Dec. 12, 2013
The Michigan Wolverines were named the 2014 preseason favorites in the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference office announced on Thursday. Defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska was ranked No. 2 in the poll, followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Penn State, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Illinois. Michigan State and Iowa rounded out the preseason poll at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.
The Big Ten also announced the Gymnasts to Watch List, with eight returning All-Big Ten student-athletes headlining the list. First-team returnees include reigning Gymnast of the Year Joanna Sampson of Michigan, defending Freshman of the Year Lindsay Mable from Minnesota, Nebraska’s Jessie DeZiel and Emily Wong and Ohio State’s Sarah Miller. Illinois’ Giana O’Connor and Amber See and Ohio State’s Melanie Shaffer also return as second-team All-Big Ten selections.
Four upperclassmen are featured on the list, including Iowa’s Sydney Hoerr, Michigan State’s Alina Cartwright, Minnesota’s Dusti Russell and Penn State’s Krystal Welsh.
Sophomore Gymnasts to Watch list include Iowa’s Alie Glover, Michigan’s Austin Sheppard and Penn State’s Samantha Musto, while Michigan State freshman Elena Lagoski was also named to the list.
The complete Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Gymnasts to Watch List can be found below.
BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTS TO WATCH LIST
Giana O’Connor, So., Illinois
Amber See, Sr., Illinois
Alie Glover, So., Iowa
Sydney Hoerr, Jr., Iowa
Joanna Sampson, Sr., Michigan
Austin Sheppard, So., Michigan
Alina Cartwright, Jr. Michigan State
Elena Lagoski, Fr., Michigan State
Lindsay Mable, So., Minnesota
Dusti Russell, Sr., Minnesota
Jessie DeZiel, Jr., Nebraska
Emily Wong, Sr., Nebraska
Sarah Miller, Sr., Ohio State
Melanie Shaffer, Sr., Ohio State
Samantha Musto, So., Penn State
Krystal Welsh, Jr., Penn State