Anton

Stephenson

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All-Around
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 150
Year: Junior
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

  • 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)
  • Nebraska Men's Gymnastics Hardest Worker Award (2017)
  • Husker Power Lifter of the Year (2017)
  • 2016 First-Team All-American (Parallel Bars)
  • 2016 NCAA Individual Event Finals Competitor (Parallel Bars)
  • 2016 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (All-Around)
  • Nebraska Men's Gymnastics Newcomer of the Year (2016)
  • Nebraska Men's Gymnastics Hardest Worker Award (2016)
  • First-Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2016, 2017)
  • Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week (3/7/16)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (2/29/16)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (1/25/16)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016; Spring 2016, 2017)
  • 13 Individual Titles (AA-3, F-2, PH - 1, V-5, PB-2)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
  • 2016 Winter Cup Participant
  • 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships (First, Parallel Bars) (Second, Vault) 
              (Third, Floor Exercise) 
    (Third, Pommel Horse) (Fourth, All-Around)
              (Fourth Tie, High Bar) (Seventh, Rings)
  • 2015 Junior Olympics Nationals Participant
  • 2015 Junior Olympic Men's Regionals (First, Vault & Parallel Bars (Third, All-Around)
  • 2015 Winter Cup Participant (Fourth, Vault)
  • 2015 Windy City Invitational (First, Vault & Parallel Bars)
  • 2014 BlackJack Men's Championship (First, Floor Exercise & Parallel Bars) (Second, All-Around)
               (Third, Vault)

Career Bests

  • Floor Exercise - 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)
  • Horizontal Bar - 14.60 (twice, most recently vs. Minnesota, March 25, 2017)
  • All-Around - 88.90 (NU Record) (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)

2018 (Season Outlook)
A returning All-American and the 2017 Big Ten vault champion, Anton Stephenson will be a leader for the Huskers inside and outside the gym in 2018. Stephenson has a plethora of experience heading into his junior season, after appearing in every meet so far in his Husker career. He overcame an injury in 2017 and eventually competed in the all-around at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships, helping the Huskers to its best national team finish (sixth) since 1999.

This season, Stephenson hopes to be healthy enough 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 2018.

A two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, Stephenson was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2017. He was a CGA First-Team All-America Scholar-Athlete and a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.  

2017 (Sophomore)
Stephenson powered through an early-season injury in 2017 to play a key role in a record-breaking season for Nebraska. Stephenson competed regularly on four events for the first half of the season. He was named Big Ten Gymanst of the Week in late February, after earning the Huskers first post-15.0 score of the season on vault. He posted another score higher than 15.0 a few weeks later on the event and would be the only Husker to break the 15.0 mark in 2017 after scoring changes prior to the season typically lowered scores by 0.5.

Stephenson eventually got healthy enough to compete in the all-around at the Big Ten Championshps, where he claimed the bronze medal. Additionally, he won the vault title becoming NU's first Big Ten Champion and first conference champion since 2002. At the NCAA Championships, Stephenson competed in the all-around again and scored a season-best 82.70, helping the team to the finals for the the first time since 1999. 

Stephenson claimed seven individual titles throughout the season, in addition to his first-place vault finish at the Big Ten Championships. He was reward for his efforts by his coaches and teammates at the annual end-of-the-year banquet, earning the Hardest Worker Award. Additionally, he was won the Husker Power Lifter-of-the-Year Award for his progress in the weight room.

Stephenson was a leader in the classroom and in the community as well, after being named to the 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and earning spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17. 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 was one of three true freshmen in 2016 and it did not take long for him to find a spot on the Husker squad. Stephenson adjusted to the collegiate level immediately and worked on every event in every competition for the Huskers.

Stephenson quickly became one of Nebraska's top competitors and only true all-arounder in 2016. He notched scores over 15.00 on floor (15.70), vault (15.25) and parallel bars (15.30) as a freshman and set the school record in the all-around at the Arnold Classic on March 5 with a score of 88.90. He also claimed six individual titles during the season.

Stephenson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times in 2016, becoming the first Husker men's gymnast to win the award.

In the postseason, Stephenson continued his successful trend, advancing to the Big Ten Individual Event Finals on vault and parallel bars. At the NCAA Championships, the Fishers, Ind., native helped the team to a seventh-place finish, its best since 1999. Stephenson advanced to the NCAA Event Finals on parallel bars where he earned All-America honors, after finishing seventh on the event.

Stephenson was also one of two gymnasts to represent Nebraska at the 2016 Winter Cup in Las Vegas.

Stephenson's success extended much farther than the gym walls. 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 the direction of Coach Chad Ford. Stephenson took third place in the all-around at the 2015 Junior Olympic Men's Regionals.

At the same competition, Stephenson finished first on vault and parallel bars. At the Windy City Invitational in January 2015, 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 (8.900) and parallel bars (9.200).

He also placed third on vault with a score of (8.900) and claimed second place in the all-around with a score of 51.000.

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 also Husker gymnast. In addition, he has one sister, Andrea, and a brother, Julian. Anton is majoring in nutrition science and is a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He chose Nebraska over Ohio State and Minnesota.

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