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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 1/23/2024, Last updated: 1/24/2024
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Michigan State and Ohio State Capture Weekly Awards

Spartans' Ortiz and Schulte and Buckeyes' Harris and Hodges earn week three honors

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Co-Gymnast of the Week

Skyla Schulte, Michigan State

Jr. – Bolingbrook, Ill. – Plainfield East – Major: Advertising Management

  • Competed in and won the all-around for the first time this season with a score of 39.600

  • Her all-around score ranks second in the Big Ten

  • Won the floor title with a 9.900 and earned a share of the bars title with a season-high 9.900

  • Captured a share of the beam title, tying her career high with a score of 9.950 before taking third in vault with a 9.850

  • Collects her sixth career Big Ten honor and second Gymnast of the Week honor

  • Last Michigan State Gymnast of the Week: Gabrielle Stephen (March 15, 2023)

Co-Gymnast of the Week

Payton Harris, Ohio State

So. – Franklin, Wis. – Franklin – Major: Radiologic Sciences & Therapy

  • Won the all-around title with a season-best 39.600

  • Led the team with a 9.900 on bars and vault where she earned second and third place, respectively

  • Placed third on the beam with a score of 9.925

  • Her bars and beam scores tied her career high, while she hit a season high on vault

  • Collects her second Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor this season

  • Last Ohio State Event Specialist of the Week: Payton Harris (Jan. 9, 2024)

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Event Specialist of the Week

Ella Hodges, Ohio State

Gr. – Winchester, Mass. – Winchester – Masters: Accounting

  • Finished second overall with a career-high 9.950 on beam

  • Scored a 9.925 on floor finishing third overall

  • Recorded her third score above 9.900 on floor in as many meets

  • Collects her second career Event Specialist of the Week award

  • Last Ohio State Event Specialist of the Week: Ella Hodges (Feb. 8, 2023)

Freshman of the Week

Gabi Oritz, Michigan State

Fr. – Tampa, Fla. – Land O' Lakes – Masters: Hospitality Business

  • Made her collegiate debut on beam scoring a 9.875 to finish fifth

  • Helped lead MSU to season-highs on beam and team overall

  • The Spartans’ 197.475 is the ninth-best overall score and highest week three score in program history

  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award

  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Nikki Smith (March 15, 2023) 

2024 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 9                 

G: Gabby Wilson, Gr., MICH

G: Payton Harris, So., OSU

E: Sage Kellerman, So., MSU

F: Jordyn Lyden, MINN

Jan. 16          

G: Sierra Brooks, MICH

E: Mya Hooten, MINN

E: Kinsey Davis, NEB

F: Courtney McCann, OSU

Jan. 23                 

G: Skyla Schulte, MSU

G: Payton Harris, OSU

E: Ella Hodges, OSU

F: Gabi Ortiz, MSU