Illinois and Penn State Earn Weekly Men's Gymnastics Awards

Jan. 30, 2017

Gymnast of the Week

Alex Diab, Illinois

So. - Glen Ellyn, Ill. - Glenbard West

  • Collected four top-five finishes to lift Illinois over conference foe Minnesota  
  • Posted the fifth-highest still rings score (14.900) in the nation to pick up his third consecutive title this season
  • Finished third on floor (14.500) and high bar (14.200), before taking fifth on vault (14.250)
  • Ranks first in the conference and sixth nationally on still rings, averaging 14.650 through three meets
  • Collects his first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Bobby Baker (March 7, 2016)

Freshman of the Week

Sam Zakutney, Penn State

Ottawa, Ontario - E.S.C. Franco Cite

  • Collected six top-five finishes, including five career-high marks, in Penn State’s victory over Springfield College
  • Finished at the top of the podium on parallel bars (14.900), high bar (13.400) and in the all-around (82.650)
  • Registered a third-place mark on vault (14.250) and eighth on still rings (12.800)
  • Ranks 15th nationally in the all-around, averaging 81.000 through three meets
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Favian Valdez (Jan. 23, 2017)

2017 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 16                   

G: Jake Martin, Sr., OSU

F: Favian Valdez, PSU

Jan. 23                   

G: Jake Dastrup, Jr., OSU

G: Chris Stephenson, Jr., NEB

F: Favian Valdez, PSU



Jan. 30                   

G: Alex Diab, So., ILL

F: Sam Zakutney, PSU