Anton

Stephenson

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All-Around
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 150
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fishers, Ind.
High School: Hamilton Southeastern
Club: Deveau's School of Gymnastics
Club Coach: Chad Ford
Major: Nutrition Science

Bio

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 Honors & Awards

  • 2018 USA Vault Champion
  • 2018 All-American Honors (Vault, 14.80)
  • 2018 NCAA Team Finals Competitor (Floor, Pommel Horse, Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar)
  • 2018 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Floor, Pommel Horse, Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar)
  • Sam Foltz Hero Award Winner (2018)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Big Ten Vault Champion (2018)
  • Big Ten Parallel Bars Champion (2018)
  • Big Ten Runner-Up (Floor)
  • Individual Title (Vault, 3/17/18)
  • Individual Title (Floor, 3/17/18)
  • Individual Title (Vault, 3/3/18)
  • Individual Title (Vault, 2/23/18)
  • Individual Title (Vault, 2/10/18)
  • Individual Title (Vault, 1/20/18)
  • Big Ten Vault Champion (2017)
  • Big Ten All-Around Bronze Medalist (2017)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (2017)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
  • Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (2/27/17)
  • 2017 NCAA Individual Event Finals Competitor 
  • 2017 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor 
  • 2016 First-Team All-American (Parallel Bars)
  • 2016 NCAA Individual Event Finals Competitor (Parallel Bars)
  • 2016 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (All-Around)
  • First-Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (three times)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016, 2017; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
  • 2016 Winter Cup Participant

Career Bests

  • Floor Exercise - 15.70 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • Pommel Horse - 14.70 (vs. Iowa/Minnesota, March 24, 2018)
  • Still Rings - 14.40 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • Vault - 15.25 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • Parallel Bars - 15.30 (at Big Ten Championships, April 1, 2016)
  • Horizontal Bar - 14.60 (twice, most recently vs. Minnesota, March 25, 2017)
  • All-Around - 88.90 (NU Record) (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)

2019 (Season Outlook)
After an impressive junior season, Anton Stephenson will continue to be a driving force for the Huskers in 2019. After overcoming an injury in 2017, Stephenson eventually competed consistently on floor, pommel horse, vault, high bar and parallel bars in 2018. This season, Stephenson hopes to continue to help the team on all six events in pursuit of another appearance at the NCAA Championships team finals. Individually, Stephenson is aiming for another Big Ten medal and another All-America award in 2019.

Stephenson is expected to continue to be a leader in the classroom, as a three-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

2018 (Junior)
A returning All-American and the 2017 Big Ten vault champion, Anton Stephenson was a leader for the Huskers inside and outside the gym in 2018. Stephenson had a plethora of experience heading into his junior season, after appearing in every meet so far in his Husker career. Stephenson competed consistently on floor, pommel horse, vault and parallel bars and posted a career high of 14.70 on pommel horse. He claimed first place on vault and tied for first place on parallel bars, making first-team All-Big Ten for the second time. Stephenson tied for second place (14.8) on vault at the NCAA Championships, helping the Huskers to its best national team finish (fifth) since 1999.

Stephenson claimed another All-America award and was the Big Ten Vault Champion for the second year in a row. A three-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, Stephenson was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2018. He was a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.  

2018 Season Highs

  • Floor - 14.65 (at Penn State, March 17, 2018)
  • Pommel Horse - 14.70 vs. Iowa/Minnesota, March 24, 2018)
  • Vault - 15.20 (vs. Ohio State, Jan. 20, 2018)
  • Parallel Bars - 14.35 (vs. Iowa/Minnesota, March 24, 2018)
  • High Bar - 13.70 (vs. Iowa/Minnesota, March 24, 2018)

2017 (Sophomore)
An early season injury limited Stephenson to just four events for part of the season. He was named Big Ten Gymanst of the Week in February, after earning the Huskers’ first score of 15.0 or better in the season on vault. He would be the only Husker to break the 15.0 mark in 2017, after doing it twice.

Stephenson got healthy enough to compete in the all-around at Big Tens, where he claimed the bronze medal. He also won the vault title becoming NU’s first Big Ten Champion and first conference champion since 2002. At NCAAs, he scored a season-best 82.70 in the all-around, helping the team to the finals for the the first time since 1999.

Stephenson claimed seven individual titles in the regular season. He was rewarded for his efforts by his coaches and teammates at the annual end-of-the-year banquet, earning the Hardest Worker Award and Husker Power Lifter of the Year Award for his work in the weight room.

Outside the gym, Stephenson was named to the 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters. Additionally, he participated in the Nebraska Life Skills No Filter Service Trip to Nicaragua in May 2017. 

2017 Season Highs

  • Floor - 14.60 (vs. Oklahoma, Jan. 21, 2017)
  • Pommel Horse - 14.20 (vs. Minnesota, March 25, 2017)
  • Still Rings - 12.30 (at NCAA Finals, April 22, 2017)
  • Vault - 15.10 (at UIC, Feb. 26, 2017) 
  • Parallel Bars - 14.50 (at NCAA Qualifiers, April 21, 2017)
  • High Bar - 14.60  (vs. Minnesota, March 25, 2017)
  • All-Around - 82.70 (at NCAA Qualifiers, April 21, 2017)

*Scoring changes were made prior to the 2017 season. There are now four different element groups instead of five, meaning that a gymnast can only receive 2.0 instead of 2.5 in that category. This typically lowers scores by .5.

2016 (Freshman)
Stephenson quickly became one of NU’s top competitors and only true all-arounder in 2016. He notched scores over 15.00 on floor, vault and parallel bars and set the school record in the all-around with a score of 88.90. He also claimed six individual titles and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times, becoming the first Husker men’s gymnast to win the award.

In the postseason, Stephenson advanced to the Big Ten Finals on vault and parallel bars. At the NCAA Championships, he helped the team to a seventh-place finish. Stephenson advanced to the finals on parallel bars where he finished seventh and earned All-America honors. He was also one of two Huskers to compete at the 2016 Winter Cup in Las Vegas.

Outside the gym, he was a CGA first-team All-America Scholar-Athlete, a two-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection and a member of the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

2016 Season Highs

  • Floor - 15.70 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • Pommel Horse - 14.50 (at Penn State, March 11, 2016)
  • Still Rings - 14.40 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • Vault - 15.25 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • Parallel Bars - 15.30 (at Big Ten Championships, April 1, 2016)
  • High Bar - 14.60 (vs. Air Force, Jan. 23, 2016)
  • All-Around - 88.90 ((NU Record) at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)

Before Nebraska
Stephenson trained at Deveau’s School of Gymnastics under Coach Chad Ford. Stephenson took third place in the all-around at the 2015 Junior Olympic Men’s Regionals and finished first on vault and parallel bars.

At the 2015 Windy City Invitational, he took first on vault and parallel bars.

In 2014, Stephenson competed at the BlackJack Men’s Championship where he took first place on floor and parallel bars. He also placed third on vault and claimed second place in the all-around. He graduated from Hamilton Southeastern in 2015.

Personal
Anton is the son of Greg and Kim Stephenson. He was born on Oct. 18, 1996. He is the brother of Chris Stephenson, who is a former All-American gymnast at Nebraska. He has one sister, Andrea and a brother, Julian. Anton is majoring in nutrition and health sciences and is a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He chose Nebraska over Ohio State and Minnesota.

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