Zakutney earns national honor

January 16, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State men's gymnastics junior Sam Zakutney was named the National Gymnast of the Week by the College Gymnastics Association after his dominating performance at the West Point Open.

Zakutney was electric at the West Point Open last weekend as the junior won the all-around title (81.00) on Friday night, taking the top spot in the preliminary rounds in floor (prelim score: 14.450), high bar (prelim score: 13.700), and parallel bars (prelim score: 13.950) and qualifying for the finals in all three of those events.

On Saturday in the finals, not only did the junior win all three events again, he improved upon his score in all three, winning the floor title with a 14.550 routine, winning high bar with an improved 13.800, and elevating his performance on the p-bars to a 14.000.

Zakutney was also named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week earlier this week.

Last Updated January 18, 2019