Madison, Wis. – March 7, 2017 – The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh’s Baylee Tkaczuk (Channahon, Ill.) and Gustavus Adolphus’ Samantha Ardy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) have been recognized by the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Gymnastics Association (WIAC) for their standout performances this past week, as the duo earned Gymnast of the Week honors, announced Tuesday.
Tkaczuk counted a season-best 38.15 points to win the all-around competition during UW-Oshkosh’s 187.125-184.625 road win over Hamline University (Minn.) on March 4. Tkaczuk reached her all-around score by totaling winning figures of 9.775 points on the balance beam and 9.475 on the uneven bars. She also tallied 9.50 points in the floor exercise and 9.40 on the vault. Tkaczuk’s scores on both the balance beam and uneven bars were season highs. UW-Oshkosh’s Jessica Bernardo finished second to Tkaczuk in the all-around competition with 37.45 points.
Ardy had a career performance on at the Blugold Invitational on March 3. She led the Golden Gusties on both vault and uneven bars and was the second-highest score on the balance beam. Ardy tied for first on bars with a score of 9.475. She had a career high on vault after throwing a new skill and placing second with a 9.55. On the balance beam, Ardy placed sixth with a 9.425. She helped lead the Gusties to the second-highest team score of the season and third-highest team score in program history.