Women's Gymnastics Weekly Awards

March 6, 2017

Gymnast of the Week
Olivia Karas, Michigan
So. – Chicago, Ill. – Latin School of Chicago

  • Earned an all-around title for the second-consecutive meet with a 39.600 vs. top-ranked Oklahoma
  • Matched her career high on bars (9.950) and on floor (9.950) to lead the Wolverines to a 197.525 team score
  • Recorded top-10 finishes on vault (9.875) and on beam (9.850)
  • This is the fourth career Gymnast of the Week honor for Karas
  • Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Nicole Artz (Feb. 13, 2017)


Co-Event Specialist of the Week
Emma McLean, Michigan
So. – Clarkston, Mich. – Notre Dame Preparatory Academy

  • Earned a third-consecutive Event Specialist of the Week honor after a pair of scores that eclipsed the 9.9 mark vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
  • Tied for the event title on vault with a 9.900 for the third-straight meet and fourth of the season
  • Equaled her career high on floor with a 9.925 to finish tied for fourth
  • This is the third Event Specialist of the Week award of both her career and season
  • Last Michigan Event Specialist of the Week: Emma McLean (Feb. 27, 2017)

 

 


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

  • Notched a personal record on floor with a score of 9.950 in her final regular-season home meet for Minnesota
  • Hit a 9.875 on vault to win the event as the Gophers defeated BYU in a dual meet
  • Earns the three Event Specialist of the Week award of both her career and season
  • Last Minnesota Event Specialist of the Week: Bailey Abernathy (Jan. 30, 2017)


Freshman of the Week
Clair Kaji, Iowa
Fr. – Vancouver, Canada

  • Helped lead the Hawkeyes to a dual meet victory vs. in-state rival Iowa State with a pair of top-two finishes
  • Posted a season best on floor with a 9.925, which is the third-best score in school history
  • Won an event title on beam with a 9.850
  • This is the second Freshman of the Week honor that Kaji has received
  • Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Charlotte Sullivan (Feb. 13, 2017)


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

Feb. 6
G:        Lizzy LeDuc, Illinois
E:         Paige Zaziski, Michigan
E:         Ashley Lambert, Nebraska
F:         Taylor Houchin, Nebraska

Feb. 13
G:        Nicole Artz, Michigan
E:         Ashley Lambert, Nebraska
F:         Charlotte Sullivan, Iowa

Feb. 20
G:        Alexis Mattern, Ohio State
E:         Emma McLean, Michigan
F:         Lexi Funk, Michigan

Feb. 27
G:        Taylor Houchin, Nebraska
E:         Emma McLean, Michigan
F:         Taylor Houchin, Nebraska

March 6
G:        Olivia Karas, Michigan
E:         Emma McLean, Michigan
E:         Bailey Abernathy, Minnesota
F:         Clair Kaji, Iowa