Illinois and Minnesota Claim Men's Gymnastics Honors

March 8, 2010

Gymnast of the Week
Paul Ruggeri, Illinois
Jr., Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville Manlius

Ruggeri wins his sixth career Gymnast of the Week honor and third this season. The Illini junior posted two first-place finishes and helped Illinois to a 357.500-346.600 win over Iowa during the weekend. He finished first on high bar, matching his career-best and school-best score of 16.100, and was also first on parallel bars (15.300). Additionally, he was fifth on still rings with a score of 14.400 and was ninth on vault with a mark of 15.050 as Illinois recorded its highest team score of the season.

Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Daniel Ribeiro (Feb. 22, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Harris Coleman, Minnesota
Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville

Coleman wins his first Freshman of the Week honor recording a first-place finish and two 15-plus performances for the Gophers over the weekend. He recorded a career-best and a team season-high score on the pommel horse, scoring a 15.200 to claim top honors in the event. He also recorded a 15.550 on vault and a 14.450 in floor exercise to claim eighth in both events. Coleman also was seventh on high bar with a mark of 13.800.

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: N/A