Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska Collect Women's Gymnastics Weekly Awards

Illinois' Giana O'Connor was named Freshman of the Week.

Feb. 4, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. -

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

  • Recorded first-place finishes in all four of her events en route to the all-around title (39.600) in No. 3 Michigan’s dual meet victory over Iowa
  • Won the all-around title and placed first on the vault (9.900), bars (9.900), balance beam (9.875) and floor exercise (9.925)
  • Her score in the all-around was a career best
  • Collects the second weekly award of her career
  • Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Joanna Sampson (Jan. 14, 2013)

Event Specialist of the Week
Janelle Giblin, Nebraska
Sr. – San Roman, Calif. – California 

  • Tied her career-best score (9.950) for first place on the bars in No. 7 Nebraska’s dual meet win over No. 19 Illinois
  • Also tied for fourth on the vault (9.850) and tied for sixth on the beam (9.700)
  • Earns the first weekly award of her career
  • Last Nebraska Event Specialist of the Week: N/A

Freshman of the Week
Giana O’Connor, Illinois
Streamwood, Ill. – Streamwood 

  • Finished second in the all-around (39.050) and placed in the top 10 in every event in No. 19 Illinois’ dual meet against No. 7 Nebraska
  • Placed fifth on the balance beam (9.750) and floor exercise (9.775), sixth on the vault (9.800) and ninth on the bars (9.725)
  • Picks up the first weekly award of her career
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Amber See (March 7, 2011)

2013 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 7         G: Sarah Miller, Jr., OSU
                   E: Sarah Miller, Jr., OSU (vault)
                   F: Samantha Musto, PSU
Jan. 14      G: Joanna Sampson, Jr., MICH
                   E: Kayla Slechta, Jr., MINN (vault)
                   F: Samantha Musto, PSU
Jan. 21      G: Emily Wong, Jr., NEB
                   E: Reema Zakharia, Jr., MICH (floor exercise)
                   E: Sarah Miller, Jr., OSU (floor exercise)
                   F: Lindsay Mable, MINN
Jan. 28      G: Sharaya Musser, Sr., PSU
                   E: Sarah Miller, Jr., OSU (beam)
                   F: Lindsay Mable, MINN
Feb. 4        G: Joanna Sampson, Jr., MICH
                   E: Janelle Giblin, Sr., NEB (bars)
                   F: Giana O’Connor, ILL