Leslie Mak Receives Pac-10 Honors for Second Straight Week
Feb. 10, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – A sweep of event first places that culminated in a top all-around finish by Nicole Ourada merits the Cardinal Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for February 3-9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Meanwhile, a second straight score over 9.9 on bars rewards Beaver Leslie Mak with her second consecutive Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week distinction.
Mak, a freshman who also earned the Special Performance of the Week last week, continued to make a serious argument for her Pac-10 Freshman of the Year bid. The Toronto, Ontario, native earned a 9.925 on bars to record her second straight score over 9.9. The mark earned Mak a share of the apparatus title with OSU teammate Jen Kesler, and moved her into a tie for No. 10 in the country on bars. In addition, Mak recorded a career-best 9.85 on the floor exercise.
The nods are the second for both Ourada and Mak in their respective categories. The Cardinal now claim 13 Gymnast of the Week recipients, whereas the Beavers have captured five specialty awards.
Gymnast of the Week: Colleen Fisher, ARIZ; Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Ashley Houghting, WASH.
Special Performance of the Week: Britnie Jones, ARIZ (BB, UB); Nicole Harris, ASU (BB); Shelley Alexander, STAN (V); Samantha Walior, WASH (BB).
2009 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 13 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 20 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Jan. 27 - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA; Feb. 3 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU; Feb. 10 - Nicole Ourada, STAN.
2009 Pac-10 Special Performances of the Week: Jan. 13 - Aisha Gerber, UCLA (BB); Jan. 20 - Mandi Rodriguez, OSU (FX); Jan. 27 - Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA (V); Feb. 3 - Leslie Mak, OSU (BB, UB); Feb. 10 - Leslie Mak, OSU (UB).