March 31, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) and sophomore Austin Sheppard (Murphy, Texas/Plano East) were each named regular-season All-Americans by the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Association (NACGC/W) on Monday (March 31). Sampson was given first team honors on floor exercise and in the all-around and second team honors on uneven bars, while Sheppard received first team honors on vault.
The NACGC/W is handing out regular-season All-America honors for the second consecutive year. Gymnasts are chosen based on their final individual ranks in all four positions and the all-around. The top eight gymnasts in each event (based on RQS) are given first-team honors, while those ranked ninth through 16th are given second-team honors.
Sampson is now a seven-time NACGC/W regular-season All-American. She received four such honors last season. She is tied for fifth in the all-around (39.565 RQS), tied for eighth on floor exercise (9.940) and tied for 13th on uneven bars (9.915). Sampson won individual titles on uneven bars and floor exercise at the 2014 Big Ten Championships and enters this weekend's NCAA Regional Championship as a three-time NCAA Regional champion.
Sheppard, who will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken ankle suffered in practice last week, was tied for second in the nation on vault at the time of her injury (9.945 RQS). She averaged 9.916 on vault this season, scoring 9.975 in three meets.
Michigan will compete at the NCAA Athens Regional on Saturday (April 5) in Athens, Ga. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. inside Stegeman Coliseum.
Contact: Brad Rudner