Haley Scaman (Oklahoma), Beth Deal (West Virginia) and Kara Lovan (Oklahoma) have earned the Big 12 weekly gymnastics awards for competition through Feb. 23. Scaman picks up the Gymnast of the Week honor for the third-straight week, Deal received her first weekly award this season as the Event Specialist of the Week and Lovan earned her first career weekly honor as the Newcomer of the Week.
BIG 12 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, So., Riverside, Ill.
Another week meant another clutch performance for Oklahoma sophomore Haley Scaman. Scaman posted scores of 9.9 or higher on both vault and floor, aiding OU to a 197.200 and victories over Alabama, Michigan and West Virginia at the Perfect 10 Challenge. Scaman’s team-best 9.9 on vault was her seventh 9.9+ performance in seven meets. Nowhere was Scaman’s performance more crucial than floor, where she competed as OU’s anchor for the evening. No. 5 Alabama finished with a 197.200 and Oklahoma coming off a fall on the routine before, Scaman had to deliver at least a 9.85 to secure victory for the Sooners. Scaman did one better, posting a meet-best 9.925 to boost OU to a 197.200 victory on the night. She has now captured the individual floor title for Oklahoma in three consecutive meets—all against top five opponents.
BIG 12 EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Beth Deal, West Virginia, Jr., Parkersburg, W. Va.
Following a fall in the lineup’s opening position, junior Beth Deal competed the most-flawless beam of her career at Friday’s Perfect 10 Challenge, scoring a career-best 9.95 and earning the event win outright. The Parkersburg, W.Va., native outscored ranked gymnasts from OU (No. 15 Erica Brewer, 9.85), UA (No. 17 Aja Sims, 9.575) and UM (No. 23 Joanna Sampson, 9.625). Deal’s score tied the second-best beam mark earned by a Mountaineer gymnast in program history, and she was the first WVU gymnast to tally 9.95 on beam since senior Hope Sloanhoffer did so in 2012.
BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Kara Lovan, Oklahoma, Fr., Des Moines, Iowa
True freshman Kara Lovan had a career night for the Sooners at the Perfect 10 Challenge, tying her season-bests on both events she competed in. Lovan opened the night on vault with a 9.875, tying for OU’s second-highest score of the meet and aiding the Sooners to a 49.350. She followed up by tying her career-best of 9.9 on floor, the second consecutive week that she has posted that score on the event. Lovan’s 9.9 tied her for second overall at the meet, trailing only teammate Scaman.
2014 BIG 12 GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK
|Date||Gymnast of the Week||Event Specialist of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|Jan. 15||Erica Brewer, Oklahoma, Jr.||Rebecca Clark, Oklahoma, Jr.||Chayse Capps, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Jan. 21||Erica Brewer, Oklahoma, Jr.||Lara Albright, Oklahoma, Sr.||Alexa Goldberg, West Virginia, Fr.|
|Jan. 28||Hope Sloanhoffer, West Virginia, Sr.||McKenzie Wofford, Oklahoma, Fr.||Chayse Capps, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Feb. 4||Hope Sloanhoffer, West Virginia, Sr.||Rebecca Clark, Oklahoma, Jr.||Nicolette Swoboda,West Virginia, Fr.|
|Feb. 11||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, So.||Camille Santerre-Gervais, Iowa State, Sr.||Chayse Capps, Oklahoma. Fr.|
|Feb. 18||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, So.||Madison Mooring, Oklahoma, Sr.||Chayse Capps, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Feb. 25||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, So.||Beth Deal, West Virginia, Jr.||Kara Lovan, Oklahoma, Fr.|