March 4, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Juniors Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) and Shelby Gies (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) of the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team were named Big Ten Women's Gymnast of the Week and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, on Monday (March 4) by the conference office.
The two gymnasts combined for all four event titles and the all-around win in helping Michigan clinch at least a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular season championship in a 197.300-194.875 victory over Michigan State last Saturday (March 2).
Sampson earns the conference's top weekly honor for the fourth time this season after posting a career-high all-around score (39.650) at Michigan State. She won two events outright, taking the vault (9.950) and floor exercise (9.950) titles, tied for first on uneven bars (9.900) and also took third on balance beam (9.850). Her all-around score is tied for the sixth highest in program history. Sampson is also the first gymnast since Elise Ray in 2004 to record three scores of 39.600 or better in the same season. In the most recent rankings released this morning, Sampson is ranked second nationally in the all-around (39.500 RQS).
Gies receives a Big Ten laurel for the first time in her career. Against Michigan State, Gies finished first on balance beam (9.925) and tied for first on uneven bars with Sampson (9.900). Both scores were new career bests.
Michigan closes out its road trip this Sunday (March 10), when it faces No. 6 UCLA, California and Iowa State in a quad meet in Los Angeles, Calif. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. PST.
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