OSU's Ito and PSU's Helsby Named Co-Gymnasts of the Week

Feb. 22, 2006

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Big Ten Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Willie Ito, Ohio State
Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics

Ito shares Gymnast of the Week accolades after placing in the top three in three events in a tri-meet against No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 7 California last weekend. Ito tied for first place on the high bar with a score of 9.600. He also earned third-place finishes on the pommel horse (8.950) and parallel bars (9.200). Ito holds the top spot in the GymInfo's national rankings with an average score of 9.633 on the high bar. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native earns his second career accolade as he was also honored on Feb. 1, 2006.

Derek Helsby, Penn State
So., Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland

Helsby captured the all-around title while leading No. 8 Penn State to an upset victory over No. 4 Stanford last weekend. He claimed the all-around with a score of 53.500, while also finishing first on the pommel horse (9.400). In addition, he placed second on the parallel bars (9.300) and third in the high bar event (9.350), tallying career-high scores in both events. Helsby claims his first weekly accolade.