Week 9: Gymnastics Athletes of the Week
Gymnast of the Week
Haleigh Bryant, LSU
Bryant, a junior from Cornelius, N.C., earned her eighth all-around title with her score of 39.700 to help the Tigers finish first at the P&G Podium Challenge. Bryant also earned a share of the vault title with a score of 9.975 and placed second on floor with a score of 9.975. She now owns 16 all-around titles in her career to tie her at sixth best in LSU history and her 52 career titles tie her at 10th in program history for most individual titles.
Specialist of the Week
Luisa Blanco, Alabama
Blanco, a senior from Dallas, Texas, won her two events at No. 14 Missouri. Blanco scored a perfect 10.0 on the balance beam, her second consecutive time earning a perfect score on the event and her third 10.0 on beam this season. She also scored a 9.950 to win the floor exercise title, competing after two falls earlier in the rotation for Alabama and anchoring UA's lineup. Blanco's floor exercise title marked her fifth of the season on the event.
Co-Freshmen of the Week
Kayla DiCello, Florida
DiCello, a freshman from Boyds, Md., earned a share of second place on vault at No. 1 Oklahoma with her collegiate best of 9.95. Her 9.95 equaled the high score by an SEC freshman last weekend across the four events. DiCello also recorded 9.85s on bars and beam for the Gators.
Naya Howard, Georgia
a freshman from Chesapeake, Va., registered an all-around score of 39.425 to finish second in the event against No. 17 Arkansas. Howard is the first Georgia freshman to compete all-around since 2017 and is on pace to compete the most since Courtney Kupets in 2006. She also notched a career-high 9.925 on bars to finish fourth in the event.