Illinois Sweeps Final Men's Gymnastics Honors of Season
March 28, 2011
Gymnast of the Week
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
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
G: Thomas Kelley, Sr., MICH
FR: Zack Chase, MINN