June 21, 2013
Through Tuesday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference's Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced next week.
Joanna Sampson – Michigan – Women’s Gymnastics
The Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, Sampson captured the floor exercise title and tied for third in the all-around at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America recognition in the floor exercise and all-around, as well as on vault. The junior captain helped Michigan to a share of the inaugural regular-season conference championship and a seventh-place finish at the national meet. Sampson placed first in the all-around in eight of the Wolverines’ 14 meets, winning or sharing 23 individual event titles, and was named NCAA Northeast Region Gymnast of the Year. Click HERE for more information on Joanna.
Previously Highlighted Nominees:
Ed Ruth, Penn State wrestling
Christine Nairn, Penn State women's soccer
Geoff Davis, Purdue men's track & field
Casey Matthews, Purdue women's swimming & diving
Derek St. John, Iowa wrestling
Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey
Connor Jaeger, Michigan men's swimming & diving