Illinois and Michigan Collect Women's Gymnastics Conference Honors

Illinois' Erin Buchanan

Illinois' Erin Buchanan

Feb. 3, 2014

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

  • Placed first or second in four events en route to winning the all-around (39.650) during No. 4 Michigan’s dual meet win over Michigan State
  • Placed first on the bars (9.975) and beam (9.925), tied for first on the floor exercise (9.875) and tied for second on the vault (9.875)
  • Her scores on the bars and beam were both career-best marks
  • Picks up her seventh career Gymnast of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Joanna Sampson (Jan. 20, 2014) 

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

  • Won the vault with a career-high score of 9.975 in Michigan’s win over Michigan State
  • Tied for third on the bars with a career-best mark of 9.875
  • Collects the second weekly award of her career
  • Last Michigan Event Specialist of the Week: Reema Zakharia (Jan. 27, 2014)

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

  • Won the vault with a career-best score of 9.875 and placed second on the floor exercise (9.875) in No. 17 Illinois’ dual meet versus Iowa
  • Helped the Fighting Illini defeat the Hawkeyes, 196.475-195.050
  • Earns the second weekly award of her career
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Erin Buchanan (Jan. 20, 2014)

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

Jan. 27 
G: Lindsay Mable, So., MINN
E: Reema Zakharia, Sr., MICH
F: Nicole Artz, MICH

Feb. 3   
G: Joanna Sampson, Sr., MICH
E: Austin Sheppard, So., MICH
F: Erin Buchanan, ILL