April 5, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) of the No. 5-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team received four regular-season NACGC/W All-America honors, the association announced Friday (April 5). She was awarded first team honors in the all-around, on vault and on floor exercise, and second team honors on uneven bars.
This is the first year that the NACGC/W (National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women) have awarded regular-season All-America honors, which are determined by regional qualifying score (RQS). Gymnasts ranked 1-8 in RQS were selected to the first team, while those ranked 9-16 were selected to the second team (including ties). NCAA All-America honors are awarded at the NCAA Championships, to be held April 19-21 in Los Angeles, Calif.
In the most-recent GymInfo/Troester rankings, Sampson, the 2013 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, ranked fifth in the all-around (39.580), tied for first on floor exercise (9.950), tied for eighth on vault (9.920) and tied for 13th on uneven bars (9.900). She has won or shared 21 event titles this season -- nine on floor exercise, six on uneven bars, five on vault and one on balance beam -- and has also finished first in the all-around seven times in 11 eligible meets.
The Wolverines will compete at the NCAA Morgantown Regional tomorrow (Saturday, April 6), beginning at 6 p.m. at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423