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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 1/30/2024, Last updated: 1/31/2024
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Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota and Michigan State Take Home Weekly Honors

Hawkeyes' Volpe, Terrapins' Martin, Golden Gophers' Hooten and Spartans' Schulte and Smith earn gymnastics award

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Gymnast of the Week

Skyla Schulte, Michigan State

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

  • Won her second straight all-around title against Iowa, tying her season-high with a score of 39.600

  • Captured her second straight beam title, winning it outright with a 9.900, the only 9.900 on the event of the week

  • Earned a share of her second straight bars title with a 9.900 while placing second on floor with a season high 9.950

  • Finished fifth on vault with a 9.875

  • Helped Michigan State to its best score of the season on any event with a 49.625 on floor and to its second-best score of the season (197.400)

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

  • Last Michigan State Gymnast of the Week: Skyla Schulte (Jan. 23, 2024)

Co-Event Specialist of the Week

Mya Hooten, Minnesota

Sr. – Woodbury, Minn. – Chanhassen – Masters: Human Resources and Industrial Relations

  • Took home two event titles against No. 20 Iowa on Jan. 22

  • Posted scores of 9.950 in both the vault (season-high) and on the floor

  • Delivered a team high 9.850 on the bars

  • Took home an event title in the vault against Maryland on Jan. 27, tying her season best 9.950, before taking fourth on the bars with a 9.800

  • Ranks fifth nationally in floor with a 9.938 average

  • Collects her third career Event Specialist of the Week award

  • Last Minnesota Event Specialist of the Week: Mya Hooten (Jan. 16, 2024)

Co-Event Specialist of the Week

Nikki Smith, Michigan State

So. – West Bloomfield, Mich. – North Farmington – Major: Studio Art

  • Scored a 10.000 on floor in a win over Iowa on Jan. 28

  • The perfect score was the first floor 10.000 in Michigan State history and sixth overall

  • Became the only Michigan State gymnast to hold multiple perfect 10.000s

  • Also compete on vault (9.825) and bars (9.850)

  • Her floor score helped lead Michigan State to a season high 49.625, which ranks in a tie for second in program history and ties for fifth best floor score in the NCAA

  • Collects her ninth career Big Ten honor and first Event Specialist of the Week honor

  • Last Michigan State Event Specialist of the Week: Sage Kellerman (Jan. 9, 2024) 

Co-Freshmen of the Week

Eva Volpe, Iowa

Fr. – Pearland, Texas – Pearland – Major: Health and Human Physiology

  • Competed in the all-around in all three meets last week

  • Improved her all-around score in each meet, posting a season best 39.175 against Michigan State on Jan. 28

  • Earned a share of the title on bars against Southern Utah with a season- and personal-best 9.850

  • Posted a season and personal best on vault against Michigan State with a score of 9.800

  • Recorded a 9.800 on three out of four events against Michigan State

  • Recorded a season best (9.825) on beam against Minnesota

  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award

  • Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Karins Muñoz (March 15, 2023)

Co-Freshmen of the Week

Natalie Martin, Maryland

Fr. – Westerville, Ohio – St. Francis DeSales 

  • Led the Terps on vault with a 9.850

  • Notched the second best score on beam with a 9.850 and anchored the Terps on floor with a 9.850

  • Helped Maryland rank first in the Big Ten and eighth in the country on beam, along with a No. 21 national ranking

  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award

  • Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Maddie Komoroski (Feb. 21, 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

Jan. 30        

G: Skyla Schulte, MSU

E: Mya Hooten, MINN

E: Nikki Smith, MSU

F: Eva Volpe, IOWA

F: Natalie Martin, MD