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Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Weekly Awards - Jan. 18, 2022

Jan 18, 2022

Gymnast of the Week: Kyla Bryant, 5th, Stanford (Athens, Ga.)

  • Took home three event titles en route to an all-around victory at California on Sunday, totaling a career-best and NCAA-leading all-around score of 39.675 to lead the Cardinal to a season-opening performance of 196.275.
  • Bryant's performance started with a career-best matching performance on bars, scoring a 9.95 to earn the highest score given throughout the meet (.075 better than any other gymnast).
  • With her efforts Sunday, Bryant, alongside Utah's Grace McCallum and Michigan's Natalie Wojcik, holds the nation's top all-around single-meet score through two weeks of competition.

Specialist of the Week: Sage Thompson, Fr., Utah (Lehi, Utah)

  • Thompson recorded her first career victory after earning a share of the bars title in Utah's defeat over No. 3 Oklahoma. 
  • Thompson posted the highest bars score of the season by a Ute with a 9.925 coming in the second position. 
  • Her 9.925 led Utah to its season-high bars effort to help hand Oklahoma its first regular season loss since 2018. 
  • She has hit 2-2 routines this season as a bars specialist to this point.

Freshman/Newcomer of the Week: Grace McCallum, Fr., Utah (Isanti, Minn.)

  • Posted the nation's highest all-around score to lead Utah in the upset over No. 3 Oklahoma, which was the Sooners' first regular-season loss since 2018, in just her second meet of the season.
  • Her score of 39.675 helped push the Utes to the nation's second-best score of 2022. It is the highest score in the all-around by a freshman in the Pac-12 since MyKayla Skinner in 2017.
  • She posted 9.90 or better in three of the four events she competed, while scoring a 9.875 on the other.
  • She earned one 10.0 from a judge on floor and scored a 9.975 for her first career floor victory. She is just one of five gymnasts in the NCAA to score a 9.975 or better on floor so far. 
  • Utah's sole all-arounder pushed the Utes to a No. 2 ranking in the country following the 197.775 team score, which was the highest home-opening score in school history.
  • McCallum is ranked eighth on vault in the country, ninth on beam and 14th on floor.

Coaches Choice: Wesley Stephenson, Sr., Stanford (Plainfield, Ill.)

  • In her first performance of her senior season and with Stanford down .100, Stephenson had a 9.85 performance on the beam, which tied for sixth-best of the day.
  • She made her return to the Cardinal lineup for the first time since the 2020 season after opting out of 2021.
  • Stanford's beam score (49.275) currently sits as the fourth-best in the nation.

2022 Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Weekly Awards

  Gymnast Specialist Freshman/Newcomer Coaches Choice
Jan. 11 Cristal Isa, Utah Jaedyn Rucker, Utah Amelie Morgan, Utah Jillian Hoffman, Utah
Jan. 18 Kyla Bryant, Stanford Sage Thompson, Utah Grace McCallum, Utah Wesley Stephenson, Stanford