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Stephenson Named B1G Ten Gymnast of the Week

By NU Athletic Communications

Anton Stephenson claimed his second Big Ten Gymnast-of-the-Week award on Monday from the conference, after his performance on March 23 against Michigan. Stephenson earned the honor as a sophomore against University of Illinois-Chicago.

Stephenson claimed individual titles on vault (15.05), floor (14.40), parallel bars (14.75) and claimed the all-around title (84.40). On the other events, the senior finished with scores of 13.65 (pommel horse), 13.50 (still rings) and 13.05 (high bar). Stephenson claimed second place on pommel horse, eighth place on still rings and fifth place on high bar.

The Fishers, Indiana, native led the Huskers to a first place finish over Michigan, which included season high scores on vault (72.60), parallel bars (69.70) and still rings (68.00). The victory gave NU its second conference win of the season.

Stephenson and the Huskers take one week off before traveling to Iowa City, Iowa for the Big Ten Championships on April 5 and 6. Competition is set for 7 p.m. each day. It will be televised on BTN and will also be available on BTN2GO and the BTN2Go mobile app.

Minnesota’s David Pochinka took home Freshman-of-the-Week, after claiming the event title on parallel bars with a career-high 14.50 against Penn State and Iowa. Pochinka also set career highs with his second-place finish on bar (13.700) and third-place finish on pommel horse (13.750) helping Minnesota to a first place finish.

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