MSU's Alexander and Minnesota's Yernberg Share Women's Gymnastics Weekly Accolade

Jan. 12, 2005

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Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Sarah Alexander, Michigan State
Jr., Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth

Alexander claimed the Spartan Invitational title in the all-around competition after registering a 39.150 last weekend. Still healing from shoulder surgery, Alexander finished second on the balance beam (9.875) and posted a third-place showing on the floor exercise (9.825) to secure Michigan State a first-place finish in the team competition. Alexander earns her first weekly accolade of her career, while also becoming the first Spartan gymnast since Julie Devaty won on Feb. 5, 2003.

Carolyn Yernberg, Minnesota
Sr., Blaine, Minn./Blaine
Minnesota's Yernberg earns her first Big Ten weekly accolade after tying a school record with a score of 9.975 to win the floor exercise against Arkansas last week. She also tied for first on the vault with a score of 9.800. The 2004 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree currently ranks second in the nation in the floor exercise and is the first Minnesota gymnast to earn Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolades since Mary Skokut closed out the 2004 season with the March 16 honor.