Stanford's Janiga Captures First 2009 Gymnast of the Week Honor

Jan. 13, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD's Carly Janiga and UCLA freshman Aisha Gerber have been awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Janiga, a junior from Paradise Valley, Ariz., kicked off her 2009 gymnastics campaign by capturing the all-around title in the evening session of the Cancun Classic on January 2. The competition included a strong field of four teams coming off 2008 NCAA postseason berths, among them No. 9 OREGON STATE, No. 14 Denver, and BYU. The Cardinal, ranked No. 5 in the national preseason coaches poll, scored 195.6 points to capture the evening's win. Janiga, a 2007 first team all-around All-American, won two events and posted the best score of the evening (9.9) on the uneven bars. Contributing to the flurry of outstanding routines the Cardinal performed on the balance beam, Janiga's 9.825 tied for second place on the apparatus. She matched that score on vault, which was good enough for a share of the event title.

Gerber, a Canadian from Oakville, Ont., commenced her collegiate career with stunning proficiency. She captured first place on the balance beam with a 9.9 in the Bruins' 196.175-196.075 loss at No. 2 Utah. Gerber's routine helped the Bruins accumulate the fourth-best team score in the nation this season, and her win on beam was the only roadblock to Utah's efforts to sweep each of the event first places in the meet. It was also one of just two 9.9 scores awarded to the Bruins in the meet. Gerber earned 9.85 or better on three of her four events in the season-opener. She and her freshmen teammates competed 16 of the team's 24 routines on the night.

The Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor is the third in Janiga's career, and 12th in Cardinal history. Gerber becomes the Conference's first Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honoree.

ALSO NOMINATED:

Gymnast of the Week: Jessica Kelley, CAL; Jami Lanz, OSU; Kaelie Baer, UCLA; Ashley Houghting, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week: Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Allyse Ishino, STAN; Kristen Linton, WASH.

2009 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 13 - Carly Janiga, STAN.

2009 Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week: Jan. 13 - Aisha Gerber, UCLA.

 

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