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Women's Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 14-16, 2022
Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

Big Ten Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Lexy Ramler - Minnesota
  • Won four event titles, including the all-around (39.700), to pace Minnesota to a season-opening victory Monday in a tri-meet against Iowa and UCLA in Minneapolis
  • Added victories on the uneven bars (9.95), balance beam (9.95) and floor exercise (9.925), as well as a third-place finish on the vault (9.875)
  • Helped the Golden Gophers to their first-ever win over UCLA before a record-setting crowd of 3,887 fans at Maturi Pavilion
  • A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2019, 2020, 2021), as well as a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • Collects her 19th career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award, extending her conference record in that category
Event Specialist of the Week
Abby Brenner - Michigan
  • Shared the floor exercise title (career-high 9.95) as the top-ranked Wolverines defeated Arizona State on Jan. 15 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Helped Michigan conclude the meet with a program-record 49.700 on the floor
  • Also tied for second on the uneven bars (9.875)
  • Twice garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors (2020, 2021) and was also named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar last year
  • Earns her second career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award
Freshman of the Week
Gabrielle Stephen - Michigan State
  • Won two event titles, including her first all-around gold (39.425), in helping the Spartans to victory in a tri-meet with Bowling Green and Illinois State Jan. 15 in East Lansing, Mich.
  • Also took first place on the vault (9.85), as well as second on the beam and floor exercise (scoring a career-high 9.90 in both events) and third on the uneven bars (9.775)
  • Paced Michigan State to the sixth-highest team score in program history (196.475), nearly four points ahead of runner-up Illinois State
  • Collects her first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week award


Big 12 Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Jordan Bowers - Oklahoma
Bowers had an excellent meet in a rough road environment against No. 4 Utah, earning the event title on vault with a near-perfect 9.975 for a career-high. Last week's Big 12 Newcomer of the Week added a career-high on bars with a 9.900 and a personal best in the all-around with a 39.550, just narrowly being edged out of the title by Olympian Grace McCallum. The Lincoln, Nebraska native's all-around score was the highest in the Big 12 over the weekend. The freshman ranks ninth in the nation on bars after back-to-back weeks with a 9.9 on the event, which was the second-highest of the meet, just behind teammate Audrey Davis.

Specialist of the Week
Bella Mabanta - Denver
Mabanta continued her strong start to the 2022 season, beginning with her career-high 9.950 on beam. The sophomore's score was the highest score of either team on any event and helped Denver top No. 17 Ohio State. Her 9.950 ties the 10th-highest beam score in Denver history and helped the team to its 49.375 team total on the event, which tied the eighth-highest road score in program history and became the team's fourth-highest beam score in a January meet. Her 9.850 in floor was just .025 off her career-high and placed her third overall in the meet.

Newcomer of the Week
Danielle Sievers - Oklahoma
Sievers earned a career-high on bars with a 9.875 against the Utes. The freshman's score was crucial as it helped the Sooners tie with Utah after the first rotation. The native of Gary, South Dakota helped Oklahoma to a 49.450 on the event, a full tenth higher than Utah, and pushed OU to a No. 2 ranking on the apparatus.



East Atlantic Gymnastics League
Gymnast of the Week
Deja Chambliss - George Washington
Graduate Student Deja Chambliss (Chesterfield, Va.) earned first place in the all around in a quad meet with Penn, Cornell and William & Mary. In addition, Chambliss placed first overall on vault with a 9.875 and tied for first on floor with a 9.875.

Specialist of the Week
Emily Shepard - NC State
Junior Emily Shepard (Olathe, Kan.) was the highest-scoring member of the Wolfpack on both bars and beam, with third placed finishes on both events. Shepard also posted the second-highest floor score on the team with a 9.775.

Co-Rookies of the Week
Hallie Copperwheat - Pittsburgh
- Freshmen Hallie Copperwheat (Leighton Buzzard, U.K.) scored a 9.700 or higher on all but one event in her collegiate debut. She had the highest all-around score for the Panthers with a 38.900, earning her second place overall. In addition, Copperwheat was one of two Panthers to score a 9.825 or higher on beam.

Clara Hong - Towson
Clara Hong (Sugarland, Texas) made her collegiate all-around debut in the Tigers' home-opening win. She finished second overall in the all-around, scoring 38.950 points, just a tenth and a half from first place. In addition, Hong won bars, scoring a 9.825 to help lead Towson in a sweep of the event.



Gymnastics East Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Sara Kenefick - Penn
Kenefick (Charlotte, NC) hit all three of her events in just the second meet of her career and helped the Quakers to a big win with a 194.925, which is the second highest team score in program history. She was a member of the bars line up that entered the record book with a 48.9 and the 4th highest bars score in the record book as well. All three of her scores showed improvement over her first meet last weekend.

Performance of the Week
Natalie Yang - Penn
Yang (San Mateo, CA) matched her career high under pressure, helping the beam team to a 48.95. She won the event in the Quaker's quad meet against GW, Cornell and William & Mary with a 9.875, and helped Penn win as a team with a 194.925, the second highest team score in program history.

Newcomer of the Week
Caroline Blatchford - William & Mary
Blatchford (Wenham, MA) competed in the all-around in both meets of The Tribe's opening weekend. She showed great consistency, hitting all 8 routines of the weekend, scoring a 38.45 on Friday, and a 38.5 on Sunday. All of her scores counted William & Mary's team total. Coach Kelsey Hinton states that, "Caroline is our most consistent athlete and had a great showing her 1st time out on the competition floor."



Mid American Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Hannah DeMers - Central Michigan
Junior Hannah DeMers won the all around with a score of 39.400 against Eastern Michigan on Friday. She also placed first on floor exercise with a score of 9.875 and uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.85. DeMers tied her career high on balance beam and placed first with a score of 9.875. DeMers also tied for first on the vault with a score of 9.800. She currently holds the highest all around score and highest balance beam in the MAC. DeMers is also ranked fifteenth in the nation for all around.

Specialist of the Week
Lauren Volpe - Ball State
Senior Lauren Volpe continued to shine on beam for the Cardinals, leading the squad in the event in both meets last week … In Friday's impromptu visit to Kentucky, Volpe registered a team-best 9.775 in front of a packed crowd of 9,226 fans at UK's Rupp Arena … She followed with the best beam performance of her career Sunday at Western Michigan, turning in the league's best mark of the season at 9.875.



Midwest Independent Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Angelica Labat - Illinois State
The MIC Gymnast of the Week honor is the first for Labat this season and seventh overall in her career at ISU. After not competing in the all-around in the season-opening meet at Missouri, Labat was back in the all-around competition last Saturday against No. 15 Michigan State and Bowling Green in a tri-meet in East Lansing. Labat finished behind three Spartan gymnasts in fourth place overall in the all-round with a score of 38.675. That finish was aided by a tie for third place on bars (9.775) and a tie for fourth place on beam (9.850).

Performance of the Week
Anna Kaziska - SEMO
Kaziska, the reigning 2021 USA Gymnastics Beam Champion, won the event with a 9.875 in the final routine on beam Sunday (Jan. 16) at Kent State's Tri Meet. The title was her 37th in her career at SEMO. Kaziska also competed on floor (9.775) and vault (9.525) at SEMO's season-opening tri meet. For Kaziska, a Louisville, Kentucky, native, the MIC weekly honor is her first of the season and 12th in her career.

Newcomer of the Week
Sierra Muns - Texas Woman's
A native of Sicklerville, N.J., Muns competed in all four events in the Pioneers' dual meet against Iowa, and set a new career high on floor with a 9.775. She turned in a 9.700 on vault, a 9.450 on beam, and a 9.150 on bars.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Kessler - UC Davis
UC Davis senior Kyla Kessler (Fremont, CA) secured podium finishes in each event in a home dual win over Sacramento State (Jan. 16), winning the uneven bars (9.775) and tying for the win on vault (9.80) en route to the all-around title (39.150). She also tied for third on the balance beam (9.80) and ended the day third on floor (9.775). Kessler's all-around of 39.150 was one-tenth better than her season-opening score, and marked the eighth time in her career which she topped the 39-point mark. This is the fourth career MPSF weekly honor for Kessler, and first since 2018.

Specialist of the Week
Emma Milne - San Jose State
San Jose State junior Emma Milne (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) competed on the uneven bars and balance beam in a rigorous tri-meet at Oregon State, which included Washington. Milne started the meet with a 9.875 on beam to lead the team and finish fourth overall. It was her second consecutive meet with a 9.875 on beam. She ended the meet with a third-place 9.825 on bars. This is Milne's fifth career MPSF weekly award.

Freshman of the Week
Emma Morgenthaler - Sacramento State
Sacramento State redshirt freshman Emma Morgenthaler (Bellingham, WA) competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career, accumulating 38.650 to place second in a dual meet at UC Davis (Jan. 16). Morgenthaler began the meet with a 9.600 on the uneven bars, and then tied for the team lead on vault with a 9.725. She led the Hornets on floor with a 9.700 and concluded the meet with a 9.625 on beam. This is Morgenthaler's first career MPSF honor.



Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship
Gymnast of the Week
Sadie Miner-Van Tassell - BYU
Miner-Van Tassell had a big night as she took home the awards for highest score on vault (9.825) and beam (9.850) in her season debut. She was also awarded the All-Around with a final score of 39.325 over Nebraska's Emma Spence with a 39.050.

Specialists of the Week
Vault - Caitlin Kho, Southern Utah
Uneven Bars - Eve Jackson, Utah State
Balance Beam - Hannah Nipp, Southern Utah
Floor Exercise - Brie Clark, Utah State



Pac-12 Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Kyla Bryant - Stanford
  • Took home three event titles en route to an all-around victory at California on Sunday, totaling a career-best and NCAA-leading all-around score of 39.675 to lead the Cardinal to a season-opening performance of 196.275.
  • Bryant's performance started with a career-best matching performance on bars, scoring a 9.95 to earn the highest score given throughout the meet (.075 better than any other gymnast).
  • With her efforts Sunday, Bryant, alongside Utah's Grace McCallum and Michigan's Natalie Wojcik, holds the nation's top all-around single-meet score through two weeks of competition.
Specialist of the Week
Sage Thompson - Utah
  • Thompson recorded her first career victory after earning a share of the bars title in Utah's defeat over No. 3 Oklahoma.
  • Thompson posted the highest bars score of the season by a Ute with a 9.925 coming in the second position.
  • Her 9.925 led Utah to its season-high bars effort to help hand Oklahoma its first regular season loss since 2018.
  • She has hit 2-2 routines this season as a bars specialist to this point.
Freshman/Newcomer of the Week
Grace McCallum - Utah
  • Posted the nation's highest all-around score to lead Utah in the upset over No. 3 Oklahoma, which was the Sooners' first regular-season loss since 2018, in just her second meet of the season.
  • Her score of 39.675 helped push the Utes to the nation's second-best score of 2022. It is the highest score in the all-around by a freshman in the Pac-12 since MyKayla Skinner in 2017.
  • She posted 9.90 or better in three of the four events she competed, while scoring a 9.875 on the other.
  • She earned one 10.0 from a judge on floor and scored a 9.975 for her first career floor victory. She is just one of five gymnasts in the NCAA to score a 9.975 or better on floor so far.
  • Utah's sole all-arounder pushed the Utes to a No. 2 ranking in the country following the 197.775 team score, which was the highest home-opening score in school history.
  • McCallum is ranked eighth on vault in the country, ninth on beam and 14th on floor.
Coaches' Choice
Wesley Stephenson - Stanford
  • In her first performance of her senior season and with Stanford down .100, Stephenson had a 9.85 performance on the beam, which tied for sixth-best of the day.
  • She made her return to the Cardinal lineup for the first time since the 2020 season after opting out of 2021.


Southeastern Conference
Gymnast of the Week
Raena Worley - Kentucky
Worley, a junior from Christiansburg, Va., swept Kentucky's 2022 season opener with victories on all five events in the Wildcats' 196.525-194.750 win over No. 28 Ball State. Worley earned her first career vault title after tying her career high of 9.900 before capturing her fourth bars title with a career-best 9.950 for the third time. A 9.875 on beam earned her a third career win on the event, while a 9.925 on floor was good for her only shared title of the night and eighth floor victory overall in a tie with her teammate Hailey Davis. Worley was named the meet's all-around champion with a total of 39.650.

Specialist of the Week
Trinity Thomas - Florida
Thomas, a senior from York, Pa., recorded two 10s to help lead her squad to a win over No. 11 Alabama. Thomas completed her "Gym Slam" (10.0 on each event during collegiate career) after anchoring vault lineup with a 10.0. She became the 12th gymnast in the nation to achieve a Gym Slam and first since UCLA's Kyla Ross in 2019. Thomas also anchored Florida's lineup with her fourth floor 10.0 as a Gator to give UF the winning margin versus Alabama. It was the second multiple-10.0 meet for Thomas (2021 versus Auburn) and now owns 10 10.0 marks (four floor, three bars, two beam, one vault) for her collegiate career.

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Sophia Groth - Auburn
Groth, a freshman from West Des Moines, Iowa, helped her squad earn a 197.250-197.200 victory at No. 15 Arkansas, the second highest road score in program history. In the second rotation, Groth led off vault with a career-best 9.875, good for a tie for second place. She then tied her career best with a 9.85 on floor. In her first career appearance on beam, Groth tied for third with a 9.9. Her score helped Auburn secure the team win with a 49.375 in the event, a team total on beam that finished in the top 10 in program history.

Leanne Wong - Florida
Wong, a freshman from Overland Park, Kan., placed second in the all-around with a 39.300 in UF's win over No. 11 Alabama. In her collegiate all-around debut, Wong posted the top total among SEC freshmen for the weekend. She tied for third on floor with a collegiate-best 9.925, and placed third on beam with a collegiate-best 9.90.



Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCGA West)
All-Around
Emily Buffington - UW-Oshkosh
Buffington (So., Huntersville, N.C./Lake Norman Charter) had a big season-opening meet for UW-Oshkosh by winning the all-around competition at a triangular hosted by Hamline University (Minn.) on Jan. 14. Buffington won the all-around competition with a score of 37.85, while finishing first on the uneven bars and vault with marks of 9.70 and 9.60, respectively. All three scores recorded by Buffington were career bests. Buffington also placed second on the balance beam with a figure of 9.30 and seventh in the floor exercise with a grade of 9.25. UW-Oshkosh, the reigning WIAC champion, compiled a winning score of 185.650 to register its highest season-opening result in program history. Winona State University (Minn.) finished second and Hamline University third in the team standings with scores of 178.750 and 174.775, respectively.

Specialist
Emma Grant - UW-La Crosse
Grant (Sr., Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian School) placed second on the balance beam (9.800) in UW-La Crosse's dual at Lindenwood University (Mo.) on Jan. 15. Her score of 9.800 is tied for the fourth-highest in school history.