Illinois, Nebraska and Penn State Earn Women's Gymnastics Weekly Honors
March 6, 2018


Gymnast of the Week
Briannah Tsang, Penn State
Sr. - Vancouver, British Columbia - Burnaby Central Secondary
  • Recorded four podium finishes, including her eighth all-around title of the season (39.500), in the Nittany Lions' quad-meet against Pittsburgh, Temple and West Virginia
  • Claimed the individual event title on floor (9.925) and beam (9.875), took third on vault (9.900) and tied for sixth on bars (9.800) 
  • Her individual event titles on floor and beam marked her sixth and third titles of the season in those events, respectively 
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her fifth career Gymnast of the Week honor and fourth of the season 
  • Last Penn State Gymnast of the Week: Briannah Tsang (Feb. 26, 2018)

Event Specialist of the Week
Taylor Houchin, Nebraska
So. - Republic, Mo. - Republic

  • Recorded top-five finishes on vault and bars in two meets this weekend with scores of 9.875 or better 
  • Tied for second and third on bars (9.900) and vault (9.875), respectively, at the Elevate the Stage Augusta meet 
  • Finished at the top of the podium on vault (9.975) after earning a perfect 10 from one judge at the Masters Classic
  • Collects her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week honor 
  • Last Nebraska Gymnast of the Week: Grace Williams (Feb. 5, 2018)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Nicole Biondi, Illinois
Townsend, Mass. - North Middlesex Regional

  • Recorded podium finishes in three events, including a career-high 39.425 in the all-around, helping the Fighting Illini to a season-high team score of 196.700 against Lindenwood and Bowling Green State
  • Finished at the top of the podium on floor (9.900) and in the all-around (39.425), finished second on bars (9.875), and fifth on beam (9.875) and vault (9.775)
  • Hit career-high marks on beam, floor and in the all-around 
  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor 
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Lizzy Leduc (Feb. 22, 2016)

Lauren Bridgens, Penn State
Darnestown, Md. - Quince Orchard

  • Recorded podium finishes in three events in the Nittany Lions' quad-meet against Pittsburgh, Temple and West Virginia
  • Finished at the top of the podium on bars (9.925) and vault (9.925), finished second in the all-around (39.425), sixth on floor (9.850) and 17th on beam (9.725)
  • Registered a career-high mark on vault, while tying her career-high scores on floor and bars Earns her fourth career Freshman of the Week honor 
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Lauren Bridgens (Feb. 26, 2018)

2018 Big Ten Gymnasts of the Week

Jan. 8
G: Olivia Karas, Jr., MICH
E: Brianna Brown, Sr., MICH
F: Lauren Bridgens, PSU

Jan. 16
G: Paige Zaziski, Sr., MICH
G: Briannah Tsang, Sr., PSU
E: Emma McLean, Jr., MICH
F: Syd Townsend, MICH
F: Kynsee Roby, NEB

Jan. 22
G: Lexy Ramler, Fr., MINN
E: Sienna Crouse, Jr., NEB
F: Lexy Ramler, Fr., MINN

Jan. 28
G: Lexy Ramler, Fr., MINN
E: Sienna Crouse, Jr., NEB
F: Lexy Ramler, Fr., MINN

Feb. 5
G: Briannah Tsang, Sr., PSU
E: Grace Williams, Sr., NEB
F: Lexy Ramler, Fr., MINN

Feb. 12
G: Audrey Barber, Fr., MD
G: Lexy Ramler, Fr., MINN
E: Ivy Lu, So., MINN
F: Audrey Barber, Fr., MD
F: Lexy Ramler, Fr., MINN

Feb. 19
G: Sienna Crouse, Jr., NEB
E: Ivy Lu, So., MINN
F: Lauren Bridgens, Fr., PSU

Feb. 26
G: Briannah Tsang, Sr., PSU
E: Makenzey Shank, Sr., RU
F: Lauren Bridgens, Fr., PSU

March 6
G: Briannah Tsang, Sr., PSU
E: Taylor Houchin, So., NEB
F: Nicole Biondi, ILL
F: Lauren Bridgens, PSU

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