Big Ten Women's Gym Champions

March 18, 2017


Final Results
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Piscataway, N.J. – Michigan earned the 2017 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title on Saturday, securing its 23rd overall and fourth-consecutive title. The Wolverines tallied 197.300 points en route to the team title, followed by Illinois in second place with 196.875. Iowa finished in third with 196.725 points, Nebraska placed fourth with 196.475, Ohio State earned fifth with 195.525, while Michigan State and Penn State rounded out the top six with 195.200 apiece.

Michigan’s Nicole Artz earned the all-around title with a 39.500, followed in second by teammate Olivia Karas with a 39.450 and Illinois’ Lizzy LeDuc in third with a 39.425. Michigan’s Emma McLean won the vault title with a score 9.975, earning the highest score on an individual event in the meet. Illinois’ Mary Jane Horth recorded a 9.925 to win on bars, while Illinois’ LeDuc, Iowa’s Mollie Drenth and Michigan’s Talia Chiarelli each tallied a 9.925 on beam to share the event title. Michigan’s Karas took home the floor title with a 9.925 for the Wolverines.

The conference's individual awards were also given out following the championships. Michigan’s Artz was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, marking the tenth time a Wolverine has won the award. Nebraska's Taylor Houchin was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Iowa head coach Larissa Libby was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.

Twenty-five students were named to the All-Championships Team. Illinois’ Bridget Hodan, Mary Jane Horth and Lizzy LeDuc, Iowa’s Mollie Drenth, Angel Metcalf and Lanie Snyder, Michigan’s Nicole Artz, Talia Chiarelli, Olivia Karas and Emma McLean, Michigan State’s Nicola Deans, Kira Frederick, Elena Lagoski and Hailee Westney, Minnesota’s Ciara Gardner, Hannah Hitchcock and Paige Williams, Nebraska’s Sienna Crouse, Taylor Houchin and Jennie Laeng, Ohio State’s Alexis Mattern, Penn State’s Sabrina Garcia and Briannah Tsang, and Rutgers’ Claire Jones and Makenzey Shank received recognition for their performances at the championships.

The conference's Sportsmanship Award honorees can be found below.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Gymnast of the Year: Nicole Artz, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Taylor Houchin, Nebraska
Coach of the Year: Larissa Libby, Iowa

ALL-CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Bridget Hodan, Illinois
Mary Jane Horth, Illinois
Lizzy LeDuc, Illinois
Mollie Drenth, Iowa
Angel Metcalf, Iowa
Lanie Snyder, Iowa
Nicole Artz, Michigan
Talia Chiarelli, Michigan
Olivia Karas, Michigan
Emma McLean, Michigan
Nicola Deans, Michigan State
Kira Frederick, Michigan State
Elena Lagoski, Michigan State
Hailee Westney, Michigan State
Ciara Gardner, Minnesota
Hannah Hitchcock, Minnesota
Paige Williams, Minnesota
Sienna Crouse, Nebraska
Taylor Houchin, Nebraska
Jennie Laeng, Nebraska
Alexis Mattern, Ohio State
Sabrina Garcia, Penn State
Briannah Tsang, Penn State
Claire Jones, Rutgers
Makenzey Shank, Rutgers

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Jordyn Givens, Illinois
Nicole Chow, Iowa
Sarah Faller, Maryland
Emma McLean, Michigan
Molly Hoerner-O’Malley, Michigan State
Kaitlin Rahon, Minnesota
Catelyn Orel, Nebraska
Jaine VanPutten, Ohio State
Nicole Medvitz, Penn State
Libby Groden, Rutgers