Illinois and Michigan Earn Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Weekly Awards

Feb. 29, 2016

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Giana O’Connor, Illinois
Sr. – Streamwood, Ill. – Streamwood

  • Claimed two all-around titles on the week, scoring a 39.525 against Iowa State and a 39.375 at Lindenwood
  • Earned two first-place finishes against Iowa State, posting scores of 9.925 on the beam and 9.900 in the floor exercise competition. Finished first on the vault at Lindenwood with a mark of 9.875
  • Claims the first Gymnast of the Week honor of her career
  • Last Illinois Gymnast of the Week: Alina Weinstein (March 18, 2013)

Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Sr. – Aurora, Colo. – Eaglecrest
  • Won the all-around title with a score of 39.525 in the Golden Gophers’ victories against Hamline, Gustavus and Winona State
  • Earned first-place finishes on the bars (9.925), floor (9.950) and vault (9.875)
  • Claims the 13th Gymnast of the Week honor of her career
  • Last Minnesota Gymnast of the Week: Lindsay Mable (Feb. 22, 2016)

Event Specialist of the Week
Sunny Kato, Illinois
Sr. – Chino Hills, Calif. – Newport Harbor
  • Posted four first-place finishes in wins against Iowa State and at Lindenwood
  • Recorded a mark of 9.925 on the beam in both meets, and posted a 9.900 on the bars against Iowa State
  • Collects her third Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor
  • Last Illinois Event Specialist of the Week: Sunny Kato (Feb. 22, 2016)

Freshman of the Week
Olivia Karas, Michigan
Fr. – Chicago, Ill – Latin School of Chicago
  • Finished second in the all-around competition with a score of 39.450 against Oklahoma
  • Matched career highs on the vault and in the floor exercise with scores of 9.950 in both events
  • Collects her seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Olivia Karas (Feb. 15, 2016)


2016 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week
Jan. 4
G: Nicole Artz, Jr., MICH
E: Talia Chiarelli, So., MICH
F: Olivia Karas, MICH

Jan. 11
G: Nicole Artz, Jr., MICH
G: Jennie Laeng, Jr., NEB
E: Talia Chiarelli, So., MICH
F: Olivia Karas, MICH

Jan. 18
G: Olivia Karas, Fr., MICH
G: Lindsay Mable, Sr., MINN
E: Talia Chiarelli, So., MICH
F: Olivia Karas, MICH

Jan. 25
G: Hollie Blanske, Sr., NEB
E: Hanna Nordquist, Sr., MINN
F: Olivia Karas, MICH

Feb. 1
G: Olivia Karas, Fr., MICH
E: Jennie Laeng, Jr., NEB
F: Olivia Karas, MICH

Feb. 9
G: Nicole Artz, Jr., MICH
G: Lindsay Mable, Sr., MINN
E: Talia Chiarelli, So., MICH
F: Kaitlyn Hofland, OSU

Feb. 15
G: Lindsay Mable, Sr., MINN
E: Lindsay Williams, Sr., MICH
F: Olivia Karas, MICH

Feb. 22
G: Lindsay Mable, Sr., MINN
E: Sunny Kato, Sr., ILL
F: Lizzy Leduc, ILL

Feb. 29
G: Giana O’Connor, Sr., ILL
G: Lindsay Mable, Sr., MINN
E: Sunny Kato, Sr., ILL
F: Olivia Karas, MICH