Feb. 18, 2013
Minnesota sophomore Steve Jaciuk was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week after posting three career-best performances at Oklahoma last Saturday. Jaciuk shares the honor with Michigan's Stacey Ervin.
Jaciuk posted career highs on the still rings, parallel bars and high bar, as he helped lead Minnesota to a season-high team score of 435.450 against the Sooners.
Jaciuk recorded a 15.100 on the still rings, besting his previous career high of 14.700 set earlier this year at home against Nebraska and UIC. He notched a 15.150 on the parallel bars, topping the 14.850 he scored against Nebraska and Illinois in March 2011.
His best performance of the night came on the high bar, where he posted a 15.350 to win the event against Oklahoma. Jaciuk has recorded five scores of 14.000 or better this year on the high bar and Saturday was the second time this season where he broke the 15.000 mark. The high-flying Jaciuk tallied a previous career-high of 15.300 earlier this year at home against Nebraska and UIC.
This is the first time that Jaciuk has been honored as Gymnast of the Week. He is the first Gopher gymnast to receive this award since Zack Chase did so on Feb. 13, 2012.
The Gophers complete their three-meet road trip at UIC next weekend. Minnesota's next home meet is at 7 p.m. on March 2 against Iowa in the Sports Pavilion.