Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 26-27, 2019


Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices.

National

NCAA Gymnast of the Week
Cameron Bock - Michigan

NCAA Rookie of the Week
Brody Malone - Stanford



Big Ten Conference

Co-Gymnasts of the Week
Cameron Bock - Michigan
Earned the all-around title against No. 6 Minnesota last weekend with an 84.70, the second highest in the NCAA this season
Posted three additonal first-place finishes: still rings (14.30), parallel bars (14.70) and high bar (13.85)
Finished second on floor with a 14.15 to help the Wolverines top the Gophers
Collects his third career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and second of the season

Sam Zakutney - Penn State
Earned three-first place finishes last weekend over No. 7 Nebraska on floor (14.250), vault (14.400) and high bar (14.700)
Finished second on the vault with a 14.400 to help the Nittany Lions top the Huskers
Named the Gene Wettstone Gymnast of the Meet after breaking his career-best score on the high bar by .250
Collects his fourth career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and second of the season
Freshman of the Week
Clay Stephens - Illinois
Claimed second-place finishes on floor (14.050) and parallel bars (13.700) against No. 9 Iowa last week
Register two other top-five finishes to help Illinois win: tied for third on the vault (14.500) and fourth in the all-around (78.600)
Earns his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award



Eastern College Athletic ConferenceL

Gymnast of the Week
Cole Casanova – Army
Casanova wins his second gymnast of the week award in just three weeks to start his senior year. He had four career-high marks and placed first in five of his six events last weekend. His career-highs were on the high bar, 13.5, vault, 14.5, floor exercise 14.25 and his all-around score of 82.35. The career-high all-around score made him the champion of the meet as Army competed against Springfield College. Casanova’s floor exercise score helped Army to set a new program record in the event.

Specialist of the Week
David Watkins – William & Mary
Watkins continued to dominate his specialty event, the rings this past weekend competing against the United States Naval Academy. He won the event with a score of 14.10 which was .55 points better than the rest of the field. Watkins has won on the rings in three consecutive competitions and currently ranks third in the NCAA.

Rookie of the Week
Josh Williams – Navy
Williams helped Navy defeat William & Mary last weekend by totaling 39.9 points combined over just three events. He started his day with a floor exercise score of 13.4 that was fourth-best in the field. On rings he scored a 12.9 that placed him in seventh. His best score and finish came in the last event he competed in, vault, scoring a 13.6 for the Midshipmen and placed third overall.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Brody Malone - Stanford
Malone (Summerville, GA) won the all-around with a total of 84.550 as the Cardinal posted a season-best 417.800 team score en route to defeating No. 11 California on the road. Malone's all-around score is the second-highest in the nation this season. He won the high bar with a career-best 14.250, placed second in the parallel bars (14.150) and pommel horse (13.600), and claimed third in the floor exercise (14.500) and still rings (13.650). Malone added a fourth-place result on vault (14.400). This is the first career MPSF honor for Malone. He is the first freshman in five years to be named MPSF Gymnast of the Week (Colin Van Wicklen-Oklahoma; March 18, 2014), a year in fact dominated by first-year gymnasts with seven of the 11 recipients.