Feb. 23, 2005
Gymnast of the Week
Luis Vargas, Penn State
JR, Rio Pedros, Puerto Rico/University of Puerto Rico
Vargas won the Gene Wettstone award after leading Penn State to a victory over No. 4 Michigan last weekend. He took home the all-around crown as well as claiming first-place finishes in four events against the Wolverines. Vargas set a career high with a score of 9.900 on the high bar, the second-highest mark in school history. He also established personal bests on the pommel horse (9.800), rings (9.500) and vault (9.500). The defending NCAA Champion won the all-around with a 56.975, currently the highest score in the nation. Vargas claims his third all-time weekly laurel, as he was also honored on Feb. 2, 2005 and March 16, 2004.