Junior Wes Haagensen named National Gymnast of the Week, pulling in his second honor on the young season.
Jan. 17, 2007
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Honors continue to roll in for junior Wes Haagensen who was recently named National Gymnast of the Week for the week ending Jan. 15, the College Gymnastics Association announced today. Haagensen, who recently garnered his second All-Big Ten selection earlier today, also notched his second national accolade after grabbing the honor as a freshman on March 24, 2005.
Haagensen earns the national spotlight after capturing the All-Around title at the 37th Annual Windy City Invitational with a score of 52.700, leading the Illini to a second-place finish overall, ahead of four Big Ten teams. Haagensen added to his all-around title by grabbing the floor exercise title (9.350), tying for fourth on parallel bars (9.300), fifth on vault (8.650) and tied for eighth on pommel horse (8.550).
Haagensen became the first Illinois gymnast to win the title since Leo Oka (1998-2001) took home the crown in 2001 with a score of 51.250. As a team, the No. 6 Illini had a strong performance in front of almost 2,000 fans, finishing second for the second straight year with a score of 209.750.
Haagensen and Illinois will return to action when they travel to Minnesota on Jan. 20 for their Big Ten opener in Minneapolis, Minn., at 7 p.m.