Justin Spring earned NCAA and Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors after his spectacular performances at #1 Ohio State last weekend.
Feb. 4, 2004
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois gymnast Justin Spring (Lake Braddock HS, Burke, Va.) was named NCAA Men's Gymnast of the Week by Inside Gymnastics Magazine and Big Ten Men's Gymnast of the Week on Wednesday for his performance vs. #1 Ohio State over the weekend.
Spring had a career meet as #3 Illinois recorded a school-record score of 219.0 against the #1 Buckeyes on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The two-time All-American set career-highs on all five events he competed on and claimed four titles. He set school records in each of his four triumphs, winning the floor exercise (9.750), vault (9.650), parallel bars (9.300) and high bar (9.750). He also set a career-high on his fifth event, the still rings (9.100).
Spring is a co-winner of both awards this week. Stanford's Dan Gill posted a career-high 55.85 all-around score to share NCAA honors with Spring. Ohio State's Randy Monahan won the all-around with a score of 55.35 vs. the Illini to get a piece of the weekly Big Ten honor.
This is Spring's second consecutive and second career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor. It is first career Inside Gymnastics NCAA Gymnast of the Week honor.
This weekend Spring, along with fellow UI sophomore Adam Pummer, will be heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete all-around at the prestigious U.S. Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge. The all-around competition will begin Friday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. CT, with the event finals coming on Feb. 7 at 10 p.m. CT.