Pac-10 Gymnastics Award Winners
March 28, 2001
WALNUT CREEK.-- UCLA's senior Mohini Bhardwaj has been named Gymnast of the Year. Stanford's Lindsay Wing has been named Freshman Gymnast of the Year while Stanford's Mark Cook has been named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen has announced.
Bhardwaj, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, had a record-breaking season. In a win against Georgia, Bhardwaj scored 39.975 points, the second-highest All-Around score in NCAA history. Bhardwaj scored three perfect 10s in that meet adding to her tally of eight perfect scores this season (school-record). Bhardwaj, considered the most talented gymnast in UCLA history, was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week on three separate occasions this year.
Wing, a freshman from Houston, Texas, entered the program with four years of National team experience. Wing `s 39.750 All-Around score, posted March 3rd against BYU, was a school-record. At the Pac-10 Championships, Wing placed third in the All-Around with a total score of 39.625. With her 9.925 tie for first, Wing became one of the first Cardinal gymnasts to win an individual title at the Pac-10 Championships. Wing was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for the period of Jan. 28-Feb. 4.
Head Coach Mark Cook entered his fourth year at helm with aspirations of leading his team to a Pac-10 Championship title and the NCAA crown. Already, he has accomplished one of these feats. In Cook's first three seasons, he guided Stanford to its first ever Pac-10 Championship (1998) and an appearance in the NCAA Championships. He produced Stanford's first-ever individual National Champion, three Regional Champions and seven All-Americans. This year, under his leadership, Stanford gymnasts annihilated nearly every school record. Three Cardinal gymnasts took individual titles at the Pac-10 Championships for the first- time ever and they have earned a berth to the 2001 NCAA Regional Championships.
The Conference awards are voted on by the coaches.