Illinois Sweeps Final Men's Gymnastics Honors of Season

March 28, 2011

Gymnast of the Week
Austin Phillips, Illinois
So. - Mahwah, N.J. - St. Joseph Regional

Illinois' Austin Phillips picks up his first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award after leading the No. 3 Illini to a win over No. 14 Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Phillips won the high bar title with a score of 15.100 and tied for the still rings title after posting a mark of 14.700. The event titles were the first for Phillips this season, while his score on the high bar marked a career best. The sophomore also finished fourth on the parallel bars, tying a career high in the event with a 14.700, and finished sixth in the floor exercise (14.000).

Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Tyler Mizoguchi (March 21, 2011)

Freshman of the Week
Alex Varga, Illinois
Glen Ellyn, Ill. - Wheaton Academy

Illinois' Alex Varga reels in Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurels after taking the vault title and adding a second-place finish in the floor exercise against No. 14 Illinois-Chicago. Varga earned his first event title with a career-high score of 16.000 on the vault. He added a mark of 14.800 in the floor exercise, good for a tie for second place.

Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jordan Valdez (Jan. 31, 2011)

2011 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 10
G: Scott Rosenthal, So., PSU
FR: No selection

Jan. 17
G: Paul Ruggeri, Sr., ILL
FR: Jeff Treleaven, OSU

Jan. 24
G: Paul Ruggeri, Sr., ILL
FR: Zack Chase, MINN

Jan. 31
G: Tyler Mizoguchi, Jr., ILL
FR: Jordan Valdez, ILL

Feb. 7
G: Daniel Ribeiro, Sr., ILL
FR: Sam Mikulak, MICH

Feb. 14
G: Jeff Treleaven, Fr., OSU
FR: Jeff Treleaven, OSU

Feb. 21
G: Tyler Mizoguchi, Jr., ILL
G: Parker Raque, So., PSU
FR: Francisco Vasquez, PSU

Feb. 28
G: Warren Yang, Jr., PSU
FR: Sam Mikulak, MICH

March 7
G: Felix Aronovich, So., PSU
FR: Sam Mikulak, MICH



March 14
G: Thomas Kelley, Sr., MICH
FR: Zack Chase, MINN

March 21
G: Tyler Mizoguchi, Jr., ILL
FR: Sam Mikulak, MICH

March 28
G: Austin Phillips, So., ILL
FR: Alex Varga, ILL