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Gymnasts of the Week – Feb. 17-21, 2021

Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices. More will be added throughout the week as they become available.

NCAA Gymnast of the Week
Paul Juda - Michigan
See below for accomplishments.

NCAA Rookie of the Week
Noah Newfield - California
Newfeld competed in his third all-around, notching a season-high score of 77.900.

Co-NCAA Specialists of the Week
Will Lavanakul - California
Lavanakul boasted a career-high 14.250 on pommel horse that currently ranks fifth in the nation and second in school history.

Hamish Carter - Illinois

Big Ten Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Paul Juda - Michigan
  • Won four event titles and the all-around to help second-ranked Michigan take home wins over No. 3 Nebraska and No. 7 Illinois Sunday
  • Captured the all-around title with a score of 85.600
  • Placed first on the floor exercise (14.65), pommel horse (14.20), rings (14.50) and parallel bars (14.10)
  • Earns his second career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and first this season
Freshman of the Week
Taylor Christopulos - Nebraska
  • Earned his third vault title in as many meets with a score of 14.70 in Nebraska’s tri-meet with Michigan and Illinois
  • Claimed his fourth total individual title this season
  • Also led the Huskers with a score of 13.10 on rings
  • Earns his second career Freshman of the Week award

Eastern College Athletic Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Andrew Lyubovsky – William & Mary
Andrew led the Tribe with four top three finishes this week, capped off by scoring the highest All-Around score of his career with a 78.80.

Specialist of the Week
Colton O'Brien – Springfield College
Competing twice in a four-day span, O'Brien made quite a collegiate debut in his specialty of the pommel horse. In his collegiate debut against California-Berkeley on Wednesday, O'Brien delivered Springfield's best score of a 13.050 en route to a fourth-place finish before following with a 13.250 to win the event versus Army on Saturday, outdistancing the second-place finisher by 0.450 points.

Rookie of the Week
Caleb Hickey – Navy
Hickey performed in eight total events for Navy this week; four versus Stanford on Wednesday and four more on Sunday at William & Mary. Highlights included three top-six results against the Cardinal and three more top-six efforts against the Tribe.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Gymnast of the Week
Riley Loos - Stanford
Stanford sophomore Riley Loos (El Dorado Hills, CA) won the all-around with a career-best 83.000 to guide the Cardinal to a virtual victory over No. 9 Navy (Feb. 17). The all-around score is the third-best nationally this year. Loos hit a career-best 14.800 on vault to win the event title. He also set career-bests on still rings (14.500) and high bar (13.300), with the score on rings matching the highest in the nation this year to claim the event title. In addition to a second-place finish on high bar (13.300), Loos also placed second on floor (14.100), parallel bars (13.200) and pommel horse (13.100). This is the second career MPSF weekly award for Loos, repeating last week’s honor.