Jan. 19, 2009
Gymnast of the Week:
Jr. / Heartland, Wis. / Arrowhead
Junior Sarah Schmidt earns her first weekly laurel after leading No. 19 Illinois to an upset over conference foe and 11th-ranked Penn State, 195.500-192.925, Saturday night at Huff Hall. The Heartland, Wis., native claimed top honors in two of the three events she competed in, including uneven bars and floor, tying career-highs in both events with scores of 9.900. The two scores were the highest marks by any athlete in the conference in each respective event last week. In her third event on vault, Schmidt also set a career-high with a 9.825.
Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Allison Buckley (March 19, 2008)