Gymnasts of the Week – March 7-8, 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 of the Week
Cameron Bock - Michigan
Junior Cameron Bock won event titles on high bar (14.200) and parallel bars with a 14.10 against Illinois and Penn State on Saturday (March 7). The victory on parallel bars marked the eighth of his career, while the high bar title was his second. The honor is his first CGA plaudit the year.

NCAA Rookie of the Week
Paul Juda - Michigan
Freshman Paul Juda won a pair of event titles in a tri-meet against Illinois and Penn State on Saturday (March 7). He scored a career-high 15.000, the third-highest score in the NCAA on the season, and secured the win on the vault table with a 14.800, also a career-best. The floor title was his third of the season, while the vault title was his second. The accolade is Juda's fifth CGA honor of the season.

NCAA Specialist of the Week
Michael Paradise - Illinois
Paradise claimed first on pommel horse with a season-best score of 14.950 against conference rivals Michigan and Penn State. The individual title marked the 12th career title on the event for the senior.



Big Ten Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Bennet Huang - Iowa
  • Captured his third all-around crown of the season in a triangular meet with Ohio State and Northern Illinois
  • Won the all-around with a score of 81.200, scoring an 80 or above for the fourth time this season
  • Also placed third in the pommel horse (13.650) and vault (14.300)
  • Claims his first career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week recognition.
Freshman of the Week
Donovan Hewitt - Ohio State
  • Won two events to help boost Ohio State past Iowa and Northern Illinois in a triangular meet last weekend
  • Claimed the vault title with a 14.450 score and the still rings crown with a 13.800
  • Garners his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.



Eastern College Athletic Conference

Gymnast of the Week
Ryan McVay – Navy
McVay competed on five events for the Mids on Saturday at California. His best performance was a second-place 13.75 on the parallel bars. Additionally, he finished fifth on the floor exercise (13.9), sixth on the rings (13.4), sixth on the high bar (13.8) and seventh on the pommel horse (12.75)

Specialist of the Week
Matthew Martin – Army
Matthew Martin posted a career-high 14.65 on pommel horse for the second time this season, winning the event and clearing his previous mark by .450. His score on pommel horse was the highest score of the competition and helped lead the team to a team season-high of 408.65, the program's best team score since the NCAA scoring change after the 2016 season. Martin also scored a career-high of 13.5 on rings.

Rookie of the Week
Connor Van Loo – Navy
The freshman had a standout performance for the No. 5 Mids in their road victory over No. 11 California on Saturday. Van Loo posted a career-best 14.75-point result on the floor exercise to cruise to the win over the field by 0.35 points before placing second on the vault with a 14.30. As a team, Navy scored a season-high 410.5 points on its way to the 7.4-point win.



Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Gymnast of the Week
Ian Gunther - Stanford
Stanford sophomore Ian Gunther (Houston, TX) was a triple-event winner at No. 16 Air Force (Mar. 7), taking first-place on the parallel bars (13.900), still rings (14.400), and pommel horse (13.800). He also finished in the top-five on high bar (13.350). Both of his rings and horse scores were top-five for Stanford this year. Gunther’s event scores helped the Cardinal accumulate a winning 413.100 in the meet. This is the first career MPSF weekly award for Gunther.