Zamarripa Continues UCLA Freshmen Sweep of Pac-10 Weekly Gymnastics Honors

Jan. 20, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Bruin freshman Vanessa Zamarripa has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and OREGON STATE standout Mandi Rodriguez garnered the Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week for Jan. 12-19, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hailing from O’Fallon, Ill., Zamarripa won her first collegiate all-around title in the Bruins’ 196.375-193.675 dual meet win over ARIZONA on Sunday. Scoring a career-high 39.4 in the four-event competition, Zamarripa tied or set career-highs on all four individual events. She tied for first place on vault (9.9), tied for second on bars (9.85), placed fourth on beam (9.825) and tied for fourth on floor (9.825). She now places fifth in the nation on vault with a season average of 9.9.

In addition, Zamarripa’s performances led UCLA to a new season-high team total, bumping up the team’s 2009 average to 196.225 points, good for second-best in the country. The Bruins also hit season-bests on vault (49.2), beam (49.275) and floor (49.275).

Rodriguez, a native of Baldwin Park, Calif., stepped into the Oregon State anchor position on Friday evening needing a 9.95 on the floor exercise mat for the No. 13 Oregon State Beavers to tie No. 5 Arkansas. Comprised of huge tumbling and elegant dance, Rodriguez’s choreography was completely in sync with her music. With the crowd cheering in anticipation of a big score, the head judge awarded Rodriguez a 10.0. The routine marked the first time Rodriguez received a 10.0 from any judge. Settling for a 9.975 on the floor routine and securing the overall victory (195.950-195.925) for the Beavers, Rodriguez nabbed her second event title of the night. Her first victory came on vault following a 9.9 showing.

The Gymnast of the Week nod is the first in Zemarripa’s Pac-10 career. She becomes the 23rd Bruin to win the accolade. Rodriguez’s honor is her second event specialist distinction in as many seasons.

ALSO NOMINATED:

Gymnast of the Week: Bree Workman, ARIZ; Nicole Harris, ASU; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Jami Lanz, OSU; Ashley Houghting, WASH.

Special Performance of the Week: Deanna Graham, ARIZ; Beaté Jones, ASU; Joanna Bennett, CAL; Shelley Alexander, STAN; Mizuki Sato, UCLA; Samantha Walior, WASH.

2009 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 13 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 20 - Vanessa Zamarripa.

2009 Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week: Jan. 13 - Aisha Gerber, UCLA; Jan. 20 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU.

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