Iowa's Reins and Penn State's Sandy Share Weekly Accolade

March 2, 2009

Co-Gymnasts of the Week:

Geoff Reins, Iowa
Sr - Buffalo Grove, IL - Adlai E. Stevenson

Geoff Reins
earns his first weekly laurel of the 2009 campaign after capturing a pair of individual titles on both floor exercise (15.25) and vault (16.05) as Iowa traveled to Illinois, Saturday. His score on vault broke his previous season record on the event of 15.95. This marks the second weekly honor for the Hawkeye senior who won his first award in March of 2008.

Last Iowa Gymnast of the Week: Geoff Reins (March 19, 2008)

Casey Sandy, Penn State
Sr. - Brampton, Ontario, Canada - Chinguacousy

Casey Sandy earns his fourth weekly award of the season after leading No. 7 Penn State to a 347.600-346.500 victory over No. 8 Ohio State last weekend. The Nittany Lion senior entered Saturday’s competition less than 48 hours after winning the all-around at the Elite Canada 2009, where he qualified for the Canadian National Team, and following a grueling cross-continent flight from British Columbia to University Park, Pa. Inserted into the line-up for just three events due to his rigorous travel and competitive schedule, the NCAA’s No. 1-ranked all-around proceeded to win all three, placing first in the pommel horse (14.800), parallel bars (15.050), and high bar (14.500). The seven-time All-American was particularly dominant in the pommel horse, scoring .7 of a point higher than the second place finisher. Sandy's parallel bars score was also a personal season high and team best for 2009. For the season, the reigning Big Ten Gymnast of the Year has posted 29 top three finishes, a remarkable 25 of which have been title wins.

Last Penn State Gymnast of the Week: Casey Sandy (Feb. 16, 2009)