Women's Gymnastics Weekly Awards

Jan. 30, 2017

Co-Gymnast of the Week
Melissa Zurawski, Iowa
Jr. – Darien, Ill. – Hinsdale South

  • Finished with a career-best score on vault, bars and floor in dual meet victory vs. Maryland
  • Tallied a 9.925 on bars to win the event, a score that is tied for third in school history
  • Notched second-place finishes on both vault (9.850) and floor (9.875) to pace the Hawkeyes
  • This is the first Gymnast of the Week honor of her career
  • Last Iowa Gymnast of the Week: Rebecca Simbhudas (Feb. 1, 2010)

Co-Gymnast of the Week
Nicole Artz, Michigan
Sr. – Holland, Mich. – West Ottawa

  • Won the all-around competition in the Nebraska dual with season high scores on three events
  • Tied for first on bars (9.925) and floor (9.900), helping the Wolverines to their season-high score (197.225)
  • Also recorded top 10 finishes on beam (9.850) and vault (9.825)
  • This is her 10th career Gymnast of the Week honor and second consecutive of the 2017 season
  • Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Nicole Artz (Jan. 23, 2017)

Event Specialist of the Week
Bailey Abernathy, Minnesota
Sr. – Denver, Colo. – Colorado Academy



  • Recorded two 9.925’s in the upset win vs. Ohio State to help the Gophers remain unbeaten in conference
  • Won two event titles on vault and floor, registering personal bests in both events
  • This is the second Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor of both the season and her career
  • Last Minnesota Event Specialist of the Week: Bailey Abernathy (Jan. 9, 2017)

Freshman of the Week
Paige Williams, Minnesota
Fr. – Wylie, Texas – Wylie HS

  • Earned two top five finishes in Minnesota’s weekend victory vs. Ohio State
  • Received a 9.875 on floor to record a new personal best in the event
  • Also scored a 9.850 on vault to help the Gophers to a final team score of 196.800
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Lindsay Mable (March 18, 2013)

2017 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 9
G:         Briannah Tsang, Penn State
E:         Bailey Abernathy, Minnesota
F:         Charlotte Sullivan, Iowa

Jan. 16
G:         Lizzy LeDuc, Illinois
E:         Nicole Artz, Michigan
F:         Taylor Houchin, Nebraska

Jan. 23
G:        Nicole Artz, Michigan
E:         Lauren Marinez, Michigan
F:         Clair Kaji, Iowa

Jan. 30
G:        Melissa Zurawski, Iowa
G:        Nicole Artz, Michigan
E:         Bailey Abernathy, Minnesota
F:         Paige Williams, Minnesota