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

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

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


 

 

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