More information on this weekend's meet can be found in the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships Preview Release.
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Illinois ranks third in the latest GymInfo National Team Rankings, while Michigan ranks one place behind at No. 4. The conference's remaining teams all appear in the top 10, with Ohio State, Minnesota and Penn State appearing at Nos. 5, 6, and 7, respectively, and Iowa is ninth.
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Illinois' Luke Stannard, Iowa's Jon Buese, Michigan's David Chan, and Minnesota's Aaron Fortunato were listed among the eight finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the student-athlete who best exemplifies gymnastics through excellence, good sportsmanship, and strong academic standing. The award presentation will be held at the NCAA Championships.
College gymnastics coaches, student athletes and accredited college gymnastics judges all across the nation are requested each year to submit nominations for the award. Gymnasts receiving the highest number of nominations are then placed on a final ballot and voted upon by those same coaches, athletes and judges.
Last year, Penn State's Casey Sandy was named the winner of the Nissen-Emery Award.
Illinois leads all conference schools at No. 3 and leads No. 4 Michigan by one full point, 356.917-355.917. Ohio State trails the Illini and Wolverines at No. 5, boasting an average of 351.517 and is followed by Minnesota at No. 6 with an average of 350.317. Checking in at No. 7 is Penn State, averaging 349.033, while Iowa rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 9 with a 344.417 average.
Complete team rankings and individual event polls can be found here.
Mel Anton Santander, Michigan
Sr., Southborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional
Santander wins the first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award of his career after leading the Wolverines to a win against Ohio State over the weekend. The senior finished first in the all-around and had four top-four finishes during the meet, including a win in the parallel bars (15.35). He was second on the high bar (15.25), finished third on the vault (15.95) and recorded a fourth-place showing on the pommel horse (15.40). Santander's scores of 14.55 on still rings and 14.15 on floor exercise gave him an all-around mark of 90.650, which set a new Michigan record.
Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Kent Caldwell (March 1, 2010)
Freshman of the Week
Nick Grant, Penn State
Grant wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor of the season. The Nittany Lion newcomer recorded a 16.050 score on vault, the highest score by any Penn State gymnast since All-American Casey Sandy scored a 16.100 at the NCAA Championships in 2008. The score helped Penn State to its highest team vault score of the season, while Grant's scores added to the Nittany Lions' 354.450 team total, their highest of the season.
Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Nick Grant (March 1, 2010)
Detailed information on this week's winners can be found here.
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Coming in at No. 12 is Michigan, which boasts a regional qualifying score of 195.610 and is one spot ahead of the 195.540 score of No. 13 Illinois. Penn State holds a regional qualifying score of 195.290 and ranks 17th in the latest rankings, while Minnesota and Michigan State check in at No. 22 and No. 24 respectively. The Golden Gophers boast a regional qualifying score of 194.590, while the Spartans have a 194.430 score.
Complete team rankings and individual event scores and rankings can be found here.
Kent Caldwell, Michigan
Sr., Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin
Caldwell earns his first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor after helping Michigan post a team score of 352.150 against Stanford over the weekend. Caldwell finished with top-five showings in floor exercise and on vault, setting two season-best scores in the process. The senior scored a 15.15 in his floor routine to take fourth, while his mark of 15.90 on vault was good enough for a fifth-place finish and was one-tenth shy of his all-time personal best.
Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Chris Cameron (Feb. 1, 2010)
Freshman of the Week
Nick Grant, Penn State
The freshman earns his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after scoring a pair of first-place finishes for Penn State over the weekend. The freshman won floor exercise and vault titles for the fourth time this season, finishing his floor routine with a score of 15.100 and scored a 15.850 on his vault run. Grant's score on vault marked a new career high and also tied the team best for 2010, while his floor exercise score was one-tenth shy of a new personal record.
Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Nick Grant (Jan. 18, 2010)