Ourada, Mak Score Big in Pac-10 Weekly Gymnastics Honors

Feb. 10, 2009

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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.

Ourada, from Germantown, Wis., has earned All-America honors in the all-around, but never scored as high as her 39.625 on Sunday against UC Davis. The senior, who had previously competed in just one all-around in 2009 and began the season nursing a shoulder injury, won all four apparatus events. Only one event mark dipped below the 9.9 threshold, as Ourada scored 9.9 on vault, 9.925 on bars, 9.875 on beam, and 9.925 to tie her career high on the floor exercise. The vault and bars numbers were season-bests for Ourada. The performances launched her to No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Conference in all-around (39.5 average), and fourth and second, respectively, on beam (9.887). Ourada’s career marks helped navigate STANFORD to its highest team total of the year (197.1) and jump two spots to a No. 4 ranking.

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, Ont., 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 OREGON STATE 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.

 

ALSO NOMINATED:

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 Performance 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).

 

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