Big Ten Athlete of the Year Nominee - MICH's Joanna Sampson

Sampson won the floor exercise title at the NCAA Championships.

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