Phillips, Varga Garner Big Ten Weekly Honors
March 28, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Redshirt sophomore Austin Phillips (Mahwah, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and newcomer Alex Varga (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Wheaton Academy) earned Freshman of the Week honors, announced Monday by the conference office. The duo each captured individual event titles in helping lead the Illini to a dominating win over UIC last Saturday to conclude the regular season. It is the first such accolade for Phillips and Varga, while it is Illinois' seventh gymnast of the week and second freshman of the week this season.
Phillips, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, earned his first event titles of the season on rings (14.700) and high bar, tying his career-high score of 15.100. He also placed sixth on floor (14.000) and fourth on parallel bars (14.700), matching his career-best score on that event as well.
Varga captured his first-career event title on vault with a career-high score of 16.000, while also tying for second on floor with a 14.800.
The University of Illinois will host the 2011 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships this Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at Huff Hall. Both days of action will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. CT. Doors will open to the public at 6 p.m. each day. To purchase tickets please contact the University of Illinois Athletic Ticket Office for more information at 1-866-ILLINI-1 or 217-333-3470.