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Ten Big Ten Gymnasts Tabbed All-American

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Following the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, 10 Big Ten gymnasts from three institutions earned All-America honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches. Michigan's Joanna Sampson and Sachi Sugiyama, Minnesota's Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist and Nebraska's Hollie Blanske, Jessie DeZiel, Jamie Schleppenbach and Emily Wong were named to the first team, while Michigan's Nicole Artz and Shelby Gies earned second-team honors.

First Team
Vault
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Sachi Sugiyama, Michigan

Bars
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Beam
Hanna Nordquist, Minnesota
Hollie Blanske, Nebraska
Jamie Schleppenbach, Nebraska
Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
Emily Wong, Nebraska

Floor
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Emily Wong, Nebraska

All-Around
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
Emily Wong, Nebraska

Second Team
Bars
Nicole Artz, Michigan
Shelby Gies, Michigan

Floor
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Nicole Artz, Michigan

All-Around
Nicole Artz, Michigan
Hollie Blanske, Nebraska

Nebraska's Wong Named 2014 AAI Award Winner

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Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong has been named the 2014 AAI Award winner, recognizing the most outstanding female gymnast in the country. The honor is given annually to the nation's top gymnast on the basis of athleticism, academic excellence and civic responsibility. The award is voted on by the NCAA women's gymnastics head coaches and was announced at the championships banquet Wednesday night in Birmingham, Ala.

Wong is the second Nebraska gymnast to receive this coveted award behind Richelle Simpson who captured the honor in 2005.

In her senior season at Nebraska, Wong has cemented her position as one of the nation's top all-around student-athletes in the country. At the 2014 Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet, Wong was named Nebraska's Female Student-Athlete of the Year, while also claiming the Big Ten Medal of Honor for her accolades.

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As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Nebraska announced that Emily Wong and Seth Wiedel captured the prestigious awards at the Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln on Sunday. Wong and Wiedel are the fifth and sixth Huskers to earn the honor since Nebraska joined the Big Ten for the first season of competition in 2011-12. Wong and Wiedel were also named Nebraska Female and Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 28

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Michigan.

Carl Hagelin (2011, hockey)
Before opening a successful career with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League over the past two seasons, Hagelin stood out both on the ice and in the classroom in Ann Arbor. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2011, the same year that he was named a second-team All-America selection. Hagelin was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while pursuing a degree in sport management. He recently earned a silver medal with Sweden at the Sochi Olympic Games.

Beth Wymer (1995, gymnastics)
A 1995 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Wymer was a three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and became the first female gymnast inducted into her university's Hall of Honor. She won four conference titles in the all-around, leading the Wolverines to team championships each year, and three NCAA titles on uneven bars. She earned a master's degree in kinesiology and has counseled clients in nutrition, lifestyle and personal training.

Paul Goebel (1923, football)
Goebel, a 1923 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, was the first to wear jersey No. 1 for the Wolverines. He was a captain of the 1922 Michigan team that won the Big Ten Championship and earned the honor of scoring the first Wolverine points in Ohio Stadium when he kicked a field goal on Oct. 21, 1922. He was a lieutenant commander on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in World War II, ran a sporting goods store, officiated Big Ten football and served as mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich. He was also influential in the political career of President Gerald Ford.

Alison Noble (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Noble was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan. She led the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Championship in 1981, where she was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team. Noble was a two-time AIAW All-Region honoree in 1980 and 1981 and an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1983. The computer engineering major graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into the M-Women Academic Hall of Fame in 1985.

Andrea Williams (1985, volleyball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1985, Williams was the first Michigan female student-athlete to play a varsity sport while attending graduate school. The Scarborough, Ontario, native completed a Ph.D. program in world politics while competing for the Wolverines in 1984 and 1985. Williams led Michigan in assists, hitting percentage, kills and solo blocks in both seasons she competed, along with being named an Academic All-Big Ten selection. In 1985, she was named honorable mention All-Big Ten, while also leading the Wolverines in digs, total blocks and sets played. Prior to her time at Michigan, Williams competed for the Canadian national team.

Jon Jansen (1999, football)
Winner of the 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Jansen was a two-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan and helped lead the Wolverines to a national title in 1997. Serving as captain during his junior and senior seasons, Jansen earned All-America status as a senior, while also garnering Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1997 and 1998. Following his collegiate career, Jansen was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and became a model of consistency during his 10-year career. He started 125 of the 137 games in which he played and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2005.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 27

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Big Ten Individual Champions
At least 280 Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned individual Big Ten Champions during their careers. Two men's cross country runners were victorious each year they competed - Illinois' Craig Virgin (1977) and Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1998), while Iowa's Ed Banach (1983) took home four straight wrestling crowns. Wisconsin's Kathy Butler (1997) was a 16-time Big Ten Champion in track & field, while Michigan's Carl Johnson (1920) was an eight-time winner in his day. Indiana swimmer Gary Hall (1973) won 10 conference titles and Michigan gymnast Beth Wymer (1995) earned 15 crowns.

Four Teams Earned Berths to NCAA Championships

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Four Big Ten women's gymnastics teams earned berths to the NCAA Championships, as Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State all advanced to the national meet, which will be held April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala. The Fighting Illini will make their second consecutive appearance and fourth overall. The Wolverines will make their 21st appearance in program history, while the Cornhuskers advanced for the 22nd time in school history. The Nittany Lions will be making their first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2009.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

Seven Big Ten Gymnasts Earn All-America Honors

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Seven Big Ten women's gymnasts earned All-America honors by the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Association. Gymnasts are chosen based on their final individual ranks in all four positions and the all-around entering NCAA Regional competition. The top eight gymnasts in each event based on Regional Qualifying Scores are given first-team honors, while gymnasts ranked ninth through 16th are given second-team honors. Michigan's Joanna Sampson and Austin Sheppard, Minnesota's Lindsay Mable and Nebraska's Emily Wong were named to the first team, while Illinois' Amber See, Nebraska's Jessie DeZiel and Penn State's Kassidy Stauder earned second-team honors.

First Team
All-Around
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota

Vault
Austin Sheppard, Michigan

Floor
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Second Team
Vault
Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota

Bars
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Balance Beam
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Kassidy Stauder, Penn State

Floor
Amber See, Illinois

 

 

Six Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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In the latest GymInfo Top 25 poll, six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are ranked. Michigan checks in at No. 7, followed by No. 9 Nebraska, No. 11 Illinois and No. 14 Minnesota. Penn State and Ohio State are ranked No. 15 and No. 22, respectively.

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