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

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

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

March 11, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. -

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Jr. – Willow Grove, Pa. – Upper Moreland 

  • Posted top-10 finishes in all four of her events en route to the all-around crown (39.575) in No. 3 Michigan’s quad meet win over No. 6 UCLA, Iowa State and California
  • Tied for first in the floor exercise (9.950), second on bars (9.925), third on vault (9.925) and 10th on balance beam (9.775)
  • Won the all-around title for the sixth time this season
  • Earns the fifth weekly award of her career
  • Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Joanna Sampson (March 4, 2013)

Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
So. – Rogers, Minn. – Spectrum 

  • Posted five first-place finishes and two third-place efforts en route to a share of the all-around titles in No. 12 Nebraska’s dual meet victory over Iowa (39.675) and quad meet against No. 14 Minnesota, No. 24 Arkansas and Centenary (39.475)
  • Tied for first on vault (9.950), balance beam (9.875) and floor exercise (9.925) and third on bars (9.925) against the Hawkeyes
  • Placed first on vault (9.950) and bars (9.925) and tied for third on balance beam (9.850) in the quad meet
  • Earns her fourth career Gymnast of the Week award and second of the season
  • Last Nebraska Gymnast of the Week: Emily Wong (Feb. 25, 2013)

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

  • Recorded just the second 10.0 score on bars nationally this season en route to the event title in No. 12 Nebraska’s dual meet win over Iowa
  • Also tied for first on the balance beam (9.875) and third on the vault (9.850) in the Huskers’ victory over the Hawkeyes
  • Her score on the bars was a career high
  • Collects the third weekly award of her career
  • Last Nebraska Event Specialist of the Week: Janelle Giblin (Feb. 11, 2013)



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

  • Posted eight top-six finishes en route to second-place and third-place efforts in the all-around in No. 19 Illinois’ dual meet win over Missouri (39.275) and tri-meet victory over Ball State and UIC (39.275)
  • Placed third on the vault (9.800), bars (9.825) and floor exercise (9.850) and sixth on the balance beam (9.800) in the Illini’s win over Missouri
  • Placed first on the balance beam (9.850), third on bars (9.800), fourth on vault (9.775) and sixth in the floor exercise (9.850) against Ball State and UIC
  • Recorded a career-high score in the all-around
  • Picks up the second weekly award of her career
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Giana O’Connor (Feb. 4, 2013)