Donohue Named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., January 22, 2003 - Penn State senior gymnast Kevin Donohue (Saddle River, N.J.) was named the Big Ten's Gymnast of the Week which was announced today. He is the top-ranked all-arounder in the nation this week, helping the team to a number one ranking as well.
Donohue earns the weekly accolade for the fifth time in his career, garnering the award three times last year. He recorded career highs on rings and high bar en route to winning the all-around competition at the Navy Open on Jan. 18, posting a season-high 54.450. He placed first on vault (9.450) and high bar (9.650) and was second on floor (9.100). A career-high 8.850 on rings was good for fourth as was an 8.950 on horse.
An All-American in the all-around and on vault and floor, Donohue is the reigning Big Ten parallel bars and high bar champion. He also placed second in the all-around competition at the conference championships. Donohue earned a number one ranking this week in the all-around and was the top -ranked gymnast in the nation last year for six weeks. He is also number one in the nation on high bar and vault.
The Penn State men's gymnastics team earned a number one ranking after posting an easy win at the Navy Open with a score of 217.250. The Nittany Lions are undefeated heading into this weekend's home opener on Saturday, Jan. 25, posting a record of 7-0. Last year, the Lions were the top-rated team in the nation for three straight weeks from March 4-18 and four times all season.
The Lions host No. 5 Michigan on Saturday at Rec Hall. The meet begins at 7 p.m.