Heidi Sand - Air Force
Air Force senior Heidi Sand (Union, KY) was one of two gymnasts in the entire meet to compete in all four events in the season opener at No. 13 Southern Utah (Jan. 16), totaling 38.125. Her evening was highlighted by a 9.775 on the balance beam. This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Sand.

Specialist of the Week
Briona Carswell - Air Force
Air Force Sophomore balance beam standout Briona Carswell (Phoenix, AZ) finished in a two-way tie for third-place in the event in a tough road season opener at No. 13 Southern Utah (Jan. 16). She recorded a team-high 9.800. This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Carswell.

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship

Karley McClain - Southern Utah

Specialists of the Week
Vault - Abbey Miner-Alder, BYU
Uneven Bars - Emily Muhlenhaupt, Boise State
Balance Beam - Karley McClain, Southern Utah
Floor Exercise - Hannah Nipp, Southern Utah

Pac-12 Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Maile O’Keefe - Utah
  • In then-No. 3 Utah’s showdown with then-No. 2 Oklahoma, the 2020 First-Team All-Pac-12 selection captured the beam and all-around titles.
  • Leading score in the all-around event (39.550) was a career high.
  • Kicked off season strong with a 39.375 all-around performance and a 9.775 beam score at the Rio Tinto Best of Utah competition in only another match so far in 2021.
  • First-time Women’s Gymnast of the Week honoree; two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in 2020.
Specialist of the Week
Sydney Soloski - Utah
  • 2020 All-Pac-12 honoree in the floor event earned a share of the floor win alongside teammate Maile O’Keefe against then-No. 2 Oklahoma, posting a score of 9.90 for her first win of the season (eighth overall).
  • One of five All-Americans from the Red Rocks’ conference-title season in 2020 (second-team honors in the floor event).
  • One of three seniors on Utah’s roster this season; 2021 marks the first time the Utes have been picked to finish first in the conference preseason coaches poll since 2016.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Sarah Clark - Arizona State
  • Helped lead then-No. 21 Arizona State to an upset over then-No. 10 BYU; clinched the Sun Devils win with a 9.80 floor score. Arizona State now ranks No. 15 in the WCGA rankings.
  • Posted a 9.90 on the beam, the program’s highest mark for a freshman since 2008.
  • Also added a 9.75 score on the bars in her second collegiate match.
  • Recorded a team-high 9.85 bars score in her collegiate debut against then-No. 2 Oklahoma.
Coaches' Choice
Jaedyn Rucker - Utah
  • Complemented her collegiate debut at the Rio Tinto Best of Utah competition with a 9.825 score on the vault against then-No. 2 Oklahoma, tying teammate Lucy Stanhope for second best on the team behind Maile O’Keefe.
  • Also added a 9.85 floor score in a tightly-contested floor battle between the Red Rocks and Sooners.
  • Missed all of 2020 due to a knee injury; earned athletic director’s honor roll as a freshman in 2020.

Southeastern Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Haleigh Bryant - LSU
Bryant, a freshman from Cornelius, N.C., recorded a 39.600 in her all-around debut in the win at No. 6 Arkansas. Her score was the third highest mark of 2021 and the best by a freshman this season. In addition, Bryant posted the highest all-around score for any LSU freshman in their debut and became the fifth LSU gymnast to record a 39.600 or higher in their first season. She collected wins in the all-around and on floor (9.95).

Co-Specialists of the Week
Maggie O'Hara - Arkansas
O’Hara, a graduate student from Lexington, S.C., won two event titles versus No. 5 LSU. O’Hara registered a career-high 9.95 on bars to win the event for the second consecutive week. She also finished first on beam with a 9.925.

Nya Reed - Florida
Reed, a junior from Landover, Md., won the floor exercise with a 9.975 in the home opener win over No. 7 Georgia. Reed also tied for third on vault (9.85) with teammate Megan Skaggs and Georgia’s Abbey Ward.

Freshman of the Week
Shania Adams - Alabama
Adams, a freshman from Columbus, Ohio, won the all-around with a career-high 39.475 in the win at No. 14 Missouri. Adams earned a share of first place on vault with a career-best 9.925. She also placed second on bars (9.85), and tied for second on beam (9.85) and fourth on floor (9.85).