Browning's seven weekly accolades ties former ISU gymnast Janet Anson for the most weekly awards won by a Cyclone. Updike is the first gymnast in league history to earn a weekly award for four consecutive weeks.
BIG 12 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Michelle Browning, Iowa State, Sr., Houston, Texas
Tying her career-high all-around score with a 39.350 Friday, Browning played a huge role in ISU's upset over in-state rival Iowa to clinch the 2011-12 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The senior sealed the win by claiming the all-around. Browning achieved a career-best 9.875 for her bars routine, taking top honors in the event. The Houston-native also shared the floor crown after earning a 9.825. She placed second in vault (9.825) and beam (9.825).
BIG 12 EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Sara Stone, Oklahoma, Sr., Dallas, Texas
Stone captured her third vault title on the year Friday night as the Sooners bested then-No. 20 NC State. The senior claimed at least a share of all three events she competed in after receiving her second-best beam score of her career (9.825) and posting her second-highest floor score of the season (9.875). Stone has tallied a 9.8 or higher in eight of her 12 routines this year and a 9.9 or higher in four of her routines.
BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Updike led the Tigers in their second-straight upset of the season over then-No. 4 Nebraska Friday. The freshman took the vault title after posting a 9.950 on the apparatus. She ranks ninth in the nation on the event, the highest individual ranking for a Big 12 gymnast in any event this year. The Olathe, Kan.-native earned a 9.800 on beam, sharing top honors, and tied for third on floor after recording a 9.875. Updike has won at least one event title in every meet this season, and has helped Missouri to its first 4-0 dual meet record in program history.
2012 BIG 12 GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK
|Date||Gymnast of the Week||Event Specialist of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|Jan. 10||Michelle Browning, Iowa State, Sr.||Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Jr.||Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.|
|Jan. 17||Mary Burke, Missouri, Sr.||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, So.||Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.|
|Jan. 24||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, So.||Sara Stone, Oklahoma, Sr.||Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.|
|Jan. 31||Michelle Browning, Iowa State, Sr.||Sara Stone, Oklahoma, Sr.||Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.|