Illinois and Michigan Take Home Women's Gymnastics Conference Honors

Illinois' Erin Buchanan

Jan. 20, 2014

Gymnast of the Week
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Sr. – Willow Grove, Pa. – Upper Moreland

  • Posted four top-two finishes en route to winning the all-around (39.625) in a quad-meet victory over North Carolina, North Carolina State and Towson
  • Placed first on the floor exercise (9.950) and bars (9.925) and tied for second on both the vault (9.875) and balance beam (9.875)
  • Her bars and balance beam scores were career high marks
  • Earns her sixth Gymnast of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Joanna Sampson (March 11, 2013)

Event Specialist of the Week
Austin Sheppard, Michigan
So. – Murphy, Texas – Plano East

  • Tied for first on the vault with a score of 9.925 and tied for fourth on the bars with a score of 9.825
  • Helped No. 8 Michigan defeat North Carolina, North Carolina State and Towson in a quad meet
  • Collects the first weekly award of her career
  • Last Michigan Event Specialist of the Week: Natalie Beilstein (Jan. 13, 2014)

Freshman of the Week
Erin Buchanan, Illinois
Fr. – Haymarket, Va. – Battlefield  

  • Won her first collegiate title on the floor exercise with a score of 9.925
  • Tied for second on the vault (9.775), helping No. 13 Illinois defeat Eau Claire and Centenary College in a tri-meet
  • Picks up the first weekly award of her career
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Giana O’Connor (March 11, 2013)

2014 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 6    
G: Randi Lau, Jr., PSU
E: Kassidy Stauder, Sr., PSU
F: Nicole Medvitz, PSU



Jan. 13 
G: Emily Wong, Sr., NEB
E: Natalie Beilstein, Sr., MICH
F: Nicole Artz, MICH

Jan. 20 
G: Joanna Sampson, Sr., MICH
E: Austin Sheppard, So., MICH
F: Erin Buchanan, ILL