Taylor Spears (Oklahoma), Michelle Shealy (Iowa State) and Maile'ana Kanewa (Oklahoma) have earned the Big 12 weekly gymnastics awards for competition through March 10. Spears is the Gymnast of the Week recipient for the fifth time this season, while Shealy and Kanewa are named Event Specialist of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, respectively. This is the first specialist recognition and fifth career honor for Shealy, and second award for Kanewa.
BIG 12 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr., Plano, Texas
Spears won her fifth all-around title of the year against No. 16 Arizona, posting a 39.600. The No. 3 all-arounder in the nation, Spears' performance was highlighted by a 9.95 on floor, tying a career high. The junior continued her strong performance on Sunday against No. 9 Stanford and UNC, including scoring a 9.925 on beam to help her maintain the No. 1 individual beam national ranking.
BIG 12 EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Michelle Shealy, Iowa State, Jr., Snelleville, Ga.
Shealy won the beam title outright at both of Iowa State's meets this week behind 9.875 efforts, over beam workers from both No. 3 Michigan and No. 6 UCLA. At UCLA, Shealy posted a 9.900 effort on bars, a career high and the highest score by a Cyclone on any event this season. Shealy is currently ranked No. 25 nationally on beam.
BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Maile'ana Kanewa, Oklahoma, Fr., Duluth, Minn.
Kanewa stuck a career high 9.95 on vault to lead all gymnasts against No. 16 Arizona, winning her second vault title in her third meet back from wrist surgery. Kanewa followed up with a 9.9 on vault against No. 9 Stanford and UNC, tying for second place
2013 WEEKLY GYMNASTICS HONORS
|Date||Gymnast of the Week||Event Specialist of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|Jan. 8||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Madison Mooring, Oklahoma, Jr.||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Jan. 15||Erica Brewer, Oklahoma, So.||Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Sr.||Jaida Lawrence, West Virginia, Fr.|
|Alaska Richardson, West Virginia, Sr.|
|Jan. 22||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, Jr.||Keeley Kmieciak, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Jan. 29||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Lara Albright, Oklahoma, Jr.||Lauren Alexander, Oklahoma, So.|
|Feb. 5||Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Sr.||Madison Mooring, Oklahoma, Jr.||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Feb. 12||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Madison Mooring, Oklahoma, Jr.||Keeley Kmieciak, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Feb. 19||Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Sr.||Alaska Richardson, West Virginia, Sr.||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Feb. 26||Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Sr.||Maile'ana Kanewa, Oklahoma, Fr.||Keeley Kmieciak, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|March 5||Hope Sloanhoffer, West Virginia, Jr.||Alaska Richardson, West Virginia, Sr.||Haley Saman, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|March 11||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Michelle Shealy, Iowa State, Jr.||Maile'ana Kanewa, Oklahoma, Fr.|