Gymnasts of the Week – Jan. 10-11, 2020


Gymnast of the Week awards are given by conference offices. More will be added throughout the week as they become available.

National

NCAA Gymnast and Rookie of the Week
Brandon Briones - Stanford
Stanford freshman Brandon Briones (Gilbert, AZ) led the Cardinal to a 407.300-382.850 season-opening victory over California at the annual Cal Benefit Cup (Jan. 11). Briones starred in his collegiate debut, winning the all-around title with a score of 82.400 – the second-best mark in the nation, including first among freshmen. Briones won event titles on floor (13.750), rings (13.850) and vault (14.750). He added third-place results on pommel horse and parallel bars. He finished the week with the best vault score in the nation, fifth-best mark on rings, and sixth-best on parallel bars (13.800).

NCAA Specialist of the Week
Stephen Nedoroscik - Penn State
Nedoroscik, a two-time NCAA champion and three-time All-American, turned in the nation's best pommel horse routine since Ohio State's Alec Yoder scored a 15.5 on Jan. 20, 2018. Nedoroscik went on to win the national title that season while Yoder was an All-American with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The nation's next-best pommel horse routine from the first two weeks of this season – other than Nedoroscik's 14.8 in the finals the day after his 15.5 – was a 14.2 from his teammate, Nick Mock.

Club Gymnast of the Week
Kiwan Watts - Arizona State
Watts won the vault title (14.6) to go along with a title in the all-around at the West Point Open. Watts put up a dominant performance across the board, scoring an 83.15, good enough to create 3.9 in separation between him and the second-place finisher.



Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Hamish Carter - Illinois
  • Earned three event title to help Illinois defeat UIC last week
  • Finished first on pommel horse (13.150), high bar (14.050) and in the all-around (82.200)
  • Added two second-place finishes on the vault (14.600) and parallel bars (14.050)
Freshman of the Week
Connor McCool - Illinois
  • Earned an event title in his collegiate debut to help the Illini extinguish the Flames, 403.45-339.00
  • Claimed first on floor with a 14.300 score
  • Finished sixth on vault with a 13.950 total



Eastern College Athletic Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Stephen Lewis – Springfield
In the all-around competition of the West Point Open, Lewis took third with a 79.200 and advanced to Saturday's individual finals on the vault as he tallied a 14.500. The two-time reigning ECAC All-Around champion had the Pride's top mark on the horizontal bar with a 12.800, the pommel horse with a 13.050, and the ring after totaling a 13.500.

Specialist of the Week
David Toussaint – Navy
The junior opened his junior campaign in stellar fashion as he finished top-five in a pair of events on Friday night in the team portion of the West Point Open with a 13.95 score on the floor exercise, good for second overall of 46 gymnasts and fifth on the pommel horse with a 13.65. In Saturday night's event finals of the West Point Open, Toussaint competed in the floor exercise, pommel horse and parallel bars (he was ninth on PB, Friday) and finished on the podium (top-six) in all three events. Won the floor exercise event with a 14.25 score that was 0.20 points better than his nearest competitor before placing fifth on both the PH (12.8) and the PB (12.45).

Rookie of the Week
Connor Van Loo – Navy
Had a strong start to his collegiate career as he competed twice this past weekend at the West Point Open and garnered a 13.85 score on the floor exercise (3rd of 46 gymnasts) and a 14.1 on the vault (T-14th of 45) in Friday's team event. In the event finals on Saturday night, he placed fourth overall with a score of 12.8.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Brandon Briones - Stanford
Stanford freshman Brandon Briones (Gilbert, AZ) led the Cardinal to a 407.300-382.850 season-opening victory over California at the annual Cal Benefit Cup (Jan. 11). Briones starred in his collegiate debut, winning the all-around title with a score of 82.400 – the second-best mark in the nation, including first among freshmen. Briones won event titles on floor (13.750), rings (13.850) and vault (14.750). He added third-place results on pommel horse and parallel bars. He finished the week with the best vault score in the nation, fifth-best mark on rings, and sixth-best on parallel bars (13.800).