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

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)