Gymnastics | 2/15/2022 1:30:00 PM
The Big Ten announced today that Ona Loper was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week after claiming two all-around titles, posting numerous career highs and recording a perfect 10 on vault.
Loper earned top honors at home against Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 12, and on Monday, Feb. 14 in a tri-meet at Maryland.
The senior from Bluffton, SC set a career high in the all-around against Ohio State with a 39,750 (fourth-best score in school history) and scored 9,975 on vault, 9,950 on bars (career high), 9,875 on beam and 9,950 on floor (tied career high). In addition to winning the all-around, she also placed first on vault and bars against the Buckeyes.
Loper recorded her second perfect 10 on vault this season (she also did so at home against Michigan) as she claimed all-around honors against Maryland and Pitt in a tri-meet at Maryland. In the meet, she placed first on vault (10), floor (9.925) and tied for first on beam (9.875).
In the two meets, Loper set career highs in the all-around (39,750 vs. Ohio State), tied her career high in vault (10 at Maryland), set a career high on bars (9,950 against Ohio State) and tied her career high on the floor (9,950 against Ohio State).
2022 B1G Weekly Awards
Ona Loper: B1G Gymnast of the Week (2/15/22)
Mya Hooten: B1G Specialist of the Week (1/25/22)
Ona Loper: B1G Gymnast of the Week (1/25/22)
Lexy Ramler: B1G Gymnast of the Week (1/18/22)
The Gophers return to action at 6 pm on Saturday, Feb. 19 when they travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Big Five Meet. Minnesota is slated to face Nebraska, Penn State, Michigan State and Rutgers.
Minnesota’s next home competition is at 4:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 25 against Iowa at Maturi Pavilion.